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Martha Johnston (Forbes)

Birthdate: (77)
Birthplace: Tyrone, Northern Ireland
Death: September 2, 1889 (77)
Mount Zion, Van Buren County, Iowa, United States
Place of Burial: Keosauqua, Van Buren County, Iowa, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Forbes and Mary Forbes
Wife of William Harrison Johnston
Mother of Francis "Frank" Johnston; Katherine Elizabeth Perry; William Marshall Johnston; Amanda Johnston; Joseph A. Johnston and 2 others
Sister of James Forbes, Sr; Eleanor Moore; Robert Forbes; Mary Rowley and Joseph Forbes
Half sister of John A. Forbis; Margaret Forbes; Ann Ager; Susannah Forbes and Sarah C Hootman

Managed by: Erica Howton
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About Martha Johnston

Name: Martha FORBES Sex: F Birth: 11 NOV 1813 in Tyrone Co., Ireland Death: 2 SEP 1891 in Mt.Zion, Van Buren Co., Iowa

  • 15 May 2012: MtDNA Haplogroup J2a1a (23andMe)

Martha Forbes came to the United States from Northern Ireland with her parents when she was about six years old. The family settled in Franklin County, Pennsylania. After a few years, they moved to Carroll County, Ohio where Martha met and married William Henry Johnston. The Johnstons moved to Iowa in the spring of 1844—first to Rochester in Van Buren County for a few years, and then finally settling on a farm near Mt. Zion. Martha was very devoted to the Presbyterian church in Mt. Zion.


  • parents: John FORBES b: WFT Est. 1759-1791 in Ireland & Mary ANTHONY b: WFT Est. 1763-1789 in Ireland


  1. 6 JAN 1831 in Carroll Co., Ohio to William Harrison JOHNSTON b: 31 JAN 1807 in WestmorelandCo., Pennsylvania


  1. Thomas JOHNSTON b: WFT Est. 1829-1854 in Ohio
  2. John F. JOHNSTON b: WFT Est. 1829-1855 in Ohio
  3. James JOHNSTON b: WFT Est. 1829-1855 in Ohio
  4. Frances JOHNSTON b: WFT Est. 1829-1853
  5. Martha (Infant Died) JOHNSTON b: WFT Est. 1829-1855
  6. Nancy J. JOHNSTON b: 1842 in Ohio
  7. Mary Ellen JOHNSTON b: 2 JUL 1843 in Ohio
  8. Katherine E. JOHNSTON b: 1 DEC 1845 in Mt.Zion, VanBuren Co., Iowa
  9. Amanda JOHNSTON b: 18 JAN 1849 in Mt.Zion, VanBuren Co., Iowa
  10. William Nelson JOHNSTON b: 18 AUG 1853 in Mt.Zion, VanBuren Co., Iowa


Note: Carol Beatty Bryant,#47308547 provided the link to Martha's father on October 28, 2016.

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Martha Johnston's Timeline

November 18, 1811
Tyrone, Northern Ireland
December 20, 1839
Age 28
Muskingum, Ohio, United States
February 22, 1841
Age 29
Hagerstown, Carroll, Ohio, United States
December 1, 1845
Age 34
Van Buren County, Iowa, United States
Age 36
Muskingum, OH, USA
January 18, 1849
Age 37
Van Buren County, Iowa, United States
April 5, 1851
Age 39
Muskingum County, Ohio, United States
August 18, 1853
Age 41
September 2, 1889
Age 77
Van Buren County, Iowa, United States