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Doctor John Johnstone

Uncle of Barbara Hume, apothecary in Edinburgh, emigrated 1685, Mayor of New York City 1714-1718

  • Dr. John Johnstone, Mayor of New York City 1714-1718
    The Staggering State of Scots Statesmen by John Scot of Scotstravet
    Edinburgh, Scotland: William Patterson, 1872

    pages iii-v, 1-5, 11, 14, 18-24, 99, 121-122 of 164; 76 individuals cited

    New Aberdeen by James Steen
    Matawan, New Jersey: Journal Steam Print, 1899

    pages 12, 17-19, of 63; 20 individuals cited

    Some Annandale Johnstons In America by Judge A. W. Savary
    New York, New York: New York Genealogical and Biographical Society
    The Record, Vol. XXXIII, 1902

    pages 246-249 of 285; 186 individuals cited

    An Old Frontier of France, Volume II by Frank Hayward Severance
    New York, New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1917

    pages 294, 298 of 546; 10 individuals cited

    Calendar of the Stevens Family Papers, Volume One 1664-1750
    by Stevens Institute Technology Library
    Newark, New Jersey: The Historical Records Survey, 1940

    pages 12, 15 of 226; 2 individuals cited

    Matawan and Aberdeen: Of Town and Field by Helen Henderson
    Charleston, South Carolina: Acadia Publishing, 2003

    pages 23-25 of 160; 6 individuals cited



    2013 — It appears the last time I spent any time on the ancestry of Barbara Hume was in 2007. At that time I found mention of both a Dr. John Johnstone and a John Johnstone in The Stevens Family Papers and suspected this Dr. Johnstone in Perth Amboy and New York circa 1709 was the uncle of Barbara.

    It turns out I was correct. This January I took another stab at it, beginning with a review of my Home/Hume data, most of which was from third-hand sources such as ‘Stirnet’ and ‘Genealogics’.

    New Aberdeen declares: "A Miss Hume came over in the vessel with Johnstone. Whether her father and mother (who was Johnstone's sister) were of those who perished on the voyage, we do not know, but she became the wife of William Hoge named above."

    It says Dr. John Johnstone, an apothecary in Edinburgh, was persuaded to come to New York by George Scot, Laird of Pitlochie, and that Scot and his wife and his wife's sister and husband died on the voyage leaving Scot's daughter Eupham an orphan, and heiress to substantial property.

    It does appear that the 'romatic' legend of Barbara Hume might actually be the story of Eupham Scot, but I think it's more likely Barbara's parents did die similarly and on a previous voyage. Outbreaks of disease during those voyages were common and the mortality rate was high.

    One explanation that occurrs to me is that William Hoge and Barbara Hume and her parents did indeed cross the Atlantic in 1682 on the Caledonia with William Gregg The Quaker, and that her parents having died during that voyage, Hoge took Barbara back to Edinburgh and delivered her into the care of her mother's oldest brother James Johnstone, who was an apothecary at the sign of The Unicorn. Then James left Barbara in the care of his younger brother John and sailed for New Jersey. Or James had already sailed by the time William Hoge returned to Edinburgh with Barbara, and so Hoge left her with her uncle John Johnstone.

    On 12 December 1684 James Johnstone wrote from New Jersey to his brother John in Ediburgh, describing America as the land of opportunity and urging him to come. In 1685 John Johnstone, then a bachelor, sailed on The Henry and Francis for New Jersey with his niece Barbara Hume.

    That Barbara's parents are not among those listed as passengers of the 1685 voyage of The Henry and Francis, nor as having died as a result of it, supports the theory that they died on a previous voyage. Either that or before having left Scotland.

    Also keep in mind that the legend is that it was Barbara's father, Baron Hume, that bailed William Hoge out of jail for being a Presbyterian Covenanter, and so William probably considered delivery of Barbara safely to her relatives his duty, and a matter of the utmost importance.

    Doctor John Johnstone subsequently married Euphaim Scot. She was the granddaughter of John Scot, of Scotstarvet, who is probably best known for The Staggering State of Scottish Statesmen from 1550 to 1650, of which hand-written copies were privately circulated for a hundred years before it was first published. Scotstarvet was Chancellor of Scotland and said to be the richest commoner in the country. He is frequently cited in The Scots Peerage

    His line is said to trace back to Sir David Scott, 1º of Buccleuch, but note that I've assumed the link from Alexander Scot to Robert Scot of Allenhaugh. The Scots Peerage states Robert Scot of Allenhaugh is the ancestor of Scot of Scotstarvet but does not continue the line. Meanwhile, Scotstarvet only traces his line back to his grandfather Robert, leaving it to his biographer to provide Robert's father Alexander, who I've presumed is the son of Robert Scot of Allenhaugh.

    See Also: Changes 2013


Date2013
Linked toBarbara Hume; James Johnston, of Spotswood; Doctor John Johnstone; Eupham Scot

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