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(1742(3)/2/14, The action of Trespass upon the case brought by William Johnson, an
            Infant uner the age of xxi years by Richard Johnson, Gent, his next Friend against
            John Roes not being further prosecuted is dismist
            Louisa Co (VA) orders, 1742-1744, p 8 , don’t know thie is our William)
 
1752 June 23: Louisa County Book: A, Page: 466, Grantor: John Cosby and Anne Cosby, his wife, Grantee: William Johnson,
John Cosby and Anne Cosby, his wife, of Fredericksville Parish and Nicholas Johnson of St. Martins Parish Louisa County to William Johnson of Fredericksville parish for natural love and affection to sd. William Johnson also for ?20 500 acres in Fredericksville parish whereon said William Johnson now lives at the River on Love Statham's, Capt. Venables, John Michie, James Watson, Capt. Thomas Johnson. Sig. John Cosby, Ann Cosby, Nichs. Johnson.
Notes Fredericksville Parish will make up the County of Albemarle County
pp26-27 of 131, Tony’s Louisa notes
(presuming William is 21 years of age, he is born by 1731)
 
1753, Johnson, William, Gent oath of Vestrman in room of John Poindexter
            Fredericksville Parish Vestry Book 1742-1787, p 46
 
Book: A, Page: 520, Grantor: Nicholas Meriwether, Grantee: Abraham Venable, Date: 28-Aug-1753
Nicholas Meriwether of Fredericksville parish Louisa and Frances his wife to Abraham Venable, Robert Lewis, Charles Barrett, Thomas Paulet, John Starke, Thomas Ballard Smith, Thomas Walker, Thomas Meriwether, Robert Anderson, David Mills, Tyree Harris, William Johnson, Gent. the present Vestrymen of Fredericksville parish for ?400 paid by the vestry on behalf of the parish for 400 acres adjoining the dividing line between Nicholas Meriwether and Thomas Meriwether, Jr. near a road, side of the mountains, being part of a larger tract formerly granted by patent to Nicholas Meriwether, grandfather of the above said Nicholas Meriwether and by his last will and testament devised to afsd. Nicholas. Sig. Nicholas Meriwether, Frans. Meriwether
 
@1754, Jane Johnson born
 
1754/8/30, I, John Boswell, and Ann, his wife, Thomas Johnson of Caroline Co, Gent  and
            William Johnson of Louisa Co Gent For natural affection to our Nephew Thomas
            Johnson son of Nicholas Johnson of Louisa Co..... (named slave)... part of the
            Estate of Thomas Johnson, late of King William Co. father to sd Ann
            Boswell, Thomas Johnson, and William Johnson and by a Division of sd
            Estate fell to sd Ann Boswell, Thomas Johnson, and William Johnson. Wit: Robert
            Lasley, Thomas Bowles, William Johnson Ack by Thomas and William Johnson
            1754/5/28. Louisa Co. VA deed books, 1742-1759, p 94
 
@1756, Ann Johnson born
 
1757/1/26, Johnson, Capt. William of Fredericksville Parish, Louisa co from Robert &
            Mary Estes (of same) 100lbs current money, 200A on E/S Goldmine Crk in
            Fredericksville Parish; the remaining pt of 500A I (Robert) purchased of Maj. William
            Morris. Henry Milles line... James Roach’es corner...Robert Easted Jr’s corner....
            John Poindexter to Goldenmine Crk. signed Robert Estes, Mary Estis [sic] Wit:
            Thomas Johnson, Charles Daniel, John Jones, Robert Estes Jr.
            Louisa Co. VA deed books, 1742-1759, p 118
 
1757/1/27, Johnson, William & Martha, his wife, of Fredericksville Parish, Louisa Co, to
            Thomas Johson of Drysdale Parish, Caroline Co. 300 lbs currt money. 500A on
            N/S of Southanna R in Fredericksville Parish, and place whereon sd William Johnson
            now lives.... at the River on Love Statham’s line to Capt. Abraham Venables....
            John Miechies line.... James Watson’s line..... Thomas Johnson’s line. signed
            William Johnson, Martha Johnson. Wit: George Estes, love Statham Stephen
            Hunter. Ack by William and Martha his wife declared her consent 1757/2/22
            Louisa Co. VA deed books, 1742-1759, p 116
 
Notes Fredericksville Parish will make up the County of Albemarle County
 
1759/4/17, Robert Johnson born, Albemarle co VA per his Rev War pension app
 
1759/Oct 24, William Johnson NOT present for Vestrymen meeting, Fredericksville Par
            Fredericksville Parish Vesry Book, 1742-1787, p 63
 
1760/ Feb 27, William Johnson NOT present for Vestrymen meeting, Fredericksville Par
            Fredericksville Parish Vesry Book, 1742-1787, p 67
 
@1761, William Johnson born, Albemarle co VA
 
Notes Fredericksville Parish will make up the County of Albemarle County
 
1761/3/24, William Johnson present, “former warden”
            Fredericksville Parish Vesry Book, 1742-1787, p 70
 
@1763, James Johnson born, Albemarle VA
 
1763 William Johnson and Martha his wife, John Hudson and Anne his wife of Albemarle County, John Jones and Frances Barber Jones, his wife of Louisa County, Orlando Jones, of Albemarle, and Rowland Jones, of Hanover County, deeded to Joseph Lewis of Henrico their “five parts” in certain lands in Cumberland county, two parts being reserved to William Jones and Anne Barber Jones infants, the latter being daughter and heir of Lane Jones, jr. deceased. (email of Rhoda Fone, Cumberland Co. Deeds)
 
@1764, Mary Johnson born Albemarle VA?
 
1765/5/10, Garrett, William of Louisa Co to Messrs. Johnson, Carrick & Compy,
            Merchants in Glasgow; 500 lbs curr. money, 17 Negor slaves, named.... If sd
            William Garrett do truly pay to the above sum on or before the 1st day of Jan 1766
            indenture is voided.
            Louisa Co VA db 1759-1774, p 47
            (Henry Garret, wife is Mary, Trinity Parish, p 70)
1767/7/13, Garrett, William Sr & Elizabeth to Henry Garrett, 60 lbs, 498A on Contrary
            Crk & N fork Pamunkey River, mouth of Woolins br..... Garrett’s ordinary.... Daniel
            Lane’s corner.... S/S Contrary; Francis Jerdone’s corner
            Louisa Co VA db 1759-1774, p 82
 
1767/7/4, Clayton, John will written, “neither of my sons shall have no right nor title to the
            Land that I had before I married this last wife,”...Secondly....”my negroes that I had 
            before I married this last Wife, shall be sold to pay my Just debts, Thirdly... the 
            debts due from my wife before I married her shall be paid out of the Estate I had by
            her, Fourly....should there be any part of my Estate left that belonged to me before
            I married this last wife... equally divided between my children, Namely~ Samuel,
            George, Phillip & Caity.Fifthly that my brother Phillip Clayton & Samuel Clayton, 
            Junr & William Garrett Sen I leave as my Executors. teste Edwd Jones Sen, Wm
            Garrett Juner, Thos Lane Juner. Bond by Sam’l Clayton Junior, Wm Garrett, John
            Lewis, Wm Johnson and Hugh Crowder
            Louisa Co VA WB 2, 15
(Louisa county VA Tithes 1743-1785, no Philip Johnson, nor Clayton showing)
John Clayton’s older sons lived in Culpepper and are traced there.)
 
@1766, Susannah Johnson born, note William marriied Anne Clayton widow of John
            1768, so it is possible Martha died in childbirth with Susanna
 
1767/8/8, Johnson, William, wit on William Garrett deed
            Louisa Co VA db 1759-1774, p 83
 
1767, Mickey, Mary, acct of estate. Debits: 1767 mentions William Garrett, Maj Carr,
            George Sims, Arch. Harris, Col Boswell, William Fleming, Hugh Currain, George
            Pottie, Col William Johnson as Shff for 1766-7, James Mickey, Isaac David,
            Richard Poindexter,Maj Thomas Johnson. Rec 1775/8/14
            Abstracts of Louisa Co VA wb 1743-1801, p 47
 
1768/3/2, Clayton, John, inv apprs inc William Johnson
            Abstracts of Louisa Co VA wb 1743-1801, p 18
 
1768/11/7, Johnson, William & Anne Clayton, sur. William Garrett Jr
            Marriages of Louisa Co VA, 1766-1815, Williams, p 59
 
1770/10/6, Thomas Johnson born
 
1770, In 1770 Falls Creek was constituted in Pittsylvania with 37 members dismissed from Dan River. Samuel Harris was pastor and until a meeting house was built the church met at his house where he entertained them all. That year Goldmine was constituted in Louisa as a consequence of preaching there by Saunders, Harris, Read, Lewis Craig and other young men.
            The Baptist of Virginia, 1699-1926, Garnett Ryland, p 49
 
(Harris baptized in Fauquier, came 200 miles & with Elijah Craig & John Waller constituted the church. Harris also in Amherst, Buffalo River, now Ebenezer)
            The Baptist of Virginia, 1699-1926, Garnett Ryland, p 50
 
1770 meeting of Sandy Creek Association at Grassy Creek Meeting house, NC, was decided to divide the body into 3 pts. (Parts1&2 NC & SC) Third part VA churches.
 
1771/4/8, Garrett, William senr of Trinity Par, Louisa Co, love & affection for
            granddaughter Caty Clayton, lends slave till she is 18 or marries then gifts sd
            slave.
            Louisa Co VA db’ 1759-1774, p 121
 
1771/4/8, Johnson, William of Louisa Co, St Martin’s Parish,  “daughter in law” Catey
            Clayton lends Negor girl named Judyth until sd Caty arrives at 18 or marries. If sd
            Caty dies slave returns to William’s estate. Louisa Co VA db 1759-1774, p 122
 
1771/5/11Third part, composed of churches in VA met at Craig’s meeting house in Orange Co VA
            Statistics of the Meetings of the Strawberry Bapt Asso. of VA
            Notes on the History of the SBA, Biting,p 12
 
1771/May Meeting includes Samuel Harris & Jacob Metcliff [sic], Pittsylvania (Falls Church)
            The Baptist of Virginia, 1699-1926, Garnett Ryland, p 52
 
1771/5/1, Craig meeting. Harris was moderator, Waller clerk
            The Baptist of Virginia, 1699-1926, Garnett Ryland, p 53
 
At the time of the organization of this association:
            Joseph Anthony who preached so powerfully in Chesterfield jail that the door was left open for him to escape, had preached 5 years
            Samuel Harris seven years
            William Johnson, the first moderator, five years
            Statistics of the Meetings of the Strawberry Bapt Asso. of VA
            Notes on the History of the SBA, Biting, p 15
 
Samuel Harris was attacked by a gang in Culpepper and in Orange pulled down from the place where he was preaching. “Colonel Harris did not suffer as many persecutions as some other Baptist preachers.”
            The Baptist of Virginia, 1699-1926, Garnett Ryland, p 58
 
“Rev. Samuel Harris was baptized by Rev. Daniel Marshall and Marshalll was baptized by a minister in Philadelphia Baptist Association. This is the oldest Baptist Association in the United States.” (Formed 1707/7/27. SBA notes, p 9)
            History of Morgans Baptist Church, p 42.
(note this is the church on Davises property)
 
 
1771/May Meeting held at Elijah Craig’s meeting house in Orange for organization of the
            Virginia Association. Buckingham representatives: Rane Chastain, William
            Johnson. 52 members.
            The Baptist of Virginia, 1699-1926, Ryland, p 52
 
1771/5/5, Bedford church constituted - “The house is 40’ by 20’ built near Otter River on James Davises land in 1771. the other branch is a Cottontown (dist 15 miles); another at Goole [sic] creek 30 miles dist. where is a meeting held at Peter Holland a quaker.”
“No minister except William Lovell and Matthew Talbot & Mr Pearman & Stephen White.”
“Joined the Rapidan Association in 1771”
            Imprisoned Preachers &Religious Liberty in Virginia, Lewis Little, p 234
 
1771/5/7, Buckingham constituted. “Mr Edward notes, pg 28, was so called from the county-170 miles, Williamsburg. Met in a bower and seats called Casons-seats. A meeting house built 1772 ***Minister Rane Chastain; assist. William Johnson” “They originated as a chh from Lower Spotsylvania. May 7, 1771. Mr Edward Volumes pages 40 and 41, state that the church was constituted “May 7, 1772” and that the first named page also states that the church had “No very remarkable things except persecutions; and the ministry of Kit Clark who is now a Quaker by which many have been converted, but will not stick to him.”
(Christopher Clark, large land owner in Louisa, lodged ministers night of May 10, 1771 on the way to the First Separate Baptist Association which was held at the old Blue Run church in Orange Co, Elijah Craig pastor)
            Imprisoned Preachers &Religious Liberty in Virginia, Lewis Little, pp234-235
 
1771/5/23 Samuel Timson of York Co, John Jones & Frances Barber Jones his wife, Rowland Jones & Mary his wife, Ann Hudson widow & relict of John Hudson dec’d & Orlando Jones all of Albemarle & William Jones & Mary of Hanover of the one part and Edward Champion Travis of James City Co gent of other part. Whereas in a suit in Chancery lately depending in the Co Court of York between William Johnson and Martha his wife, John Hudson & Ann his wife, Orlando Jones, John Jones & Frances Barber Jones his wife, Rowland Jones, William Jones an infant & Ann Barber Jones then an infant of & heir of Lane Jones dec’d plts and the sd Samuel Timson def. ..divide 800! in York, Timson’s Neck Bruton Parish.
York Co VA Land Records 1763-1777 p 88
 
1771/8/2, William Johnson & Philip Johnson his son and Margaret Johnson wife of the sd. Philip of Louisa Co. (Va.) for 160 pounds sold to Samuel Timson of York Co. all that 90 a. tr of land in Bruton Parish bounded by the lands of William Drummond called Porto Bello, the land of Frederick Bryan decd, the land of Anne Timson, John Ferguson & the land of Anne Barber Jones, being the land allotted the sd. William Johnson by decree of York Co. Court…… Wit: John Tazewell, Edmd Dickinson, William Jackson, James Crandel 
To William Garrett & Nathaniel Garland gent greeting, whereas William Johnson & Anne his wife & Philip Johnson & Margaret his wife by their indenture of sale have sold unto Samuel Timson …. (order for relinquishing of dower rights- FGF) Rec. Oct. 21, 1771 & Nov. 18, 1771 (Brewer, Mary Marshall, York County, Virginia Land Records, 1763-1777 Lewes Del. Colonial Roots, 2007, p. 87 York DB #8, FHL #34422, p. 170;)
Note: Philip is William’s adopted son. Philip is named in John Clayton’s will 1767
All of William’s natural sons are underage in 1771. William garrett & Nathaniel Garret examine the wives “Anne” & “Margaret”
York Co VA Land Records 1763-1777, p 87
 
1771/10/14, Johnson, William of Louisa Co Gent, St Martin’s Parish, Natural Love &
            affection gifts dt Ann Phillips, wife of Richard Phillips, JR, (married by Rev Maury)
            Louisa Co VA db 1759-1774, p 126
           
1772/2/1, Johnson, William wit on William Garrett deed
            Louisa Co VA db 1759-1774, p 128
 
1772/1/8, Johnson, William & Ann sell 446A to David Sandige, wit William Garrett,
            William Garrett Jr, Mary Garrett.
            Louisa Co VA db 1759-1774, p 133
            (Willliam & Ann sell 201A, wit William Garrett, Nicholas Johnson, p 134)
 
(1772-1779, Richmond Co VA, no Johnson deeds)
(1751-1783, Richmond Co VA Accounts Book Abstracted, no Johnson)
 
1773, Johnson, William’s boundary ref. Dorothy Johnson relict of Col Richard Johnson
            dc’d land in St Martains Parish, (Note this Richard is son of Col Richard, no heirs)
            Louisa Co VA db 1759-1774, p 143
1773/3/8, Johnson, William, Gent, & Anne his wife of Louisa to Robert Goodwin of
            same, 305 £, 450A in Trinity Parish. E/S S/fork of Goldmine Crk... where Paulet’s
            line crosses the sd crk.... Garrett Minors line... John Nelson’s corner... John
            Poindexter’s
            Louisa Co VA db 1759-1774, p 144
 
(1773/7/12, Johnson, William of Louisa from Richard Hundley of Caroline Co, 125 £, 456A
            S/S South Anna River... near Rack Punch Spring
            Louisa Co VA db 1759-1774, p 151, don’t know this is our William)
 
1773/7/22, Joseph Johnson born, Buckingham, VA?
 
1775/2/28, Johnson, Jane, dt of William Johnson, & John Wily, sur. Henry Garrett. John
            Wily is also written John Willey on the bond and Jane is also written Jean on bond.
            Marriages of Louisa Co VA, 1766-1815, Williams, p 114
 
1776, Johnson, William,”History of Louisa Co”. The Gentleman Justices mentioned in
            these will books were:.... inc William Johnson 1770, 1774-1775, 1777-1779,
            Being 1st Justice 1776.
            Abstracts of Louisa Co VA wb 1743-1801, p preface
 
(1777/5/12, Johnson, William from John & Ann Boswell, all of Louisa, 300 lbs, 400A on
            Owens Crk known by name Bobbit’s, bnded by Col John Syme, William Shelton
            and Joseph Shelton
            Louisa Co VA dbsE&F, 1774-1790, p 17. don’t know this is our William)
 
@1778, Elijah Johnson born, ?Buckingham/Bedford VA
 
1778/9/25, Johnson, William of Buckingham from Peter Holland Jr, 100 lbs, 404A patent
            grtd sd Holland 1765, S/S Goose Crk, Turner’s line, Phelp’s corner. Pres: John
            Meador Sen, John Meador Jun, John Meador, Chadlla Cochran, Wm. Kesard,
            Jesse Kesard (?Howard), Richard Berryman, Thomas Arthur, Anthony Pate,
            Thomas Charter, Joel Chitwood, Thomas Demoss, Jesse Dillin
            Bedford Co VA db 6, 145
 
1779/2/3, Garrett, William, Parish of Trinity, will written. Wife Elizabeth Garrett, land and
            plantation whereon I now live. A certain tract sold to Benjamin Lewis on Contrary. To
            son William Garrett all land S/S Franks Run adj. Watkins & Steward. To son Henry
            Garrett all land in Spotsylvania Co, also tract lent my wife. All my children: William
            Garrett, Henry Garrett, Ann Johnson, Elizabeth Terrell, & Susannah Johnson.
            Exors: sons William & Henry Garrett. wit: Nathaniel Garland, John Lane. wb 2, 371A
            Abstracts Louisa Co VA will books, 1743-1801, p 57
 
1782/4/22, William Johnson of the Baptist Society has leave Granded [sic] him to
            Celebrate the rites of Marriage
            Bedford Co VA Court  Order Book 6, p 347B [sic]
 
Sep. 5, 1782; Archer Basham & Winna Jons; Married by William Johnson
 
Sep. 5, 1782; Obediah Basham & Celia Dowell; Married by William Johnson
 
Oct. 9, 1782; Thomas Price & Margaret McCoy, dt Anna Stump; David Clay, Surety; Consent of John Stump, step-father of Margaret; Married by William Johnson.
 
 Oct. 14, 1782; George Key & Mary Senter; Zachariah Davis, Surety; Married by William Johnson, Oct. 14, 1782.
 
 Oct. 15, 1782; James Delong & Zana Taylor; Married by William Johnson
 
Nov. 29, 1782; Thomas Arthur & Sarah Dickson; Married by William Johnson.
 
Dec. 17, 1782; George Heard & Ann Dean; John Mead, Surety; Consent of Charles Dean; Married by William Johnson, Dec. 22, 1782.
 
(Bedford Co VA db 7, 343 shows additional marriages by Rev William Johnson)
 
Jan. 2, 1783; William Bozwell & Jean Mason; Married by William Johnson
 
Feb. 13, 1783; Thomas Delong & Ann Greer; Married by William Johnson
 
Feb. 27, 1783; Thomas Flin & Elizabeth Price; Married by William Johnson
 
Mar.___ 18, 1783; Thomas White & Jane Lusk; Araba Brown, Surety; Married by William Johnson, March 23, 1783.
 
May 22, 1783; James Agee & Patty Huckerby; Married by William Johnson.
 
Aug. 5, 1783; Thomas Lane & Nancy Dabney; James Hurt, Surety; Consent of Cornelus Dabney; Married by William Johnson, Aug. 8, 1783.
 
Sep. 1, 1783; William Arthur & Anna Watts, "by Michael Dillingham, and returned and certifyd by Wm. Johnson"
 
Oct. 26, 1783; Josiah Aday & Martha Forgusson; Married by William Johnson.
 
 
1783 Oct 28: Louisa County Book: E, Page: 364, Grantor: Thomas Johnson Senr., Grantee: John Boswell and William Duvall,
Thomas Johnson Senr. of Louisa Co. to John Boswell and William Duvall of Henrico Co. and the other of Louisa Co. for ?3,000 all lands with ordinary and courthouse for the life of said Thomas Johnson, that is to say one tract of 2,000 acres on both sides of the South Anna River in Louisa Co. which said Thos. Johnson bought of William Johnson, Mrs. Ann Cosby, and Mr. William White. One other tract where the Courthouse and ordinary now stands containing about 1400 acres for the lifetime of the sd. Thomas Johnson senr. ; another tract of 900 acres which sd. Johnson bought of Robt. Jennings and James Littlepage and Jno. Edwards on both sides of Harrises Creek including a water Grist mill and the following slaves Harry, Limburn, Will, Nan, Stephen and Janey which slaves sd. Johnson holds for life and two more slaves named Edom and David held on same terms by sd. Johnson and the follow slaves tom, Roger, Isaac, Joe, Barbary, will, Little Tom, Bob, Fellows, Great Nan, Little Nan, Grace, Little Grace, Barbary, Winney, mulatto Sam, Sampson, Great Grace's dau named Phillis, Betty, Nan and Jugg also horses, colts, oxen, cattle feather beds etc. Nevertheless if sd. Johnson Sr. doth indemnify and save harmless sd. Jno. Boswell from any debt of default in collecting taxes and sd. Duvall the same, which they may become liable for as his security, then these presents void. Sig. Thos. Johnson. wit. Wm. Johnson, Thos. Johnson, Jr., Richard Chapman. [Security bond for Thomas Johnson with John Boswell and William Duvall as his securities for him collecting taxes as sheriff].
pp60-61 of 131, Tony’s Louisa Notes (William sold land)
 
Nov. 26, 1783; Josiah Turner, Henry Co. & Milley Key; George Key, Surety; Married by William Johnson,
 
Nov. 30, 1783. Mar. 9, 1784; James French & Barberry Key; Married by William Johnson.
 
Dec. 25, 1783; William Armstrong & Ann Mitchell; Married by William Johnson.
 
Jan. 15, 1784; Elisha Dowell & Jemima Board; Married by William Johnson
 
Jan. 16, 1784; Richard Dale & Mary Reedy; Married by William Johnson.
 
Jan. 26, 1784; Samuel Huddleston & Sarah Watts; Wagman Sinclair, Surety; Married by William Johnson, Feb. 26, 1784.
 
Feb. 10, 1784; Thomas Dickson & Martha Arthur; Married by William Johnson
 
Mar. 9, 1784; James French & Barberry Key; Married by William Johnson
 
Mar. 20, 1784; Farthing Hix & Rhoda Turner, dt Isaiah; John Hix, Surety; Married by William Johnson, March 22, 1784.
 
Apr. 1, 1784; Parmenas English & Sarah Haynes; Married by William Johnson.
 
Apr. 24, 1784; Thomas Bennett & Elizabeth Perry; Thomas Gouge, Surety; Married by William Johnson, April 29.
 
Mar. 18, 1783; Thomas White & Jane Lusk; Araba Brown, Surety; Married by William Johnson, March 23, 1783
 
May 17, 1784; Henry Haynes & Tabitha Turner; Elijah Turner, Surety; Married by William Johnson, May 20, 1784
 
May 27, 1784; Reuben Green & Elizabeth Basham; Married by William Johnson
 
Jul. 12, 1784; James Callaway & Susannah White, dt Stephen; Lance Woodward, Surety; Married by William Johnson, July 13, 1784
 
Jul. 22, 1784; Henry English & Betsey Haynes; Married by William Johnson.
 
Dec. 25, 1784; Thomas Fitzsimmons & Mary Radford; Married by William Johnson
 
Feb. 1, 1785; Jabez Leftwich & Delilah Stovall; Augustine Leftwich, Jr., Surety; Married by William Johnson, Feb. 1, 1785.
 
Feb. 20, 1785; Jeremiah Forgerson & Jemima Phelps; Married by William Johnson.
 
Feb. 27, 1785; Nathan Greer & Lewsey Arther; Married by William Johnson.
 
Feb. 28, 1785; James Flournoy, & Peggy Cundiff, dt Mary; John Hancock, Surety; Married by William Johnson, March 10, 1785
 
Mar. 12, 1785; James Keenum & Elizabeth Mason; Richard Dale, Surety; Married by William Johnson, March 17, 1785.
 
Mar. 24, 1785; Daniel French & Anney Guthrey; Married by William Johnson.
 
 
(1782-1785/March/24, William Johnson 39 + marriages Bedford Co VA)
 
1785-1811, Processioner’s Bk 1796-1812, Marriage Returns 1785-1811, Bedford
            Marriage returns begin on page 215. Returns are hand written entries by each minister, individual scripts are easily identified. Ministers include: Nathaniel Shrewsburry, Jeremiah Hatcher, James Mitchell, Charles Clay, Andrew Hunter, John Ayers, Philip Cox, Joseph Drury, Daniel Lockell, Lewis Chastain, James Turner, William Dameson, Alderson Weeks, Manoah Lasley, James Kenney and William Johnson.
            William Johnson made no entry for 1785 though he performed 6 marriages through March 24 1785. William Johnson recorded entries for 1795 on pages 231, 232, 234; entries for 1796 on pages 235,(2 separate entries), 237; entries for 1797 on page 238. There are no other entries posted for William Johnson.
 
1785/5/9 will recorded. Louisa Co., Va. Will of Ann Cosby. 2 Feb. 1780 . In the name of God Amen.  I Ann Cosby of Louisa County being at this time of sound mind and memory but taking in to consideration the Certainty of death & uncertainty of life in aperson of my advanced age have thought proper to dispose of what estate it hath been Please Almighty God to bless me with In manner & form following revoking all other wills hereto fore made <by me>
Item I give my Daughter Ann Boswell my prayer Book & everybook except my Grate  Bible & money enough to buy her a mourning ring. Item I give to my son Thos. Johnson my Grate Bible my morning ring. 
Item, I give my son William Johnson all the rest of my estat<e> of any kind or sort whatsoever to him and his heirs forever except what is before given & what slaves I m<a>y have in afeesemple at my death.
Item.  I lend my granddaughter Jane Wily the labour of a Mulatto slave named Milly and Daughter Pat & son Jesse til her Daughters Viz<t>. Ann Meriwether Wiley, Martha Jones Wiley shall arise to Eighteen Years old provided she nor her husband neither Misuse or abuse the sd. Slaves & if it should be the opinion of my Executors hereafter named that the said slaves are misused or abused it is my will and desire they shod hire out the said slaves for the benefit of my abovesaid Great Granddaughters til the said Ann Meriwether Wily arises to the age of Eighteen years & Equally divide the said slaves between my sd. Great Granddaughters. 
Item I give my two Great Granddaughters Ann Meriwether Wily & Martha Jones Wily & their heirs forever Equally to be divided between them When the sd. Ann arrives at the age of Eighteen Years Mildred a Mulatto woman Pat a Mulatto Girl & Jess a Mulatto boy to them & their Heirs forever & lastly I appoint my two sons Thos. & William Johnson my Executors to this my last will and Testament in Witness whereof  I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this – day of February 1780.     Signed: Ann Cosby.  Wit: Henry Ashton Johnson, Fanny Garth
Proved & recorded May 9th, 1785 (Lo.WB 3, 82.) c/o Bonnie, “red” c/o Sherrie
 
Bond of Wm. Johnson, Exor. of est of ANN COSBY.  Sec: R. Phillips, Thos. Johnson, R. Phillips, Thomas Johnson. (WB 3, p. 84) (Abstracts of Louisa Couty, Virginia Will Books 1743-1801, by Nancy Chappelear and Kate Binford Hatch.)
 
1785/5/9, Johnson, William bond 200£, signed William Johnson, R Phillips, Thomas
            Johnson. Abstracts of Louisa Co VA WB, 1743-1801, p 79
1785/7/11, Cosby, Ann inv by William Johnson
            Abstracts of Louisa Co VA WB, 1743-1801, p 81
 
1785/7/11, Cosby, John,will relinguishes actuary as Exor to Thomas Terrell’s will
            1785/5/25, wit: Cleavers Duke, William Johnson, Elizabeth Terrell, admr will
            annexed of Thomas Terrell dc’d. sec Henry Garrett, William Garrett. Amt 1000 lbs
            Abstracts of Louisa Co VA wb 1743-1801, p 81
 
Sep. 26, 1785; Richard Davis & Mary Johnson, dt William; Zackry Davis, Surety; Married by Nathaniel Shrewsbury, Oct. 12.
 
(1786/2/18, Johnson, Philip & Elizabeth White, surety William White
            Marriages of Louisa Co VA 1766-1815, p 58)
 
Oct. 16, 1786; John Morris & Susanna Johnson, dt William; Nicholas Osburn, Surety; Married by Nathaniel Shrewsbury, Nov. 19, 1786.
 
1787, The General Association joint meeting of the Upper & Lower districes N of James (river) referred question to General Committee
1788, The General Commitee resolved “That Samuel Harris, John William, Simeon Walton, John Leland, Henry Toler & Lewis Lunsford be appointed to collect materials for compiling and publishing a history of the Baptists in Virginia and report to the next General Committee.” (Note, they later established seminaries)
            The Baptist of Virginia, 1699-1926, Garnett Ryland, p 145
 
1787/10/13. “The first minutes which give the names of the churches represented are those of a meeting held at Goose Creek, 11 years after the organization. The minutes are in manuscript. The minutes were not printed until nearly a generationafter the constitution of the Association.”
            Strawberry Church              Thomas Johns
            Leatherwood             Robert Stockton
            Head of Smith River   none
            N Fork Roanoke                    Jas Mathis, Elias Owen
            Lower Blackwater                 Alex Ferguson, Philip Bailey, Jeremiah Maxey
            Meadow Creek                   John Lawrence
            Goose Creek             William Johnson
            Beaver Creek                       Joseph Anthony, Jacob Faress
            Catawba                                Samuel Goodwin, Absalom Smith, John Mahan
            Cotton Town                           Jeremiah Hatcher, Julius Hatcher
            C___vle ?                              Wm Stevens
            Runnet Big Creek                  Randolph Hall, Bailey Carter
            an assoc of 11 NC                  George McNull
            Head of Pig River                Moses Rentfro, Wm Aur-
            Head of Little River              Wm Derveese, Humphrey Smith
            (Handwritten SNOW CREEK , no add info)
 
1787/10/31, Johnson, Willliam, Moderator, Goose Creek, Bedford VA
1788/5/31, Johnson, William, Moderator, Head of Pig River, Franklin VA
1788/10/4, Johnson, William, Moderator, Beaver Crk, Henry Co VA
            Statistic of the Meetings of the Strawberry Bapt Asso. of VA
            Notes on the History of the SBA, Biting, end of book, no p#
 
“The 11 NC churches later forming the Yadkin Yearly Meeting.”
            Statistics of the Meetings of the Strawberry Bapt Asso. of VA
            Notes on the His“tory of the SBA, Biting, pp 15,16
 
“Churches now or formerly belonging to Strawberry Baptist Association of Virginia”
            Strawberry, Pittsylvania Co, admitted 1776, dism Oct 1768 to Roanoke Assoc
1772(formed) Leatherwood, Henry Co, admitted 1776, dism. May 28, 1825, to Pig River Association.
            SBA notes, end , no page numbers
 
1787/4/10, Baynham, Joseph acct...”A bond from Col. William Johnson (in Richm?) for
            one thousand pounds of Tobacco --no suit brought as Johnson was supposed to
            be insolvent.... A bond of John Grayhams Dtd 8/18/88 for which Col. William
            Johnson has got in his possession in a fradulent manner from the best information
            I can get__(see) Thomas Poindexter Jun. Affidavit. *Note no orders for 1783-1790
            Louisa Co VA WB 3, 203
 
(1788/4/18, Baynham, accts due est, ....inc. “Col William Johnson in Richmond.
            Supposed to be insolvent. John Grayham, dc’d which Col William Johnson has got
            in his possession in a fradulent manner from the best information that I can get (see
            Thomas Poindexter, jr affidavit)”
            Abstracts of Louisa Co VA wb 1743-1801, p 91)
            *see above for corrections
 
1789/Aug. “The General Committee met in Richmond. William Johnson, then the Moderator and Robert Stockton were the delegates from Strawberry Association.”
“In this session of the General Committee an address to the President (George Washington) was prepared by Elder John Leland, adopted by the committee and signed by Samuel Harris, the Chairman, and by Reuben Ford, the secretary, and in the name of Virginia Baptists, sent to Washington”. (complete address follows, also the response from George Washington.)
            Statistics of the Meetings of the Strawberry Bapt Asso. of VA
            Notes on the History of the SBA, Biting, pp 29,30
 
1789/9/25. First Amendment to the Constitution guaranteeing universal and constitutional religious liberty.
            Statistics of the Meetings of the Strawberry Bapt Asso. of VA
            Notes on the History of the SBA, Biting, p 33
 
Feb. 20, 1791; Alexander Brown & Vilet Barton; Brer Barton, Surety; Married by William Johnson, Feb. 25, 1797 (?)
 
1794/2/24, Johnson, William & Patty his wife to Jacob Hole of Bedford, 65 lbs, 100A on
            Goose Crk in Bedford, Jason Martin? Mortin”s line. no teste
            Bedford Co VA db 9, 287
 
1794/10/27, Johnson, William Senr, License is granted him to Celibrate the Rites of
            Matrimony acc to the Rules & Regulations of the Baptist Church.
            Bedford Co VA OB 10, 337
 
Oct. 26, 1795; Thomas Johnson & Sally Dickerson; Francis Dickerson, Surety; Married by Nathaniel Shrewsbury, Nov. 5, 1795
 
Oct. 26, 1795; Lawrence McGeorge & Mary Pate, dt Mathew; Lewis Squires, Surety; Married by William Johnson, Oct. 29, 1795.
 
Dec. 8, 1795; Joseph Hopper & Mary Wright; Anthony Wright, Surety; Consent of John Wright; Married by William Johnson, Dec. 10, 1795.
 
1796/7/25, Johnson, William Sen of Bedford to Henry Haynes of same, 250 lbs, 304A
            S/S Goose Crk bnded by Turner’s line to Phelps corner. Wit: Isaac Otey, Richard
            Davis, Isaac Wade. Rec ct 1790/7/25, No wife
            Bedford Co VA db 10, 157
 
Sep. 7, 1796; Joseph Johnson & Sarah Moody; Stephen Haile, Surety; Married by William Johnson, Sept. 8, 1796
 
Sep. 8, 1796; James Blackley & Nancy Price; Married by William Johnson
 
1796/9/26, Johnson, William from Henry & Tabitha Haynes, 195 lbs, 195A S/S Goose
            Crk, Jacob Hole’s line
            Bedford Co VA db 10, 193
 
Oct. 11, 1796; David Kesson & Elizabeth Crum; Thomas Cadwalader, Surety; Married by William Johnson, Oct. 27, 1796.
 
Dec. 15, 1796; Benjamin Musgrove & Kezia Hall, dt Magdalean; Elisha Hall, Surety; Married by William Johnson, Dec. 25, 1796
 
Feb. 25, 1797; Alexander Brown & Violet _____; Married by William Johnson.
 
Feb. 27, 1797; Jessee Hall & Elizabeth Williams; John Thrasher, Surety; Married by William Johnson, March 1, 1797.
 
(1797/3 3 Johnson, Elizabeth, dt of Richard Johnson & James Young, surety William G. Johnson, brother of the bride, wit George Johnson Jr
Marriages of Louisa Co VA 1766-1815, p 117
 
Jul. 21, 1797; Simon Hudson & Sally Trueman; William Johnson, Surety; Married by William Johnson, July 22, 1797.
 
1797/7/24, Johnson, William of Bedford to Henry Haynes of same 195 lbs, 195A beg on
            Jacob Holes line to Goose Crk, ack ct 1797/7/24, No wife
            Bedford Co VA db 10, 317
 
(1799/4/5, Phillips, Ann, widow & Jesse Mills, William Barrett makes affidavit as to her age, surety Charles Dabney Jr.
            Marriages of Louisa Co VA 1766-1815, p 73.
 
Oct. 7, 1799; Laban Haile & Molley Haile; Robt. Woodcock, Surety; Consent of Stephen Haile, guardian of Molly; Married by William Johnson, Oct. 8, 1799.
 
William Johnson was the first Moderator of the Tennessee Association, as appears from the following: "Minutes of a conference of nineteen Baptist churches, being assembled at Beaver Creek meeting-house on the twenty-fifth day of December, in the year of our Lord 1802. 1st. Brother William Johnson was chosen Moderator and Francis Hamilton Clerk." He was a messenger of Boyd's Creek Church. The next year he was also chosen Moderator. He continued a member of the Boyd's Creek Church as long as he lived, representing his church almost every year at the annual meetings of the Association. In October, 1814, the Association met with the French Broad (afterwards the Dandridge) Church, when a request came to the body from the East Fork of Poplar Creek "to perpetuate the memory of Elder William Johnson, deceased," and it was voted to publish "a piece" sent up by that church, as follows: "We have to mourn the loss of our elder brother, William Johnson, who, in the cause of his Great Master, on the 26th day of February, 1814, after an illness of more than twelve months, encountered his last enemy with all the courage and fortitude of a Christian, and carried with him all the evidences and tokens of a conqueror, triumphing forever in that great prize obtained for him through the blood of the lamb, having been in the ministry nearly fifty years and leaving behind him for an example an unspotted character. "His bow abode in strength; a conqueror he left the globe." (Genesis 49 :24. )
 
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