James M. JOHNSTON (deceased), a son of Josiah and Hester (WALKER) JOHNSTON, was born in Blount County, Tenn., September 5, 1813. He lived in his native county till 1837, when, with his parents, he came to Bradley County, where he died in 1881. He was one of the first and most successful merchants of Cleveland, and interested in farming. He was a stanch Democrat. In 1852 he wedded Mrs. Sarah HERRIFORD, nee TUCKER. She was the widow of Paul HERRIFORD, who was shot in 1849 by a man with whom he had some business difficulty. To this union one daughter was born. The marriage with Mr. JOHNSTON resulted in the birth of five sons and two daughters. The JOHNSTON family has for many years been among the best known and most highly respected in this section of the country.
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