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JOHNSON AND ALLIED FAMILES OF THE RIVER PO

 

Spotsylvania County Formed 1720-1721 from King William, King and Queen and Essex Counties

 

 

Caroline County formed 1727-1728 from King and Queen also from lands of Essex and King William Counties

 

1723 Oct 12: Marriage: Sir William JOHNSTON in Spotsylvania Co., VA to Mary Ann Chew daughter of Burgess Larkin Chew http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~elessar5/pafg1727.htm

Burgess Larkin Chew

Mary Ann Chew

Notes their son Arwalker Johnson is found in Augusta County Va in 1755:

MY Notes: It is also reported that this William Johnson is the son of Richard Johnson who died in 1727, who had remarried Jael Harrsion known as the Widow Jael Johnson in Spotsylvania Co. records.

 

1728 July 3: Historical Virginia Roadways O.S. 237: Spotsylvania County: Larkin Chew, William Smith, & Henry Goodloe Gent. Made returne of the agreement made with Mr. William Johnson and Mr. Robert King upon building a bridge over at the river Po: as thay were appointed P. the court: Which agreement is Viz: in obeydiance to the within order we the subscribers have mett at the place within mentioned and have agreed with Mr. William Johnson and Mr. Robert King to build a bridge about one hundred yards above the said ford, to be built in a good substantial and workmanlike manner ten feet wide, to cross levil from the highest part of the point on the south side the said river, to be done and finished by the last day of September next, to be built with good substantial white oak plank. In consideration whereof, wee have agreed that they shall have levvyed at the laying the next County Levy two thousand pounds of Tobacco Cask & conveniency. Witness our hands this 1st day of April 1728: Signed Larkin Chew, William Smith, H. Goodloe.

 

Larkin Chew,

1736 Mar 15: William Johnston Gent. 533 acs St Geo’s Par adj William Richardson & Warner Mar 15, 1736 Part of 3800 patent to Larkin Chew 1722 N side Mattapony Riv; 533 acs conveyed to Jonathan Clark … forfeited … CPv4 Linda Starrs Research

Notes: Larkin Chew off Burgess Larkin Chew whose sister Ann Mary Chew is married to Capt. William Johnston

 

REPORT ON Arwalker JOHNSON

1755 MARCH 19, Arwalker Johnson--juror. Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia Volume I AUGUSTA COUNTY COURT ORDERS. AUGUSTA COUNTY COURT RECORDS.ORDER BOOK No. I. December 9, 1745.

Arwalker Johnson is reported to be the son of William Johnston Sir  was born on 19 Dec 1697 in Annan, Dumfries, Scotland. He died in 1778 in Port Royal, Caroline Co., Va. He married Ann Mary Chew on 12 Oct 1723 in Spotsylvania Co., Va.

Other marriages: of William Johnston : Elizabeth Wyat

Ann Mary Chew was born in 1703 in Caroline Co., Va. She died on 2 Nov 1742 in Port Royal, Caroline Co., Va. She married William Johnston Sir on 12 Oct 1723 in Spotsylvania Co., Va. They had the following children:

Judith Johnston

Arwalker Johnson was born on 26 Aug 1718.

Silus Johnson was born in 1723.

William Johnson was born in 1724.

Ezekiel Johnson was born in 1725.

John Johnson was born in 1732

James Johnson was born in 1736.

Joseph Johnston was born in 1734.

Robert Johnston was born in 1726

Larkin Chew Johnston was born on 1 May 1727.

Benjamin Johnston was born in 1734

Hannah Johnston was born in 1739

Elizabeth Johnston was born in 1742.

Richard Johnston was born in 1740. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~elessar5/pafg1727.htm

 

William Smith

Henry Goodloe

Robert King

William Smith

 

1728 Aug 8: Historical Roadways of Virginia O.S. page 253: Spotsylvania County: On petition of William Johnson and Robert King to have men appointed to view and value so much timber as will be necessary to build a bridge over the river Po at the place known P the name of Franklyns Foard, as thay have undertaken to build on any man's land that lies is the most convenient, is granted & ordered that Richard Blantonn & Anthony Foster do view & value the same & make report of their proceedings to the next court.

 

Richard Blantonn

Anthony Foster

Franklyns Foard,

 

1727 July 4: Historical Virginia Roadways O.S. page 176: Spotsylvania: On the petition of Edward Franklyn for a road from the new German road, where the road comes in that is called Franklyns road to Mrs. Jael Johnson ferry, the viewers appointed having made their, who was appointed by the court to view and layout the same, Viz. Wee the subscribers have been laid off and markt the road from the New German Road to Mrs. Jael Johnson's ferry, and wee find a plain streight ridge with but one small Hill which makes down to the low ground of the river June ye 23rd 1727.

 

 

1728 Sept 4: Historical Roadways of Virginia O.S. Page 258: Spotsylvania County: On Petition of William Johnson and Robert King about valuing timber to build the bridge over the River Po. Richard Balnton & Anthony Foster men appointed P the court to value the same having made the returned of there proceedings of ye Valuation Ordered that the same be lodged in the Clerkes office.

 

 

1728 Oct 1: Historical Roadways of Virginia O.S. page 268 County Levy: Spotsylvania County: To Mr. William Johnson and Mr. Robert King for building a bridge over the River Po as P. agreement with ye court: 2000: to Ditto for Cask and Conveniency att 8 & 10 p of ye court ye 2,000.

 

1729 Aug 5: Historical Virginia Roadways O.S. page 335: Spotsylvania County: On Petition of Mr. Charles Chiswell and partners about having bridges built over the river Po and Ny, at the charge of the County, the court having considered the same, Ordered that ye severall Overseers do forwith put and keep the old road in good repair, and that Thomas Chew, Henry Goodloe, Joseph Brock and William Johnson Gentn. Or any three of.

 

Thomas Chew,

Henry Goodloe,

Joseph Brock

Charles Chiswell

 

1729 Oct 24: Historical Virginia Roadways: Spotsylvania County: At a General Court held at the Capital, Oct. 24: Charles Chiswell Gent. In behalf of Himself and divers others adventures in an Iron Works upon Douglass run in Spotsylvania County called Frederickville this day produced an order of the court of the said county dated fifth of Ffebruary last for laying out and making a new road from the said Iron Works to a landing on Rappahannock River at the mouth of Hazel Run, between the lands of Man Page Esquire, and Mrs. Jael Johnson according to the report of viewers appointed by said court made the first day of April following for Dividing the said road into precincts and appointing Surveyors for the same and also another order of the said court dated the sixth of August last for preparing the old road and building bridges over the rivers Ny and Po at the County charge and an order for continuing the same made the seventh of October following whereby as he suggested the former orders were by inhabitants of the said County supposedly to be set aside and therefore moved that the said new road being in a Great Measure already cleared and a bridge being made over the river Ny might be cleared and completed as being most convenient for the said Iron Works and that a Convenient Bridge might be built over the river Po at the said Counties Charge and the court having heard the said Chiswell and also Joseph Brock on behalf of the said Court thereupon. Do order that the order of the said County Court made in August and October last be set aside and that the said orders made in Ffebruary and April last be confirmed and also that the road therein mentioned be continued and established as the road from the Iron Work to the said Landing on Rappahannock River and Chiswell have leave at his own expwense to build a substantial and convenient ridge over the said River Po and the said County Court at the next Levy are to allow him his reasonable Charges and disbursements about the same and in the meantime to appoint fit persons to appraise the timber which shall be necessary for the building the said bridge and the same shall be cut down to the end the owners thereof my be duly satisfied. And for as much it is of light disputed whether Surveyors of the highways are by Law impowered to take wood in the adjacent lands for the making and repairing such bridges and Causeways as they are obliged to make and repair whereby the due execution of the laws concerning highways is likely more and more to.

 

 

1730 Feb 2 : Historical Roadways of Virginia O.S. page 15: Spotsylvania County: On information made to the Court P. Sundry People, that the County bridge P.M. John Snells being carried away P. the late great freshes and that they cannot role tobacco or pass without going Sundry miles about & c. It is ordered and Henry Goodloe, Joseph Brock, and WILLIAM JOHNSON Gent. Or any two of them are desired to view and see if the old bridge can be repaired and fitted up, and if not the most fitting and convenients place to build a new one. And to agree with any workmen as they shall think best to repir the old or build a new one at the Countys Charge and make report of their Proceedings to the next court.

 

John Snells

 

1730 Feb 2: Historical Roadways of Virginia O.S. Page 15: Spotsyvania County: On application made to the court in behalfe of the overseers of the roads where East north East bridge and the bridge over the River Ny, commonly called Lewis Bridge, that the owners of the land adjoyning refuses to lett them fall or make use of any timber or plank to repair the said bridges which are much out of repair. It is ordered, and Henry Goodloe, Joseph Brock & William Johnson Gent. Or any one of them are desired to  agree with & to bye plank or timber as shall be P. him or them thought necessary to mend and repair ye said Bridges, and that the Same shall be paid and allowed of P. the County at the laying the next levey charges. The same was over ruled but ordered that BARTHOLOMEW WOOD and his gang and William Bartlett and his gang do forthwith assist and help ROBERT HUTCHESON and his gang mend and repair said bridge.

 

William Bartlett

ROBERT HUTCHESON

BARTHOLOMEW  WOOD

1728 Sept Bartholomew Wood St Geo’s Par on a Ridge betw Rappah. & Mattapony Rivers adj. William Johnstone, William Tapp, Mr. Francis Thornton & Anthony Thornton, & John James, S side of the br of Nassapannax Sep 1728 CPv3 Linda Starrs research

1728 Sept. 28: Bartholomew Wood: Spotsylvania Co: 786 acres on a ridge between Rappahannock and Mattapony River. Beginning at a ring oak in William Johnstones line and corner to William Tapp. Land Office Patents # 13 1725-1730 vol 1 & 2 pg 442 on reel 12: Librry of Virginia Archives Section

 

 

1730 March 3: Historical Roadways of Virginia OS page 28: Spotsylvania County: The courts order appointing Henry Goodloe, Joseph Brock, & WILLIAM JOHNSON Gent. Or any two of them agree with workmen either to repair the old or build a new bridge over the river Po. P.M. John Snells the same not being complyed wit, ordered that the same be continued to the next court to compleat then.

 

John Snells

 

1731 May 4: Historical Roadways of Virginia O.S. page 39: Spotsyvania County: Joseph Brock and William Johnson Gent. Who was P. the order of court impowered to agree with any workman for the building the bridge over the river Po. By Mr. John Snells Mill, made return of the agreement they made with Mr. Rice Curtis for building the same and his bond taken for performance and keeping the same in good repair for the space of ten years. Which was ordered to be recorded. And it is furthre ordered that the tobacco agreed for which is six thousand pounds of Tobacco, Cask and  Conveniency, be levyed P. this County at the laying the next levy.

 

Mr. Rice Curtis

 

13 May 1743, Archibald McPherson, Rice Curtis and John Madison, Gent., are appointed to view the road from Johnson’s plantation by the Ridge over the Middle River. From this point in the Caroline Co., VA records, John Madison seems to always carry the title “Gent.” On 11 May 1744, John Madison, Gent., acknowledged his deeds of lease and release of land indented to Ellias Daniel. On 8 March 1744/45, Agatha Madison, wife of John Madison, Gent., acknowledged her right to the land her husband sold to Samuel Haws and Elijah Daniel. The last Caroline Co., VA, Court Order Book reference to John Madison, Gent.,(or any John Madisons) was on 13 September 1745. The Court Order Book for Caroline Co., VA, 1740-1746, http://www.jmu.edu/madison/center/main_pages/madison_archives/life/biography/genealogy.htm

 

 

1731 May 4: Historical Roadways of Virginia O.S. page 39: Spotsylvania Co.: It is agreed and ordered that the bridge over the River NY, commonly called Lewis Bridge be rebuilt at the County charge. Provided the sum do not exceed three thousand five hundred pounds of tobacco for building the same and keeping it ten years in good repair. And Thomas Chew, Joseph Brock, and WILLIAM JOHNSON Gent. Or any two of them are desired and impowered to agree with anyone for the building the same & that they make return of their 1737 May 14: p. 425

It’s ordered Henry Dikes, Simon Edwards, Richard Hopson, George Brassfield, James McKinny, John Gouge, John Gouge, jr., William Watson, Francis Johnson, David Tinsley, Philip Tinsley and Aron Quisenbury assist Thomas Ship in clearing the tree notched road, from Benjamin Poe’s bridge to William Watson’s, and also making the bridge by Poe’s.

 

Henry Dikes

Simon Edwards

Richard Hopson

George Brassfield

James McKinny

John Gouge jr.

David Tinsley

Philip Tinsley

Aron Quisenbury

Thomas Ship

William Watson’s

 

 William Poe and William Watson attained a joint Patent in Orange (later Culpeper) County one month later, June 1737.That Benjamin Poe's bridge and William Watson's here in Caroline County are near each other, certainly indicates a close relationship between these men..One would think that this Benjamin is a brother to William Poe who had wife Lydia. Caroline County, Virginia order book / abstracted and compiled by John Frederick Dorman  http://poefamilyresearch.net/VA/PoeCarolineCounty.htm

 

Poe’s bridge

Benjamin Poe’s

Proceedings to the next Court.

 

Lewis Bridge

 

1731 Oct.7: Historical Roadways of Virginia OS page 79: Spotsylvania County: Joseph Brock & WILLIAM JOHNSON gent. Justices, who were appointed P. the Court to agree with workmen to rebuild the bridge over the river NY commonly called Lewis Bridge, made their return of ye agreement made with Rice Curtis for two thousand pounds of tobacco with Cask & Conveniency to build the same & keep it in repair for the space of ten years & said Rices bond to perform the same which was ordered to be lodged in the Clerk's Office.

 

1735 March 15: William Johnston: Spotsylvania Co: 533 acres beginning at a corner white oak corner to William Richardson, thence ande xtending on a point in Warners's line: Land Office Patents # 17, 1735-1738 pg 26 on reel 15: Library of Virginia Archives Section

 

William Richardson

Warners's line

1737 June: Francis Turnley St Geo Par adj William Holloway, William Johnston, Warner & Ambrose Grayson Jun 1737CPv4

 

1736 Mar 15: William Johnston Gent. 533 acs St Geo’s Par adj William Richardson & Warner Mar 15, 1736 Part of 3800 patent to Larkin Chew 1722 N side Mattapony Riv; 533 acs conveyed to Jonathan Clark … forfeited … CPv4 Linda Starrs Research

Jonathan Clark

1736 August 5, Burgess: Spotsylvania: William Johnson, Rice Curtis.

1737 June 10: Fancis Turnely: Spotsylvania Co 111 acres beginning at a black oak in William Halloways line and corner to William Johnston, also adjoins land of Warner and Ambrose Grayson.: Land Office Patents # 17: 1735-1738 pg 325 on reel 15: Library of Virginia Archives Section

 

Fancis Turnely

William Halloways

Warner

Ambrose Grayson

 

1738 Nov 1: Burgess: Spotsylvania: William Johnson, Rice Curtis.  http://www.newrivernotes.com/va/vareg1.htm


1741 July Hugh Sanders St Geo Par on brs of Mattapony Riv adj Robt Coleman, William Johnston, Anthony Foster, the land Ignatious Stureman bought of Mr. Joseph Brock & Mr. Joseph Brock July 1741 CPv4  Linda Starrs research

Robt Coleman

Anthony Foster,

Ignatious Stureman

Mr. Joseph Brock

 

1742 July 25: Hugh Saunders: Spotsylvania Co: 207 acres on the branches of Mattapony River, beginning and estending on the South side a glade a corner of Robert Coleman, William Johnston and Anthony Foster. Land Office Patents # 19 1739-1741 pg 1066 on reel 17: Library of Virginia Archives Section.

 

Hugh Saunders:

 

1742/43  March 11 Caroline Co., VA, Court Order Book  has an entry for the Court held on  recommending Thomas Buckner, Thomas Johnson, Rice Curtis, James Taylor and John Madison for the Governor to add to the commission of the peace for this County. Then on 13 May 1743, Archibald McPherson, Rice Curtis and John Madison, Gent., are appointed to view the road from Johnson’s plantation by the Ridge over the Middle River. From this point in the Caroline Co., VA records, John Madison seems to always carry the title “Gent.” On 11 May 1744, John Madison, Gent., acknowledged his deeds of lease and release of land indented to Ellias Daniel. On 8 March 1744/45, Agatha Madison, wife of John Madison, Gent., acknowledged her right to the land her husband sold to Samuel Haws and Elijah Daniel. The last Caroline Co., VA, Court Order Book reference to John Madison, Gent.,(or any John Madisons) was on 13 September 1745. The Court Order Book for Caroline Co., VA, 1740-1746, http://www.jmu.edu/madison/center/main_pages/madison_archives/life/biography/genealogy.htm

 

1742/43  March 11 Caroline Co., VA, Court Order Book  has an entry for the Court held on  recommending Thomas Buckner, Thomas Johnson, Rice Curtis, James Taylor and John Madison for the Governor to add to the commission of the peace for this County.

1742 Nov 2: Port Royal, Caroline Co., VA at age 39:  Died Mary Ann Chew Johnston wife of Capt. William Johnston: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~elessar5/pafg1727.htm

Notes their son Arwalker Johnston is in 1755 Augusta Co. Va.

Mary Ann Chew Johnston

1769 Dec 28: Capt. William Johnston late of Caroline Co decd his lots and houses in Port Royal and tract of land in Orange Co to be sold by his executors, his acting executors are Robert and Benjamin Johnston (VGR) Pg 185: Genealogy Abstracts from 18th Century Virginia Newspapers by Robert K. Headley Jr.

1771 Feb 14: Capt. William Johnston late of Caroline Co: some if his property in Port Royal and Orange Co to be sold by his acting executors (VGR) Pg 185: Genealogy Abstracts from 18th Century Virginia Newspapers by Robert K. Headley Jr.

 

1745 July 10: William Johnson Spotsylvania Co. 150 acres above the little mountians. Beginning at three corner pines of William Bartletts in John Taylors Lines: Land Office Patents # 23 1743-1745: Vol. 1 & 2 pg 567-1147 pg 933 reel 21: Library of Virginia Archives Section

 

William Bartletts

John Taylors

1745 July 10: William Johnson 150 acs above the Little Mountains at the foot of a Piney Mt adj William Bartlett, John Taylor & Felpes line July 10, 1745 CPv5

little mountians.

Piney Mt

John Taylor

Felpes line

 

1748 Sept: Churchwardens St. George Parish on the S side of the River Po, on the S side of Johnstons race ground, S side a path by the glebe old field in the head of a br; adj Roger Cason, William Johnston, formerly Edward Pigg’s land & Harry Beverley Sep 1748 CPv5 Linda Starrs Research

Roger Cason,

formerly Edward Pigg’s land

Harry Beverley