Alexandrina Monteith Johnston 1864-1907

Alexandrina Monteith JOHNSTON is my 2nd great grandmother. She was born on 14 July 1864 at 11 Patriot Hall Buildings, Edinburgh, Midlothian1. Her parents were William McKay JOHNSTON and Joan B CLARK.

Name and SurnameWhen and Where BornSexName, Surname, & Rank or Profession of Father
Name & Maiden Surname of Mother
Date & Place of Marriage
InformantWhen and Where Registered
Alexandrina Monteith JOHNSTON14 July 1864. 11h 20m am.
11 Patriot Hall Buildings, Edinburgh
FWilliam Mackay JOHNSTON, brewers book keeper.
21 September 1841 Glasgow
05 August 1864 at Edinburgh

Alexandrina Monteith JOHNSTON was named after her brother in law Alexander MONTEITH, who had married her sister Christina Davie JOHNSTON on 02 May 1865 at 29 Patriot Hall Buildings, Edinburgh2.

1871 Census

In 1871, Alexandrina Monteith JOHNSTON was 6 years old and living 5 Arthur Street, Leith with her parents William and Joan JOHNSTON3.

Name and SurnameRelation to HeadConditionAgeRank, Profession or OccupationWhere Born
W[illia]m M JOHNSTONHeadMarried47Clerk (commercial)Greenock, Renfrew
J P JOHNSTONWifeMarried46Glasgow, Lanark
M W JOHNSTONDaur.Unmarried22Glasgow, Lanark
W L JOHNSTONDaur.9ScholarLeith, Midlothian
A M JOHNSTONDaur.6ScholarEdinburgh, Midlothian
C E JOHNSTONDaur.3Edinburgh, Midlothian

1881 Census

By 1881 the JOHNSTON family had from from Scotland to 29 Wellington Road, Bromley, Kent4. Alexandrina JOHNSTON was 15 years old and working as a collar maker.

Name and SurnameRelation to HeadCondition as to MarriageAgeRank, Profession or OccupationWhere Born
William M JOHNSTONHeadMarried60Clerk & bookkeeperScotland
Johanna B JOHNSTONWifeMarried58Scotland
Wilhemina J JOHNSTONDaur.Unmarried19S[ewing] machinistScotland
Alexandrina M JOHNSTONDaur.Unmarried15Collar makerScotland
Christina E JOHNSTONDaur.13Nurse maidScotland

1891 Census

In 1891, Alexandrina JOHNSTON was living at 12 Lesbia Road, Hackney, Middlesex5 with her mother Joan JOHNSTON, who was a widow, and her sister Christina who was married with a child. Alexandrina was working as a dressmaker.

Name and SurnameRelation to HeadCondition as to MarriageAgeRank, Profession or OccupationWhere Born
Joan JOHNSTONHeadWidow66Living own meansSt David, Glasgow
Alexandrina JOHNSTONDaur.Single26DressmakerEdinburgh, Scotland
Christina GERALDDaur.Married23Living own meansEdinburgh, Scotland
Ivy Pearl GERALDGrand daur.Single3 monthsClapton, London
Augustus A YungmanBoarderSingle57ArtistSaxony, Germany


Harry GREAVES and Alexandrina Monteith JOHNSTON(E) were married on 17 May 1893 at South Hackney Presbyterian Church, St Thomas Road, Hackney, Middlesex6. The witnesses for the marriage were Harry’s brother Alfred Robert GREAVES and Alexandrina’s sister Christina JOHNSTON(E).

When MarriedName and SurnameAgeConditionRank or ProfessionResidenceFather’s Name and SurnameRank or Profession of Father
17 May 1893Harry GREAVES23BachelorMaster builder45 Church Road, HomertonCharles James GREAVESBuilder
Alexandrina Monteith JOHNSTONE23Spinster9 Urswick Road, HomertonWilliam McKay JOHNSTONESilk mercer
Witnesses: Christina JOHNSTONE & Alfred R GREAVES

1901 Census

In 1901 Alexandrina Monteith JOHNSTON (GREAVES) was living at 39 Hassett Road, Homerton7 with her husband Harry GREAVES and their son Charles William Stanley GREAVES.

Name and SurnameRelation to HeadCondition as to MarriageAgeProfession or OccupationWhere Born
Harry GREAVESHeadMarried28Decorator PaintHackney, London
Alexandrina M GREAVESWifeMarried30Leith, Scotland
Charles W GREAVESSon5Hackney, London


Alexandrina Monteith JOHNSTON (GREAVES) died on 05 March 1907 at 39 Hassett Road, Homerton, Middlesex8 aged 35 years old. She was buried at Tower Hamlets Cemetery9.

When and Where DiedName and SurnameSexAgeOccupationCause of DeathInformantWhen Registered
05 March 1907. 29 Hassett Road, HomertonAlexandrina Monteith GREAVESFemale35 yearsWife of Harry GREAVES builder’s foremanPhthisis endocarditisHarry GREAVES, widower of deceased, in attendance. 39 Hassett Road, Homerton08 March 1907

Family Members:

Husband:Henry (Harry) GREAVES 1872-1925
Son (Direct Ancestor):William Charles Stanley GREAVES 1895-1981
Father:William McKay JOHNSTON 1818-1887
Mother: Joan B CLARK 1821-1899

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  1. Births (CR) Scotland. St George, Edinburgh. 14 July 1864. JOHNSTON, Alexandrina Monteith. 685/ 1 903. : accessed 18 March 2021.
  2. Marriages (CR) Scotland. Edinburgh, Midlothian. 02 May 1865. MONTEITH, Alexander and JOHNSTON, Christina D. 685/ 1 92. : accessed 17 March 2021.
  3. Census Records. Scotland. Leith, Midlothian. 02 April 1871. JOHNSTON, Wm M (head). 692/ 2 13/ 45. : accessed 09 December 2020.
  4. Census Records. England. Bromley, Kent. 03 April 1881. JOHNSTON, William M (head). PN 497. FN 22. p. 37. : accessed 18 March 2021.
  5. Census Records. England. Hackney, London. 05 April 1891. JOHNSTON, Joan (head). ED 37. PN 200. FN 81. : accessed 18 March 2021.
  6. Marriages (CR) England. Hackney, Middlesex. 17 May 1895. GREAVES, Harry and JOHNSTONE, Alexandrina Monteith. Entry no. 194.
  7. Census Records. England. Homerton, Hackney. 31 March 1901. GREAVES, Harry (head). PN 234. FN 76. p. 28. : accessed 18 October 2020
  8. Deaths (CR) England. Hackney, Middlesex. 05 March 1907. GREAVES, Alexandrina Monteith. Entry no. 383.
  9. Burials (PR) England. Tower Hamlets, London. 11 March 1907. GREAVES, Alexandrina Monteith. Collection: London, England, City of London and Tower Hamlets Cemetery Registers, 1841-1966. Ref: CTHC/01/041. : accessed 05 August 2021.


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