Johnston, Catherine Guy (nee French) (1833-1915)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by J.B.

Catherine Johnston was born in Lincolnshire, where she early gave her heart to God. Removing to London, she joined the society then worshipping at Snell’s Park. In 1856 she was married to the late James Johnston, whose memory is still fragrant in the Tottenham Circuit. 

Mrs. Johnston took a deep interest in the church of her choice, giving liberally to its funds, and manifesting a genuine concern for its spiritual welfare. She had a passionate love for the house of God. Rarely absent from its services, she was a most devout worshipper. Mrs. Johnston was a quiet, unobtrusive soul, but her influence was great. To be present in her home was to know she lived on terms of intimacy with God. She kept open house for our ministers. 

She was laid to rest in Edmonton Cemetery on March 30th. 


Catherine was born abt1833 at Spalding, Lincolnshire, to parents William Guy French, a farmer (1841), and Susannah Hanson. She was baptised on 5 February 1834 at Spalding.

Before her marriage Catherine worked as a domestic servant (1851).

She married James Johnston (abt1830-1897), a florist and nurseryman (1881), in the spring of 1856 at Edmonton, Middlesex. Census returns identify three children.

  • Hannah (1858-1932) – married Thomas Fisher, an accountant (1911), in 1881
  • Lilly Mary (1866-1945)
  • Ada Catherine (1872-1941) – married Raymond James Burbridge, a gas inspector (1921), in 1892

Catherine died on 26 March 1915 at Northumberland Park, Tottenham, Middlesex.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/563

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