My Family Scottish Heritage…Scotland…

Our 1800s Family Farm during the Civil War and on what is now Fort Hood.


Hey Kid, stay on your side of My Wall!


Lords of Leigh Hall

My Ancestry. A man in Scotland traced it completely for us using DNA.

Our Descendant?

John Laith of Bucharne and New Leslie


Margery Forbes


Faith Leith


Faith Leith 1656-1702
My 9th great-grandmother

enitive case of the Middle English personal name JohanJon (see John ) + Middle English ton ‘town, village, settlement’.History: As far as can be ascertained, most Scottish bearers of this surname are descendants of John, probably a Norman baron from England, who held lands at Johnstone in Annandale from the Bruce family in the late 12th century. His son Gilbert was the first to take the surname Johnstone and their descendants later held the earldom of Annandale.

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Leaving their Mother Country

Leaving their Mother Country James and Margaret Alexander Johnston John and Elizabeth [Lucretia?] Massie Johnson James looked out over the wind-swept waves rolling off the edges of the ship as it …

Sources (26)

  • James Johnston in entry for William Johnston, “Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950”
  • Family Data Collection – Marriages
  • Family Data Collection – Deaths


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James Johnston

Leaving their Mother Country

Leaving their Mother Country James and Margaret Alexander Johnston John and Elizabeth [Lucretia?] Massie Johnson James looked out over the wind-swept waves rolling off the edges of the ship as it sailed its way westward. He was leaving behind his home of Scotland and his son, Thomas who had chosen to stay and inherit what James had left to give him. James had come from a long line of nobility dating from a great grandfather, Stephen, in 1350, who came north and made a good life for himself and his posterity through his good marriage, acquiring lands and fortune that had passed down to the first born sons for many generations. James, however, was not the first son and heir and neither was his father, although his father had received lands through his mother who was the second wife. James was the fourth son and had been given the tittle of Lister of Aberdeen. James had married Margaret Alexander on Nov. 23, 1672 at St. Nicholas Church in Aberdeen. The couple had four sons and two daughters before Margaret died around 1685. He had later married Faith Leith in 1686 and they had made the decision to move their family to the New World. Now he and his family were on a ship owned by Charles Dun. (It is probable that James had used his influence and that of a relative, Alexander, a commissioner to Parliament, to secure for his son’s appointments to the Colony of Virginia.) Once in Virginia, James had acquired two patents of land, one for 110 acres in 1701 and another for 40 acres in 1703 in newly opened Indian lands in the Pamunkey Neck of the Pamunkey river in Northern Virginia. The land was known as Old Town. James set about clearing land and building a home for the family with the help of his strong sons. This was hard work, but the family was adventurous and eager to make a grand life here in this land of opportunities. James died there in 1701 and his land went to his son John. John married Elizabeth Massie, daughter of Peter and Penelope Massie. They were descendants of adventurous prominent English families that joined the many royal families in crossing the ocean and making a new life in Virginia. Peter Massie was a man of means and had come to New Kent by November of 1670 because he had patented lands there. He probably married Penelope Ashley in England. The Name of Massie came from a family who had come from France with William the Conqueror and settled in the northwest in Cheshire, England. The family seat became Dunham Massey. They had become a very powerful family in that area. Over time, Peter’s branch had moved to Coddington, Cheshire near the coast along the River Mersey. Penelope was thought to be the illegitimate daughter of Sir Anthony Ashley Cooper who was prominent in the development of the Carolina colonies. He became a baron in 1661. He and several others were granted ownership of the Colonial Carolinas. He had fame for a while and became lord chancellor and president of the King’s privy council but was deposed in 1679 and died shortly thereafter in Holland. Peter and Penelope’s daughter Elizabeth Massie married John Johnson before 1699 in New Kent County, Virginia. (There has been speculation that her name was Lucretia.) John and Elizabeth had a large family. One of their sons was James Massie Johnson who married Lucy Mildred Moorman. John and his brothers settled alongside each other in the portion of New Kent County that became Hanover County in 1721 in the St. Paul’s Parish. Over time, John and his wife became active Quakers in the Henrico Monthly Meeting. He and others of the higher class in the vicinity became Quaker Friends and built up the Camp Creek Monthly Meeting and the congregations which composed it. He was appointed overseer of the meeting of Friends in that county. In 1736 a selective meeting called Cedar Creek, was set up near Montpelier Hanover County, Virginia with John as a delegate member. He and his wife moved to Campbell County in 1766, and this is where they died. They became known as trustworthy and good members of the congregation. THERE ARE THOSE WHO SAY THAT JOHN JOHNSON’S WIFE WAS NAMED LUCRETIA MASSIE INSTEAD OF ELIZABETH MASSIE. IT SEEMS THERE NEEDS TO BE MORE RESEARCH. James and Margaret Alexander Johnston are the parents of John Johnson who married Elizabeth Massie and they are the parents of James Johnson who married Rebekah Elizabeth Martin and they are the parents of Martin Johnson who married Sarah Coombs and they are the parents of William M Johnson who married Mary “Polly” Logue Johnson and they are the parents of James Calvin Johnson who married Elizabeth Dyer and they are the parents of Sarah “Sallie” Johnson McClure who married James Patrick McClure and they are the parents of Elizabeth McClure who married William Sullivan Clemons or Willie, and they are the parents of Bertha Mae Clemons Lindsey who married John Isaac Lindsey Jr. and they are the parents of Valous Rhe, Lindsey, John William “Bill” Lindsey, Vinnie Vaylene Lindsey Roberts, Willard Leon “Purt” Lindsey, Veda Carrie Lindsey Dew, Mary Elizabeth Lindsey Burton, James Delmos Lindsey, and Rebecca Ann Lindsey Wallace. Sources: Family Search John Johnston K2YH-79D Family Search James Johnston LXSK-JNW Descendants of Stephen de Johnstone ohnston-e.htm Johnstons ~ The Johns(t)ons from Caskieben to Missouri by Randy McConnell

The Life Summary of Faith

When Faith Leith was born in 1656, in Kirkton of Rayne, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, her father, John Laith of Bucharne and New Leslie, was 51 and her mother, Margery Forbes, was 93. She had at least 8 sons and 6 daughters with James Johnston.

She died on 6 September 1702, in King William, Virginia, United States, at the age of 46.

Elizabeth “Eliza” Johnston 1670-1738
Daughter of Faith Leith

Mary Tribble 1696-1775
Daughter of Elizabeth “Eliza” Johnston

John C Brown 1721-1780
Son of Mary Tribble

John Dunlap Brown 1759-1834
Son of John C Brown

Nimrod Doggett Brown 1796-1878
Son of John Dunlap Brown

Joseph Hansbrough “Joe” Brown 1831-1911
Son of Nimrod Doggett Brown

Michael ‘Mike’ Brown 1855-1915
Son of Joseph Hansbrough “Joe” Brown

Franklin Jeremiah Brown 1889-1937
Son of Michael ‘Mike’ Brown

Michael Brown 1926-1981
Son of Franklin Jeremiah Brown

James Brown 1954-
Son of Michael Brown

Jessica Brown
You are the daughter of James Brown

From Man from Scotland traced our Heritage for us…

DNA tool turned our Ancestry Route to a completely different route not previously observed. And the names of all the wives add up exactly in our Family line showing a Scottish Heritage for Our Family. And my wife loved Outlander and until recently. I never knew. Lol

The 15th Texas Infantry Regiment was a unit of volunteers recruited in Texas that fought in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War. The regiment organized in early 1862 and throughout the war served west of the Mississippi River in the Trans-Mississippi Department. In October 1863, the unit was assigned to a brigade led by the French aristocrat Prince Camille de Polignac. The 15th Texas Infantry fought at Stirling’s Plantation and Bayou Bourbeux in 1863 and MansfieldPleasant Hill, and Yellow Bayou in 1864. The regiment disbanded in May 1865, though the formal surrender date was 26 May 1865.

15th Texas Infantry Regiment
The regiment fought at the Battle of Bayou Bourbeux.
ActiveEarly 1862 – 26 May 1865
Country Confederate States of America
Allegiance Confederate States of America Texas
Branch Confederate States Army
EngagementsAmerican Civil WarBattle of Stirling’s Plantation (1863)Battle of Bayou Bourbeux (1863)Battle of Mansfield (1864)Battle of Pleasant Hill (1864)Battle of Yellow Bayou (1864)
Joseph Warren Speight

Above is His Homestead on what became Camp Hood and then FORT HOOD.

People were a whole lot not Happy with having to get off their Lands, but if they didn’t do that, they were accused of being Traitors or Treasonous to the United States of America. Deep seeded Hate for this was instilled in many generations after people got run off their homesteads to make Land for the Fort Hood Lands and they aren’t Happy in any way and then they Stole the Name of the Fort that was the only healing thing done towards these pissed off Landowners who mostly fought in the Civil War. Cowardly Men Stole “Hood” and name changed it making it a Mexican Fort. (smh)

An exert from the Book, OLD FORTS OF THE FAR WEST by Herbert M. Hart. Above is discussion of Fort Gates in Texas

I saw how pissed off my uncles and aunts and others were. We visited those Old farms all the Time while We were growing up. But my Uncles and Father and grandfather and aunt fought in WW-II, in uncle and two cousins in Vietnam War. I was in the Army but became an Era Veteran because I was never sent to Vietnam but Korea instead.

Maybe you need to read the full story about it-

But many won’t join the Armed Forces today because of why? 20 years of Never Ending Wars just like Vietnam in many ways leaves a Sting. Politician Wars. We won’t forget…