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Below is a family biography included in The History of Lawrence County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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F. C. Johnston was born in East Haddam, Conn., May 11, 1849, and is a son of John B. and Ada S. (Calhoun) Johnston, both of whom are of Scotch birth. A feud long existed in Scotland between the Johnstons and the Carmichaels, and knowing that their parents’ consent would be withheld, grandfather Johnston was married, Gretna Green fashion, in 1796, to Mary Carmichael, and came with her to the United States in 1823, locating in Connecticut and afterward in Virginia. John B. Johnston moved to Ohio in 1844, and there resided until 1872. He was the father of five children, our subject being the third child and second son. He was reared and educated in Ohio, and began his career as a pedagogue in Kansas in 1873. In 1874 he came to Lawrence County, Mo., and was here married, August 5, 1875, to Libbie, a daughter of William G. Rice. She was born in Illinois in 1847, and died January 28, 1888. After living here for some time he went to Franklin County, Mo., where he read law with Judge John R. Martin, and was admitted to the bar in 1877, graduating from the St. Louis Law School. He began practicing with his preceptor, Judge Martin, remaining with him until 1879, when he came to Lawrence County, and was elected prosecuting attorney in 1880. He has also served as attorney for the Lawrence County Bank for the past eight years. He is a member of the Congregational Church and is an active worker in the Sabbath-school. He is a stanch Republican in politics, and is an honest, upright citizen.

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This family biography is one of 272 biographies included in The History of Lawrence County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Lawrence County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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