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Elizabeth (Minor) Johnston

Highland Cemetery, Glenford
Elizabeth (Minor) Johnston
was born near Brownsville, OH on Feb. 2, 1838, the daughter of Jacob and Mary (Ferguson) Miner.

She joined the Methodist Protestant Church in Brownsville as a girl and retained her Methodist affiliation the rest of her life, "supporting it with her means and prayers."

On Nov. 15, 1876, when she was 43 years of age, Elizabeth married her brother in law Seth Reed Johnston (1827-1923), who was the 49-year-old widower of her sister Isabel.  

Highland Cemetery
Inheriting four of her nieces and nephews as step-children, Elizabeth went on with Seth to produce a daughter of their own, Ada Soliday

Elizabeth was said to be "a loving and affectionate mother...." They resided in Glenford, Perry County, OH, where Seth kept a well-known general store.

Like her husband, Elizabeth was known as a "highly respected resident" of the county.  The Somerset Press said she "was a kind and obliging neighbor and her friends were many."

They suffered the painful, untimely deaths of many loved ones over the years.  Between 1901 and 1910, son James and his adult children Brandt and Vera all died of various ailments.

Somerset Press, 1928
In 1919, she and Seth and the extended Johnston clan gathered at the home of stepson-in-law Alva Cooperrider for a reunion.

At age 95, the oldest citizen of Hopewell Township, Seth died at home in March 7, 1923. 

After his death, an inventory was taken of his store in Glenford.  Numbering 838 separate items, the inventory provides a fascinating glimpse at the goods needed by citizens of Perry County in the era after the end of World War I.

Five years later, on Feb. 8, 1928, Elizabeth passed away, at age 90, after a month of enduring bronchio-pneumonia. Her examining physician wrote that "She had softening of brain for quite a while. I don't know how long." They are buried together at the Highland Cemetery near Glenford.

At her death, the Somerset Press said that Elizabeth was survived by "a number of distant relatives."

Family researchers at the Johnstons' grave, circa 1996 -- Kermit Boring, Barbara Bauer and Eugene Podraza

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