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Alexander Ramage Vallance Johnston

Alexander Ramage Vallance Johnston, the son of David Swan Johnston and Catherine Vallance, was born on January 5, 1876 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Alexander was a weaver, and worked in the cloth/wool mills in Belleville/Bloomfield, New Jersey (in the United States). He died on January 21, 1918 at the young age of 42 as a result of blood poisoning from the dyes in the fabric.

Alexander made two trips to the United States, both times arriving in the port of Philadelphia. Before coming to the United States the first time in 1893 (and probably the reason for leaving Scotland), Alexander had a child with Ellen Tait Moffat. The young couple never married. Their son Alexander was born in November 1893, after his father left for the United States.

Alexander went back to Scotland for a brief period after that, before returning to the United States again in July of 1895. The name of the relative listed was Uncle James O'Cain. However, no record of this person in relation to the Johnston family has been found. After arriving, Alexander found his way to Newark, New Jersey, where he met up with his older brother Thomas Vallance Johnston. Thomas had immigrated to the United States sometime in the late 1880's.

Sometime either upon arriving in the United States, or shortly thereafter, the "e" was added onto the end of Johnston, changing the two brothers' last name to "Johnstone".

On October 9, 1897, at the Wickliffe Church in Newark, New Jersey, Alexander married Louisa Wiegand, daughter of Henry Wiegand and Bridget Commerford. Louisa was born on January 12, 1875 in South Orange, New Jersey, and died on January 28, 1922 at her home in Bloomfield. Due to unfortunate family circumstances, Louisa was placed in an orphanage at an early age. Whether because of a misunderstanding or due to a language barrier (her father was from Germany), Louisa's name was somehow changed to Elizabeth Wiggins.

Alexander and Louisa/Elizabeth had the following children:

  1. Isabel Dorothy Johnstone (1898-1978)
  2. Florence Johnstone (1899-1981)
  3. Robert Vallance Johnstone (1902-1943)
  4. Davina Johnstone (1905-1981)

For further information on the Johnston family, please return to the main Johnston Family page.