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Jane Mary (nee?) Johnstone
Posted by: Catherine Bambrick (ID *****6248) Date: August 12, 2007 at 14:52:15
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I am currently trying to track down my g+++ grandmother Jane Mary (nee?) Johnstone (b. 1784). I am hoping to substantiate her marriage to one Thomas Johnstone (b. 1783).

There is a lot of rumour about this woman: she was married about 1804-1810, supposedly at Westminster Abbey. Unfortunately, there are no records for marriages at WA for the period 1775 to 1850. She is also apparently related/descended from the Earls of Darnley (possibly related to the Blighs). Of course, I am having trouble establishing this as I do not have her maiden name. (The name Darnely has been passed down as a middle name through the years). The couple emmigrated to Canada about the same time they were married.

I know these 'facts' because she was mentioned/quoted in the Pioneer Papers of Simcoe County. She/her husband had the first Inn/Lodging/Hotel in Penetanguishene, right across from the Military establishment). The inn was called the Masonic Arms as her husband used to hold his masonic meetings there. I would love to substantiate this as well.

I am very curious as to why a woman of the peerage/lesser nobility would up and take off to the wilds of Canada. How would a silk merchant (Thomas) end up running a lodging house?

Apparently, her father was so distraught at her departure that he refused to acknowledge her further and disinherited her (would this wipe out any record of her?). A silver teapot set that was given to her from a friend before she left for Canada (we still have it) would have been worth a substantial sum, so at least some friends were well off, but was her father really a peer or did he just have rich friends?

Is any of this true or are these Jane Mary's 'pants on fire'? LOL.

If anyone has any leads on how I can substantiate any of this, I would love to know. Sorry for the rambling - it's hard to get this all in one short paragraph.

Many thanks,

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