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Mary Priscilla JOHNSTON

Mary Priscilla JOHNSTON

Female 1840 - 1878  (37 years)

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  • Name Mary Priscilla JOHNSTON 
    Born 19 Sep 1840  Dorchester, Suffolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Baptised 19 Sep 1840  Church of The Holy Cross, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Sponsors were Fr. Richard B. Harvey and Esther Cecelia Howland
    Died 22 Mar 1878  116 Marcella Street, Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Mary's death was due to a bacterial infection that today is readily cured by penicilin or other antibiotics. Her frail body was unable to fight off the ravages of this desease and she slowly wasted away over the winter of 1877/78. She died at 10:50 a.m. on March 22nd at the home of friends in Roxbury leaving six children ages four to sixteen.
    Person ID I8  Cartwright
    Last Modified 2 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  [4
    • 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  [5, 6
    • 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

    Family John William CARTWRIGHT, Jr.,   b. 23 Dec 1832, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 Jan 1916, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 15 Oct 1861  So. Boston, Suffolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • Mary Priscilla Johnston is the daughter of noted artist David Claypoole Johnston. John, a protestant, married Mary Priscilla in a catholic ceremony performed by Father P.F. Lyndon.
    Census 02 Jul 1870  Boston Highlands, (Roxbury), MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • Cartwright household includes: John (38), Mary (30), David (8), William (7), Charles (6), and Mary (1). John is president of an insurance company (likely Manufacturers' Insurance Company where he was Treasurer).
    Children 
     1. David Johnston CARTWRIGHT,   b. 12 Aug 1862, 32 Payson Avenue, Dorchester, Suffolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Nov 1926, W. Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     2. William John CARTWRIGHT, I,   b. 17 Sep 1863,   d. 16 Jul 1870, Roxbury, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 6 years)
     3. Charles Worth CARTWRIGHT, Sr.,   b. 02 Oct 1864, Blue Hill Ave and Columbia Road, Dorchester, Suffolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1951  (Age 86 years)
     4. Mary Elizabeth CARTWRIGHT,   b. 04 Feb 1869, 16 Cliff Street, Boston (Roxbury), Suffolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Dec 1947, 32 Payson Avenue, Dorchester, Suffolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     5. William John CARTWRIGHT, II,   b. 31 Jul 1870, Cliff Street, Roxbury, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jun 1933, New York, New York Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
     6. Rose Genevieve CARTWRIGHT,   b. 12 Jan 1872,   d. 02 Nov 1912, Halifax, NS Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years)
     7. Richard Stearns CARTWRIGHT,   b. 27 Apr 1874, 32 Payson Avenue, Dorchester, Suffolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jul 1956, Washington, DC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     8. Baby CARTWRIGHT,   b. 28 May 1875, Dedham, Norfolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 07 Jun 1875, Forest Hills Cemetery, West Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 0 years)
    Photos
    Cartwright & Johnston Family (1906)
    Cartwright & Johnston Family (1906)
    This family photograph was taken at the Johnston homestead in Dorchester following the ordination of William John Cartwright.
    Family ID F6  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Mary Priscilla Johnston 1840-1878
    Mary Priscilla Johnston 1840-1878
    About 1859 (age 19)
    Mary Priscilla (Johnston) Cartwright 1840-1878
    Mary Priscilla (Johnston) Cartwright 1840-1878
    About 1865 (age 25)
    Mary Priscilla (Johnston) Cartwright 1840-1878
    Mary Priscilla (Johnston) Cartwright 1840-1878
    About 1872 (age 32)
    John W. & Mary (Johnston) Cartwright Home - Revere, MA
    John W. & Mary (Johnston) Cartwright Home - Revere, MA
    John W. Cartwright and his wife Mary P. (Johnston) Cartwright moved into this Florence Avenue home overlooking the harbor about 1872. There were more children and John had recently been elected president of one of Boston's larger insurance companies. The purchase date is based on the fact that John would not have been in a position to buy the property after his insurance company went bankrupt as a result of the great Boston fire of November 1872.

    It was still owned by the John (now a widower) in 1878 when a plot plan of the North Shore Land Company property identified this site as "Lot 56 - not available for sale" and handwritten notes on the plan identify John Cartwright as the owner. Lot 56 is about where 70 Florence Street is currently located.

    It was sold about 1879 due to John's financial misfortunes and the untimely death of his wife Mary in 1878. The children were "farmed out" to relatives about this time.

    Note the large connected barn to the left and the well and pitcher pump in the foreground likely used when horses were grazed in the field.

    Documents
    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. [S38] NEHGS Cemetery Transcriptions, Compiler: NEHGS, (2005), Mary Elizabeth Cartwright: vol. 216, p. 123..
      Mother's place of birth.

    2. [S15] Vital Records, Holy Cross Baptism Records.

    3. [S72] Mass Vital Records 1841-1910, NEHGS, Compiler: New England Historical Genealogical Society, (2004), 1878, Boston, vol 303, pg 60, ln 1539; Mary Johnston Cartwright death data accessed 13 Feb 2006.

    4. [S1] Freeman Family Records.

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

    6. [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.

    7. [S72] Mass Vital Records 1841-1910, NEHGS, Compiler: New England Historical Genealogical Society, (2004), 1861, Boston, vol 146, pg 99; John W. Cartwright marriage data accessed 13 Feb 2006.

    8. [S43] 1870 U.S. Census, Compiler: The Generations Network, Inc., (2009), MA, Suffolk, Boston, Boston Highlands, Roll M593-648, Pg 163, Img 326.



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