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2. William JOHNSON (Henry1) was born about 1700 in Middlesex Co. Virginia and died on 10 Mar 1744 in Middlesex Co. Virginia about age 44.

General Notes:
William Johnson, son of Henry Johnson and Elizabeth Mussett was born about 1700. Little is known about William until he was married to Margaret Pace daughter of John Pace and Elizabeth Newsom. Their marriage September 26, 1721 and birth of their children are recorded in the Christ Church Parish Middlesex Register.

The Records of Middlesex are difficult to research, many having been destroyed during Bacon's Rebellion and later during the Civil War, We have been unable to locate the deed to the estate in Middlesex that William and Margaret lived on, but we have a clue as to where William and Margaret made their home in Order Book 4, page 252. William Johnson was appointed surveyor of the Roads in place of William Kidd and the Court then ordered that the "surveyor of the road leading to Urbanna Town do cause the way to be made convenient for conveying tobacco from the Upper Where house to the landing." This, along with the fact that according to the Pace Society of America, Margaret's parents John Pace and Elizabeth Newsom lived on LaGrange Creek in Urbanna would indicate that William & Margaret also lived in or very near Urbanna.

Then in 1736 William acquired land in Goochland County from Charles Bond. Since the deed lists William Johnson "of Middlesex" we know he did not come to live in Goochland. Although he probably made the trip to inspect his property in Goochland, it is a trip that would have taken several days sailing from Urbanna down the Rappahannock into the Chesapeake Bay and up the James River to Richmond where he most likely would have had to make the trip overland or by bateau another 30 or 40 miles since the river is only accessible to small boats or what later became known as "James River Bateau" from Richmond west through Goochland. Since he left this Goochland estate to his son William Jr. in his will, it is likely he sent William Jr. there to look after this estate shortly after obtaining ownership.

The deed from Charles Bond to William Johnson is recorded in Goochland DB 2, pages 193 and 194… Charles Bond and wife Mary to William Johnson of the County of Middlesex two hundred and fifty acres on the Little Byrd Creek. Witness: James George, Joseph Pace, Thomas Brackett.

BUT On page 195, after the Deed from Charles Bond to William Johnson of Middlesex we find an odd thing:

Goochland County Circuit Court
Deed Book 2 page 195

Know all men by these presents that I Charles Bond of Goochland County am holden and firmly bounden unto William Johnson of Middlesex County in the Sum of Thirty Six pounds of lawfull money of Virginia to be paid unto the saide William Johnson his heirs Executors or administrators or assigns in the which payment well and truly to be made I bind myself my heirs Executors and administrators firmly by these presents sealed with my seal and dated the Eleventh day of February in the year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and thirty five.

The condition of this present obligation is such that if the above bounden Charles Bond his heirs Executors Administrators or Assigns shall from time to time and at all times hereafter observe perform fulfill accomplish and keep all and singular the covenants grants articles and agreements which on his and their parts is and are to be performed helpt and observed mentioned and comprised ______ (?) indenture of Bargain and Sale and feofurent made or mentiouned to be made between the said Charles Bond and Mary his wife of the one part and the said William Johnson of the other part and bearing equal date with these presents according to the true Justeus and meaning of the same indenture thou this obligation to be void otherwise to remain in full force power and virtue.

Signed Sealed and delivered in the presence of us….
And Mary his wife Interlined before signed

James George
Joseph Pace
Thomas Bratkitt

At a Court held for Goochland County Aprill 20th 1736.

Charles Bond acknowledged this bond to be his act and deed and it was thereupon admitted to record.

Teste: Henry Wood Esq

Charles Bond agreed on paper to put up twice the amount of money than what William Johnson paid for the land. A bond of this type was not very common during this period and usually had a neutral third party involved. According to Bond Researchers, Charles Bond's wife Mary Parks was from Essex County… It appears this is part of the same Bond family who came from Maryland and were related to William's mother, Elizabeth Mussett Johnson. (see notes on Henry and Elizabeth) Charles Bond would be a cousin to William of Middlesex.

William Johnson died in 1745 he would be the first in a long line of Johnsons to die in their 40's and leave behind orphans. We must wonder if the heart problems experienced by the Johnsons of today are a legacy from poor William. We find his will in Will Book B, page 62:

In the name of God Amen, I William Johnson of the County of Middlesex being very sick & weak in body but of good and perfect senses and Memory praise be to God for the same knowing the uncertainty of this life and being desirous to settle things in order do make this my last Will and Testament in manner and from following that is to say first principally I commend my soul to almighty God my Creator assuredly believing to have full pardon, and free remission of all my sins to be saved by the Moritous deth of our Blessd Saviour. Christ Jesus and my Body to the Earth from whence it was taken to be buried in such ________ as a Christian manor as to my Executors hereafter named shall be though Meet and "Conservant" and as touching my Worldly Estate my Will and meaning is that the same shall be imposed and disposed as hear after is expressed.

Item: I give and bequeath to my son Will,m Johnson my plantation in Gougsland County to be posed after my def. to him & his heirs for ever,

Item: I lend unto my beloved wife all the rest of my estate both personal and real during her natural life and after her def I give unto my son Henry Johnson this land lying in Middlesx County to him and his heirs forever,

And after the death of my beloved wife, I give all the rest of my estate both personal and rail unto my children as followeth to be Equally Divided amongst them Henry Johnson, Benjamin Johnson, Stephen Johnson, Sammual Johnson,, Aveslah (Avarila?) Johnson.

I ordain my beloved wife my whole execuitor of this my last Will and Testament.

Lastly I do revoke and make void all former Wills or Testaments Whatsoever by me made and spoken and this is only to be my last Will and Testament In witness whereof I have set my hand and fixt my seal this Month day of March ye 5th Anno Dom 1744/5

William Johnston (whole signature spelled with a 't')
William Wood
Mary M(her mark) Sadler
Charles Wood

It seems that Margaret may have been pregnant with a son she named John at the time this Will was written. Because on February 4, 1760 WB E page 88 Henry Johnson and Benjamin Batchelder are appointed guardians jointly and severally of Stephen, John & Samuel Johnson orphans of William Johnson.

However, in WB E page 175 we find the sale of William Johnson's estate after the death of his wife Margaret in Urbanna. And there were only 5 children named participating in the division of the estate. We can assume that William Jr. in Goochland was the "last person" although not named. Some of the right side of the page is unreadable. Here is what we could make out:

WB E PG 175
Pursuant to an Order of the Middlesex __________
November 1760. We the subscribers have divided the __________
dec'd according to this the said ______

To Henry Johnson
2 negros Frank & Alice 50.00
Samuel Johnson to pay 2.00
Your part personal estate 4.17.7

To Ben'j Johnson
1 negro Jane45.00
Sam'l Johnson to pay 6.00
Stephen Johnson to pay 1.00
Your part personal estate 4.17.7

To Stephen Johnson
1 negro Ruth45.00
1 negro James10.00
Your part of personal estate 4.17.7

To Samuel Johnson
1 negro _______ 30.00
1 negro _______ 30.00
Your part of psn est4.17.7

Benj ________ Avirslah Johnson
1 negro _________ ?
Stephen Johnson to pay ?
Your part personal estate4.17.7

Last persons part of the negros amount to 52.
Your part of personal estate 4.17.7

Sale of William Johnsons Estate after the death of Margaret Johnson his widow Personal Estate………………………………………………………………………………_______
Divided in parts 5 /624.8.3

Debts of Margaret Johnson dec'd paid.
To rent………………………..3.0.0
To Henry Street……………… 8.6
To Alex Frazier………………. 6.6.1/2
To Benj' Williams …………… 12.0
To Pole Tac hhats & carting…. 4.0
To Benj Batcheldor & Jn Murry for coffin & plank……….13.0
To Benj' Daniel………………………7.0
To James Daniel………………………1.11.5
To Henry Johnson……………………. 1.0.4

November 7th, 1760
Henry Washington
Wm. Chowning
James Daniel
At a Court held for Middlesex County at the Court held in Urbanna on Tuesday the ___ day of ________________

This Division and Settlement of the Estate of William Johnson deceased was this Day returned and Ordered to be recorded ________________

It would appear by this that if there was a John, he did not live to receive a part of his father's estate. Or he did not receive a part because he was not listed in his father's will. That is a mystery yet to be solved.

William married Margaret PACE, daughter of John PACE and Elizabeth NEWSOME, on 26 Sep 1721. Margaret was born on 15 Mar 1701 in Middlesex Co. Virginia and died in Middlesex Co. Virginia.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 5 M    i. William JOHNSON was born on 8 Oct 1722 in Middlesex Co. Virginia and died in 1796 in Goochland County at age 74.

+ 6 F    ii. Elizabeth JOHNSON was born on 28 May 1726 in Middlesex Virginia.

+ 7 M    iii. Henry JOHNSON was born on 2 Mar 1727 in Middlesex Virginia.

+ 8 M    iv. Daniel JOHNSON was born on 1 Jan 1729 in Middlesex Virginia.

+ 9 M    v. Samuel JOHNSON was born on 23 Jul 1731 in Middlesex Virginia and died on 19 Oct 1735 in Middlesex Virginia at age 4.

+ 10 F    vi. Jane JOHNSON was born on 10 Apr 1733 in Middlesex Virginia and died on 23 Jan 1737 in Virginia at age 3.

+ 11 F    vii. Avarilla JOHNSON was born on 7 Mar 1735 in Middlesex Virginia.

+ 12 M    viii. Benjamin JOHNSON was born on 3 May 1739 in Middlesex Virginia and died in 1785 in Goochland Virginia at age 46.

+ 13 M    ix. Stephen JOHNSON was born on 14 Mar 1740 in Middlesex Virginia.

+ 14 M    x. Samuel JOHNSON was born on 19 Feb 1742 in Middlesex Co. Virginia.

+ 15 M    xi. John JOHNSON was born from 1744 to 1745 in Middlesex Co. Virginia.

3. Silvanus (Sill) JOHNSON (Henry1) was born between 1696 and 1700 in Essex VA and died Between Sep 13 1763 and 19 Oct 1763 in Johnston NC.

General Notes: 
We would like to acknowledge and extend many thanks to the comprehensive in-depth research of Johnson family historian James Mark Valsame, with his help, we now can include the information on Silvanus Johnson!

Silvanus married Elizabeth (possibly) UNKNOWN before 1729. Elizabeth was born on an unknown date in Unk and died on an unknown date in Unk.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 16 M    i. William JOHNSON was born from 1729 to 1731.

+ 17 M    ii. Richard JOHNSON was born between 1730 and 1740 and died in 1769 in Johnston Co. NC.

+ 18 M    iii. Sill JOHNSON Jr. was born between 1730 and 1740 and died about 1774 in Johnston Co. NC.

+ 19 M    iv. Henry JOHNSON was born between 1730 and 1740 and died about 1807 in Johnston Co. NC.

Silvanus next married Elizabeth CARRELL (PROBABLY) about 1750 in NC. Elizabeth was born in NC and died in NC.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 20 M    i. Benjamin JOHNSON was born between 1750 and 1755 in Johnston Co. NC.

+ 21 M    ii. Absalom JOHNSON was born between 1750 and 1755 in Johnston Co. NC.

4. Esther JOHNSON (Henry1) was born in 1711 in Middlesex Co. Virginia.

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