William Thomas Alexander JOHNSTON was born in Belfast, Ireland, on 18 March 1867, the son of John & Elizabeth [nee ORR] JOHNSTON. He emigrated to Canada with his parents in about 1870, and lived with his parents initially in Montreal, Quebec, then in Cornwall, Ontario, and later in Ottawa. His mother died of consumption in Ottawa in 1889. A short while later William was in Toronto, and there he married Annie Louisa JEUNE, the daughter of Edmund & Martha Jane [nee ALLEN] JEUNE.
This photograph, taken at the Dame Studio at 330½ Yonge Street in Toronto, shows William Thomas Alexander Johnston with 2 unidentified women (who were more than likely sisters, but just which ones is not presently known).
At least five children were born in Toronto before Annie Louisa died there in 1905. The children were Minnie Louise, 1892; William Aubrey Arthur, 1895; Thomas Stewart, 1899; Martha Gladys Helena, 1901; and John James 'Jack', in 1905.
At least one 'personal family tree' found on <www.ancestry.com> - the 'Mills/Falconer Family Tree', suggests that there was a sixth child - a girl named Selina, who was born in about 1903. No evidence of the birth or death of such a child has been found in Ontario birth and death registration records, however. And there certainly was no child so named listed as a member of William's household according the a 1911 Census of Canada schedule (by which time William had been married to his second wife - Naomi Ruth GRAHAM, for about a year and a half). The Might's Directories for the City of Toronto for 1902 (Page 636; Wm T Johnston) and 1903 (Page 555) show that William and Annie Louise were living at 674 Parliament Street, from which address he also apparently ran his express delivery service.
- Bruce D. Murduck
- Category: Johnston Family Files