Mary Elizabeth Sheffield (1882-1942)

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Mary Elizabeth Sheffield Johnston
Readmond Twp. Cemetery
Born: 27 Aug 1882 Montcalm Co., Michigan
Died: 11 Dec 1942 Petoskey, Michigan
Father: Christopher Sheffield
Mother: Hannah Durbin
Siblings: Mary Elizabeth Sheffield
Spouse: Robert Roy Johnston
Married: 13 May 1900 Cross Village, Michigan
Children: Anna Johnston
Berta I. Johnston
Elmer Franklin Johnston
Robert Earl Johnston
Roy Melvin Johnston
Samuel Edwin Johnston
Irene E. Johnston
Edna May Johnston
Marvin J. Johnston


Petoskey Evening News, Monday, December 14, 1942:

Mrs. Robert Johnston, most highly esteemed citizen of Readmond Township, passed away Friday morning, December 11, 1942 and was buried Sunday. Mrs. Johnston's fine character as mother and wife was repeatedly expressed by friends in this part of Emmet county. Her loss was felt truly by the whole community which loved her.

Born in Montcalm County on August 27, 1882, she came to Emmet county 52 years ago with her late parents, Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Sheffield.

On May 13, 1900 she was married to Robert Johnston, who passed away several months ago. Mr. and Mrs. Johnston were engaged in farming in Readmond township during their married life.

Surviving are eight children, Mrs. Ray (Berta) Mathews of Harbor Springs, Elmer, Sam, and Mrs. Steve Swiss (Edna) of Good Hart, Roy of Harbor Springs, Earl of Readmond township, Mrs. Herbert Hickman (Irene) of Petoskey and Marvin who lives at home. Nineteen grandchildren also survive together with one sister, Mrs. Minnie Baker of Muskegon and one brother, Alonzo Sheffield who makes his home at the Johnston farm home.

Funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon at 2:30 pm from the family home with Rev. Stanley Taylor of the Presbyterian church officiating. Interment was made in Readmond Cemetery.


  • Marriage: Emmet County, Michigan, Vital Records Search, Marriages:
Johnston, Robert & Sheffield, Mary
Date of Marriage: 5/13/1900
Liber: 3
Folio: 139
  • Marriage: Michigan Marriages 1868-1925
Groom's name: Robt. Johnston
Groom's age: 30 years
Groom's birth year: 1870
Groom's birthplace: Canada
Groom's father's name: Robert
Groom's mother's name: Margaret Matchett
Bride's name: Mary Sheffield
Bride's age: 17 years
Bride's birth year: 1883
Bride's birthplace: Michigan
Father of bride's name: Chris
Mother of bride's name: Hannah Durbin
Marriage date: 13 May 1900
Marriage place: Cross Village, Emmet, Michigan
Film number: 2342515
Digital GS number: 4208648
Image number: 567
Reference number: v 2 p 641 rn 45
Collection: Michigan Marriages 1868-1925
Johnston, Mary E. (Sheffield)
Born: 8/27/1882
Died: 12/11/1942
Burial: 0/0/0000
Cemetery: Readmond Twp., Harbor Springs