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Biography: Thomas Pinckney Johnston born Aug. 19, 1869 – photograph





Coosa, Elmore and Talladega County, Alabama

Johnston, Thomas Pinkney - Elmore, Talladega

Thomas Pinckney Johnston was a popular mayor of the enterprising little city of Sylacauga, Alabama in 1904. He was a native of the State, having been born in Elmore county, at Eclectic, Aug. 19, 1869, the son of Thomas William or Washington Johnston and Sarah Caroline (Setzler) Johnston, who resided near Rockford in Coosa county. The father was a respected farmer and h passed most of his life in the State, having come from Newberry, S. C., in a very early day with his parents. During the Civil War, he took up arms in defense of the Southern Confederacy and served the entire four years.

Our subject’s mother was the daughter of John A. Setzler, who was a pioneer settler in the State. He was of the better class of farmers, a stanch Whig and an earnest and consistent member of the Baptist Church. These facts are also true of the Johnston family.

Mr. T. P. Johnston came to manhood with a good common school education He was well grounded by careful home training- in right principles. Having always had a natural bent toward a mercantile life, he at eighteen began an experience which led to the responsible situation as a buyer for the large mercantile establishment of Smith Bros., at Sylacauga, to which city he removed.

During his residence there he was always active in affairs and served six years in the city council prior to his first election to the office of mayor. He was active in the political arena, and was often seen at the conventions of the Democratic party. He clung to the religion of his fathers, the Baptist, his wife was a member of the Methodist church. He was past chancellor of the Knights of Pythias, and reached the Royal Arch degree in Masonry.

Mr. Johnston began married life Aug. 26, 1896, Mrs. Johnston having been Lena Vivian Walton prior to her marriage. She was the daughter of Julian J. Walton and Minnie (Roberts) Walton, whose residence was in Greensboro, Alabama. By 1904, two children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Johnston

  1. Ralph Walton Johnston (b. Aug 31, 1898 – July 20, 1926)
  2. Vivian Johnston.

Thomas Pinckney Johnston passed away Jan 4. 1926 and is buried in Marble City Cemetery, Sylacauga, Talladega County, Alabama


  1. Notable Men of Alabama: Personal and Genealogical, Volume 1 edited by Joel Campbell DuBose 1904
  2. Find A Memorial # 5859401 # 5859404 # 16891569 # 16891563 # 16894830



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