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Arthur J. Johnston    

ARTHUR J. JOHNSTON, farmer, post-office Leesburgh, was born September 13, 1840, on the farm now owned by John W. Nelson, to James and Eliza (Denniston) Johnston, natives, the father of Ireland and the mother of this county. Arthur Johnston, the father of James, married Eleanor Campbell, a descendant of the Highlands of Scotland, with whom he came to this county in an early day, and settled on the farm where Joseph Masters now lives, where he remained as a renter for five years. He then built the stone house where John W. Nelson now resides, and from 1831 to 1842 he kept tavern to accommodate the traveling public. He also kept a post-office there for years. He died in another stone house on his farm of 200 acres in 1844, aged sixty-eight years. His widow died in 1862, aged eighty-nine. Their children were: Mattie E., Mary, Eleanor and James C. Arthur was a Democrat. The children of James C. and Eliza Johnston were nine: William, deceased; Ellen, deceased; Mary E., married James S. Collins; Esther A., married Erastus C. Drake; A. J., William H., Joseph, died small; Margaret, killed by the horses running away when the family were going to church; infant, died small. The parents of the above children were members of the First Presbyterian Church of Mercer at the time of their death. A. J. Johnston was educated in the common schools, and was brought up on the farm. He was married in 1864 to Hannah, a daughter of Alexander Campbell, of Lawrence County, Penn., and had by her four children: William, deceased; Mary, married John W. Nelson; Anna M. and Ora C. Mr. Johnston is the owner of seventy-five acres of good land, part of which he inherited. He has taken a deep interest in the Democratic party, to which he is attached, has served as delegate, and was assessor of Springfield Township for three terms. He and family are members of the Presbyterian Church of Leesburgh, of which he has been deacon.

History of Mercer County, Pennsylvania : its past and present : including its aboriginal history, its early settlement and development, a description of its historic and interesting localities, sketches of its boroughs, townships and villages, neighborhood and family histories, portraits and biographies of pioneers and representative citizens, statistics, etc. : also, a condensed history of Pennsylvania. Chicago, Ill.: Brown, Runk & Co., 1888.  Read this book on line - Free Trial  Search Hundreds of 1880s-1890s Pennsylvania County History Books for biographies and historical information on your ancestors.  View the book page images on line and print them out for your genealogy file!  Free Access to the old history books - plus birth & death records, census images and ALL other records at ancestry.com.

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