Johnstone, John Sutherland (1875-after 1912)

John Sutherland Johnstone was a bartender and constable for the Canadian Pacific Railway. He lived at 1055 Denman Street in 1911.

John S Johnstone, Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory, 1911, Part 1, page 803

John S Johnstone, Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory, 1911, Part 1, page 803

According to the available documents, John was born in June 1875 in Melrose, Scotland. His parents were Mark Johnstone and Jeannett Sutherland.

It is possible that this Scottish police news story from 1898 refers to the same John Sutherland Johnstone.

This Day's Police News, Edinburgh Evening News (Edinburgh, Scotland), Saturday, February 19, 1898, page 2.

This Day’s Police News, Edinburgh Evening News (Edinburgh, Scotland), Saturday, February 19, 1898, page 2.

John Sutherland Johnstone appears to have arrived in Canada in 1906

There was a John S. Sutherland who worked as a builder and labourer in Enderby, British Columbia in 1908 and 1909, although it is not certain if this is the same person.

John S Johnstone, Walker’s Weekly [Enderby], October 15, 1908, page 8, http://historicalnewspapers.library.ubc.ca/view/collection/enderby/date/1908-10-15#12!johnstone

John S Johnstone, Walker’s Weekly [Enderby], October 15, 1908, page 8, http://historicalnewspapers.library.ubc.ca/view/collection/enderby/date/1908-10-15#12!johnstone

 

 

 

 

In 1909, John was a hotel clerk in Kamloops, British Columbia.

On March 31, 1909, in Kamloops, John married Annie Dover Harris, who was a widow. Annie was born in Cumberland, England, in May 1874. Her father was John Bell Dover. Her mother was Zillah Bethwaite.

Annie had arrived in Canada in 1906. At some point she married a Mr. Harris, who died before 1909.

By 1911, John and Annie were living at 1055 Denman Street in Vancouver. According to the 1911 Canada census, John was a constable for the Canadian Pacific Railway. The 1911 Vancouver directory said that he was a bartender.

The 1911 Canada census showed that John and Annie had three children:

William Johnstone, born in British Columbia in June 1907.

Mary Alice Johnstone, born in British Columbia in July 1909.

“Magaret” R. Johnstone, born in British Columbia in September 1910.

However, William, the oldest, was born before the marriage in 1909, so Annie’s first husband may have been William’s father.

After 1911, the Vancouver directories do not show any further signs of this family.

There is evidence of a John S. Johnstone in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He was living at 1123 Kilburn Avenue in Saskatoon in 1912 and 1913.

Henderson's Saskatoon city directory, volume 5 (1912), page 192, http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/bibliography/3177.2.3/196.html.

Henderson’s Saskatoon city directory, volume 5 (1912), page 192

 

Henderson's Saskatoon city directory, volume 6 (1913), page 123, http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/bibliography/3177.2.4/117.html.

Henderson’s Saskatoon city directory, volume 6 (1913), page 123

 

John worked as a bookkeeper for the Saskatoon Board of Trade, but this ended after about two years. The Royal Northwest Mounted Police issued a wanted poster, stating that he was wanted for embezzlement, and that he had absconded from Saskatoon on August 10, 1913.” The poster added that he had been a marine firemen and that he had worked with the city police in Edinburgh, Scotland, as well as with police in British Columbia. He had also been a laborer, bartender and clerk.

"Wanted” poster for John S. Johnstone who "absconded from Saskatoon, 10th August, 1913"; Local History, Saskatoon Public Library, ID Number DOC-2010-1; http://spldatabase.saskatoonlibrary.ca/csdata/images/lhr/web/doc/2010/doc-2010-1.jpg.

“Wanted” poster for John S. Johnstone who “absconded from Saskatoon, 10th August, 1913”; Local History, Saskatoon Public Library, ID Number DOC-2010-1; http://spldatabase.saskatoonlibrary.ca/csdata/images/lhr/web/doc/2010/doc-2010-1.jpg.

It is not clear what happened to John.

The 1914 Saskatoon directory listed “Mrs. Annie Johnston” at 1123 Kilburn Avenue.

Henderson’s Saskatoon city directory, volume 7 (1914), page 422, http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/bibliography/3177.2.5/430.html.

Annie did not appear in the Saskatoon directories in later years.

At this time, there is no further information available for this family.

 

Sources

 

John Sutherland Johnstone

This Day’s Police News, Edinburgh Evening News (Edinburgh, Scotland), Saturday, February 19, 1898; page 2: “Disturbance in Waverley Station. John Sutherland Johnstone, described as a dock labourer residing at 11 Citadel Street, Leith, was charged with creating a disturbance and assaulting one of the railway police by kicking him on the hand in the Waverley Station last night. The accused pleaded guilty. He was very disorderly and swearing in the presence of a crowd of passengers waiting on a train. When the constable moved him on he lifted his foot and kicked the officer on the hand. Johnstone was put under £2 caution, with the option of ten days’ imprisonment.”

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD8V-4QS : accessed 11 July 2015), John Sutherland Johnstone and Annie Dover Harris, 31 Mar 1909; citing Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11383, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,976.

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory, 1911, Part 1, page 803: Johnstone, John S. bartndr, h 1055 Denman.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-MPF6 : accessed 11 July 2015), John S Johnstone, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=63734&highlight=25&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+John+S.+Johnstone; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1911/pdf/e001940111.pdf.

“Wanted poster” for John S. Johnstone who “absconded from Saskatoon, 10th August, 1913”, Saskatoon Public Library, ID Number: DOC-2010-1, http://spldatabase.saskatoonlibrary.ca/ics-wpd/exec/icswppro.dll?AC=QBE_QUERY&TN=LHR_RAD&NP=4&QB0=AND&QF0=ID_NUMBER&QI0=DOC-2010-1&MR=20&RF=www_SingleRecord.

Henderson’s Directory for Saskatoon, 1912-1914.

John Sutherland JOHNSTONE born Melrose, Roxburghshire, Scotland 1875, [to] Canada ?1905; http://boards.ancestry.ca/surnames.johnstone/585/mb.ashx.

 

Annie Dover (wife of John Sutherland Johnstone)

Bethwaite Martin Linnen Linner; http://www.curiousfox.com/uk/mbprof2.lasso?eid=64469&-nothing

“England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J3XQ-THX : accessed 11 July 2015), John Bell Dover, 27 May 1821; citing BRIGHAM,CUMBERLAND,ENGLAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 90,573.

“England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N54R-1QP : accessed 11 July 2015), Zilla Bethwaite, 11 Jan 1835; citing FLIMBY,CUMBERLAND,ENGLAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 90,620.

“England and Wales Census, 1841,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M73X-6XV : accessed 11 July 2015), Zella Bethwaite, Flimby, Cumberland, England; from “1841 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO HO 107, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2D3L-YC6 : accessed 11 July 2015), Zillah Bethwaite, 1857; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Marriage, Cockermouth, Cumberland, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2D3G-Z25 : accessed 11 July 2015), John Dover, 1857; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Marriage, Cockermouth, Cumberland, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1861,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M7CZ-CH1 : accessed 11 July 2015), Zilla Dover, Ferryhill, Durham, England; from “1861 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 9, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1871,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V51K-75Q : accessed 11 July 2015), Zillah Dover in household of John Dover, Flimby, Flimby, Cumberland, England; from “1871 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 10, folio , p. 8, Cockermouth registration district, Maryport subdistrict, ED 7, household 36, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 847,447.

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:4J6D-56Z : accessed 11 July 2015), Zillah Dover, England; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Cumberland county,  registration district, MARYPORT subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XSVG-PYY : accessed 11 July 2015), Zilla Dover, Flimby, Cumberland, England; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing  county,  registration district, Maryport subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2N1N-LXQ : accessed 11 July 2015), Zillah Dover, 1913; from “England & Wales Deaths, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Death, Chester Le Street, Durham, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N54R-127 : accessed 11 July 2015), Zilla Bethwaite in entry for Daniel Bethwaite, 20 Jun 1856; citing FLIMBY,CUMBERLAND,ENGLAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 90,620.

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