Biography of Joseph Johnston
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies

JOSEPH JOHNSTON, a representative farmer and well known citizen of Franklin township, who is the owner of a fine farm of 357 acres, was born in Ireland in 1849, and is a son of James and Martha (Brownly) Johnston.

James Johnston and family came to America in 1851, settling at Piqua, Miami County, Ohio, where he worked as a farmer and teamster until 1854, when he moved to Mercer County, renting a farm within a mile and a half of Coldwater. There the family lived until 1856, when he settled on what is now our subject's homestead in section 13, Butler township, where he died August 31, 1871. His wife died just before the family moved to Mercer County. There were five sons in the family, of whom two survive: Joseph, and his older brother, Nicholas, who owns a farm of 170 acres in sections 13 and 24, Butler township. Two sisters survive: Theresa, who lives on the home farm, and Mrs. Matilda Franks, residing in Indiana.

Joseph Johnston was mainly reared and was educated in Butler township. He has devoted his attention to farming and to boating on the Miami and Erie Canals. His well improved home farms has a commodious frame dwelling, and his two other farms are equally well tilled; on all of this land he carries on general farming and stock raising.

In 1894 Mr. Johnston was married (first) to Ida Elizabeth Miller, a daughter of Joseph Miller, of Hopewell township. She died October 19, 1901, survived by three children, namely; Lester Hanson, Esther E. and Helen Goldie. On July 26, 1906, Mr. Johnston was married (second) to Mrs. Mahala C. Lacy, a daughter of the late Daniel and Cynthia (Kerens) Long, who had 12 children; Mr. Long was a farmer in Franklin township. Mrs. Johnston had four children by her first marriage: Mellie, wife of Roy Botkin, residing in Franklin township; George, who married Nellie Clevenger, also residing in Franklin township; Dora, who resides at home; and Willis, who died in infancy.

Politically Mr. Johnston is a Democrat. The family attend the Christian Church, of Which Mrs. Johnston is a member.

History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
Chicago, Illinois

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