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16. JOSEPH JOHNSON6 was born about 1724.1 He died before 19 November 1781 at the age of 57 in Goochland County, Virginia.1

Inherited part of home plantation from his father - both sides Mill Creek. [Dover Mill Creek]

More than one Joseph Johnson lived on Dover Mill Creek. This Joseph son of John & Mary Pledge was devised 200 acres by his father on Dover Mill Creek. Joseph Johnson the son of Michael also lived on Dover Mill Creek until he left for Lunenburg Co about 1747.

Probably married circa 1750.
Goochland DB 7, p.116
18 Sep 1756 William Stamps to Margaret Hubbard. 100 acres South side Dover Mill Creek. Bounded near Johnson's Spring, line between JOSEPH JOHNSON & said Stamps to corner tree bet William Miller & William Stamps. Part of tract whereon Stamps now lives. Wit: Sherwood Harris, William Woodlow, William Johnson, James Mayo. Ack 21 Sep 1756.
[This tract appears to be near Johnson's Spring Branch, which belonged to James Johnson, son of Charles and also Joseph Johnson, son of John & Mary Pledge Johnson. There is no known relationship between the two families.]
Goochland DB 8, p.22
11 May 1759 William Stamps to Robert Burton. 300 acres for 290£. North side James River bounded by William Miller, Thomas Hubbard, JOSEPH JOHNSON & Philip Webber. Signed: William Stamps. Wit: John Brent, Charles Hunt, William Pay. Wm Stamps ack. 17 Jul 1759. Eleanor, wife, relinquished dower.

Goochland DB 8, p.331
1 Mar 1763. Joseph Johnson to John Guerrant for 191£. Land whereson the said Johnson now lives containing 200 acres, part of tract granted by patent to John Johnson, dec'd and by him devised to Joseph Johnson. Bounded by James Johnson, William ?Haws, John Johnson, Benj. Watkins, on Dover Mill Creek.
Wit: Thomas Binford, Joseph Mason, William Hodges, David Johnson
Signed: Joseph Johnson.
Rec. 17 May 1763 Mary Johnson, mother of sd Joseph, and Sarah his wife relinquished dower.

Fluvanna DB 1, p.4
1777 Joseph Johnson to John Johnson, son of sd Joseph. Tract of about 100 acres bounded by Jacob Laine, Daniel Young, on Rattlesnake Run. Signed: Joseph Johnson
Wit: Abram Parish, James (X) Martin, John (X) Martin. Rec. 7 Aug 1777

Goochland DB 12, p.178
21 Aug 1778 Joseph Johnson & Sarah his wife to Thomas Martin of Fluvanna for 190£ - 106 acres bounded by the Byrd Creek, John Johnson, Jacob Laine, John Gilbert, Turner Anderson, Samuel Richardson.
Wit: Jos. Haden, John Martin, John Gilbert, Ralph (x) Banks
Signed: Joseph Johnson, Sarah Johnson.
15 Mar 1779 Joseph Johnson ack deed.
p.34 To William Holmes, Nathl. Massie & John Hopkins, Gentlemen Justices of the Peace. Any two of you go to Sarah the wife of Johnson and privately examine her.
18 Dec 4th year of our Commonwealth.
Rec'd of Thomas Martin, 190£. Signed: Joseph Johnson.
Same witnesses as for deed.
15 Mar 1779 Joseph Johnson acknowledged the deed
Same day, John Hopkins & Nathl Massie privately examined Sarah, wife of Joseph Johnson and she relinquished.
20 Mar 1780. Presented in court, ordered recorded

Will at Goochland Co VA. Names beloved wife Sarah - all estate to support and raise and educate my young children Daughter Mary Cock; son John Johnson; dau ANN HADEN each 5 shillings sterling. Four youngest, Benjamin Johnson, Joannah Moss, Thomas Johnson, Patsy Johnson to share the whole estate after their Mother's decease or 2nd marriage. William Price, son Benjamin & wife Sarah Executors.
Wit: David Shelton, John Williamson, William Haley. Proved 19 Nov 1781 by Williamson & Haley and ordered recorded. DB 13, p.152-3.

Joseph's undated will was probated on Nov.19, 1781 when he was probably in his sixties. His daughter Joannah is called Joannah Moss and, since she married Nathaniel Moss on Dec. 31, 1780, it is obvious that her father wrote his will after that date. The complete text is as follows:
In the name of God Amen. I Joseph Johnson being sick in body, bit in my perfect senses and sound Memory do make this my last will & testament
First, I bequeath my soul to God that gave it & my body to be buryed in a Christian like manner at the discretion of my Executors and as touching Such Estate as it has been please to God to bless me with in this life, I dispose of in manner following after my Just debts being first paid.
Viz. I lend to my beloved wife Sarah all my Estate both real and personal during her natural or second Marriage which may first happen to support and raise and Educate my young children on & at her decease
Item I give to my daughter Mary Cock five Shillings sterling
Item. I give to my son John Johnson five shillings sterling
Item. I likewise give to my Daughter Ann Haden five shillings Sterling
Item. I give my whole Estate both real & personal to my four youngest children Benjamin Johnson, Joannah Moss, & Thomas Johnson & Patsey Johnson to them & their Heirs forever after their Mother's decease or second marriage which may first happen to be equally divided amongst them. Except a horse colt and saddle which I singularly give to my son Thomas Johnson besides his equal part with my other three youngest Children . my desire is that none of my slaves should be sold but that my children may make out one amongst another with out selling them and if one of my four youngest Children should die without heirs my will and desire is that his her their parts shall be equally divided amongst them that are living of my four youngest children before mentioned, Benjamin, Joanah, Thomas & Patsey or such of them as may be living. I appoint William Price & my son Benjamin & my wife Sarah Executors to my last William & Testament
Signed and delivered in the presence of David Shelton, John Williamson, William Haley.
Signed: Joseph Johnson
At a Court held for Goochland County Nov. 19th, 1781. This writing was presented in court, proved by the oaths of John Williamson and William Haley to be the last Will and testament of Joseph Johnson dec. and ordered to be recorded. Then on the motion of Benjamin Johnson one of the executors herein named who made oath according to law and together with Peter Parrish and Barret Farrar his securities entered into bond conditioned as the law requites. Probate hereof was granted him in due form. (DB#13, 152)

In 1782, the tax list in District #6 in the western part of the county shows a Sarah Johnson with three slaves, but no Joseph Johnson. No Josephs are listed until 1787 and that Joseph is described as "son of James". [Personal property]

From Bonnie Flythe
I just got the land Tax book for Goochland co. For most years the listings are in alphabetical order per district. However, 1782 lists are not. The list seems to be of neighbors in a particular area. Here is a part of the list:
Stephen G. Letcher, Moses Parish, Harrison Harris, Mary Hix, Meshick Hix, Daniel Powers, Francis Clarke for Mr. Douglass, Estate Joseph Johnson (for ditto) , Samuel Powel, Cornelius Towler,............
So Joseph and Sarah were probably living near a Harrison Harris. Perhaps he was Sarah's brother? Father? or some other sort of relative.
From other tax records, Rev. William Douglass seems to have acted as some sort of Executor or administrator of Joseph's estate.

JOSEPH JOHNSON and SARAH HARRIS were married.1,11 SARAH HARRIS1 was born (date unknown).

This was thought to possibly be this Sarah:
Goochland Co. Order Book VI 1745-1748
Harris chooses guardian. Sarah Harris orphan of John Harris deceased comes into court and chooses Wade Netherland Gent. her guardian who accepts the charge Tarlton Fleming Gent. enters himself Security for the same.
but a later record:
Marriage Bond of Joseph Freeman & Sarah Harris, 26 Nov 1750. Surety: John Netherland. Consent dated 24 Nov 1750: Wade Netherland guardian for Sarah. Teste: John Woodson, William Barley

Another Sarah Harris, Sarah Hawkins or Hankins Harris, married Daniel Mosby about 1762. She was the daughter of William Lee Harris and Mary Netherland.

That would seem to place at least three Sarah Harrises of almost the same age living near each other.

Sarah Johnson survived her husband; she was apparently listed on the Goochland Tax list of 1782, but not after that year. [Bonnie Flythe]

JOSEPH JOHNSON and SARAH HARRIS had the following children:



Mary JOHNSON1,12 was born in Goochland County, Virginia.1

Mary listed as Mary Cock in father's will, 1781. She married Benjamin Cocke on 23 Jun 1768 per Douglas Register. Probably born about 1753.



John JOHNSON12 was born in Goochland County, Virginia.1

John was named in father's Will. Probably born abt 1755 before the Rev. Douglas was keeping his Register. Thought to be the John Johnson who married Judith Martin.
Jo. Johnson & Judith Martin, a son David Harris Johnson. b. 10 Dec 1779 & baptized 23 Oct 1781.
John Johnson & Molly Martin, child Judith Martin b. 27 Jan 1782, baptized 24 Nov 1782. [Apparently some confusion regarding name of wife and baby daughter.]
Fluvanna DB 1, p.4
1777 Joseph Johnson to John Johnson, son of sd Joseph. Tract of about 100 acres bounded by Jacob Laine, Daniel Young, on Rattlesnake Run. Signed: Joseph Johnson
Wit: Abram Parish, James (X) Martin, John (X) Martin. Rec. 7 Aug 1777
31 Mar 1783. John & Judith Johnson of Goochland sold 100 acres in Fluvanna Co to John Gill. Land on northern branches of Great Byrd Creek whereon John Gill now lives, joining land of Jacob Layne, Thomas Martin, Samuel Richardson & Alexander Toney.
Signed: John Johnson, Judith (+) Johnson
Wit: William Barnard, Samuel Richardson, JOSEPH HADEN
This was land given to John in a Fluvanna deed of gift from his father in 1777.

In 1783, John & Judith also sold 100 acres on branches of the Little Bird to Charles Goodman. They may have been moving. [Bonnie Flythe, research paper of 14 Dec 2003]






David JOHNSON12 was born on 13 August 1760 in Goochland County, Virginia.1,13 He died in August 1761 at the age of 1.

Baptized 12 Jul 1761. Not named in Will - died young perhaps.
buried Aug 1761 ...burial is recorded in The Douglas Register.

Others think he was the Benjamin named in the Will of his father and have justified this by calling him "David Benjamin". The other children do not have extra given names and I doubt this premise.



Benjamin JOHNSON14 was born about 1764 in Goochland County, Virginia.1

Named in father's will.

Benjamin son of Joseph Johnson married Anna Norvell, dau of James Norvel on 1 Sep 1779. John Johnson, Sec. Wit: William Haden, his brother-in-law.
Marriage said to be referenced in "Marriage Bonds in Goochland County", William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine, Vol. 7, No. 2 (Oct 1898), p. 98f Joseph Johnson's letter of consent to son's marriage & James Norvell's letter of consent to daughter's marriage. [This reference does not have the Witness listed, but does have Security & letters of consent.]

Benjamin is said to be this man in the 1840 Maury Co TN census. Said to have died there, 1846.
Benj. Johnson, 1 male age 15-20, 1 male age 70-80 [correct age for Benjamin]
1 female, age 80-90

He was there in Maury Co in 1830:
Benjamin Johnston: 1m 60-70. 1f 20-30, 1f 70-80.

DNA testing has proved that a descendant of Benjamin is also a descendant of Michael Johnson, his great-grandfather, effectively proving that this lineage is correct.

Maury County, Tennessee, Will Book A, Volume 2, pages 474-475
Dated: March 14, 1846 State of Tennessee Maury County
I Benjamin Johnson of County and State aforesaid do make and publish this my last will and Testament hereby revoking and annulling and making void all other Wills by me at any time made First It is my Will that my funeral expenses and all just debts against me be paid out of any money by me left or that may hereafter come into the hands of my Executor Second To my Son Norvell Johnson I give the tract of land bought by me of David Wendall and known as the Wendall tract lying in Maury County known as Turkey Creek containing about two hundred and sixty acres Also one other tract of land adjoining the above it being the land bought by me from Thomas Pruell/Powell/Pursell [?] containing ninety five acres Also one Negro man named Fleming one other Negro man named Peter and Laura [?] Peter’s wife. Third To my daughter Mary Thurmond I give the tract of land on which I now live also the tract of land on which my said Daughter Mary lives also one Negro Girl about thirteen years old She being the Girl that is now in the possession of my said Daughter Mary Fourth The above property is specially given to my Son Norvell and my Daughter Mary It is my will that all the balance of my estate be divided into six equal portions and divided between my Son Norvell and Daughter Mary and the heirs of my four deceased Sons and Daughters Lastly I do hereby nominate and appoint my Son Norvell Johnson and Wm Williams my Executors In witness whereof I as to this my will Set my hand and Seal this the 14th day of March 1846 Benjamin Johnson Signed Sealed and published n our presence and we have subscribed our names hereto in the presence of the Testator this 14 day of March 1846 Test J A R____ [?] Jurat






Thomas JOHNSON was born on 2 December 1767 in Goochland County, Virginia.1,13

Thomas was Baptized 14 May 1768, same day as sister Joanna.

Possible marriage for Thomas Johnson.
22 March 1787. Thomas Johnson and Judith Peers. sur. Benjamin Johnson, Jr., Married 7 April by Rev. Reuben Ford.



Patsy JOHNSON was born about 1769 in Goochland County, Virginia.1

"Patsy", maybe Martha, was named in father's will. She married Daniel McCary on 25 Dec 1792; Thomas Martin was security.