Mary "Polly" Johnston

Brief Life History of Mary "Polly"

When Mary "Polly" Johnston was born on 13 May 1766, in Haverhill, Grafton, New Hampshire, British Colonial America, her father, Charles Johnson, was 28 and her mother, Ruth Marsh, was 26. She married Henry Burbank in 1783. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 1 daughter. She died on 17 May 1839, at the age of 73, and was buried in Haverhill, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States.

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Henry Burbank
Mary "Polly" Johnston
Marriage: 1783
Charles J. Burbank
Abijah Burbank
Jonathan Burbank
Michael Burbank
Henry Burbank
Elijah Burbank
Mary Burbank

Sources (7)

  • Mary Johnston, "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900"
  • Mary Johnson Burbank, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Will of Charles Johnston of Haverhill NH

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1786 · Shays' Rebellion

Caused by war veteran Daniel Shays, Shays' Rebellion was to protest economic and civil rights injustices that he and other farmers were seeing after the Revolutionary War. Because of the Rebellion it opened the eyes of the governing officials that the Articles of Confederation needed a reform. The Rebellion served as a guardrail when helping reform the United States Constitution.

Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name, deriving in most cases from the place so called in Annandale, in Dumfriesshire. This is derived from the genitive case of the personal name John + + Middle English ton ‘town, village, settlement’ (Old English tūn). There are other places in Scotland so called, including the city of Perth, which used to be known as Saint John's Toun, and some of these may also be sources of the surname.

English: habitational name from Johnson Hall (Staffordshire), recorded as Johannestonc. 1233 and Joneston in 1314. The placename means ‘John's settlement’, from the genitive case of the Middle English personal name Johan, Jon (see John ) + Middle English ton ‘town, village, settlement’.

History: As far as can be ascertained, most Scottish bearers of this surname are descendants of John, probably a Norman baron from England, who held lands at Johnstone in Annandale from the Bruce family in the late 12th century. His son Gilbert was the first to take the surname Johnstone and their descendants later held the earldom of Annandale.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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