~ Johnston ~
Yesterday, Surname Saturday, I posted about my Great Grandfather Christopher JOHNSTON's children to his first wife, Margaret SCOTT. Margaret was born in 1840 in Scotland, married Christopher in 1863 in Ontario, and after the birth of six children, died in 1872 after a ten-day illness.
Today I'm posting about his second wife, Mary Jane ACHESON. Mary Jane was born in 1856 in Ontario, she and Christopher were married December 1874 in Ontario. When she married Christopher he had been a widower for two years and seven months.
Mary Jane was just 18 years old when she married Christopher and became the step-mother to his five children between the ages of 11 and 4 years. She and Christopher had ten children born between 1875 and 1895, a span of twenty years. My maternal Grandfather, George Albert, was their first born.
Tragically, in 1901, Mary Jane contracted Typhoid Fever while nursing my Grandfather George, his wife Emma and their 8 month old son.
Christopher JOHNSTON 1841 - 1925"This kind and affectionate sister - this devoted wife and mother has gone to her reward. Her decease was caused by Typhoid Fever contracted while nursing her son, George, and his wife [Emma], who were living in Saulte Saint Marie on August 29th, came home on September 29th, and went to Heaven, October 10th, 1901, one day before her 45th birthday." SOURCE: The ACHESON Family ~ 1850-1950; self-published.
Margaret SCOTT 1840 - 1872
Jane Ann 1863 - 1899
Margaret Marie 1865 - 1935
William Henry 1867 - 1942
Katherine Kelso 1868 - 1923
Mary Eileen 1870 - 1899
Infant born and died 1871
Mary Jane ACHESON 1856 - 1901
George Albert 1875 - 1964 ~~ my Grandfather
Alice Victoria 1877 - 1938
Christopher 1879 - 1956
Christina Maud 1882 - 1925
John James 1883 - 1923
Joseph Samuel 1886 - 1954
Eva Mae 1889 - 1974
Robert Edgar 1891 - 1975
Carlotta Lillian 1895 - 1986
After the untimely death of Mary Jane, Christopher married Agnes WRIGHT in 1907. Agnes was born in 1863 and died in 1933, eight years after Christopher's passing in 1925.
SOURCES: Family records and personal knowledge of my Mother.
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