When Benjamin Adam Johnston was born on 25 September 1845, in Cornwall, Stormont, Upper Canada, British Colonial America, his father, Robert Osborne Johnston, was 23 and his mother, Amanda Phoebe Eastman, was 23. He married Harriet Ann Snetsinger on 27 November 1867, in Stormont Dundas and Glengarry, Ontario, Canada. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Cornwall, Cornwall, Stormont Dundas and Glengarry, Canada West, British Colonial America in 1871 and Stormont Dundas and Glengarry, Ontario, Canada in 1901. He died on 28 November 1909, in Cornwall, Stormont, Upper Canada, British Colonial America, at the age of 64, and was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Cornwall, Stormont Dundas and Glengarry, Ontario, Canada.
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.