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Searching for the French roots of my ancestor, James Johnstone. He was sent to America in the 1750's to fight the Seven Years War (French & Indian) and eventually settled in Salisbury, Connecticut. He married, had three children. His son, Seth, fought in the American Revolution and eventually settled in Walton, NY.
Though I can trace many of James's relatives forward, from the time he arrived in America, I have been unable to trace James's roots back to France. Johnstone is a Scottish name, the family originating around Dumfries in southern Scotland. I imagine the Johnstones' were forced out of Scotland at the time of King James I, and probably fled to France in the late 1600's, early 1700's. There could not have been many Johnstones in France in the 1750's.
If anyone can shed any light on a possible search mechanism, I would be happy to hear.