ANDREW DAVIS JOHNSTON – was a son of Capt. William JOHNSTON, who came from
the valley of Virginia to this county among its very earliest settlers,
about 1765, and settled first on Anthony’s Creek, and about 1770 moved to
a farm one mile north of the present site of Lewisburg. He was one of the
pioneer heros who went to the assistance of the settlers at Fort Donally when
they were attacked by Indians there. He married Jane DAVIS, born in this county,
and after long and useful lives both died in this county and are buried on their
old farm. The brothers of Capt. JOHNSTON were Robert, James and Silas, and his
sister married Robert GRAY. They all settled in Lexington, Kentucky. The
children of William and Jane (DAVIS) JOHNSTON were James, Samuel, William,
John, George, and Andrew – their sons, and Rebecca, unmarried; Polly, married
John FEAMSTER; Sally, married R. F. TYREE. Andrew Davis JOHNSTON was born May
23, 1800, and in Augusta County, Virginia, February 21, 1828, he married Esther
Lyle ALEXANDER. She was born July 18, 1803, on the farm adjoining the one where
her husband was born, the farm now owned by her brother. James and Margaret (LYLE)
ALEXANDER were her parents. Her mother was born in Rockbridge County, at Rockbridge,
and was married there, her father at the time living in Greenbrier County. After
a time her parents moved to Augusta County, and in their old age, about 1840,
returned to this county and died here. The record of the children of Mr. and Mrs.
JOHNSTON is: Margaret Jane, born October 13, 1829, married Dr. James A. TEMPLETON,
October 5, 1847, and they have two sons and three daughters, and reside at Bristol,
Tennessee; James William, born June 7, 1832, is a farmer of Lewisburg District;
George Edward, born February 12, 1836, died August 31st following; Ann Eliza,
born December 4, 1837, married Nathan A. HANNA, November 28, 1858, and they had
one son and one daughter, both are living and the parents are deceased –
Ann E. died January 3, 1883, and her husband died March 9, 1862; Mary Rebecca,
born June 27, 1840, married Edward BLACK, November 15, 1859, and died November
15, 1861; John Davis, born September 16, 1842, a farmer in this county; Andrew
Alexander, born June 3, 1846, married Florence F. SKAGGS, November 5, 1874.
James W., John D., and Andrew A. were Confederate soldiers. All served with honor,
James and Andrew through the entire conflict, and John until disabled. James W.
JOHNSTON was sheriff of Greenbrier county, 1877-1881. Andrew D. JOHNSTON is living
on his farm in Lewisburg District with post office address at Richlands, Greenbrier
County, West Virginia.
Source: Hardesty, Henry H. Hardesty’s Historical and Geographical
Encyclopedia. New York: H.H. Hardesty and Company, 1884.
Rpt. in West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia. Ed. Jim Comstock.
Richwood: Comstock, 1974.
Submitted by Valerie Crook,