1. Henry JOHNSON, son of Unknown and Unknown, was born about 1675 and died in 1722 in Lancaster Virginia about age 47.
**PLEASE NOTE: We have no paper trail to Henry only circumstantial evidence.** NEW DEVELOPMENTS: Recent DNA evidence shows no match between descendants of Sylvanus Johnson and William Johnson of Middlesex. However, the descendants of William Johnson have no close DNA matches to any other Johnson family to date. They do, however, have close matches with a Horton family. We are trying to determine if there was an adoption or a maternal mis-hap. Someone once said "DNA doesn't believe in family lore!"
We begin with Henry Johnson of Old Rappahannock now Essex County. We know Henry was born about 1670 as he was old enough to own land in 1691. It would appear he has at least two brothers Thomas and Richard which are found in several deeds in Old Rappahannock and now Essex Counties along with Henry. Although we are not sure where he was born, we suspect that Henry is related to the William Johnson who first patented land on the Puscatation (aka Coxes Creek aka Piscattaway) Creek in Old Rappahannock County in 1636.
Henry Johnson appears in the records of Old Rappahannock, the first is in 1691: DB 8 PG 307 Ralph Whitten and Elizabeth Whitten to Thomas Johnson and Henry Johnson 100 acres on the Dragon Swamp. Witness: Tobias Severeth, John Bolliue
Henry married Elizabeth Mussett (abstractors sometimes list her last name as Muffett) sometime before 1696 we know they were married because of another deed found in Essex County:
1696 DB 9 PG 68 & 69: Henry and Thomas Johnson sell 100 acres on Dragon Swamp to Wyatt Linhard.
Mary wife of Thomas and Elizabeth wife of Henry appoint Robert Halsy their attorney in fact and give up dower rights. Also noted in Order Book 2, page 29.
It must be noted that there were two Henry Johnsons living at the same time in Essex County. One was married to Mary Taliaferro at the same time our Henry and Elizabeth were living in Farnham Parish Essex/Old Rappahanock. This Henry Johnson Mary Taliaferro line has been traced by another Johnson family and any relationship to our Henry is not known at this time.
The identity of Henry's wife Elizabeth is found in 1700 Essex County DB 10 PG 63
Deposition of John Webster Aged 50 yeares or thereabouts saith that about 14 or 15 years ago Mr. Richard Bond and his twoe sons arrived att my house ______ They came from Maryland at their request I gave them entertainment & some time after he sent for his wife and daughter & accordingly they came & I heard the said Bonds wife say very ofton that that was her daughter which she had by a former husband whose name was Mussitt & that her name was Elizabeth Mussitt and I heard her father in law Mr. Richard Bond & his two sons say the very same and this Eliza whole sirname was formerly Mussitt is now the Wife of Henry Johnson & I heard the said Bond & his wife say that when they was in Maryland they lived upon an island in Patuxusnt River and further saith not.
On the same page, there is also the deposition of James Baughan stating that Elizabeth Bond was actually Elizabeth Mussett. James Baughan had patented land adjoining the William Johnson of Puscatation Creek patent.
The Deposicon of James Boughan Aged 45 yeares or thereabouts saith that about 13 or 14 yeares ago or thereabout one Richard Bond came out of Maryland & his wife and brought with them one little Girl as I doe believe might be about Eight or Nine yeare old and I did severall times heare the said Bond wife say that that Girl was her daughter that she had by a former husband & that her name was Eliz: Mussit & that the said Girl is now marryed to Henry Johnson in this County & further saith not.'
'Xber ye 9th day 1700, Ja: Boughan. The Deposicon within written was sworne to by the within named James Boughan in Essex County Court the 11th day of Xber 1700 and is truely Recorded according to an Order of the said Court - Test Francis Meriwether Cl Cur'
It should be noted that Elizabeth's relationship with the Bond family becomes important in identifying Henry and Elizabeth's descendents as we progress.
Sometime between the time Henry and Thomas were purchasing land together in 1691 and the early 1700's there was a parting of the ways between Henry Johnson and his likely brother Thomas.
In 1702 Essex DB 12 pg 51 & 52 Thomas Johnson of South Farnham Parish for 3000 lbs tobacco to Henry Johnson of same, 50 acres bounden on the North with Piscattaway Creek the High Road leading to Piscattaway Mill on the west the lands of Richard Taylor, on the South the lands of Thomas Johnson on the east with said parcel of land containing by estimation 50 acres are not in the tenure and occupation of the said Thomas Johnson.
Witness: Jeffrey Dyor, Richard Johnson, and Thomas Snoden.
In 1704 recorded on DB 12 pg 52 Henry assigns over all rights to Issac Potior. Elizabeth gives up her dower rights. witness: Thomas Johnson, Richard Johnson.
Essex County Deeds 1703 to 1706 page 100:
Deed 15th September 1703. Henry Johnson of So. Farnham Parish, planter, and Eliz'a his wife, daughter and heir of Wm Muffett of Stones Island in Patuxson, sell William Hudson of So. Farnham Parish, planter for 4000 lbs of tobo., an Island known as Stones Island in Patuxon River bought by William Muffetts, father of said Eliza, from Rich'd Hall late of Patuxon, as the records of Rappahannock Co. in Marylande go to show.
Recorded 11th October 1703
After 1703 we find no other deeds in Essex, however, in the Christ Church Parrish Middlesex Register lists a daughter Esther born to Henry and Elizabeth Johnson in 1711. Middlesex is adjoining Essex County and the Dragon Swamp can be found today spanning the county lines.
And then just across the Rappahannock River, we find Lancaster County Order Book 6 page 79, Library of Virginia microfilm reel # 27, we find William Ball's 1713 Tithable list for White Chapel Parish lists Henry Johnson with one tithable (as well as George Chowning and Henry Towles).
In William Ball's Tithable list for 1715 Henry Johnson is again listed with two tithables (also William Bond and Henry Towles)
In 1717 Henry Johnson was a witness to the will of George Chowning along with Henry Towles.
In George Hail's list for 1718, we find Henry Johnson with three tithables.
And in the 1720 St. Mary's White Chapel tithable list we find Henry Johnson with five tithables. (Also we see Robert Newsom on this list.)
Henry died in Lancaster County in 1722 the order book states that Henry's oldest son Sill Johnson qualified as administrator of his estate along with Elizabeth Johnson and Robert Newsom. (Robert Newsom is the uncle of Margaret Pace who married Henry and Elizabeth's son William Johnson):
Lancaster County B 10 page 397 - May 11, 1722
Johnson Heirs bond for administration of Henry Johnson Estate
Eliza Johnson, oldest son Sill Johnson & Robert Neusom of Lancaster County are bound in the amount of 200 lbs jointly and firmly to administer the estate of Henry Johnson dec'd.
Signed Eliza' Johnson
Lancaster County B 10 pg 401 - 404
Inventory & Appraisal of Henry Johnson's estate September 12, 1722
Inventory Sworn to by:
The Robert Neusom who witnessed the will of Henry Johnson in Lancaster is most likely the brother of Elizabeth Neusom who is the mother in law to Henry's son William Johnson.
Henry married Elizabeth MUSSETT (MUFFETT) BOND, daughter of William MUSSETT (MUFFETT) and Elizabeth, in 1700 in Old Rappahannock County (now Essex). Elizabeth was born about 1675.
+ 2 M i. William JOHNSON was born about 1700 in Middlesex Co. Virginia and died on 10 Mar 1744 in Middlesex Co. Virginia about age 44.
+ 3 M ii. Silvanus (Sill) JOHNSON was born between 1696 and 1700 in Essex VA and died Between Sep 13 1763 and 19 Oct 1763 in Johnston NC.
+ 4 F iii. Esther JOHNSON was born in 1711 in Middlesex Co. Virginia.