Johnstons of Derrykeighan and Dervock

Family Tree site of descendants
of Thomas Johnston, who emigrated to Australia in 1863
from Derrykeighan, Antrim, Northern Ireland

Thomas Johnston was born December 18, 1835 at Derrykeighan, Antrim, Northern Ireland
to Peggy Ann Johnson and James Stewart Johnston.   He died April 22, 1916 in Linton, Victoria, Australia. 

                           His grandparents were
(maternal) Madgery (Marjorie) and John Johnson and
(paternal) Mollie and Thomas Johnston.

His parents Margaret (Peggy) Ann Johnson (1816-1891) and James Stewart Johnston  (1814 - 188?)
were married August 27, 1832 in Dervock Presbyterian Church, Antrim.

The sons and daughters  were

    Thomas (our great-grand-father) 1835-1916.  Migrated to Australia on the Southern Empire, arriving Melbourne in April 1863
    Robert ?1838 (nothing known about him)
    Margery (Madgery) born June 10, 1833.  She married Henry Hemphill at Dervock 28th January 1862 and had three sons - William, James and Thomas and a daughter Margaret Ann.  They migrated to Kansas, USA (Clay Center) and are both buried there at Greenwood Cemetery, just north of the town.
    Mary Jane b. March 1848.   She married Hugh Richards in Ireland and they travelled with her parents to USA in 1873. Their children were Robert 1872 (Antrim), Mary 1876, James Stuart 1878, David 1879, Margaret 1882 and Thomas 1885
    William b. 1849 (died young)
    Matilda b. 1850 (died young)
    Margaret b. 1852 (died young)
    Margaret Ann b. October 26, 1853.   Married Thomas Rutherford in New York 1875 after emigrating to USA in 1873.   Died at Clay Center, Kansas, USA in 1921 (more)
    Hannah born August 10, 1855, Derrykeighan.   She married William J. McCully at Charles St Presbyterian Church, New York, USA,  in 1877.  They had William 1879, James 1880, Harry 1883, Charles 1887 and Sarah Jane 1890.  They later moved to Clay Center, Broughton, Kansas, USA.    She died there Sept. 15, 1933.
    James Stewart b. 9 July, 1856, died of TB  a week before his 20th birthday on 2 July 1876 in New York. We accidentally discovered his burial record at Green Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, when searching for Greenwood Cemetery, Clay Center, Kansas, the last resting place of his Mother and many of his family.

To contact us:        Gillian     Donald
Updated nicely 9th March 2017


This postcard was treasured by Thomas' daughter Lucy and Matilda in Ballarat, Victoria. Not sure whether it relates to early Johnston forebears or their grandfather Donald Campbell from Achintor, Kilmallie.

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