East Coast Hussars

[First published in the Genealogix of June 2016] My Scottish-born gg-grandfather Robert Johnston was no stranger to the militia.  He spent time working as a tailor in Shanghai.  When not racing horses, he was a member of the Shanghai Volunteer Corps.  He returned to Ireland in the late 1870s where he married Elizabeth Foster.  The …

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An Edwardian Wedding

This post accompanies my previous entry on a Victorian wedding in England.  Here's how it was done in New Zealand a few years later.  This is the wedding of my 2x great-uncle Robert Foster Johnston to Ethel Millar McFarlane on 16 January, 1913.  Robert Foster was one of my Lost Children, now found. My Johnston …

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Robert Johnston – World Traveller

Updated: 14 September 2013 Everyone should have a lying toe-rag of a Scottish gg-grandfather.  My husband has one (his is much better).  Mine, Robert Johnston, only told a small lie.  About his age.  Probably to get married. But before Robert Johnston got married, he had travelled further than nearly all of my other gg-grandparents (and …

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GG-Grandparents – Maternal Side

Updated: 30 March 2017 My mother, to put it bluntly, is descended from peasants.  Upwardly mobile peasants as they're the side that has come up, as opposed to my Dad's side that has gone down.  However, if you go back a few generations prior to their arrival here, her family is made up of the …

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