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Thursday, October 22, 2009
PLEASE NOTE: This image is NOT the Jeanie Johnston. Just a nice little olde sailing ship.
A coincident that the ship's name is the same as my Mother's family name!
My Mother's ancestors came from Ireland. Her father was George Albert JOHNSTON/JOHNSON. George's father was Christopher JOHNSTON. Christopher's parents arrived from Ireland between 1836 and 1838, according to the 1851/1852 Canada Census.
George's mother was Mary Jane ACHESON. Mary Jane's parents came from Ireland too. They arrived in Canada in 1850. Both sides of her Father's family sailed from Ireland in the mid 1800's. Both paternal grandfathers, John JOHNSTON in about 1837 and George ACHESON, in April 1850, a 28 day voyage.
We don't know what ships they sailed on. Could they have been a ships like the The Jeanie Johnston?
The Jeannie Johnston was built in 1847 and was one of the last of the wooden tall ships of her kind.
At the time of the Great Famine during the late 1840's and early 1850's, The Jeannie Johnston brought Irish emigrants to North America. Their website states that the Ship is now (2009) docked in Dublin and plans for 2010 voyages will soon be made. Ready for an adventure!
PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT and image of The Jeanie Johnston ship. Just a nice little olde sailing ship.