Johnstone, David

Birth Name Johnstone, David
Gender male
Age at Death 83 years, 9 months, 20 days


David Johnstone was a mill owner mentioned in PEI local histories, and a monument on P. E. I. is dedicated to him. In A History of Long River, the book From Forest to Farm by J. A. Ready is quoted:
"In passing it may be remembered that few old settlers are held in such loving remembrance as is David Johnstone. In 1837 when flour was so scarce and commanding so high a price he had a quantity an hand. Many flocked to him and offered the highest price in ready money, but he refused them all saying that those who had the money could procure flour elsewhere, while he would sell only to those who could not then pay for it. And the price charged these creditors was less than the cash price elsewhere. How many such men have we today?"

"Of this union there were ten children, four sons became millers and three daughters married millers, Archibald went to Seattle, Mary married John MacKay and Barbara the youngest married Dr. William Keir of Malpeque."

David Johnston and Janet McMurdy of Lot 19 were married in the Presbyterian Church, Richmond Parish, in 1821. In his booklet about growing up in Long River, Arthur P. Johnstone said their children were:
William, a captan, who married Catherine McKay
Catherine, married James Johnstone, a miller
James married Elizabeth Lord
Archibald married twice
John, klled in a sawmill accident

In 1835 David Johnston offered his Long River mills for sale.

Johnstone David (g.s. Geddie Memorial cemetery, New London, Lot 21) d. 21 Oct. 1870, aged 83 years, a native of Dumfries shire, Scotland, emigrated to P.E.I. in 1820.

The Islander – Nov 11, 1870
At Long River, New London, on the 21st ult., David Johnston, Esq., in the 83rd year of his age. Deceased was a native of Scotland, but for many years one of the most respectable inhabitants of the locality in which he died.

Name David Johnston
Age 83
Residence Long River
Date of Death 1870
Source pre-1906 Death Index. Unidentified newspaper
Notes Came from Scotland.



Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth 1787 Scotland    
Death October 21, 1870 New London, Lot 21, Queens County, Prince Edward Island, Canada at age 83  


Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Johnstone, William17401819
Mother Smith, Isabel17491829
    Sister     Johnstone, Jean about 1772
    Sister     Johnstone, Grisel about 1775
    Brother     Johnstone, John 1780
    Sister     Johnston, Isabella Isobel about 1782
    Brother     Johnstone, William August 20, 1784 December 28, 1858
         Johnstone, David 1787 October 21, 1870
    Brother     Johnstone, Robert 1789 1851
    Brother     Johnstone, James September 25, 1794
    Brother     Johnstone, James about 1779


Family of Johnstone, David and McMurdo, Jannet

Married Wife McMurdo, Jannet ( * 1806 + May 22, 1890 )
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage June 15, 1821 Richmond Parish, Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada    
Name Birth Date Death Date
Johnstone, WilliamFebruary 12, 18241877
Johnstone, Catherine Kitty1826January 27, 1895
Johnstone, James1828May 1898
Johnstone, Isabelle1829September 20, 1884
Johnstone, Jane1835April 11, 1881
Johnstone, Mary AnnFebruary 22, 1836March 13, 1915
Johnstone, ArchibaldJuly 1838about 1920
Johnstone, David18401884
Johnstone, Barbara Ann18451916
Johnstone, John1847October 3, 1874