FRANCIS V. JOHNSTON, of Knox Township, Jefferson County, Ohio, has, among its most highly regarded citizens, a number of men who have been born here and have lived useful and contended lives amid the familiar surroundings to which they have been accustomed from infancy and in large measure, all will leave these old homesteads better cultivated, stocked and improved than when they took charge. This is notably the case with Francis V. Johnston, who was born on his estate of 176 acres in Knox Township, May 3, 1837, and is a son of George and Mary (Allen) Johnston.
George Johnston was a son of John Jonston, who was born in Ireland and when he emigrated to America, settled first in Pennsylvania; where he was married and when he came to Knox Township, Jefferson County, in 1802, his son George was then twelve years old. He spent the remainder of his life on the farm his grandson owns, as sis the latter's father, who died in 1875. George Johnston was one of the solid, reliable men of Knox Township, serving in the office of township trustee for a number of years and giving support to both churches and schools. In politics he was a Democrat and in his day was active in work for his party. He was one of the early members of the Island Creek Presbyterian Church.
Francis V. Johnston attended the district schools in his youth and was yet young when he began to make himself very useful on the home farm. There was little machinery used in those days and much of the hard work that is now successfully completed through the help of modern agricultural implements, had to be done by long hours of patient toil. Mr. Johnston has always follwed practical methods and enjoys the reputation of being a very successful farmer.
On April 18, 1861, Mr. Johnston was married to Miss Elizabeth McCarty, who was born in Washington County, Pa., and is a daughter of John and Julia McCarty. Mr. and Mrs. Johnston have three children: Ida M., who is the wife of Charles W. Brown, of Knox Township; George E., a civil engineer who is prosperous in his business at Louisville, Ky.; and Frances J., who is the wife of J. E. Pugh, of Buffalo, N. Y. In his views on public questions. Mr. Johnston is a Prohibitionist and he has served as a member of the township school board.