James Johnston was known as “Old Sugar Mouth” of Bell Witch fame. He was born September 16, 1759 and died April 22, 1850, in Robertson County, Tennessee.
- Rebecca Porter (12/22/1759-1802). Married: 7/5/1780 (Daughter of David Porter and Mary Thompson)
- Jane Greer: Married 12/30/1803. No children.
Bio: James Johnston came to Robertson County, in 1800. He stayed in a fort for two years before locating to his property. James and Jane Greer Johnston are buried on their property.
His tombstone has this inscription:
“Immortal may his memory be
Who fought and bled for liberty.”
James Johnston served in the North Carolina Continental Line. He drew a pension in Montgomery Co., Tennessee, in 1832. (Robertson was at one point a part of Montgomery Co..)
This is a DAR letter from the Jean Durrett collection, discussing the collection of revolutionary histories for soldiers who served in Robertson County (1972):2015_11_07_11_10_59