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Transcribed biography of Jesse Johnston


Jesse Johnston was born June 10, 1808 in Rose County, Ohio and died May 28, 1895. His profession was a lawyer. He married Rebecca Pickett of Tippecanoe County, Indiana, on November 22, 1830. In the year 1834, they came to Porter County and settled at Twenty Mile Prairie, Ind. In 1851, they moved to LaPorte Avenue, then to Old Sac Trail. He was appointed the first Probate Judge of Porter County in 1836. Rebecca died June 5, 1864. They were the parents of six (6) daughters and five (5) sons.

Judge William Johnston was born February 14, 1842 in Porter County and died October 10, 1915, also in Porter County. On August 16, 1888, he married Maud McKeehan in Valparaiso, Indiana. Judge Johnston taught school to put himself through college. Graduated in 1866 from Asbury College (now DePauw University), Greencastel, as a lawyer. In 1889, he was elected Judge of the Circuit Court of Valparaiso. Maud McKeehan Johnston was born June 23, 1865 and died on April 13, 1923, in Chicago, Illinois. They were the parents of two (2) girls and two (2) boys.

William McKeehan Johnston was born on March 25, 1892 in Valparaiso, Indiana. He died October 17, 1957, also in Valparaiso. He married Pearle Cynthia Stoner in Valparaiso, March 21, 1917. He attended the local city schools and graduated twice from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. In 1913 he received a Literary Arts degree and received his Law degree in 1916. After practicing law for some years, he became Bailiff for Judge Charles Jensen in the Circuit Court. At the death of Judge Jensen, and the beginning of World War II, he went to work at McGills where he worked for a number of years. When Judge Jacob Fleshbein was elected to the bench of the Superior Court, William served as his Bailiff until his death in 1957. He also served as a volunteer fireman for many years. Pearle Cynthia Stoner Johnston was born in Valparaiso, February 25, 1889. They were the parents of one daughter, Deleha Maudette Johnston.

Source: American Revolution Bicentennial Committee of Porter County. 1976. A Biographical History of Porter County, Indiana. Valparaiso, Indiana: American Revolution Bicentennial Committee of Porter County, Inc. 180 p.
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