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BRITISH NORTH AMERICANS (CANADIANS) Biography

Johnston, Tom

My great-grandfather was born in 1846 in East Gwillembury, Upper Canada (Ontario) in a log cabin in a wilderness farm.

His parents were Scots-Irish immigrants.

In 1860 his father died and the family moved on.

Tom Johnston moved to the States and enlisted in an unknown regiment where he served in the Peninsula Campaign and Gettysburg.

In 1864 he re-enlisted in the 6th Ohio Cavalry and was a private in Co. K where he fought with Sheridan in the Valley campaign.

He then moved to northern Michigan to be with a brother. He was elected twice as sheriff of Alpena Co. in the 1870's.

He then homesteaded in Hillman Twp. and was active in the GAR, attending the Gettysburg reunion in 1913.

He died in 1933.

I lived in Flint and East Jordan. MI until moving to Vermont in 1986.

Bart Johnston

If you have any more information for him please contact either him or me.

I would be very interested in any other Biographies, names or any other information on Canadians in the Civil War or the 2nd Mich. Vol. Inf. I can be contacted at mich2inf@lycosmail.com

If you know of any other British North Americans (Canadians) please advise me.


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