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355. Maria Elizabeth “Bettie”8Sims (Mary Ann7, John Dabney6, John5, William4, Bruster3, Edward2, William1), was born 31 March 1854, Ellis County, Texas, died 31 October 1939, Ellis County, Texas, buried Bethel Cemetery,[2505] Ellis County.[2506] She married 5 November 1873, Ellis County, to James T. Johnston,[2507] born 17 May 1849, Kentucky, died 20 February 1904, buried Bethel Cemetery, Ellis County.[2508]

Waxahachie Daily Light, 20 February 1904: J. T. Johnston, prominent citizen of Ellis County, died at 8 o’clock this morning at his home two miles from Forreston. Mr. Johnston was about fifty-three years old and had been sick several weeks. He came to Ellis County in 1871 and had served the county a number of terms as county commissioner. He enjoyed a large circle of friends and was highly esteemed by all who knew him. His remains will be interred tomorrow afternoon at 3 o’clcok at the Bethel Cemetery.[2509]

Tribute to J. T. Johnston, 24 February 1904. He had a brother, John C. Johnston, of Hereford, Deaf Smith County, Texas; a widow, and four children. He was a Baptist.

James T. and Maria Johnston lived in Ellis County, Texas, in 1880[2510] and 1900.[2511] Bettie Johnston and her daughter, Mary Johnston, lived together in Ellis County, in 1910.[2512]

[2505] Tombstone, Bethel Cemetery, Ellis County, Texas. Maria Elizabeth “Bettie” Johnston, born 31 March 1854, died 31 October 1939.

[2506] Texas Death Record. Mrs. Bettie Sims Johnston, died 31 October 1939, Pct. 1, Ellis County, Texas, female, white, age 85 years, 7 months, born 31 March 1854, Ellis County, Texas, widowed. Spouse: J. T. Johnston. Father: P. C. Sims, born Alabama. Mother: Mary Sims, born Tennessee. Place of residence: Waxahachie. Burial: Bethel Cemetery.

[2507] Ellis County, Texas, Marriage Book C, p. 71. J. T. Johnston to M. E. Sims, 5 November 1873. C. H. Barker, M.G.

[2508] Tombstone photograph, Bethel Cemetery, Ellis County, Texas. J. T. Johnston, born 17 May 1849, died 20 February 1904.

[2509] Ellis County, Texas, GenWeb, Debbi Rodgers.

[2510] 1880 U.S. Census, Ellis County, Texas, S.D. 3, E.D. 44, Sheet 16, Pct. 1. Johnson, Jas. T., age 31, farmer, born Ky. Ky. Ky.; Maria, age 26, wife, born Texas S.C. Tenn.; Clyde, age 4/12, born February, son, born Texas Ky. Texas. All white.

[2511] 1900 U.S. Census, Ellis County, Texas, S.D. 6, E.D. 13, Sheet 5B, Pct. 1. Johnston, James T., age 51, mar 26 years, born Ky. Ky. Ky.; Mariah, wife, age 46, mar 26 yrs., born Texas S.C. Tenn., had had 4 children, 4 living; Clyde S., son, age 20, single, born Texas Ky. Texas; Mary, dau., age 17; Keith S., son, age 14; Emma F. Johnston, dau., age 11; Bene D. Jones, boarder, born May 1879, age 21, single, born Ga. Ga. Ga. All white.

[2512] 1910 U.S. Census, Ellis County, Texas, E.D. 112. Johnston, Bettie, female, white, age 55, widow, had had 4 children, 4 living, born Texas Ala. Tenn.; Mary Johnston, dau., female, white, age 27, single, born Texas Ky. Texas.

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