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Ann Johnston (Robertson)

Also Known As: "Robertson", "Roberts"
Birthplace: Augusta, VA, USA
Death: Died in Rockbridge, Virginia, USA
Place of Burial: Lexington, VA, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of James Robertson, Jr. and Elizabeth Robertson
Wife of Zachariah Johnston, Sr.
Mother of James Robertson Johnston; John Johnston, M.D.; Elizabeth McChesney (Johnson) (EGH53); Thomas Johnston; Jane Johnston and 7 others
Sister of Alexander Robertson; James Robertson, III and Elizabeth Murphey

Managed by: Erin Spiceland
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About Ann Johnston

Birth: May 20, 1742 Augusta County Virginia, USA Death: Aug. 25, 1818 Rockbridge County Virginia, USA

Ann Johnston is the daughter of James Robertson, Jr. and Elizabeth Crawford (of Augusta Co., VA) and granddaughter of James Robertson, Sr. and Rebekah Royston (of Albemarle Co., VA), plus Alexander Crawford and his wife Ann. She is believed to have been born 20 May 1742. She married Zachariah Johnston in "1762" in Augusta County, VA.

I note a a candidate for her father: Jas Robertson residing on land in 1743 next to Zachariah's father William Johnston. Chalkley's Chronicles, Vol. 3, p 254; Page 65.--18th February, 1743. John Lewis, of County Augusta, to Jas Robertson, £30 current money VA; 274 acres in Beverley Manor, part of 2,071 acres deeded to John by Wm. Beverley, 21st Feb, 1738, recorded in Orange; on Lewis Creek, Daniel Dcniston's line; Jas Trimble's line; John Craig's line. Witnesses, Wm Henderson, WM. JOHNSTONE, Thos Lewis. Acknowledged in Orange County, 23d February, 1743. Acknowledged in Augusta by John Lewis, 15th Apr 1746, and Margaret, his wife, released dower.

They had 11 known Johnston children most likely at her husband's childhood home, the Barrens or Stone Fort in Augusta County, VA on Long Meadow Road: John, 15 Nov 1761 or 18 Nov 1764 below James Robertson, 19 May 1763 below William, 10 Apr 1766 - died young Elizabeth, 22 Feb 1768 below Zechariah, Jr., 18 Jan 1770 below Thomas, 10 Jan 1772 below Ann, 27 Oct 1774 - 27 Jun 1851 (Mrs. Jos White) below George, 9 Feb 1777 - "died young" or after Sep1800 (see below) Alexander, 6 May 1779 below Margaret 'Peggy" 10 Apr 1781 (Mrs. Robt I White) below Jean/Jenny, 28 Oct 1783 (Mrs. Jno Sharp of TN) below

From "Chalkley's Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish in Virginia" Abstracts of Wills of Augusta Co., VA, Augusta Co. Court, Will Book #3; Page 10, 18th Feb 1761. Page 109. "Zachariah Johnston's wife was Ann Robinson (sic), sister of Alex. and James Robinson; Jane Robinson. Ann's sister, married John Blair (of Augusta Co., VA). Both James and Alex. went to Kentucky, Jessamine County? from Geo. Armentrout."

I later discovered that Ann's brother, Alexander Robertson of Mercer County, KY, voted NO in the 1788 ratifying convention in VA and her husband Zachariah Johnston, was also there, from Augusta Co, voting YES. Also, "Alexander Robertson was a "near relative" of Wm Robertson, the celebrated historian, whose nephew, John Henry, was the father of Patrick Henry."

On 21 May 1792, a "Church letter" stated Capt. Z. Johnston and wife, Ann, and children, were certified in good standing (Zachariah Johnston Papers). She made a will 12 Jun 1818, her property was appraised, and on 30 September 1818, there is a recorded Accounting of the public sale of property of "Ann Johnston deceased."

Seeking data on this George Johnston. In The Zachariah Johnston Papers at the Library of Virginia, has correspondence to or from George Johnston: DB: Composition book of George Johnston, 1794 DX: Letter. George Johnston, Rockbridge [County], to father, Capt. Zachariah Johnston, 20 December 1797 EA: Letter. Geo Johnston, Montgomery, to father, [Zachariah Johnston], 4 Jun 1798 EQ: Account. Estate of Zachariah Johnston, deceased, to the estate of Geo Johnston, 1800 EO: Letter. John Johnston, Staunton, to brother, G Johnston,24 May 1799 EH: Letter. Geo Johnston, Botetourt County, to father, Zachariah Johnston, 16 Jan 1799 ER: Letter. Geo Johnston, Flat Country, to brother, Thos Johnston, 19 Mar 1800 ES: Letter. Geo Johnston, Lexington, to brother, Thomas Johnston, 10 May 1800 ET: Letter. Geo Johnston, Lexington, to brother, [___], 25 June 1800 EU: Letter. Geo Johnston, Lexington, to brother, [___], 24 July 1800 EV: Letter. Geo Johnston, Lexington, to brother, Thos Johnston, 27 Jul 1800 EX: Letter. Saml McKee, Staunton, to Geo Johnston, near Lexington, 31 Sep1800

In A Guide to the Zachariah Johnston Papers (at the Library of VA) includes (A) an 11 Sep 1800 letter from Ann's sister Rebeckah Robertson Dunlap ("Mrs. Wm Dunlap, born 1744, son of Jno Dunlap the Professor of Greek at the University of Glasgow"), from Shelby County, KY, to sister, Mrs. Ann Jonson (sic). (B) a Feb 1802 letter from Elisabeth Shanklin to sister, Ann Johnston, near Lexington. Rebecca Robertson Dunlap (FaG #99754991), 1751 - 1848, is buried in Lexington, KY with her husband Wm Dunlap, 1744 - 1816. The Guide also lists Will. Ann Johnston, dated 12 Jun 1818, 1 p.

In The Scotch-Irish in America, Proceedings and Addresses of the Seventh Congress at Lexington, VA., Jun 20-23, 1895, Published by the order of Scotch-Irish Society of America, Nashville, TN, 1895, p 328 adds: Ann Robertson the wife of Zachariah Johnston is the niece or grandniece of Wm Robertson, the historian of Scotland and aunt to Geo. W. Robertson, the Chief Justice of KY. Rev. William Robertson died in 1793 in Edinburgh, Scotland, but the exact connection has not been found. He wrote several books on Scotland, Charles V., America, etc.

Her second home with Zachariah is located at the edge of town in the meadows of Woods Creek by the Lexington Golf and Country Club. The Preservation Nation site says his descendant Matthew Paxton's family "with guidance of noted restoration architect Thomas Craven, preserving the original flooring, stone fireplaces, Georgian woodwork, and detailing." It's beautiful inside and out.

According to his Findagrave bio, Capt William Robertson, is Ann's great Uncle.

It looks like James Robertson is her grand father, but I'm researching it further......

She is buried beside her husband Zachariah Johnston. I took these 2 grave photos in August 1990. Her gravestone says: Here Lies the Body of ANN JOHNSTON who departed this life the 25 day of Aug. 1818 Aged 77 Years

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 James Robertson (____ - 1754)

 Zachariah Johnston (1742 - 1800)*

 John Johnston (1761 - 1845)*
 James Robertson Johnston (1763 - 1843)*
 Elizabeth Johnston McChesney (1768 - 1848)*
 Zechariah Johnston (1770 - 1845)*
 Thomas Johnston (1772 - 1847)*
 Ann Johnston White (1774 - 1851)*
 Alexander Johnston (1779 - 1843)*
 Margaret Johnston White (1781 - 1843)*
 Jean Johnston Sharp (1783 - 1822)*

 Ann Robertson Johnston (1742 - 1818)
 Rebecca Robertson Dunlap (1751 - 1848)*
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Burial: Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery Lexington Lexington City Virginia, USA Plot: White 2A, 82

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Created by: LSP Record added: Oct 20, 2007 Find A Grave Memorial# 22323395

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Ann Johnston's Timeline

May 20, 1742
Augusta, VA, USA
November 15, 1761
Age 19
Augusta County, Province of Virginia
May 19, 1763
Age 20
April 10, 1766
Age 23
February 28, 1768
Age 25
January 18, 1770
Age 27
January 10, 1772
Age 29
October 27, 1774
Age 32
February 9, 1777
Age 34
May 6, 1779
Age 36