Friday, May 25, 2012

Both Mr. And Mrs. Johnston Were Sheriffs In Roscommon Co., MI

Roscommon County, Michigan's Register of Deeds is online An abstract of two deeds obtained during a visit to the Register of Deeds office below:

Roscommon County, Michigan, Deed
Alexander Johnston and wife (Jane) of Roscommon
Ellen Loughry of the same Place
1 Feb 1895

Roscommon County, Michigan, Deed 
Alex and Jane Johnston
Michael Loughry except contract to Chas Brown

Mrs. Jane Johnston was a candidate for sheriff in 1920, in an effort to replace her husband who was retiring.  She planned to name him (Alexander Johnston) as her deputy.  Alexander Johnston's occupation in the 1900* census taken in Roscommon Co., Michigan, was "sheriff."

Date: 1920-11-06; Paper: Saginaw News at GenealogyBank

Jane Johnston was elected as sheriff and her husband was her deputy.  In May, 1921, there were allegations made against Mr. Alexander Johnston and officials in Lansing recommended his removal as deputy sheriff per the Bay City Times, published on May 10, 1921.

*United States Census, 1900
name: Jane Johnston
residence: Roscommon village, Roscommon, Michigan
birth date: Dec 1857
birthplace: Canada Eng
relationship to head of household: Wife
spouse: Alexander Johnston
spouse's birthplace: Canada Eng
father's birthplace: Ireland
mother's birthplace: Canada Eng
race or color (expanded): White
head-of-household name: Alexander Johnston
gender: Female
marital status: Married
years married: 21
estimated marriage year: 1879
mother how many children: 5
number living children: 5
immigration year: 1879
Household Gender Age
spouse Alexander Johnston M
  Jane Johnston F
child Silas Johnston M
child Minnie Johnston F
child Ann Jane Johnston F
child Nellie Johnston F
child Ralph Johnston M
James Carrol M

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