Jeanette Johnston

1 June 1808–5 July 1864 (Age 56)
Catrine, Ayrshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Life Summary of Jeanette

When Jeanette Johnston was born on 1 June 1808, in Catrine, Ayrshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, her father, Thomas Johnston, was 32 and her mother, Sarah Milliken, was 22. She married Robert McGavin in 1829, in Ayr, South Ayrshire, Scotland, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 7 daughters. She lived in Anderston, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom in 1851 and Tooele, Tooele, Utah, United States in 1860. She died on 5 July 1864, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 56, and was buried in Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Robert McGavin
Jeanette Johnston
Marriage: 1829
Agnes McGavin
Margaret McGavin
Jane McGavin
Isabella Barry McGavin
Sarah McGavin
Mary McGavin
Robert McGavin
James Dunn McGavin
Nettie Janet McGavin

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  • Marriage
    1829Ayr, South Ayrshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
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    World Events (8)

    1811 · The Tron Riot
    Age 3
    The Tron riot was a riot which occurred in Edinburgh, Scotland on New Year's Eve. A group of young men attacked and robbed wealthier passers-by. One police officer was killed in the riot. Though the total count of participants is unknown, sixty-eight youths were arrested, with five sentenced to death for their actions during the riot.
    Age 4
    War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.
    Age 15
    Rugby Football 'invented' at Rugby School.

    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.

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    Story Highlight

    Janet Johnston McGavin Gillespie

    Janet Johnston is the daughter of Thomas Johnston and Sarah Milliken. She was born June 1, 1808 in Caltrine, Ayr, Scotland. She married Robert McGavin and they were later divorced. Their children are …

    Sources (45)

    • Janet Gillespie in household of Peter Gillespie, "United States Census, 1860"
    • Jennet in entry for James Wilson and Jane Mcgarvin, "Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915"
    • Johnston in entry for Nettie Randolph, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"

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