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Thomas Murphy Jerome JOHNSTON

Thomas Murphy Jerome JOHNSTON

Male 1836 - 1869  (32 years)

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  • Name Thomas Murphy Jerome JOHNSTON 
    Born 18 Sep 1836  Boston, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Occupation 1860  460 Washington Street, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    listed as a crayon artist. 
    Died 28 Mar 1869  Paris, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried 30 Apr 1969  St. Augustine's Cemetery, So. Boston, Suffolk, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    • Funeral services were held at the Church or the Immaculate Conception. There are neither church records nor markers that support burial at St. Augustine's cemetery.
    Person ID I7  Cartwright
    Last Modified 14 Mar 2012 

    Father David Claypoole JOHNSTON, I,   b. 25 Mar 1798, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 Nov 1865, 32 Payson Avenue, Dorchester, Suffolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Mother Sarah Elizabeth MURPHY,   b. 26 Dec 1810, Concord, Middlesex Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1880  (Age 69 years) 
    Married 06 Nov 1829  [6
    • Following the wedding by Father Francis A. Matignon, they lived with her parents Thomas & Priscilla Murphy.
    Census 01 Jun 1830  23 Federal Street, Boston (Ward 8), Suffolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8
    • Thomas Murphy's Federal Street inn & boarding house included Thomas (54), wife Priscilla (49), daughter Sarah (20) & son-in-law David Claypoole Johnston (32) as well as a few employees.
    Family ID F4  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Thomas Murphy Jerome Johnston, circa 1852
    Thomas Murphy Jerome Johnston, ca. 1852
    Thomas Murphy Jerome Johnston, ca. 1859
    Thomas Murphy Jerome Johnston, ca. 1859
    The Light of Our Home by T.M.J. Johnston
    The Light of Our Home by TMJ Johnston
    C.H. Brainard has published a beautiful portrait of a beautiful child, and called it "The Light of Our Home." Such a light in a household is a blessing. The picture is splendidly photographed by Black & Batchelder, from a crayon by T.M. Johnston. (Copyrighted and published by C.H. Brainard in 1860 as reported in a Boston newspaper June 2, 1860)
    Thomas Murphy Jerome Johnston (ca. 1867)
    Thomas Murphy Jerome Johnston, ca. 1867

    Documents
    The Missing 49th Massachusetts (Irish) Regiment in the Civil War
    The Missing 49th Massachusetts (Irish) Regiment in the Civil War
    Union army recruiting escalated when Lincoln called for 300,000 troops in August 1862. In Boston, the Irish Society made a special pitch to the large, heavily Democratic Irish immigrant population. Drive coordinators planned to organize an all-Irish 47th Massachusetts Regiment under the command of "Colonel" Frank H. Ward. As other regiments began to form in Boston, and newspapers clamored for the community to work together to avoid a draft, the Irish Society sponsored a Grand Rally at Faneuil Hall to benefit "the only regiment being organized by the Irish Societies of Boston & Vicinity." Thomas Murphy Jerome Johnston, Irish and a personal acquaintance of Lincoln, was one of the coordinators. A draft of one of Johnston's recruiting flyers is shown below.

    Despite a rousing speech by Edward Everett and the rally's apparent success, recruitment for the Irish regiment never met expectations. On September 11th, when the regiment was called into camp, there were insufficient numbers and the enlistees were placed into the 48th Massachusetts Regiment. In fact, Col. Ward does not appear in Massachusetts Men in the Civil War, suggesting that he never received his colonel's commission, nor do any of the other enlistees except for one individual who became a Lieutenant in Co. K of the 48th Massachusetts.

    Citation: William L. Clements Libraby, University of Michigan, Edward Everett Manuscript: Speech at Meeting in Faneuil Hall September 8, 1862. Online http://www.clements.unmich.edu/.
    Thomas Johnston Visits Philadelphia Relatives (Pg 1)
    Thomas Johnston Visits Philadelphia Relatives (Pg 1)
    In July 1860, Abraham Lincoln, was campaigning for the presidency in Springfield, IL. C.H. Brainard, a Boston lithograph publisher, hired Thomas Murphy Jerome Johnston, a noted Boston portrait artist and son of David Claypoole Johnston, to go to Springfield, IL to complete a portrait of Lincoln. On his way, Thomas wrote a letter to his father describing his stopover in New York City and arrival in Philadelphia. His father was a Philadelphia native and it appears there were numerous relatives to visit there. It is this particular letter, found in David Claypoole Johnston’s attic 120 years later that provided the first clue to my generation that D.C. Johnston, our great, great grandfather, was not an only child.
    Thomas Johnston Visits Relatives in Philadelphia (Pg 2)
    Thomas Johnston Visits Relatives in Philadelphia (Pg 2)
    In July 1860, Abraham Lincoln, was campaigning for the presidency in Springfield, IL. C.H. Brainard, a Boston lithograph publisher, hired Thomas Murphy Jerome Johnston, a noted Boston portrait artist and son of David Claypoole Johnston, to go to Springfield, IL to complete a portrait of Lincoln. On his way, Thomas wrote a letter to his father describing his stopover in New York City and arrival in Philadelphia. His father was a Philadelphia native and it appears there were numerous relatives to visit there. It is this particular letter, found in David Claypoole Johnston’s attic 120 years later that provided the first clue to my generation that D.C. Johnston, our great, great grandfather, was not an only child.
    Mary Priscilla (Johnston) Cartwright 1840-1878
    Mary Priscilla (Johnston) Cartwright 1840-1878
    A Memorial on the Anniversary of her Death at Age 37

    "One year ago today were consigned to rest the mortal remains of Mary P. J. Cartwright (born Johnston). I had hoped that an abler pen than mine would have spoken of this noble women. “Who can tell if the best of men be known? Or whether there be not more remarkable persons forgot than any that stand recorded in the known account of time? The subject of this brief notice was the daughter of D.C. Johnston, artist, long known and esteemed in our community and sister to Thos. M. Johnston whose early death was so much lamented for he was respected and beloved by all whose privilege it was to know him. They sleep side by side in the old cemetery of St. Augustine. They loved in life [and] in death are not divided. The grand old elms wave over their ashes as they have over their kindred dust for many long years. They sleep in the sepulcher of their fathers."

    March 22nd 1879 - The author is unknown but is likely a family member since this marked up draft was found in the family papers.

  • Sources 
    1. [S424] Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Baptism records accessed/submitted by Jack Larkin Mar 2012..
      Jack Larkin is a Research Fellow, American Antiquarian Society, and is researching DC Johnston's life.

    2. [S1] Freeman Family Records, Obituary: The Palladium of Worcester dtd 5 May 1869..
      "In Paris, France, Feb. 28, Thomas M. J. Johnston, 32 yrs, 5 mos."

    3. [S20] City Directory, Massachusetts, Boston, 1860.

    4. [S1] Freeman Family Records, Letter dtd 27 Apr 1869: Mary (Johnston) Cartwright to her Aunt Mary Murphy (Sister Thecla)..
      "His [Thomas Johnston] remains have arrived in New York and are to be here Thursday. We are to have him buried Friday morning at ten o'clock. High mass will be said."

    5. [S1] Freeman Family Records, Obituary: The Palladium of Worcester dtd 5 May 1869..
      "The funeral services were held in the Church of the Immaculate Conception on Friday, the 30 ult., and were ... and a long procession followed the remains to their resting place, under the beautiful English elms of ZSt. Augustine's cemetery, in South Boston."

    6. [S1] Freeman Family Records.

    7. [S1] Freeman Family Records.
      Thomas opened his home to his son-in-law DC Johnston following marriage to his daughter Sarah Elizabeth Murphy.

    8. [S46] 1830 U.S. Census, Compiler: The Generations Network, Inc., (2009), MA, Boston, Suffolk Cty, Wd 8, roll 65, pg 291. Data accessed Oct 2010.
      Thomas opened his home to his son-in-law DC Johnston following marriage to his daughter Sarah Elizabeth Murphy.



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