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William Topping and Elizabeth Johnston Topping
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Posted by Lt Col Ian M. McCulloch, 2 March 2012 at 10:01

The woman's proper maiden surname is Johnston not Johnson. I know because she is the younger sister of my great great grandmother, Priscilla Adelaide Johnston of Elgin, Ontario. Their father was James Johnston (1805-1871), a Master Mason and a Methodist circuit rider in South Crosby Township. An Irishman by birth from County Down, James first came to the region c. 1820 (probably with the British Army)to work on the Rideau Canal and eventually settled in South Crosby where he farmed, but also built several of the fine stone houses which are still standing. Elizabeth Johnston (1831-1921)and William Topping (1828-1916) were married 3 November 1852 in South Crosby and had ten children: Sarah Anne Edward Charles Wesley Elizabeth Deborah William Henry Ida Maria Jessie John Wilkinson Florence Delilah and Nina.

Ian Macpherson McCulloch Lieutenant-Colonel Directing Staff Canadian Forces College Toronto, Ontario

Posted by Lt Col Ian M. McCulloch, 2 March 2012 at 10:02

The woman's proper maiden surname is Johnston not Johnson. I know because she is the younger sister of my great great grandmother, Priscilla Adelaide Johnston of Elgin, Ontario. Their father was James Johnston (1805-1871), a Master Mason and a Methodist circuit rider in South Crosby Township. An Irishman by birth from County Down, James first came to the region c. 1820 (probably with the British Army)to work on the Rideau Canal and eventually settled in South Crosby where he farmed, but also built several of the fine stone houses which are still standing. Elizabeth Johnston (1831-1921)and William Topping (1828-1916) were married 3 November 1852 in South Crosby and had ten children: Sarah Anne Edward Charles Wesley Elizabeth Deborah William Henry Ida Maria Jessie John Wilkinson Florence Delilah and Nina.

Ian Macpherson McCulloch Lieutenant-Colonel Directing Staff Canadian Forces College Toronto, Ontario

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William Topping and Elizabeth Johnston Topping


Black and white photograph of William Topping (1828 - 1916) and his wife, Elizabeth Johnston Topping (1831 - 1923) of South Crosby Township, Ontario around 1910.