John Barr Johnston

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Sir John Barr Johnston   ( 1843 - 1919 )

 

 

A history about Sir John Barr Johnston is mentioned below.

 

From the Diamond War Memorial Project website:

Major Robinson’s father-in-law, John B. Johnston, was born in 1843, the son of Mr John Johnston, of Beragh, County Tyrone. He came to Londonderry as a young man, and built up a prosperous business in the agricultural, implement and seed line.

In 1877 he married a daughter of Mr Alexander Weir, of Ballindrait, County Donegal. He entered Londonderry Corporation circa 1885, and was elected Alderman a few years later. He became Mayor in 1897, was re-elected the following year, and became High Sheriff of the County of the City of Londonderry in 1900.

Besides his connection with the Corporation, Johnston was a member of the Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners, of which body he was chairman in 1909; a vice-chairman of the Governing Body of the Londonderry City and County Asylum;

President of the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce, 1905-6; a Life Governor of the Londonderry and North West Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital and the Londonderry Y.M.C.A; a Grand Juror and Justice of the Peace for the county of Londonderry, and Justice of the Peace for the county of Tyrone.

In addition, he acted as one of the joint hon. Secretaries of the City of Londonderry Unionist Association, and chairman of the Convoy Woollen Company, Ltd. During his Mayoralty, Johnston had the honour of welcoming the future King George V and his Queen, then the Duke and Duchess of York, to Londonderry.

He was knighted in 1899, and died suddenly on Wednesday, February 12, 1919, about 4 p.m., in a restaurant while waiting for his order to be carried out. His wife, Lady Johnston, had died only a few weeks earlier.

 

 

~ 1873

John Barr Johnston married Sarah Jane McBeth in 1873 in the Armagh registration district of Ireland.

From the Ireland, Civil Registration Marriage Index:

Names: ………………………. John Barr Johnston / Sarah Jane McBeth
Date of Registration: …… 1873
Registration District: …… Armagh
Vol: ……………………………. 11
Page: ………………………….. 41
FHL Film No.: ……………. 101252

 

~ 1877

John Barr Johnston married ISABELLA WEIR  in 1877 in the Strabane registration district of Ireland.

From the Ireland, Civil Registration Marriage Index:

Names: ………………………… John Barr Johnston / Isabella Weir
Date of Registration: …….. 1877
Registration District: ……. Strabane
Vol: …………………………….. 2
Page: …………………………… 439
FHL Film No.: ……………… 101253

 

~ 1919

Sir John Barr Johnston died on 12 February 1919 in Londonderry.

 

From the England & Wales, National Probate Calendar:

Page 412 -- 1919.

JOHNSTON sir John Barr of 23 Crawford-square Londonderry knight died 12 February 1919 Probate Dublin to John Alexander Weir Johnston major H.M. Army.

Effects £1204 16s. 10d. in England.  Sealed London 30 July.

 

 

 

Children of John Barr and Isabella (Weir) Johnston

 

 

A.  +      JOHN ALEXANDER WEIR JOHNSTON  was born November 17, 1879.

John married Enid Mary Simpson

 

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B.  +      MARGARET CHAMBER JOHNSTON  was born ?

Margaret married Noel Stafford Robinson

 

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Sources:

1.     1873 marriage of John Barr Johnston and Sarah Jane McBeth in the index.  Ireland, Civil Registration Marriage Index online at Ancestry.com.  Date of Registration: 1873; Registration District: Armagh; Vol: 11; Page: 41; FHL Film No.: 101252.  Searched August 5, 2012 Sunday 3:06 PM

2.     1877 marriage of John Barr Johnston and Isabella Weir.  Ireland, Civil Registration Marriage Index online at Ancestry.com.  Date of Registration: 1877; Registration District: Strabane; Vol: 2; Page: 439; FHL Film No.: 101253.  Searched August 5, 2012 Sunday 3:06 PM.

3.     1918 about Major Noel Stafford Robinson.  Diamond War Memorial Project online at http://www.diamondwarmemorial.com/soldiers/view/1037.  Searched January 24, 2012, Tuesday 7:04 PM.

4.     death date and probate mentioned for Sir John Barr Johnston.  England & Wales, National Probate Calendar online at Ancestry.com.  1919, J, Jo, Image No. 17, Page 412.  Searched on August 1, 2012 Wednesday 5:59 PM.

 

1st. version dated - September 10, 2012 Monday 2:11 PM

 

 

 

Researched and Compiled by William Wallworth

 

 

 

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