Monroe County, Tennessee


The original home was made of logs and over time developed into the present structure. It is said that Samuel built several homes for his children and this home was the oldest. The farm consisted of 584 acres. Located on the old Highway 68 between Sweetwater and Madisonville.

Samuel Johnston was born 9 August 1766 in Rockbridge Co, Virginia. He died 11 August 1846 in Monroe Co, TN. He is buried in Rockville Cemetery, Monroe Co, with his wife Nancy Shaw Johnston. Nancy Shaw Johnston was born while crossing the ocean, with her parents Samuel and Margaret Johnston Shaw. She was born in 1777 and died in Monroe Co, Tn. The Shaw family moved to Washington Co, TN in 1786, where Samuel died in 1794. Their children were Sarah, Samuel, Francis and Nancy. Samuel and Nancy Johnston were married in 1790 in Washington Co, TN. Their children were; John Hamilton, Samuel McMillan, Esther Hamilton, Margaret, William E., Francis Hume, James Harvey, Josiah K, Hamilton and Anna. Samuel Johnston's family moved first to Blount Co about 1800 and were members of Big Springs Church. They then moved to Monroe Co about 1823 and were members of Fork Creek Church. Samuel owned thousands of acres of land in Monroe Co., including Starr's Reservation. He built many of the old homes in this area for his children. Many are still standing. The Dougherty family live in an old house that is said to be the oldest Samuel Johnston home. The old Johnston farm, consisted of 584 acres, is located on the old Highway 68 between Sweetwater and Madisonville. The house faces south which faces the old road. The Johnston family sold the old farm at auction March 27, 1868 to Johnston W Howard. Samuel also donated two acres to the "Succeeder Church where the "Suceder" meeting house now stands. It is now called Glenrock or Rockville Church. The Rockville Cemetery is located in what is now called the Fork Creek Community, NE of Sweetwater, TN, on the Sweetwater-Vonore Road. This cemetery was started by the Presbyterian Church, and is now maintained by the descendants of those interred there. This cemetery was formerly the churchyard of the Associate Presbyterian Church but the Cumberland Presbyterian Church is now near it.

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