"I wrote to a Walter S. Milton who is a descendent of Mary Ann Milton Johnson McLaughlin. I had found where she stood for one of the Milton children so know then I had the right one. He lives in Knoxville, TN. Mary Ann's maiden name was Lasswell, sometimes Laswell and Lacefield. She had married John Milton 22 Dec 1804 in Washington Co., KY. They had two children Richard B., Sept 1811, and Eli born 1813. Therefore only 2 of the children were hers so she and Matthew had at least 5 children on the 1830 census. After she married McLaughlin, them moved to Warrick Co., IN."
He thinks that Matthew may have been in Madison Co. before he came to Hardin since the Miltons and Laswells were there about 1800.
He stated at settlement of estate of John Milton in addition to Matthew Johnston there was also a Joseph Johnston, settled 15 Jan 1815. He also feels "Johnston" is the original name. He said the Laswells were Loyalists who came from Maryland to North Carolina then to Kentucky through Virginia. Sure leaves a lot of territory to cover. He also sent a sheet on the Lewis Jenkins - Ann Johnson family. He was born [in] St. Mary's Co., Maryland. It seemed there were a lot of Johnson-Jenkins marriages. Maybe they were all from there originally.
One more thing! Here is a 1830 Perry Co. Census I failed to enclose with my original list:
Joseph Johnson Males: 1 <5;>
Females: 1 5-10; 2 10-15; 1 30-40
I had him on the 1840 census. He is probably a son of Matthew and the one at the settlement of John Milton."