Note: rs was sent to me March 11, 2002 by Mary Spelman Ince. She had received them from another family member. RCK Mar 2000 - Johnston Family Record from hand written notes believed to be compiled by Evan Melrose Johnston - Historical Memoranda compiled by Evan M. Johnston ( transcribed as written with above notes ) - Thomas D. Johnston served in the U.S. Navy in the War of 1812 under Bainbridge, Hull and Decator. He was a gunner in "Old Ironsides" or USS Constitution but after the war was in the Ocean carrying trade and was cast away in the Ship "Ganges" on Turks Island, West Indies Sept. 25, 1815 in a gale of wind, the hardest on record. During the War of 1812 he was captured in the private armed brig "Criterion" by the "Bell Poole" frigate, was taken to England as a prisoner of war and confined with others in Dartmoor prison until the end of the war. His number being 716 on the general entry list of the prison. He went under the pseudonym of Harry Wanser. He was one of the victoms of the so called"Dartmoor Massacre" reeiving a bullet in his leg at thethe time which remained in his body 'till his death..The prison guards thought that some of the prisoners were trying to escape. The latter had been playing ball and knocked the ball over the inner wall. Several tried to climb over to get it and aroused the suspicion of one of the sentinels who fired his musket in the air as a warning. A large number of prisoners crowded forward from the inside of the prison building at the sound of the musket and the cries of the guard and the latter (the guards) lined up and fired a volley into the crowd of prisoners, killing and wounding a considerable number, among the wounded being Thos D. Johnston. In after years when he had left seafaring altogether he kept a tavern in Albany at the corner of Howard and Orchard Sts. which was much frequented by the members of the legislature. - Sarah, wife of Jeremiah Johnston was really named Ward, her father dying, her mother married Thomas S. Diamond doubtless at the time of the American Revolution. They lived at Lansingburg, N.Y. at the time of Burgoyne's invasion and when he was threatening a descent on Albany. Thos. Diamond was in the commissary department of Gen. Gates Army and got possession of Burgoynes army chest after his surrender,, it now being in the possession of his grandson Henry B. Diamond of Albany. - In the papers in claim R. No. 5661 filed by Sarah widow of Jeremiah Johnston in the U.S. Pension Bureau it is alleged that said Johnston was an orderly Seargent under Captain Fisher and Nichoas Jeroloman in Colonel Langsing's Albany City Militia in 1776 and 1777 ; that he served at various times in every year from 1776 to 1780 inclusive, was drafted from his own company on expeditions to Fort Plain Lake George, Fort Edward Stone Arabia Heldberg BNonajoharie and Fort Stanwix, was in the battle of Stillwater and guarded prisoners toHartford. This claim was suspended for proof of service from the Albany records which was never furnished. This however is not surprising. `In the volume called New York in the Revolution we find on page 221 the name of Jeremiah Johnston as being the possessor of a land bounty right of 5oo acres of land as a member of the 1st Regiment of theAlbany County Militia. According to the records at Albany he assigned his right to another. So that while he obtained no land for his services there is sufficient ground for accepting as true the allegations of his widow in claim R.No. 5661 before mentioned as the records at Albany of some regiments and companies are incomplete having no names but those of the officers, while in other cases the data are entirely lacking. Many men no doubt were drafted into different expeditions of whom no record was made or could be found. Such is the Acknowledgement of those who published "New York in the Revolution" on page 12 & 14. - Jeremiah Johnston 's wife came to Albany from Boston when she was a young girl. Tradition has it that she was a school teacher. She left in Boston two sisters named Ward. One of whom, Rebecca married daniel Lilly of the firm of Lilly & Waite at that time the largest publishing firm in the New England Colonies. She was born in Hanover St. Boston and is alleged to have seen the "Boston Massacre" or some evidence of the same. Her husband was one of the Sons of Liberty and in him we have undoubtedly the identity of at least one of the famous Boston Tea Party. The forty men who disguised as indians dumped the tea into Boston Harbor. This is taken from the testimony of Sarah, wife of Jeremiah Johnston, who retained her faculties up to the time of her death in 1850 at the age of ninety one years. She had gained her knowledge from Rebecca wife of Daniel Lilly. His connection with the Sons of Liberty and his mysterious actions on the night of the event as mentioned by her serve to establish his identity as one of the Boston Tea Party to a considerable degree of certainty.
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