Biographical Sketch of Dr. William James Johnston

(III) Dr. William James Johnston, son of John Johnston, was born at Minesing, Canada. September 11, 1866. He was educated in the public schools in Canada, and the Ontario Veterinary College, from which he graduated in 1889. In the spring of 1889 he commenced to practice his profession at Tillsonburgh, Canada, and continued there until the spring of 1893, when he came to Geneva, New York. From that time until 1905 he was in business alone, and since then he has had Dr. Newell D. Backus as partner, and they have practiced at Geneva tinder the firm name of Johnston & Backus. In politics he is a Republican. He is a member of the Presbyterian church.

He married, December 8, 1891, at Tillsonburgh, Canada, Amy Elizabeth Ostrander, born September 29, 1865, at Ostrander, Oxford county, Canada, daughter of Henry and Margaret Ann (Brady) Ostrander. Her father was born May 29, 1816, died in 1892; married, February, 1841, Margaret Ann Brady, born in Dublin, Ireland, June 1, 1822, died February 19, 1894. Mr. Ostrander was a farmer by occupation; a Methodist in religion and a Conservative in politics, serving as postmaster for several years. John Ostrander, grandfather of Mrs. Johnston, was born in England and came to Canada when a young man; married there May Jane Cohoe, who was a native of New York state; resided at Guysburgh, Canada.

Children of William James and Amy (Ostrander) Johnston: 1. Hazel Belvia, born at Tillsonburgh, March i6, 1893. 2. Lee, horn at Geneva, September 22, 1894. 3. Zayde, born at Geneva, September 23, 1897. 4. Reginald Graham, June 28, 1899.




MLA Source Citation:

Milliken, Charles F. The History of Ontario County, New York, and Its People Lewis Historical Publishing Co., New York. 1911. AccessGenealogy.com. Web. 16 April 2014. http://www.accessgenealogy.com/new-york/biographical-sketch-of-dr-william-james-johnston.htm - Last updated on Aug 11th, 2011


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