Benjamin Adam Johnston

Male25 September 1845–28 November 1909

Brief Life History of Benjamin Adam

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.

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Benjamin Adam Johnston
Harriet Ann Snetsinger
Marriage: 27 November 1867
George Osborne Johnston
Catherine Elizabeth Johnston
Emily Clara Johnston
Alva Russell Johnston
John Alexander Anderson

Sources (16)

  • Benjamin Johnston, "Canada Census, 1901"
  • Benjn Johnston, "Canada, Ontario County Marriage Registers, 1858-1869"
  • Benjamin Adam Johnston, "Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947"

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  • Marriage
    27 November 1867Stormont Dundas and Glengarry, Ontario, Canada
  • Children (5)

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    Siblings (5)

    World Events (5)

    1867 · Ontario Founded

    Age 22

    On July 1, 1867, the province of Ontario was founded. It is the second largest province in Canada. A third of the population of Canada live here. Before it was Ontario it was called Upper Canada and had a Governor.


    Age 24


    1883 · Mining Boom

    Age 38

    In 1883, there was a mining boom in Northern Ontario when mineral deposits were found near Sudbury. Thomas Flanagan was the blacksmith for the Canadian Pacific Railway that noticed the deposits in the river.

    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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