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Catholic Johnstons of Northern Ireland, Fermanagh
Posted by: David Johnston (ID *****0820) Date: December 13, 2010 at 18:15:46
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I have two (presumably) unrelated Johnston ancestors from Co. Fermanagh, Ireland: James Johnston 1800-1867, m. Mary Ann Quinn 1825-1906 and William Johnston b. 1781 m. Sarah Graham. Descendants of both settled in New Brunswick, Canada.

All Johnstons are originally Scottish and most in Northern Ireland are Protestant. Yet, both my ancestors were Catholic.

Does anyone know anything about Catholic Johnstons in Northern Ireland?Presumably they have a different origin than the Presbyterian Scots who settled there. Or maybe not. Maybe they converted in Ireland.

Looking at the 1901 and 1911 census of Ireland, I can find about 14 Catholic Johnston families in Fermanagh. Perhaps I am related to one of those families.

Please send me a message if you know about any of these ancestors of mine or how these Johnstons might haved ended up Catholic rather than Protestant.


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