"William Johnston, deceased, late of the Township of Brant, and the first white settler within its limits, was native of ever Green Isle, having been born in the County Cavan, Ireland, in 1803. Having married a Miss Dobson in 1825, he sailed next day for America. Coming to Canada he located first in the County of Chateauguay, L. C., subsequently removing to the United States, but returning to Canada after two years' residence, and residing for a time successively in the Counties of Leeds and Brant till the year 1849, when he came to the County of Bruce, and located in the wilderness of Brant, as related in our sketch of that township. When he came in the road was only cut out as far as the Bentinck town line, where Hanover now stands.
Mr. Johnston never sought office, was quiet and unostentatious, a good neighbor, and a genuine friend. He was everywhere known by the sobriquet of "King" Johnston, from the circumstance of his having been the first settler in the township. In his death, which occurred on the 22ncl September, 1870, the community lost one of its best citizens. His son Abraham, the only one of. the family now remaining in this neighborhood, is one of the most prosperous and influential farmers of the Township of Brant."
Belden 1880 Atlas of the County of Bruce