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Memorable Manitobans: James William Johnston (1872-1937)

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Born at Owen Sound, Ontario on 15 November 1872, son of James Johnston (1839-1899) and Mary Ann Craig (1844-1927), brother of Henry J. Johnston and first-cousin of Adam Johnston, his father was born at Fermanagh, Ireland in 1839 and moved to the United States in 1859, then to Canada in 1864, settling in Ontario. His mother was born in Simcoe County in 1844, of Irish parentage. He came to Manitoba in 1881. He farmed and bought grain for 15 years before establishing a general store at Mowbray. In 1913, he married Margaret Hopkirk Fleck (1879-1979) of Ayrshire, Scotland. They had two children. He was a member of the Methodist church. He died at Mowbray on 2 September 1937 and was buried in the Jackson Cemetery.


Ontario birth registrations, Ancestry.

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

We thank Wayne Stacey for providing information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 April 2017

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