I only have the marriage index for David and Clara in Australia
letter dated 20 jan 1895 from David to sister-in-law, nieces and nephews in winnipeg manitoba
-Working in the gold fields, not successfully
-Taken up tailering, but had to quit as it didn't agree with him.
-he was married - no name, but they didn't get along and she went home to her mother
- hadn't seen them in 3 years
-had 7 children, only mentions Herbert Gladstone, Reginald, and Muriel
-was writing to Peter McMurdo to get his birth certificate (to settle his fathers estate I believe) Peter McMurdo was the owner of the home that the Johnstone's were living in during the 1861 Dumfries Scotland census.
1885 Police warrant for David abandoning his children Herbert Gladstone and Reginal Cecil, complainant Mrs johnstone now of Grenfeld
1886 Charged on the warrant
1887 child dissertion, warrant discharged
Muriel was born in 1888 - after the abandonment charges
Otto was born in 1891 - It appears he did get back to see Clara, and left her pregnant each time. In the 1895 letter he probably didn't even know that Otto was born.
1905 Herbert Gladstone Johnstone married Isabella Paffard in Langley British Columbia, He was born Liama Australia, father David Johnstone, Mother Clara Fletcher. Herbert worked on the ships that travelled to BC, met Isabella while in port, got her pregnant, married, then abandoned her before the child was born. He returned to Australia, and is listed as single on his death record. He had the wandering ways of his father!!
- my take
There is only a mention of 3 of the living children in the death notice as David probably didn't know that Otto existed.
The age, his occupation and birth all fit with the information on the death certificate.
David did not have a brother John.
His siblings are William Kirk (from his mother Anne Hallidays first marriage), Joseph (our ancestor), and Alexander who we believed died in child birth along with Anne.
I am convinced we are talking the same David Johnstone and Clara Fletcher family.