Shelby County

William T. Johnston



William T. Johnston

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 574

     who is a well-known resident of Shelby county, residing on his valuable farm of 190 acres, which is situated in Green township, five miles southeast of Sidney, O., was born on this place in 1849 and is a son of Joseph and Hannah (Dorn) Johnston.
     Joseph Johnston was born and reared in Virginia and came from there, in early manhood, to Shelby county and bought the present homestead when he could secure land at eight dollars an acre. To the development and improvement of his property here he devoted the rest of his life, his death occurring when well advanced in years. He was a sturdy type of citizen and was held in respect by those with whom he was so long associated. He married Hannah Dorn, who was born in Butler county, O., and was brought to Shelby county when five years old. Mrs. Johnston still survives, being now in her eighty-sixth year. To Joseph Johnston and wife a family of ten children was born, seven daughters and three sons: Jane, William T., Ella, Edward, Callie, Anna, Ollie, Grant, Nettie, and a babe that died. There are six survivors: William T., Callie, Anna, Ollie, Grant and Nettie.
    William T. Johnston as the oldest son of the family, was early called to his father's assistance in clearing and cultivating the home farm, attending the local schools, in the meanwhile, as opportunity offered. Since the property came into his possession he has erected different farm structures along the line of improvement, not having, however, to build a new residence as his father had already provided a comfortable one. Mr. Johnston has devoted his attention to diversified fanning and has raised much good stock. Always having taken care of his land it has never worn out but is in a better condition at present than ever before. In his political views, Mr. Johnston is a republican and at times has served as a member of the township school board, belonging to that public body when the substantial high school building in this section was erected. For over forty years he has been identified with the Masonic fraternity and is a charter member of the local body of Elks. Mr. Johnston is unmarried.

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