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   of  Research Notes

  Compiled by Harold Johnson

 

Subject: Joseph and Isaac Johnson, sons of Michael Johnson (d 1718 Henrico County)

 

            List of Surnames and Relationships in this Paper

Because of the difficulty in keeping tract of these surnames as data accumulates, is necessary that a system of identification be established that will allow quick and positive recognition of each individual as we each add our notes to this paper. I have laid out a system I hope will be easy to understand and will allow each of us to contribute in a way that will aid all of us. As one reads the RESEARCH NOTES, please notice that the ID number after the surname (in the notes) reflects a person listed below...ie.. Joseph Johnson(1)!  This way we don’t have to keep explaining who we are talking about.

Note: A question mark (?) after the relationship indicates that this relationship is speculative and unproven. The absence of a question mark indicates that this is a proven relationship.

 
(1)        Joseph Johnson             (Brother of (2)) (I have no data that suggests Joseph is older than Isaac other than their death dates)

(1W)  Mary (E. Watson?)               Wife of Joseph ( (?) I have no data supporting Watson)(After Joseph(1) died Mary married Charles Sullivant)

(1a)    Mical Johnson                         (son of (1))     

(1b)    Isaac Johnson                        (son of (1))

(1bW1) Ann    (?)                    (First wife of (1b))

(1bW2)  Rebekah Bowen      (Second wife of (1b))

(1b1) Unknown daughter            (daughter of (1b) and (1b1W1))

(1b1H) (?)  Arnold              (Husband of (1b1))

(1b1a) Joseph Arnold             (Grandson of (1b))

(Ib1b) Isaac Arnold              (Grandson of (1b))

(1b1) Jane Johnson            (daughter of (1b))?

(1b1W) Joseph Moon            (Husband of (1b1))     

(1c)    Sarah Johnson                         (daughter of (1))

(1cH) Jacob Womack                        (Husband of (1c))

(1d)    Mary Johnson                        (daughter of (1))

(1dH)            Jarrel Willingham            (Husband of (1d))

(1e)    David Johnson                        (son of (1))

(1f)    Ann Johnson                        (daughter of (1))

(1fH)   Stephen Wood              (Husband of (1f))

(1f1)            John Wood                  (Son of (1f))

 

(1f1W) Susannah    (?)                (Wife of (1f1))

(1f2)            Sally Wood              (Daughter of (1f))

(1f2H) William Jordan            (Husband of (1f2))

(1f3)            David Wood              (Son of (1f))

(1f3W) Patsy Walker             (Wife of (1f3))

(1f4)            Patty Wood              (Daughter of (1f))

(1f4H) John Smithson            (Husband of (1f4))

(1f5)            Johnson Wood            (son of (1f))

(1f5W) Faney Thompson            (wife of (1f5))

(1f6)            George Wood              (son of (1f))    

(1g)      Joseph Johnson            (son of (1))

(1h)      Susannah Johnson             (daughter of (1))

(1hH) Peter Hudson               (Husband of (1h))

(1i)             Elizabeth Johnson          (daughter of (1))

(1iH) Josiah Foster                (Husband of (1i))

(1j)       Sisley Johnson             (daughter of (1))

(1jH) Drury Melone               (Husband of (1j))

(1k)     Charity Johnson             (daughter of (1))


(2)
Isaac Johnson                (Brother of (1))

(2W) Mary            (?)            (Wife of (2))

(2a) Joshua Johnson            (Son of (2))

(2a1) John Johnson                (Son of (2a))

(2a2) Sally Johnson                (Daughter of (2a))

(2a2H) Banister Jordan            (husband of 2a2))                    

(2a3) Cornelius Johnson            (Son of (2a))

(2a3W) Ritter Townsend            (wife of (2a3))

(2a4) Samuel Johnson            (Son of (2a))

(2a4W) Sally Smithson            (wife of (2a4))

(2a5) Benjamin Johnson            (Son of (2a))

(2a6) Thomas Johnson            (Son of (2a))

(2a7) Joshua Johnson             (Son of (2a))

(2a7W) Jane Pearson(?)                    (Wife of (2a7)) (under question!)

(2a8) Michael Johnson            (Son of (2a))

(2a8a) Nancy T Johnson            (daughter of (2a8))

(2a8aH) Robert Pewett            (Husband of (2a8a))

(2a8b) Keziah F. Johnson            (daughter of (2a8))

(2a8bH) Josiah L Burton            (Husband of (2a8b))

(2a9) Stephen Johnson            (Son of (2a))

(2b) John Johnson            (Son of (2))

(2bW) Ermine (?)                    (Wife of (2b))

(2b1) Susanna Johnson            (Daughter of (2b))

 

(2b2) Nancy Johnson             (Daughter of (2b))

(2b3) John Johnson                (Son of (2b))

(2b3W) Irene Lester               (Wife of (2b3))

(2b4) Isaac Johnson               (Son of (2b))

(2b5) Permilia Johnson            (Daughter of (2b))

(2b6) Mary Johnson               (Daughter of (2b))

(2b6H) Thomas Wood            (husband of (2b6))

(2c) Michael Johnson            (Son of (2))

(2cW) Susannah Haley            (wife of (2c)) (Susanna md 2nd to Thomas Walker)

(2c1)            Rebecca Johnson         (Daughter of (2c))

(2c1H) James Walker             (Husband of (2c1))                 

(2c2)            Mary Johnson                        (Daughter of (2c))

(2c2H) Richard Walker            (Husband of (2c2))

(2c3)            Charlotte Johnson            (Daughter of (2c))

(2c3H) John Tisdale             (Husband of (2c3))

Scope of this Document

Last update  April  2006

This is an on going attempt to place the information gathered by this group in a time line format. As new discoveries are made they will be added, thus helping  to analyze and to place events in their proper place. It should also help to connect or prove relationships of these families. As research continues and is added I suggest that we sign our comments thus per example... (by Harold Johnson)! Notice that the data is entered in Italics and the comments are entered in standard text. This will make it easer to read!

Again, the readers of the following research document should take into account that this is simply a work sheet designed to aid each of us in the quest to solve this intriguing part of our family history. The comments after each data entry are a reflection of thoughts and ideas designed to enhance and provoke a continued debate about this particular period of our family history. We intend to share with other serious researchers these thoughts and to invite their comments and reflections.

Most of the research data in this document centers in Lunenburg County, VA and surrounding counties! I am very familiar with this area having lived there and graduated high school in Lunenburg County in 1951! Tobacco is still grown there, although less than in years past, as I’m sure that it was grown by Joseph and Isaac Johnson and other first settlers in the area. (Harold Johnson)


 

RESEARCH NOTES:

1733, June 20.  Daniel Johnson; Joseph Johnson(1); John Hicks...Goochland Co.  Pat 300a.On the North side of James Riv., adj land of Michael Johnson; lines of Robert and             Benjamin Woodson; on the N. side of Mill Cr. and the S. side of E. branch of Jinetoe Cr.and on the N. side of Mill Cr. Book 15  pg 37.

 

This is very interesting and the earliest record I have found of Joseph(1)! ...Daniel and Joesph(1) are probably brothers. This is another “connection” that confirms a close family relationship. I don’t know who this John Hicks is, perhaps a ‘brother-in-law’?. There is research underway to determine this Hix connection. Another thing, I found where Daniel disposed of his part of this land grant and also records showing what happened to John Hick’s part, but I could find no record of Joseph(1) disposing of his part!.. Interesting! (Harold Johnson)

  

1747, Dec 9....Will... John Hix  .... To my wife all my land and personal Estate during her life;  at her death to my son, David Hix, the land I now live on. The remainder of my Estate to         divided equally between my children and my said wife’s children and my grandson  James Johnson Hix. Exec. Thomas Jolly Hix. Wit: Isaac Johnson(2), James Turner & Henry Turner.   Deed bk 5, pg 407. (From the files of Bonnie Flythe).

 

Notice the witness Isaac Johnson(2)! This is the first record I find of him in Goochland County!

The reader should turn back to the year 1733, June 20 and read the Land patent there! I’m sure that this is the same John Hix! Now, notice above that the name of John’s wife is missing! How did the grandson get it’s name? I obtained a copy of the above recorded will and the transcript of the above will is correct! (Harold Johnson)


 

1747, Jan 12... Patent... 400a   Joseph(1) and Isaac(2) Johnson...Brunswick County...on both sides of the Middle Fork of Meherrin River. Book 28, pg 315

 

Just one month (old calender date) after witnessing John Hix’s will Isaac(2) joins his brother Joseph(1) in obtaining this land grant. Now, the location of this grant becomes Lunenburg County one year later! Joseph(1) later patents an additional 400a! See 1755, Sept 10. (Harold Johnson)

  

1750, July 30.   John Johnson... ....Will...  Goochland Co; item; I give unto my son Daniel 400a of land whereno he liveth.(This is John’s patent of Sept 12, 1733 Book 15, pg 119) item: I give unto my son John 400a adjoing Daniel being the first survey I took up on the Branches of the Byrd Cr.(This is John’s patent of April 11, 1732...Book 14, pg 439) item: I give unto my son Joseph) 200a being part of the survey whereon I now live, lying on both sides of Mill Cr.(This is one half of John’s first patent of July 12, 1718, Book 10, pg 380) item: I give unto my son James 200a and plantation whereon I now live (This is the other half of John’s first patent) item: I give unto my brother Isaac 50a part of my father’s first tract being left out of his will when made to him. Item: I give     unto Stephen Benjamin Johnson 50a being   part of the above mentioned. Item: I give  unto my wife Mary the rest of my estate. Executors Mary Johnson and Daniel Johnson. Wit; Joseph Peace, Benjamin Watkins( a Quaker) and James Johnson. Recorded Feb 19, 1750, Deed Book 6, page 121-122.

  

In his will John names his brother Isaac Johnson(2). See 1776, Jan 19!. He also names a Stephen Benjamin whom I believe is also a brother. See 1763, Jan 15... Notice the witness James Johnson, whose identity remains unclear! However, I believe that this witness (James Johnson) is John’s brother.  Note the date the will was written and the date it was recorded! At first glance, it appears that the will was written after John Johnson died! But further research brings to light the Calender change of 1752 and prior to that the first day of the new year was March 25th! In the year of 1752 eleven days were dropped from the calender, to accomplish this September 2nd was changed to Sept 14th and NewYears Day was moved from March 25th to the present Jan. 1st. (Harold Johnson)

 
 

1755, Sept 10....Patent... 400a.. Joseph Johnson(1)... Lunenburg County, on the North branches  of the Middle Fork of Meherrin River, adjoing his own. Book 32, pg 630

  

This now gives Joseph(1) a good sized plantation in Lunenburg County (Harold Johnson).

 

 

1755, Nov 4th.. At a Vestry held for the Cumberland Parish (Lunenburg County)

Ordered that Henry Blagrove & Joseph Johnson(1) do meet at Walkers Bridge on the   forth Monday in January next and Procession all the Lands between the North Meherrin ,     Coxes Road, Robertson Fork of Meherrin, King and Winninghams Roads, and make   return therof according to Law. (from “Cumberland Parish and Vestry Book 1746-   1816” Lunenburg County, VA., by Landon C Bell)

 

In order to avoid conflicts between land owners, the Church established early in Colonial History a system whereby land owners were required to walk their land boundaries in the presents of a person or persons appointed by the Vestry of the Church. This was done about every four years. Some of these records survived and offers an insight into the lives of our ancestors and their neighbors. (Harold Johnson)

  

1756, Jan 19....Deed...Isaac Johnson(2) of Looningburg Co, for 100 pounds150a to John  Johnson of Goochland Co, being on the south side of Tuckhoe Creek bounded by  Benj. Johnson decd, Daniel Johnson decd, and John Johnson decd and Moses Brumfield on  Tuckahoe Creek. Except the graveyard where Michael Johnson, his wife and child is  buried...Mary, wife of Isaac Johnson relinq. her Dower right. .Deed book 7, pg 59 wit: William Miller, Daniel Johnson and Wilmanton Harris. Recorded 20 Jan 1756.

  

Is this 150 acres land that Isaac Johnson(2) inherited from his father Michael Johnson? It certainly looks like this could be the case! Now, look in the will (1750) of John Johnson where he plainly names Isaac as his brother! He also implies that Stephen Benjamin is also his brother in that he gives each of them 50 acres part of his father’s first tract being left out of his will when made to him. Another thing that becomes evident here is that if  Michael is indeed the father of John, Benjamin and Isaac(2) he also has a second track of land! I have not found evidence of any second tract, unless, if one examines the year 1714, 25 Dec. Patent of David Mims, adjoing the land of Michael Johnson!!!! could this be the first tract? I think not! Have to check this out! Another interesting thing here is that the John Johnson that Isaac sold to is his nephew, son of Daniel Johnson. (Harold Johnson).

  
1756, Aug 3 ....Deed ...200a... Joseph Johnson(1) of Lunenburg County to Isaac Johnson(2) of the same county for the sum of ten shillings lying on both sides of the Robertson Fork    of the Meherrin River beginning at a Poplar on the said River , Thence N 13 W 30 poles to a dogwood, thence N 22 W. 40 poles to a hickory, thence N 51 W 24 poles to a  hickory, thence S 66 W. 12 poles to a white oak, N 65 W 100 to a white oak, thence N 48 E 30 poles to a hickory, thence N 63 E 113 poles to a poplar on Stoke’s Creek, thence up  the same as it meanders to a hickory on said Creek, thence N71 E 95 poles to a pine, thence S 44 E 100 poles to Pointers, thence S 25- W 228 poles to a white oak on the  River aforesaid, thence up said River as it meanders to the first Station. Mary  relinquished right of dower. Wit Jos Williams, Ben Harris and Thomas Anderson. Rec 3  Aug 1756, bk 4 pg 307

 
1756, Aug 3...  Deed ...200a...Isaac Johnson(2) of Lunenburg County to Joseph Johnson(1) of the same county for the sum of ten shillings lying on both sides of the Robertson Fork of the Meherrin River, beginning at a white oak on the River aforesaid, thence N 25-1/2     E 228 poles to pointers, thence S 44 E 140 poles to a red oak, thence S 122 poles to a pine, thence S 56 W 80 poles to a white oak, thence N 69 W 78 poles to a white oak,  thence N 26 poles to a black burch, thence N 83 W 40 poles to a burch on the River   aforesaid thence up the same as it meanders N 30 W 18 poles to the first Station. Mary   his wife relinquished her right of Dower. Wit Thomas Anderson, Ben Harris & Joseph Wms. Rec 3 Aug 1756. Bk 4 pg 308

 

This is a very interesting transaction! One has to wonder why these two brothers ‘traded’ these two tracts of land. In order to try to understand this ‘trade’, I transcribed the full deed description of each tract of land and if one examines the description closely there is evidence that the two tracts are adjoining! Now, I suspect that the Deed of Gift listed below had something to do with all of this because if one examines the deed description of this Deed of Gift, it appears to be part of the second deed above! Now, one also needs to look at the Court date that all three deeds were recorded! (Harold Johnson)


1756, July 6...  Deed ...100a...Joseph Johnson(1) of the parish of Cumberland and County of Lunenburg for good will and affection for son-in-law Stephen Wood(1fH) and five shillings one hundred acres on the North side of the Robertson Fork of the Meherrin River beginning at Pointers on s’d Johnson’s line, thence N 15 E 199 poles to a red oak,  thence new lines N 15 W 40 poles to pointers, thence S 47 W 40 poles to a red oak,  thence S 58 W 130 poles to pointers, thence S 55-1/2 E 35 poles to pointers, thence South  46 E 92 poles to the beginning. wit John Cook, Isaac Johnson(2) Rec 3 Aug 1756, bk 4  pg 310.

 

We now know that Joseph Johnson(1)’s daughter Ann married Stephen Wood(1fH)!

  

1759, Oct 13, Deed.....200a.....Joseph Johnson(1).. of Lunenburg County to John Laprade of Goochland County for seventy one pounds five shillings; lying in Goochland County  upon Dover Mill Creek adjoining the lands of Robert Burton, John Barnett, Daniel Johnson and corners on Richerson, having been willed to the said Joseph Johnson  by his father Michael Johnson Wit: William Wodlow, John Watkins, Stephen Sampson  and Miller Doged. Rec. Book 8, pgs 62-63-64. Feb 19, 1960.

 

This is very interesting! Joseph(1) had already moved to Lunenburg County before this sale and came back some 40 years after his father died and just three years before Joseph himself dies! Also, another question arises, how many of these Johnsons moved to Lunenburg County? It is certain that Isaac Johnson(2) did, see 1756, Jan 19, as did William Johnson, son of Daniel (my line, Harold Johnson)

 

1760, Dec... Court of Lunenburg, Order Book 6 page 212   David Johnson(1e) against Joseph Johnson(1) ... For reasons appearing to this Court this suit is ordered to be dismissed             and is considered by the Court that the said Defendant recover against the said Plaintiff  his costs by him in this behalf dispensed.

 

The record here did not specify that the Joseph(1) listed here is David(1e)’s father and not his brother. But I believe that is the case, because if one examines the will of Joseph Johnson(1) of 1761 clearly there was somewhat of a conflict between father and son. Perhaps more research will resolve this issue. (Harold Johnson)

 

 
1761, Jan 8... Will... Joseph Johnson(1)   Will bk 2, pg 28

In the name of God Amen, I, Joseph Johnson the County of Lunenburg being sick and weak of but of Perfect Sense and Memory do make and ordain this my last will and Testament in manner and form following; Imprimis, I give and Bequeath my soul to Almighty God who gave it and as for what Temporal Estate it hath Pleased God to Bless me with I give and dispose in manner following; Item, first I give and bequeath to my son Mical Johnson(1a) one negro woman named Susey and two cows and calves, to him and his heares and assigns forever- Item, I give and bequeath to my son Isaac Johnson(1b) one negro man named Caffey and one bay mare named Winney branded on the near Buttock this  with a Star on her forehead to and his hears and  Assigns forever- Item, I give and bequeath to my Daughter Sarah Womack(1c) one nigro boy named Aberson(?) and one white mare named Diamond and side saddle which three articles she has now in possession of, I give to hur one cow to hur & hur hears & assigns forever- Item, I give to my daughter Mary Wenigham(1d) one Shilling Sterling to hur and assigns forever- Item, I give and bequeath to my son David Johnston(1e) eight shillings and eight pence which he owes me by a judgement before a Magistrate to him and his heirs and assigns forever- Item, I give and bequeath to my daughter Ann Wood(1f) one nigro boye named Harper now in his possession to him & his heirs & assigns forever- Item, I give and bequeath unto my son Joseph Johnston(1g) one negro man named Dick and two cows which I lent him which cows he now has in his possession and two hundred acres of land whereon he now lives to him and his heirs and assigns forever- Item, I give and bequeath to my Daughter Susanah Hudson(1h) two cows & calfs to hur and hur heirs and assigns forever- Item, I give and Bequeath to my Daughter Elizabeth Johnston(1i) two negro boys one named Jacob, the other named Harry, one bed and furniture, one gray mare named Hasord and one side saddle, two cows and two calfs to hur and hur heirs and  assigns forever- Item, I give and Bequeath to my Daughter Sisley Johnston(1j) two negro boyes, one named Samson, the other named Jamey, also one bed and furniture and two cows and two calfs, also one gray mare named Tanny, also one side saddle to hur and hur heirs and assigns forever- Item, I lend to my Beloved wife Mary Johnston(1w) my lands and Negros not yet mentioned in my will and all other of my Estate not yet mentioned during her Life or in case she should marry that she should Deliver to my  Daughter Charity Johnson(1k) which is now in hur mother’s heirs one hundred pounds   current money of Virginia at the Time of my Daughter’s marriage- Item, I give and Bequeath to my Daughter Charity Johnston(1k) last mentioned, after the decease of my wife Mary Johnston(1w), my lands, my negrows and all other of my Estate not yet mentioned in legress in my will to hur and hur heirs and assigns forever and in case Should Dy without heirs are of her body that then the said Estate shall be Equally divided Between my Daughter Elizabeth Johnston(1i) and my Daughter Sisley Johnston(1j) and lastly I do constitute and appoint John Bacon (Brown?) & Sherwood Walton to be Executors of this my last will and Testament hereby revoking all wills by me formerly made and that my Executors shall unto and provided to have my three  younger daughters shall have wolling (?) Out of my Estate as shall sum sufficient and also see to their Maintenance.  In witness whereof I have herunto set my hand this Eight day of January MDCCLX1. Enter line before assigns in the twelf line of the second page these words, after the decease of my wife Mary Johnston(1w).

                                                                                                Joseph Johnson S S

 

Signed , sealed, published and Declared as his last will and Testament in Presence of us  Isaac Johnson(2), Jn’ Thomason, Ann (her A mark) Bacon.

  

Here Joseph Johnson(1) names his wife and children! Further research indicates that the order in which they are listed in this will could very well be their birth order! If one examines this will closely, it appears not to be well written to avoid conflict and the following Court records indicate this! (Harold Johnson)

 
 

1761, Mar.3  At a Court held for Lunenburg County the 3rd day of March 1761, The within   written last will and Testament of Joseph Johnson(1) Dec’d was Exhibited in Court by             Sherwood Walton one of the Executors therein named and the same is Proved by the  oaths of two of the Executors therin named and ordered to be Recorded and on the  motion of said Executor who made oath according to law Certificate is granted him for obtaining a Probate of the said will in due form he giving Security, whereupon he   together with Jonson(?) Williams, Jarrel Willingham(1dH) and Stephen Wood(1jH) his securitors Entered into and acknowledged their Bond according to law for that purpose  Reserving Liberty to John Brown the other Executor therein named to join in Probate there of when he shall think fit.

                                                                          Test... Clemont Read.. Clk

 

The will of Joseph Johnson(1) was written Jan 8th and then the will was entered into the Court records Mar 3rd. This indicates that Joseph may have died sometime in Feb! (Harold Johnson)

 

 
1761, March.... March Court, Order book 6, Page 220... On indenture of testament between Joseph Johnson(1) and Joseph Johnson Jr(1g).... a memorandor of livery and sizen    therein endorsed.

 

This is the usual recording of the transfer and occupation of land after a deed or in this case a legal gift in the will of Joseph Johnson(1). What makes this unusual is that by the time this is recorded, Joseph(1) is dead! The above recording does not say that one of the executors was acting in behalf of the deceased Joseph(1), but I believe that is what happened! (Harold Johnson)

 

1761, March...  John McNeese, Robert Neblette, David Logan and John Logan or any three to  appraise the Estate of James Johnson.. Order book 6, page 222

 

 

I need to find out who this James Johnson is! There are other Johnsons in Lunenburg that I’m also interested in trying to identify.. Philip, Daniel, Andrew, John and James ... etc! (Harold Johnson)

 1761, April....April Term of Court, 1761, Lunenburg Co., Va. Joseph Williams, Gent., is appointed guardian for Elizabeth Johnson(1i) and Sisley  Johnson(1j), orphans of Joseph Johnson(1) dec'd, and with Henry Isbell, his security,entered into and acknowledged bond for that purpose.  Order Book 6, p. 260

 

 It was very rare for a widow to be given legal custody of her under age children when her husband died, therefore a guardian had to be appointed to see to the legal needs of these children. Now, in Joseph(1)’s will, he plainly tried to provide for the upkeep of his two under age daughters but for some reason the Court felt that it’s duty was to intervene and appoint a legal guardian! Notice the title after Joseph Williams’ name...  “Gentleman”! It was common practice for these “Gentleman” to exert their presents on the community by acts such as this under the cover of the law. Also they could extract a fee from the Estate for their services.(Harold Johnson)

 

 1761, May 8...Marriage.... Charles Sullivant  of Lun. Co. and   Mary Johnson(1W), widow  Sur.Owen Sullivant. (From “Marriages of Lunenburg Co, VA 1746-1853 by Emma R, Matheny and             Helen K. Yates”)

Even before new grass grew on her husband’s grave, widow Mary Johnson(1W) married again! This was common practice and not at all frowned upon!(Harold Johnson)

 

1761, May.... May Court...Order Book 7 page 8... Isaac Johnson(2) is appointed surveyor of the road whereof Henry Williams was late surveyor, and it is ordered that he together with     the usual assistance that worked on the said road do forthwith so clear and keep the same in repair according to law.  Present , Henry DeLoney, Gentleman.

All interconnecting roads were considered public roads and the Law set forth a method to build, and provide upkeep for these roads by assigning local people to the task. The above court order is an example of this process! Now, on the next line in the Court Records after the order to Isaac(2) is the statement “Present, Henry DeLoney, Gentleman”! I have no idea what influence this has on the effect of the order! On the face of it, it appears just to acknowledge the presents of the “Gentleman”!(Harold Johnson


1761, July 7..... Inventory of the Estate of Joseph Johnson(1) Pursuant to an order of Lunenburg County Court bearing date the(blank) of (blank)  1761, we the Subscribers being first sworn have appraised such of the Estate of Joseph  Johnson dec’d as was shown us by Sherwood Walton Exc’ as follows,Viz.z’  Various items, including seventeen horses, fifty seven cattle, twenty five hogs, seven pigs , ten sheep, five lambs, fourteen slaves, one brandy still, farm tools and crops, totaling L  994-12-9

Given under our hands this 7th day of July 1761, Thomas Nance, Henry Blagrave and William Chandler

 At a court held for Lunenburg County the 7th day of July 1761 The written inventory &  aappraisementof the Estate of Joseph Thomson deceased was returned and ordered to be             recorded. Test Clomont Read Clk. Will bk 2, pg 79

The items listed in the inventory of Joseph(1)’s Estate filled five pages in the will book! That was a little too much to transcribe all of the items and show them here. Clearly the list presents a picture of a very successful Colonial Planter complete with a notable listing of a brandy still! I also view this list as an insight into the everyday life of our ancestors! (Harold Johnson)

 

1761, Aug 3...Deed... 215a ...Between James Williams and Isaac Johnson(1b), both of Lunenburg   Co. Williams sold to Johnson, land on both sides of Steth's Creek.  Mentions Steth's Creek, William Ragsdale's land, the head of the branch, William Hagood's line.  215      acres. Recorded 4 Aug 1761 Deed Book 6, page 400. (From the files of Sue H. Gill)

 

It’s not absolutely clear at this point as to what happened to Joseph(1)’s son Isaac Johnson(1b) after the death of his father, but the above deed could explain this mystery! In trying to place the location of Steth’s Creek, a search of the land grants of the above adjoing land holders places the Creek on the South side of Meherrin River. Now, in 1765 this area South of Meherrin River becomes Mecklenburg County. Isaac Johnson(1b) apparently lived on this land the rest of his life. See his will at 1815, Jan 21... Will... Isaac Johnson(1b) (Harold Johnson)

1761, Sept... Sept Court...  Stephen Wood(1fH) and wife, Plaintiffs.   vs  Sherwood Walton, Executor of Joseph Johnson(1), Defendant.

This day came the parties attended by their attorneys and here too came a jury, towit:  John M. Nease, William Dalbge(?), John Hix, John White, William Hunt, David Hopkins,    William Hudson, Drury Smith, Benjamin Pollard, John Clement, William Harvey and  Richard Sunsstone(?), who being elected, tryed and sworned the truth to Speak of and  upon the issue joined returned a jural verdict in these words: “We find that some time in the year 1755, one Jarrel Willingham(1dH) intermarried with a certain Mary Johnson(1d), daughter of one Joseph Johnson(1), which said Joseph(1) before the  marriage took effect assumed upon himself and promised to make the fortune of the said   daughter equal in value to the said Jarrel(1dH), which we found was of the value of four or five hundred pounds. We find that some time after the said Jarrel(1dH) and his  wife prosecuted their suit in Chancery against the said Joseph(1) for a Special  Performance of this Agreement. We find that the Complainants and the Defendants in  this suit afterwards while the said suit was Depending compromised and accommodated   their said suit upon these conditions, towit: That the said Jarrel(1dH) and his wife should dismiss their suit and pay the costs thereof and relinquish their claim for which the suit was brought, in consideration whereof, the said Joseph(1) assume upon himself to pay  the said Jarrel(1dH) fifty pounds by Christmas then and ensuing and fifty pounds more  by the Christmas following and also for the consideration aforesaid would pay one hundred pounds apiece to all his other children with what they had already had coming   which the Plaintiff’s wife in this action is one, but not present at this agreement. We find  that the said Joseph(1) soon after the making of this promise entered into Bond to the  said Jarrel(1dH) but in a very short time after, said that both the said Bonds of Promise was extorted from him, and that he directed his intended Executors not to fool(?) with   either. We find that the said Joseph(1) never paid the Plaintiff any part of the said one  hundred pounds and did first make his Last Will of Testament which we refer to, We find  that Stephen Wood(1fH) abused the Decedent after his death calling him “Old  Villain..etc” and that if he got the money  he was not obliged to him for it, for that he was compelled to it. Upon the whole, if the Law be for the plaintiff we find for them and  do assess their Damages to fifty pounds, if for the defendant we find for the Defendant....  William Hunt,  foreman” And therefore the cause be continued till the (blank) Court for  the matter of Law arising thereupon to be argued, the same day is given the parties   aforesaid hereof.   Order book 7, page 117.

Boy, what a mess!! Sometimes, in our research, we lose sight of the fact that our ancestors were not all ‘Angels’! This document was hard to read but I think I have all of it transcribed correctly. Now, there could be earlier records pertaining to this case as indicated in the ‘verdict’. I check this later! But, the ‘verdict’ speaks for itself! The following cases are listed below.(Harold Johnson)

  

1761, Oct... Oct Court ....  Stephen Wood(1fH) and Ann(1f) his wife, Plaintiffs.   In Case Sherwood Walton, Executor of Joseph Johnson(1), Defendant

This day came the parties by their attorneys and the matter of Law arising upon the Special Verdict in this case being solemnly argued. It seem to the Court upon the whole             matter that the Law is for the Plaintiff, therefore it is considered by the Court that the  said Plaintiff recover against the said Defendant the sum of fifty pounds current money             mentioned in the Special Verdict aforesaid, together with his costs by him about his suit in this behalf expended, and the said Defendant in mercy..etc. Order book 7, page 160

 

Apparently, the decision of the jury in the Sept. Court was upheld by this Oct. Court! And, Stephen Wood(1fH) got his fifty pounds! Now, what is not clear, in this Oct Court ruling, is that the Special Verdict indicated that each of the children was to receive one hundred pounds! So, was the fifty pounds mentioned in the Sept Court verdict to be added to the fifty pounds mentioned in this Oct. Court? I don’t believe so! (Harold Johnson)



1761, Oct.... Oct. Court.... Peter Hudson(1hH) and Susannah(1h), his wife Plaintiff  Against  Sherwood Walton, Executor of Joseph Johnson(1), Defendant

This day came the parties afore said by their attorneys and there upon also came a Jury,  to wit: John Hubbard, William Mason, Henry Isbell, Nath’l Robertson, Henry Cox, John    Mason, Samuel Perrin, Miles Barrot, Evan Stokes, William Gentry, Henry Crenshaw and   James Foster who being elected, tryed and sworn the truth to speak of and upon the issue             aforesaid joined upon their oaths do say that the said Testator did assume upon him in   his lifetime to the said Plaintiff in manner and form as said Plaintiff above hath alleged, and that the said Plaintiff has sustained damages by occasion there of to the sum of  ninety six pounds current money. There fore it is considered by the Court that the said  Plaintiff recover against the said Defendant their damages aforesaid by the Jurors in   form aforesaid assessed together with their costs by them about this suit in their behalf  expended, and the said Defendants in Mercy...etc. Order book 7 page 160

 

It would have been real interesting to have heard the arguments in these cases. It must have been the ‘talk’ of the whole country side and another interesting factor here is the names of the Jurors, how they reflect the neighbors of this Johnson family. There must have been a huge crowd at the Court House from which to draw these Jurors on this October Court date.(Harold Johnson)


1761, Oct..  Oct. Court...   David Johnson(1e) Plaintiff. Against ... in case  Sherwood Walton, Executor of Joseph Johnson(1), Defendant

This day came the parties aforesaid by their attorneys and there upon came also a Jury,  to wit: William Mills, Thomas Foster, Peter Pinkstone, John Cox, David Roberts, Dan’l  Cargill, Jacab Colson, John Foster, Penkethman Hawkins, Thomas Hatchett, Francis  Howard and Abraham Martin who being elected, tryed and sworn the truth to speak of  and upon the issue aforesaid joined upon their oaths do say, that the said Testator did  assume upon himself in his lifetime to the said Plaintiff in manner and form as the said   Plaintiff above against him hath alleged and that the said Plaintiff hath sustained  damage by occasion of the non-performance of the said Promise and assumption beside his costs to the sum of Ninety nine pounds, eleven shillings and four pence current  Money. Therefor it is considered by the Court that the said Plaintiff recover against the  said Defendant damages aforesaid by the Jurors in form aforesaid assessed, together   with his costs by him about his suit in this behalf expended, and the Defendant in  Mercy..etc.

 

The Jury here is not the same as the one that tried Peter Hudson(1hH) and Susannah(1h)! Also look at the amount awarded in all these cases. None of them are the same!(Harold Johnson)

 

1761, Oct... Oct Court...Isaac Johnson(1b)   Plaintiff.  Against ... in case  Sherwood Walton, Executor of Joseph Johnson(1), Defendant

This day came the Parties aforesaid by their attorneys and thereupon came also a Jury, to wit: William Mills, Thomas Foster, Peter Pinkstone, John Cox, David Roberts, Dan’l   Cargill, Jacob Colson, John Foster, Penkethman Hawkins, Thomas Hatchett, Francis   Howard and Abraham Martin Gent’m who being elected tryed and sworn the truth to speak of and upon the issue, Joined upon their oaths do say, that the said Testator did  assume upon himself in his lifetime to the said Plaintiff in manner and form as the said Plaintiff above against him hath declared and the said Plaintiff hath sustained damages  by occasion of the nonperformance of the said Promise and assumption besides his costs    to the sum of thirty five pounds current money. Therefore it is considered by the Court that the said Plaintiff recover against the said Defendant his damages aforesaid by the  Jurors in form aforesaid confessed, together with his costs by him about his suit in this  behalf expended and the said Defendant in Mercy..etc. Order book 7 page 162.

 

This is the same Jury that tried David(1e)’s case! But, notice the amount settled upon! I wonder what caused the difference? (Harold Johnson)

 

 

1761, Oct... Oct Court... Michael Johnson(1a) Plaintiff.      Against ... in case Sherwood Walton, Executor of Joseph Johnson(1), Defendant

This day came the Parties aforesaid by their attorneys and thereupon came also a Jury,  to wit: William Mills, Thomas Foster, Peter Pinkstone, John Cox, David Roberts, Dan’l   Cargill, Jacob Colson, John Foster, Penkethman Hawkins, Thomas Hatchett, Francis  Howard and Abraham Martin Gent’m who being elected tryed and sworn the truth to  speak of and upon the issue, Joined upon their oaths do say, that the said Defendant did   assume upon himself in his lifetime to the said Plaintiff in manner and form as the said   Plaintiff above against him hath alleged and that the said Plaintiff hath sustained   damage by occasion of the nonperformance of the said promise and assumption besides  his costs to the sum of sixty six pounds current money, therefore it is considered by the  Court that the said Plaintiff recover against the said Defendant his damages aforesaid by   the Jurors in form aforesaid assessed, together with his costs by him about his suit on this behalf expended and the said Defendant in mercy..etc. Order book 7, page 162.

This is the same Jury that heard David(1e)’s case and Isaac(1b)’s case! This Jury also heard Jacob Womack(1cH) and Sarah(1c)’s case, see below! Here the amount is again different! Also, notice that the spelling of Michael(1a) here, where in Joseph(1)’s will it was spelled Mical(1a)! (Harold Johnson)

 

1761, Oct.. Oct Court...Jacob Womack(1cH) and Sarah(1c) his wife, Plaintiff   Against   Sherwood Walton, Executor of Joseph Johnson(1), Defendant

This day came the Parties by their attorneys and thereupon came also a Jury, to wit: William Mills, Thomas Foster, Peter Pinkstone, John Cox, David Roberts, Dan’lCargill,             Jacob Colson, John Foster, Penkethman Hawkins, Thomas Hatchett, Francis Howard  and Abraham Martin who being elected tryed and sworn the truth to speak of and upon the issue, Joined upon their oaths do say, that the said Testator did assume upon himself  in his lifetime to the said Plaintiff in manner and form as the said Plaintiff above against  him hath declared, nor also but that the said Plaintiff hath sustained damage by occasion of the nonperformance of the said promise and assumption besides their costs to the sum of eighty six pounds, ten shillings current money, therefore it is considered by the Court that the said Plaintiff recover against the said Defendant his damages aforesaid by the Jurors in form aforesaid assessed, together with his costs by him about his suit on this  behalf expended and the said Defendant in mercy..etc. Order book 7, page 162

 

Notice that Joseph(1g) did not sue the Estate! Perhaps because he was given two hundred acres in his father’s will. I wonder if the Executor had to sell off the inventory of the estate in order to settle these Court cases? I have found no such record! (Harold Johnson)

 

 

1761, Dec.... Dec. Court... On a motion of Stephen Wood(1fH) that he be appointed guardian of   Sisley Johnson(1j) orphan of Joseph Johnson(1) deceased by giving security forthwith             into bond. Order book 7, page 185

In the April Court of this same year Joseph Williams was appointed guardian of both Elizabeth(1i) and Sisley(1j). Apparently, Elizabeth(1i) has become of age (see below) to change her guardianship and this causes the guardianship of her sister to be reordered!(Harold Johnson)

 

1761, Dec... Dec Court... Elizabeth Johnson(1i) orphan of Joseph Johnson(1) deceased, came  into Court, who being of lawfull age for that purpose and made charge of Nathanial             Williams for guardian, who is accordingly approved.Order book 7, page 185.

Plainly, Elizabeth(1i) changes her guardianship here! What is not clear is why this occures! It could be that Joseph Williams simply refused to be the two sisters’s guardian! It also could be that the two sisters felt he wasn’t acting to their liking in their behalf! Now, another question emerges here! What has happened to Charity Johnson(1k)? Is she dead? She is not mentioned in any of the Court cases. Nor, is she mentioned when Elizabeth(1i) and Sisley(1j) sell their mothers share to Charles Sulavant, see 1770 Jul 13, ...Deed... ! Now, in Joseph(1)’s will, he plainly leaves Charity(1k) under his wife’s care and there appears to be some apprehension on his part about Charity(1k) because he also states that should she die without heirs then Elizabeth(1i) and Sisley(1j) would share their mother’s Estate. The records show that’s exactly what happened. (Harold Johnson)

 

1763, Sep 30 .  Returns of Processioning in obedience to an order of the Vestry of Cumberland Parish of Lunenburg County.

No 5 Processioned by Lodwk. Farmer and Silvanus Stokes (to wit)

The lines between Richard Claiborn and Michael Johnson(1a) and between the said  Claiborn and Lodwk.Farmer and between the said Farmer and Daniel Mallon and             between the said Mallon and Jarrald Winningham(1dH).

No 8 Processioned by William Chandler, Joseph Ship and Stephen Wood(1fH) (to wit)

A line between Henry Robertson and Edward Slaughter, Henry Robertson present,between Henry Robertson and David Johnson(1e), present Henry Robertson, a line  between Charles Sullivant and Henry Robertson, David Johnson(1e) present. Between Henry Robertson and Stephen Wood(1fH), Robertson present. Between Joseph Johnson(1g) and Stephen Wood(1fH), J. Johnson present. Between Charles Sullivant and Stephen Wood(1fH), J. Johnson present. Between Wm Maples and David  Johnson(1e), Maples present. Between Joseph Ship and Wm Maples, Maples present. Between Charles Sullivant and John Cox, Sullivant present. Between Isaac Johnson(2) and John Cox, Sullivant present.  Between Charles Sullivant and Isaac Johnson(2),  Johnson present. Then around Johnson’s line and Slaughter’s, Johnson present.

 

(from “Cumberland Parish and Vestry Book 1746-   1816” Lunenburg County, VA., by  Landon C Bell)

These Processioner’s returns are very helpful in locating where all these families lived in relation to each other. If one studies the 1764 tithes below a picture emerges as to the size and location of each of these property holders. The Daniel Mallon, neighbor of Jarrald Winningham(1dH), could be the father of Drury Melone(1jH). (Harold Johnson)

 

1764, April… Chancery Court…Sherwood Walton vs John LaPrade in Goochland County.

The few existing documents of this case can be found in the Archive section of the Virginia State Library in Richmond. The documents are faded and difficult to read but it appears that when Joseph Johnson(1) sold his 200 acres in Goochland Co. to John LaPrade (see 1759, Oct 13, Deed.....200a.....) he received parcel or perhaps whole payment in the form of a bond. Sherwood Walton, as Joseph Johnson(1) executor, filed suit to collect on the bond. John LaPrade contends that Joseph Johnson(1) directed him to pay David Johnson(1e) which he claims he did. To complicate things, Sherwood Walton cannot produce the bond, claiming that it was misplaced among the estate papers. The settlement is not spelled out in the existing papers, however there is a release by David Johnson(1e) giving up his claim under his Father’s name. There is also a receipt by Stephen Wood(1fH), acting as an agent for Sherwood Walton, given to John LaPrade for twenty five pounds. The last date noted in the documents is 1769.

 

1764, June 10.. Cumberland Parish Tithes of Lunenburg Co. taken by Henry Blagrave, Gent.

Joseph Johnson(1g)...............3 tithes................. 200 acres.......page 237

David Johnson(1e) ................1 tithe.................. 100 acres.........do

Isaac Johnson(2)   .................4 tithes................ 600 acres.........do

Michael Johnson(1a)

Thomas Hulm..........................2 tithes..................100 acres.........do

Charles Sulevant......................3 tithes................. 3 tithes............page 238

Stephen Wood(1fH)................2 tithes................. 100 acres.........page 239

 

St James Parish of Lunenburg County taken by Edmund Taylor 1764

Michael Johnson(2c)..............1 tithe.................. 400 acres......... page 252

John Johnson(2b)(?)..............1 tithe.................. 180 acres.........  do

Daniel Johnson

Jacob Lantor...........................4 tithes..................200 acres.......... do

            Drury Malone........................9 tithes.................1250 acres

John Johnson..........................1 tithe ...................200 acres

Isaac Johnson(1b).................1 tithe ....................215 acres

James Johnson ......................1 tithe

Philemon Johnson..................1 tithe

 

It should be noted here that in 1746 Lunenburg County encompassed all of the territory Westward from Brunswick County. In 1752 Halifax was formed. Then in 1765, saw the formation of Mecklenburg and Charlotte Counties. Cumberland Parish remained in Lunenburg County. St James Parish became Mecklenburg County.  Notice that Michael Johnson(1a) has a Thomas Hulm listed with him. (Harold Johnson)

 

1768, Mar 10 .  Returns of Processioning in obedience to an order of the Vestry of Cumberland Parish of Lunenburg County, Nathaniel Mason, Frederich Brown processioners (to wit)

 

.........Also Isaac Johnson’s(2) in the presents of John Hailey and David Stokes, also John Blankinship’s in the presents of Isaac Johnson(2) and Edward Slaughter, also David Stokes’s in the presents of John Blakinship and Edward Slaughter. Also John Cuningham’s in the presents of Isaac Johnson(2) and David Stokes. Likewise Isaac  Johnson’s(2) in the presents of Edward Slaughter and Thomas Bruce. Also Thomas  Smith’s in the presents of Isaac Johnson(2) and Edward Slaughter.................................

Henry Robertson’s line in the presence of John Brown and William Parrott, Also John  Brown’s in the presence of William Parrott. Also Stephen Wood(1fH)’s in the present’s             of David Johnson(1e) and John Wood(1f1). Also Joseph Johnson(1g)’s in the presents  of Thomas Smith and Edward Slaughter, Also William Bush’s in the presents of James             Lawson. Also John Levear’s in the presents of Wm Bush and James Lawson. Also Charles Sullivant’s in the presence of Isaac Johnson(2) and John Hailey. James Williams land not processioned for want of attendance. Benedick Alderson refused to  shew his lines. (from “Cumberland Parish and Vestry Book 1746-   1816” Lunenburg County, VA., by Landon C Bell)

 

Again, this “Returns of Processioning” is  very valuable in locating the land of the people we find interesting and how they relate to their neighbors. Now, what is interesting here is that when the “Processioner” noted “in the presents of” does not mean that this person owns land here. That person could own land somewhere else and simply be here to witness or “in the presents of” the act of procession! In the above procession, note the  Stephen Wood(1fH)’s in the present’s of David Johnson(1e) and John Wood(1f1). Here I believe David Johnson(1e) is just a witness because twenty days later, see below, his land is processioned and it’s at a different location! (Harold Johnson)

 

 

1768, Mar 30   In obedience to and order of Vestry, we, Jeremiah Glenn and TsCharner  DeGraffenreidt have processioned the following lines lying between Reedy Creek, Reedy             Creek old road, Coxes Road and the North Meherrin River (to wit)............. 
.................................... between William Embry and Colo Bacon, between Lyddal Bacon and Wm Mills, between Wm Mills and John Berry, between Michael Johnson(1a) and John Berry, between Michael Johnson(1a) and Peter jones. Present Samuel Harwell, John Blaxton, Wm Holland and Michael Johnson(1a)................
.............between David Johnson(1e) and Henry Robertson, Johnson present. Between Josiah Ship and John Cox, both present. Between David Johnson(1e) and John Cox both             present. Between Stephen Wood(1fH) and John Cox, both present. Between Isaac Johnson(2) and Cox, Ship, Michael Johnson(1a) and Stephen Wood(1fH) present. Between Joseph Williams and John Cox, Williams present..................

(from “Cumberland Parish and Vestry Book 1746-   1816” Lunenburg County, VA., by             Landon C Bell)

 

More records of Processioner returns!(Harold Johnson)

 

1768, May 9... Bill of Sale... David Johnson(1e) to Isaac Johnson(2) both of Lunenburg for one hundred fifty pounds current money of VA , two negros, Yourk and Sarah, two      feather beds and furniture, two horses (to wit) a Black horse not branded, the other a small white one branded on the rear Buttock this B. Six head of cattle marked with a smooth chop in the right ear & half chop in the left, thirty five head of hogs of same mark    the cattle is of, together with all my household furniture such a pewter, pots, pans etc,  also all my working tools of all kinds. But Nevertheless if the said David Johnson(1e) shall well and fully pay or cause to be paid unto the said Isaac Johnson(2) the above  sum of one hundred and fifty pounds with lawful interest from the date of these presents  on or before the twenty fifth day of December which shall happen in the year of our Lord One Thousand seven Hundred and Seventy, these presents shall be void, else to remain in full force. Wit John Williams & William Norris bk 10, pg 156

 

This has puzzled me from the first day I found this record. At first, I though David(1e) was selling out to his uncle Isaac(2), but then I found records that David(1e) did not move and is still in the area. See 1776, Mar 30. I have been unable to find a reason for David(1e) needing to borrow this money! (Harold Johnson)

 

1770 Jul 13, ...Deed... 300a  from Josiah Foster(1iH) and Elizabeth(1i), his wife, of Charlotte Co. and Parish of Cornwall, and Drury Melone(1jH) and Sisley(1j), his wife of L. and             Cumberland Parish, to Charles Sullivant of Charlotte County and Parish of Cornwall, for 100 lbs., a certain tract of land in L. and Cumberland Parish on both sides of the Robinson fork of Mohereyon (Meherrin River), about 300 acres bounded by Isaac  Johnson(2), Joseph Johnson(1g), Stephen Wood(1fH), and Henry Robinson on the north side of the river, and on the south side by David Johnson(1e) and John Cox (it being that tract whereon Joseph Johnson(1) deceased formerly lived, it being that tract that the said Joseph Johnson(1) dec'd gave to his above said daughters, Elizabeth(1i)  and Sisley(1j), by his will). Sig:  Josiah Foster, Elizabeth Foster, Drury Melone, Sicely Melone.  Wit:  Wm. Gordon, Peter Harlee, Mat. Hobson.  Rec.  Jul 12,  1770. Elizabeth(1i) and Sicely(1j) relinquished right of dower. bk 11,  pg. 85

 

 

Here Elizabeth(1i) and Sicely(1j) apparently are selling their inheritance to the man that married their mother, Charles Salivant! If one examines the will of Joseph Johnson(1) of 1761, it’s apparent that Charity Johnson(1k) could very well be dead. Another thing, this deed clearly names the husbands of Elizabeth(1i) and Sisley(1j). (Harold Johnson)

 

1771, Mar 14... Deed .300a.. from Charles Sullivant and Mary(1W) his wife of Charlotte Co. to  Stephen Wood(1fH) of Lun., for 200 lbs, all that certain tract of land in Lun. on both  sides of the Robinson Fork of Mehrrin River, bounded by Wood(ifH), Joseph Johnson(1g), John Hightower, Isaac Johnson(2), John Cox, David Johnson(1e), and Henry Robinson. Wit. Lod Farmer, Walter Spens.  Sig.  Charles Sullivant. Rec. 14 Mar 1771, BK 11, p. 95 ( From the files of Lorri Wingard)

 

This deed takes place ten years after Joseph Johnson(1)’s death. Charles and Mary may be reaching that age where they can no longer provide for themselves. Now, the question is, did the task of their care fall on Ann (1f) or did Charles have children from a first marriage that could care for both?(Harold Johnson)



1771, Nov 9..Deed of Trust in Mecklenburg Co., VA..  Isaac Johnson(1b) and William Allen enters as Security for Buckner Whitemore for the maintenance of his father, John             Whitemore and his mother. Property at stake: four Negroes, to wit, Hanah, Sue, Amy, and Doll.  Recorded 9 Dec. 1771, Deed Book 3, page 276. (From the files of Sue H. Gill)

This is another record of Isaac Johnson(1b) that places him in Mecklenburg County. (Harold Johnson)

 

1771, Dec 13... At a Vestry held for the Cumberland Parish of Lunenburg County
Ordered that Stephen Wood(1fH) and Joseph Johnson(1g) procession all the land between the Middle and North Meherrin and from Johnson Road to Charlotte line.

 
Ordered that Evert Dowsing and Michael Johnson(1a) procession all the land between Reedy Creek, the Chourt House Road and Reedy Creek old Road.

 

The history of Cumberland Parish prior to the Revolution was very interesting under the leadership of the Rev. James Craig! In a petition signed by the inhabitants of Lunenburg County, they state that Rev. James Craig was “a person eminently distinguished for his zeal and attachment to the cause of America Liberty”! Now, one has to wonder did he preach against the British Arms? And did his preaching influence the local inhabitants, including the people of which we have an interest? (Harold Johnson)

 

1772, Mar 2.   In obedience to an order of Vestry dated 13 Dec. 1771, we the subscribers met at Michael Johnson(1a)’s in order to procession the lands in the said order (Viz)  ...........

 

...........The line between Evert Dowsing and Henry Embry, Benj. Cobb present. The line between Michael Johnson(1a) and James Berry. All other lines in precient not done for             want of parties.

This act of processioning required quite a bit of effort on the part of everyone. Not all people agreed with the process and shortly after the Revolution it was no longer practiced. (Harold Johnson)

 

1772, Mar 24..Returns by Stephen Wood(1fH) and Joseph Johnson(1g) processioners. With submission to an order of Vestry, we the subscribers have pocessioned the lands                      following; A line between James Sammon and Joseph Johnson(1g), James Sammon present. Between Edward Slaughter and James Sammon, James Sammon present.  Between John Blankinship and Edward Slaughter, James Sammon and John Blankinship present. Between Isaac Johnson(2) and John Blankinship, James Sammon present.........

(from “Cumberland Parish and Vestry Book 1746-   1816” Lunenburg County, VA., by  Landon C Bell)

 

The reader is encouraged to turn to 1768, Mar 10 and look at the Processioner returns there. Notice that James Sammons was not in that earlier return! (Harold Johnson)

 

1776, Feb 26.. At a Vestry held for the Cumberland Parish of Lunenburg County, appointed  processioners for their precints...

.........others.......

10   David Johnson(1e) and Isaac Johnson(2)

.........others......

 

Look at the date! 1776! Mindful of this date when in July of this year the Declaration of Independence was signed, does this action on the part of David(1e) and Isaac(2) indicate that they were supporters of the State Church? (Harold Johnson)

 

1776, Mar 30.. In obedience to an order of Vestry , we the subscribers have processioned the lines of Stephen Wood(1jH), Christopher Robertson, Joseph Johnson(1g), John Brown             and Isaac Johnson(2), they being present. The lines of John White, Isaac Johnson(2) John Blankinship, Robert Harden, and Edward Slaughter, John White, John Blankinship and Joseph Johnson(1g) present. The lines of John Brown, Wm Parrot, John Lester and Tho. Reese, John Brown and Lockey Brown present and the lines of Tho. Reese, Edward Slaughter, John Stembridge, Tho. Smith, Isaac Johnson(2) and James Breedlove,  Cornelius Crenshaw and David Holt, Edward Slaughter and Thomas Smith present.

 

1776, Mar 30.  In obedience to an order of Vestry on the 26 day of Feb 1776, we the subscribers Ellison Ellis and Jessee Saunders processioned the land within our order as follows             (viz)....

..... The line between Timothy Chandler and Henry Robertson, Chandler attended. The  line between Samuel Estes and Timothy Chandler, David Johnson(1e) and Estes                     attended. The line between Timothy Chandler and John McCutchic, Chandler attended.  The line between John Cox and David Johnson(1e), Johnson attended. The line between             Cox and Stephen Wood(1fH), the line between Michael johnson(1a) and Cox, Michael Johnson(1a) attended. The line between John Hunt and John Marrable, both attended.The line between Marrable and Benja. Evans, both attended. All the rest of the lines within our order not processed by reason of no attendance. We advertised at Church and Meeting House, beside verbal notice for all people to meet us on Monday the 25th of  March in order to show their lines and not one person appeared.(from “Cumberland Parish and Vestry Book 1746- 1816” Lunenburg County, VA., by Landon C Bell)

Ellison Ellis and Jessee Saunders, the processioners, had trouble getting the people to show their lines! This was a year of turmoil, the beginning of a conflict that saw neighbor against neighbor. It’s small wonder that anyone showed up! (Harold Johnson)

1777, Oct 28... Will ...  Michael Johnson(2c)   Lunenburg County   Will Book 3, pg 126/127

In the name of God, Amen, I, Michael Johnson(2c) of the county of Lunenburg being very sick and weak in body tho of perfect sense and memory and calling to mind that all             flesh must die, I do make and ordain this my last will and testament; Item, I give and bequeath my body to the earth from whence it came and my soul to God that gave it;  Item, I lend to my beloved wife Susannah(2cW) one young nigro named Frank during  her natural life and other goods to be divided equally amongst my children that is then living, also I lend my wife an equal part of my other estate except negros; Item, I give to  my children one negro named Ned, and one negro named Teny and one negro named Charles and one negro named Lucy and also all the remaining part of my Estate to give them schooling and then to be equally divided when either of them is married or comes to the age of sixteen years old, also I desire that my estate may not be appraised;, Item, I appoint Joshua Johnson(2a) and Ambrose Hailey executors, also I ordain this my last will and testament where unto I have set my hand and seal this 28th Day of October1777.Wit; John White, Isaac Johnson(2), Ambrose Hailey, Michael Johnson(2c) (seal)

At a court held for Lunenburg the 10th Day of October, 1782, the within written last will and testament of Michael Johnson(2c) was exhibited in Court by Joshua Johnson(2a), the executor, also exhibited and proved by the oaths of two of the Witnesses thereunto subscribed where on it was ordered to be recorded; And on the motion of the said  executor who made oath according to Law, certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate of the said will in due form, he giving security where upon he together with Isaac  Johnson(2) and Henry Hailey his sureties and unto and acknowledged bond for that  purpose.    Teste Wm’ Taylor Cl.

 

Apparently Michael(2c) was ill for some time because the will was recorded some five years after it was written! Other information was given me by a Michael Hailey of MO. He has a book called HAILEY and RELATED FAMILIES by Edward Franklin Hailey and in it is noted that Michael(2c)’s wife was Susannah Haley(2cW)! Proof of this is found in John Haley’s deed of gift in Lunenburg, Co to Michael Johnson(2c),(will bk 12, pg 304)  of Ambrose Haley and Henry Haley were Susannah’s brothers! Also in the book Michael(2c)’s daughter’s are named, Rebecca who married James Walker, Mary Johnson and Charlotte Johnson. It is not known if, or to whom, Mary and Charlotte were married! Thanks to Michael Haley for this information! (Harold Johnson)

1777, Nov 15... Deed... 130a  Benjamin Jordan of Lunenburg to Nathaniel Hix of same County  for 90 pounds adjoing John White, Isaac Johnson(2), Stephen Wood(1fH), Joseph             Johnson(1g) and Edward Slaughter. Bk 12 pg 58 (The Valentine Papers)

I would like to bring attention to the above Nathaniel Hix! I have uncovered some evidence that indicates Nathaniel Hix is related to all our Johnsons! Nathanial’s grandfather, also named Nathaniel, may have married Rebecca Johnson, sister to Michael Johnson, Joseph(1) and Isaac(2)’s father! I do not have proof as of yet, so regard this with caution! (Harold Johnson)

 

1777, Dec 11... Deed...419a   Samuel Jordan to Robert Beasley both of Lunenburg on the North  side of the Robertson Fork of the Meherrin River, it being the land which formerly             belonged to Jarrat Grose adjoing Sherwood Waltons, Strancus Hendricks, Joshua  Johnson(2a) and John Pettus. Bk 12 pg 66.  (The Valentine Papers)

I have found that Robertson Creek was later named Middle Meherrin! This deed shows the neighbors of Joshua Johnson(2a). Notice the name Sherwood Walton! He was the executor of Joseph Johnson(1)’s will! (Harold Johnson)

1781, Feb. 16.... Will ....John Johnson    Lunenburg County, VA.   Will Book 3, g 295

In the name of God Amen, I John Johnson of the County of Lunenburg being of a sound Disposition in mind and memory thanks be to Almighty God for the (smudge) and calling  to mind the finally and uncertity(?) of this life having made this my last will and Testament in manner and form following; to wit, My will and desire is that all my just debts be paid; Item, I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Ann Johnson all my  personal Estate except some things here after mentioned to here and her heirs for ever;  Item, I give to my two sons, John Johnson and Jacob Johnson one Gun and all my  Carpenter and Coopers Tools to be equally divided between after becoming of age. I nominate and appoint Isaac Johnson(2) and my wife Ann Johnson my hole and sole   executors and Trust Teas to set this executrix by me made Declaring this to be my last will and Testament. In witness where thereunto set my hand and Seal (Wit) Randolph Rhodes, Benjamin Smith, Fred Smith  John (his mark) Johnson

At a Court for Lunenburg County the 12th Day of September 1782, the within written last will and testament of John Johnson, deceased, was exhibited in Court by Ann Johnson, the Executrix therein named and proved by the oaths of two of the witnesses thereto  subscribed and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of the said Executrix who gave oath according to law, certificate is granted her for obtaining a probate of the said Will in due form, she giving security where upon she together with Isaac Johnson(2) her security declared with and acknowledged Bond according to Law for that purpose. Test Wm’ Taylor Cl’

The John Johnson whose will is listed here is not found to be directly connected to either Joseph(1) or Isaac Johnson(2) here in Lunenburg County! However, we see here that Isaac Johnson(2) is named as a executor! Now, we know Isaac(2) had a son named John(2b), but he is alive and is named in his father’s will of 1793! So, who is this John Johnson that Isaac(2) seems to know very well? Well, in Goochland County there was a John Johnson,(wife Ann), son of John Johnson, brother to Isaac(2) and Joseph(1)! Now this John Johnson sold his inheritance in 1752 and vanished! I could find no other record of him in Goochland after that date! I think I just found the missing John Johnson! (Harold Johnson)

1781, Oct 30 .... Will....Stephen Wood(1fH)   Lunenburg County, Va.  Will Book 3, P. II

In the name of God Amen I Stephen Wood(1fH) of Lunenburg County being sick and weak but in Perfect mind and memory; doth make and ordain this my last Will and Testament. Item, After paying my just debts I give to my well beloved wife Ann Wood(1f) one mair named Cates Bridle and Saddle to her and her heirs forever; Item, I lend my said wife the Plantation whereon we live and give negroes,Vizt, Potter, Sharper, Tom,Cloe and Bettey during her natural life or widowhood. Item, I give unto my son John Wood(1f1) and his heirs forever one negro boy named James and at my said wife's death or marriage one negro man named Peter. Item, I lend unto my Daughter Sally Jordan(1f2) and her husband William Jordan during each of their lives one negro woman named Ester and her increase and at the death or marriage of my said wife one negro woman named Cloe and at the death of the said Salley(1f2) and William Jordan(1f2H) I give and bequeath the above Ester  and her increase and Cloe to the Several children of the said Sally Jordan to be Equally between them and their heirs forever. Item, I give to my son David Wood(1f3) and his heirs forever one negro boy named Frank and one cow and yearling now in his possession and at my said wife's death or  marriage one negro woman named Betty. Item, I give unto my Daughter Patty Wood(1f4) and her heirs forever two Negro girls  named ---- and Darcus and their several increase one feather bed furniture one horse named Bolter Saddle Bridle and Two Cows and calves and at my said wife's  death or marriage one negro named            Sharper. Item, I give unto my son Johnson Wood(1f5) and his heirs forever one negro Boy named Samson one feather bed and furniture and one bay mair colt and one horse called ----- and four head of cattle, and at my said wife's death or marriage one Negro man named Tom. Item, I give unto my son George Wood(1f6) and his heirs forever two negro boys named Harry and Bartlet, four head of cattle one feather bed and furniture one mair Named Call (?) and colt one saddle and Bridle and at my said wife's death or marriage one Desk  Item, I lend all the residue of my household furniture and Stock together with my wagon and Team to my well beloved wife during her natural life or widowhood and at her death or marriage for it all to be Equally divided between all my children then surviving except my land and plantation and that I desire may be sold and the money arising from the sail of said Land I give to be Equally divided between my Two sons Johnson Wood(1f5) and George Wood(1f6) and their heirs forever. But if either of my six children die without lawful heirs of their Body then the part so given them in this my will I desire may be equally divided between my surviving children. Item, My will and desire is that my Estate may not be appraised but that my executors hereafter named may take an inventory of my estate and have it recorded without any appraisement. Item, I constitute and appoint my well beloved wife Ann Wood(1f) and my son David Wood(1f3) whole and soul Executors of this my last will and Testament hereby revoking all other wills by me made whatever as witness I have hereunto set my hand and seal the thirtieth day of October 1781 signed and Delivered in Presence

Sylv Walker

Martin Elliott                                                                             Stephen Wood

At a court held for Lunenburg County the 9th day of May 1782 the within written last Will and  Testament of Stephen Wood(1fH) produced was proven by the oaths of the             Witnesses thereto subscribed and ordered to be recorded. Teste William Taylor, Clk.

(From the files of Virginia Eisen)

 

Here Stephen Wood(1fH) plainly names his children and one has to assume that the order in which their names are listed here in his will is their birth order! That would explain him giving his remaining land to his younger sons Johnson Wood(1f5) and George Wood(1f6). (Harold Johnson)

 

1782, Mar 15..  At a Court for Lunenburg County agreeable to an act for adjusting claims for property impressed or taken for public use (during the Revolution).....

Page 3.    Isaac Johnson(2) for 77# bacon

Page 8     Stephen Wood(1fH)  for 500# beef

Page 10   Estate of Stephen Wood(1fH), dec’d for waggoning for Continental

Page 15   Isaac Johnson(2) for 325 # beef

    David Johnson(1e) for 250# beef

 

Page 18   Estate of Stephen Wood(1fH), dec’d for 2 bu corn; 5# bacon for furnishing the militia on their march to York

Page 23   Isaac Johnson(2) for furnishing Continental solders 40 diets

Page 26   David Johnson(1e) for a gun for use of militia ordered to assistance of Gen. Green

(Contributed for use in VAGenWeb Archives by Linda Russell Lewis)

 

This gives us another insight into the hardships encountered in our fight for Liberty. The local Militia had no reliable supply source and quite often had to live off the land as they marched across the country side. Sometimes the items, described above, were given freely. More often than not they were simply taken, especially if the Militia was outside it’s own neighborhood. (Harold Johnson)

 

1783, Nov 21..   Marriage.. Johnson Wood(1f5) and Faney Thompson(1f5W), Lunenburg County by David Ellington. (From “Marriages of Lunenburg Co, VA 1746-1853 by  Emma R, Matheny and Helen K. Yates”)

 

Not many early marriage records can be found in Lunenburg prior to the Revolution. Fortunately, the records are a little better after the War, as shown above! (Harold Johnson)

 

1783, Dec 20..  Marriage ...Thomas Walker  and  Susanna Johnson(2cW) by James Shelburne  a Baptist Minister ( from the Marriages of Lunenburg Co)

 

Susanna Johnson(2cW) probably became a widow the year before when Michael(2c)’s will was recorded. (Harold Johnson)

 

!784, March.   Processioned returns for precinct number 18. Cumberland Parish of Lunenburg County.......

............ between Nathl. Newbell and Nathl. Boothe, between James Johnson and John Neal, between Nathl. Newbell and Cradk. Vaughn, between William Love and Cradk.             Vaughn, between Wm Love and Wm Glen, present Wm Love, Nathl. Newbell, and James  Johnson. Between Wm Gordan and Edward Jordan, present Edwd. Jordan, between             Michael Johnson(1a) and Peter Jones, present Michl Johnson(1a). Between Curtis Keatts and William Hearingue........ (from “Cumberland Parish and Vestry Book 1746-   1816” Lunenburg County, VA., by Landon C Bell)

 

1785, Dec 3 ....Deed .. 200a.   James Ladd to  Isaac Johnson(1b), both of Mecklenburg Co.  On the south side of Taylor's Creek.  Recorded 12 June 1786, Deed Book 7, page 39. (From the files of Sue H. Gill)

 

Taylor’s creek shows up on today’s map just East of the town of Chase City and flows Northeast into the Meherrin River. Nine years later Isaac(1b) sells this land, see 1794, Jan 7..Deed...200a.. Isaac Johnson(1b) to James Briggs.(Harold Johnson)

 

1786, May 5 ..  Marriage ...James Walker(2c1H) and Rebecca Johnson(2c1) by James Shelburne a Baptist Minister (From Marriages of Lunenburg Co).

Edward F Hailey writes in his book “Haley and Related Families” that James Walker could be related to the Thomas Walker that married Rebecca(2c1)’s mother! See 1783, Dec 20. (Comment by Michael Haley)

 

1787, Jan 24 ... Marriage ... Joseph Moon(1b1H) to Jane Johnson(1b1)   surety: Isaac Johnson(1b) (from Mecklenburg Co Marriages by Katherine B. Elliott)

 

I could find no record that specifically states that Jane(1b1) is the daughter of Isaac(1b) although the above record strongly suggests this! However, it is apparent the Isaac(1b) had a daughter that married an Arnold for  grandsons are named in his will, see 1815, Jan 21... Will... Isaac Johnson(1b) ...  Mecklenburg Co., VA.(Harold Johnson)

1788, April 18..... Patent ..206a   Isaac Johnson(2)...  Lunenburg County on the branches of Stokes Creek.  Beginning at a white oak on Joshua Johnson(2a)’s corner, thence along   his line North twenty seven and a half degrees West two hundred fifty one and quarter  poles to a white oak on Breedlove’s corner, thence on his line south eighty four degrees  East two hundred eleven poles to a corner black jack of pointers on Smith’s line, thence along his line South twenty six and a half degrees East one hundred and twenty poles to a  pine, thence South sixty nine degrees West one hundred fifty six poles to the first station.  Grant book 16, page 625

 

Here, late in his life, Isaac(2) adds to his land holdings. The reader is urged to turn back to the year 1776, Mar 30.. and examine the processioner returns there! What is odd here is that most of the land in Lunenburg County had already been patented by this date! It’s hard to understand why this two hundred acres went unnoticed by people looking for land. Apparently Isaac(2) felt the title may have been in dispute prompting him to make sure by Patented the land! There’s one other possibility and that is this is the land owned by his late son, Michael(2c). Records show that Michael(2c) did not have a son to inherit the land.(Harold Johnson)

 

 

1789, Dec 1st. ....Marriage....  John Tisdale(2c3H) and Charlotte Johnson(2c3) married by James Shelburne. (Lunenburg County Marriages)

 

I don’t have any other data that supports this other that Court records indicate that Charlotte(2c3) was old enough to be married in 1785. Her mother, Susanna(2cW) had remarried (see 1783, Dec 20) and was forced to divide her dower between her three daughters, Rebecca(2c1), Mary(2c2) and Charlotte(2c3), who received a negro man Charles, a negro girl named Tunor and L29-9-11.

 

1793, Feb. 13 .. Will....  Isaac Johnson(2)     Lunenburg County   Will Book 4, Pages 39/40

In the name of God Amen, I, Isaac Johnson(2) of the County of Lunenburg being old and weak in body and knowing that all flesh must die, think it proper to make my will,             Therefore I make and ordain this my last will and testament: Item, I give and bequeath my body to the Earth from whence it came, and soul to God that gave it to me in hopes of a Resurrection to Life; Item, As I have given my two sons the part of Negroes that I allotted for them during my life and also my son Joshua Johnson(2a) his part of land whereupon he now lives, to him and his heirs forever. Now I lend half the lands and plantation whereupon I now live with all my personal Estate to my beloved wife during her natural life or widowhood for her maintenance and to pay Debts but if she would marry again she shall be dispossessed of all but one bed; Item, I give the land whereupon I now live to my Son John Johnson(2b), to him and his heirs forever; Item, I give to my Son Michael Johnson(2c)’s three daughters Each of them ten pounds and on condition they give up a bond to my Executors that I gave to Thomas Walker on a settlement on  Account of a Rifle and old Clothes which I gave one Chiefly paid for that then I give them Thirty pounds Each instead of ten, or a young Nigro not under five years of age, which my Executors shall chose to pay within four years after they are wholey possessed  with my Estate, except there should come any afterclap against my Son Joshua Johnson(2a) concerning the Estate of my son Michael Johnson(2c), deceased, and if there should then my son Joshua Johnson(2a) shall fall heir to their Legacies; Item, I give to Mary Haley, wife of Ambrose Haley, ten pounds to paid within the time above mentioned; Item, My will is that soon after my wife’s decease, or marriage, that my two sons, Joshua(2a) and John(2b), shall equally divide my Estate and all that appertaineth thereto between them two; Item, I ordain my sons Joshua Johnson(2a) and John Johnson(2b) Executors and each of them shall be qualified and give a just and true  account of every thing that they receive that appertaineth to my Estate or the benefits or increase of it whatever from this date, and if Either of them shall be found in debt before or after this date he shall pay the full value that they may equally receive and equally pay my debts and Legacies; And if they should not agree on any point whatever they shall Each of them chose aman to settle for them, and they shall abide by the Consequence; And if Either of them shall deviate from what is aforesaid, they shall forfit what they are  contending about, that there may no disturbance after my Death; Also I ordain this my last will and Testament where unto I have set my hand and Seal this Thirteenth day of February One Thousand Seven hundred & Ninty Three. Sign’d Sealed & Delev’d in the Presents of John Wood(1f1) and Asa Blankenship   Isaac Johnson(2) (Seal) 

At a Court held for Lunenburg County the 10th Day of October, 1793, The last will and testament of Isaac Johnson(2), deceased, was exhibited in Court by Joshua                        Johnson(2a) and John Johnson(2b) the executors therein named and was proved by the  oath of John Wood(1f1) one of the witnessess thereto subscribed, who made oath that he             saw Asa Blankenship the other subscribing witness set his name thereto in presence of the testator, and that the said Asa Blankenship is since Dead; whereupon the same is ordered             to be recorded; And on the motion of the said executors who made oath according to law, certificate is granted them for obtaining probate of the said will, they giving security;             whereupon they together with their security Entered into and acknowledged bond for that  purpose according to Law.   Test, William Taylor Cl

Here Isaac(2) fails to tell us the name of his wife! However, we know from an earlier deed that his wife’s name was Mary (see 1756, Jan 19....Deed). Here also, Isaac(2) mentions his three granddaughters, children of his deceased son Michael(c). See 1777, Oct 28... Will ...  Michael Johnson(c)    and the comments after the will! One could speculate that Mary Haley was engaged to care for Isaac(2) and his wife as the reason he gave her ten pounds!(Harold Johnson)

 

1793, Dec 13,..... Marriage.... Richard Walker(2c2H) and Mary Johnson(2c2) by James Shelburne a Baptist Minister (from Marriages of Lunenburg)

 

Again, this is pure guess work! I speculate that Mary(2c2) stayed home to help with her grandfather and consented to marriage in just a little over one month after he died! Also, look at who she is marrying, a Walker! Her older sister married a Walker and her mother married second a Walker! Could all these Walkers be related? (Harold Johnson)