120 i. JAMES LEWIS4 JOHNSTON(#921) WILLIAM PERRY GREEN3 JOHNSTON (GEORGE GREGORY ("G.G." OR "GREG")2, LEWIS1) was born Randolph County, Arkansas in 1855. JAMES died 1924 in Reyno, Randolph County, Arkansas, at 69 years of age.
He married LUCINDA C. DOWNEY (#2474) in Randolph County, Arkansas in 1873. Lucinda was born in Little Black Township, Randolph County, Arkansas in September of 1859.
Notes: One of the oldest steamboat landings on the Current River was located about a mile west of the current small town of Reyno. A community, although UN-named, grew up around the landing. James Lewis Johnston moved to that community from the Black River community in the late 1800's. He acquired a great deal of land around the area and was a stock raiser. He also established a cotton gin, and became the community's leading citizen and businessman. The growing community was named Johnstontown in his honor. From 1880 until 1904, Johnstontown was the leading river town between Pocahontas and Doniphan, Missouri. It would be impossible to determine the total number of businesses operating there, but among them were several sawmills, one distillery, grist mills, and several cotton gins, including the one owned by James L. There were also a brick and tile manufacturing plant, a barrel head and stave factory, and too many stores to mention.
However, in 1902, the Frisco Railroad was completed from Cape Giradeau, on the Mississippi, to Pocahontas. It missed Johnstontown by about a mile. Although a spur was built to connect the Johnstontown river boat landing and the business district to the main line, and quite a lot was done by the leading businessmen, including James L., to hold the trade in town, most everyone wanted to be on the main line, and one by one the town's enterprises began to move in that direction and Johnstontown began to die. Today, the only thing remaining of the entire town is Johnston Cemetery.
The 1910 census had a space that asked "number of children born to this woman/number living". The entry on the 1910 census for Lucinda C. Johnston showed 6 children born/living. However, the same census shows that in the household of James Lewis Johnston are his wife, Lucinda, and a 15 year old daughter, Enna F. Johnston, the 7th child that we have listed for them although all 6 of the others were dead before 1910. In light of the note above, that could mean that one of the children was adopted, or maybe the question was just misunderstood. I don't know. James Lewis died in Reyno, in 1924, and was buried in Johnston Cemetery. Apparently, both Lucinda and Enna F. survived him, but I have found no additional info on either, yet.
JAMES LEWIS JOHNSTON and LUCINDA C. DOWNEY had the following family:
i. LILLIE D. JOHNSTON 5 (#2475) was born in Randolph County, Arkansas on October 26, 1874. Lillie died on August 21, 1879 in Randolph County, Arkansas, at 4 years of age. Her body was interred in Randolph County, Arkansas, Ingram Cemetery.
ii. REBECCA L. JOHNSTON (#2476) was born in Randolph County, Arkansas on February 25, 1876. Rebecca died on February 25, 1887 in Randolph County, Arkansas, at 11 years of age. Her body was interred in Randolph County, Arkansas, Ingram Cemetery.
iii. HENRIETTA JOHNSTON (#2477) was born in Randolph County, Arkansas in 1878 and died before 1910.
iv. EVELENA JOHNSTON (#2479) was born in Randolph County, Arkansas on March 11, 1881. Evelena died on June 29, 1881 in Randolph County, Arkansas at the age of 4 months. Her body was interred in Ingram Cemetery in Randolph County, Arkansas.
v. FRED E. JOHNSTON (#2478) was born in Randolph County, Arkansas on August 27, 1886. Fred died on April 1, 1906 in Randolph County, Arkansas at 19 years of age. His body was interred in Randolph County, Arkansas, Johnston Cemetery.
vi. T. C. JOHNSTON (#2480) was born in Randolph County, Arkansas on February 16, 1890. T. C. died on July 16, 1890 at the age of 6 months. His body was interred in Randolph County, Arkansas, Ingram Cemetery.
vii. ENNA F. JOHNSTON (#2481) was born in 1895.
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