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
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