I thought it would be most fitting to include someone from my line that was born in Ireland. Thomas was born in 1738 in Ireland. We only know the name of the father which was Thomas Johnston. He was baptized in Warwich, England. He had two sons, once he moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Many of the people in the New Country were enjoying a relative prosperity, and they were more free than their brothers and sisters across the pond. Only about 10 percent of people lived in the cities. Family farms dominated the landscape. The British Empire did not intervene too much into the lives of the new colonies, but once the French and Indian War cut into the royal coffers…it all changed. The British were deeply in debt, and taxes were a heavy burden for the colonist. This would be a spark that would ignite the American Revolution.
The French, Spanish, and English were trying to divide the land for themselves, yet cut out the Native American. Many of the colonist aligned themselves with the British since that was the common currency of the time. The settlers were vulnerable during the nine year fight, since goods were just taken for the war. The British were soon seen as outsiders, since families had to depend on each other. The communities became stronger, and the tension between the Americans and British grew.
The people that had it the toughest were the Native Americans that depended on the French for trade. After the war they tried to seek trade with the British, but they saw that the British were only wanting their land. Although, the Native Americans were blamed for killing the colonist in their home, each side were equally guilty. Native American were pushed more and more out west, and relations with the Native people would never be the same.
Thomas was a private in the American Revolutionary War. He died when he was 30. It is known that Thomas often told people that he was a descendant of Archibald Johnston. I have found that Archibald, had a son named James, that had a son name Thomas. I can’t verify the information, and the dates are off for birth of Thomas and death of James. So, my job as the family historian continues.