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Bill Johnston was a living legend in the 19th-century Thousand Islands area. A smuggler, pirate and rebel, this site chronicles his life and times.

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Latest Blog Posts for Pirate Bill Johnston

  • Bill Johnston: 13. Re-captured, Imprisoned
    on May 14, 2011 in Bill's Rebel Years
    After Bill Johnston escaped custody late on November 28, 1838, following his acquittal and re-arrest, one man made it his mission to track down the fugitive and apprehend him by whatever means possible. Few men had the skills and daring to find, corn...
  • Bill Johnston: 12. Arrest, Trial, and Escape
    on Feb 14, 2011 in Bill's Rebel Years
    Bill Johnston spent two days and nights on roof tops in Ogdensburg observing the Battle of the Windmill. He hardly ate. Twice he scoured the town in a vain effort to encourage men to cross in boats to take men off. It tore at him cruelly to be safe w...
  • Where is Bill Johnston's Scrapbook?
    on Nov 24, 2010 in Mysteries
    The Holy Grail for Bill Johnston researchers is locating his lost scrapbook. Bill started the scrapbook while in jail in Albany in 1840 and added notes and clippings for the rest of his life. One of the last entries is said to be a newspaper notice a...
  • Windmill Battle: 3. Small British Gunboat Stymies Hunter Invasion
    on Nov 16, 2010 in Bill's Rebel Years
    While Colonel Nils von Schoultz unloaded raiders and munitions from the Charlotte of Toronto at the windmill mid-morning, November 12, 1838, the other Hunter schooner remained stuck in the mud. It held the bulk of their supplies, including several la...
  • Bill Johnston: 13. Helps Hunters at Windmill Raid
    on Nov 1, 2010 in Bill's Rebel Years
    After Colonel Nils von Schoultz ordered the two schooners being towed by the steamer United States cut loose, they sailed downstream under a sliver of moon. Guided by just the loom of the shoreline, the helmsmen sought the lamplights of Prescott, Upp...
  • Windmill Battle: 2. Bill Johnston Helps Hunters Raid
    on Oct 31, 2010 in Bill's Rebel Years
    After Colonel Nils von Schoultz ordered the two schooners being towed by the steamer United States cut loose, they sailed downstream under a sliver of moon. Guided by just the loom of the shoreline, the helmsmen sought the lamplights of Prescott, Upp...
  • Bill Johnston: 12. The Windmill Battle Begins
    on Oct 18, 2010 in Bill's Rebel Years
    In early November, Hunter General John Ward Birge put the word out for his army of Hunter to assemble for war at various towns along eastern Lake Ontario and the Thousand Islands. He timed this to coincide with a state election so that crowds of stra...
  • Windmill Battle: 1. The Attack Begins
    on Oct 17, 2010 in Bill's Rebel Years
    In early November, Hunter General John Ward Birge put the word out for his army of Hunter to assemble for war at various towns along eastern Lake Ontario and the Thousand Islands. He timed this to coincide with a state election so that crowds of stra...
  • Kate Johnston: Heroine of the 1000 Islands
    on Aug 9, 2010 in Bill's Family
    By mid-July 1838, Bill Johnston had separated from most of his followers in an effort to stay hidden. He knew one man or a small group is harder to find than a horde, and easier to feed and supply. While hunting and fishing could sustain a woodsman l...
  • Bill Johnston: 11. Fort Wallace Falls
    on Jul 26, 2010
    Within hours of his attempted capture of Bill Johnston on Grindstone Island, Lieutenant George Leary of the Royal Navy sailed his armed steamer, Bull Frog, directly to Johnston's principal hideout, Fort Wallace. Inside were a few broken muskets and t...
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