Excerpt from the
1991 Strawberry Baptist Association Report
“With the bicentennial of the (Strawberry Baptist) Association in 1976, little information was known as to the Rev. William Johnson/Johnston (about 1735-1814), moderator of the Association 1776-1789. / A Sketch was given in the Staunton Church history in The Early Trails of the Baptists: A History of the Strawberry Baptist Association 1776-1976.”
“In 1794 he moved to Knox Co., TN where he was elected first moderator of the Tennessee Baptist Association (now the Knox County Association of Baptists) in 1802. He died Feb 26, 1814 at his home in Knox Co., and was originally buried in the family cemetery near Stock Creek Baptist Church. The church is on Martin Mill Pike south of Knoxville, TN. The Johnson Family Cemetery, located near the present church is abandoned and overgrown in woods. As far as is known, only stones mark gravesites. Robert Johnston, son of Rev. William, donated the land in 1821 where the first Stock Creek Baptist Church was erected. He lived in Bedford Co., VA when he volunteered September 21, 1780, for service under Capt. Jacob Early in Col. Lynch’s regiment of volunteer riflemen and was in the battle at Guildford Courthouse, NC. He moved to Knox County in 1780, died in September 1849, and was buried in the family cemetery.
From Kenneth Crouch,
Secretary of the Strawberry Association 1991.