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4. James JOHNSON the Elder1,4,8 was born before 1697. He died after 1787 at the age of 90.

The surname of the wife of James is not known. His children were Agnes d. ca 1802, Drury who married Hannah Clark, Sarah who married Stephen Sampson, James who married Rachel Haden, Mary who maried Bartholomew Turner, David who married Lucy Ellis, Isham who died before 1798, and Benjamin who married Martha Hughes. James died after 1787, indicating that he had lived longer than any of his brothers. He had land handed down to him by his father Michael. A deed of the son James dated 4 Jan 1757, states "part of a tract of land taken up by Michael Johnson, grandfather of said James Johnson" bounded by Tuckahoe Creek. [Goochland DB 7, p.140] This deed furnishes proof of the relationship of James as Michael's son and also proves Daniel as a son as Daniel had named James Johnson as a brother in his will.

Cavaliers & Pioneers, Vol. III
p.204 James Johnson, 400 acres (N.L.) Henrico Co. on N side of James River adj. Cha. Eavens; John Johnson; Joseph Woodson; & Benja. Woodson. 12 Jul 1718. PB 10, p.380
[First known patent - he was probably at least age 21.]
A patent by Charles Johnson [no known relationship] dated 28 Sep 1732 for 77 acres on Dover Mill Creek and Geneto Creek was bounded by Daniel Johnson, Henry Turner, George Floyd, Mrs. Finney, James Johnson & John Johnson. Daniel, James & John were all sons of Michael Johnson.
This patent was sold two years later to Benjamin Watkins.

VA PB 18, p.260
26 Mar 1739 James Johnson received a patent for 400 acres on branches of the Bird Creek next to Abraham Venable, Thomas Banks, and the Hanover Co line; this is likely an area that was incorporated by the formation of Albemarle Co in 1744, and Fluvanna in 1777. [See Albemarle deeds, later.]

Goochland DB 5, p. 55
29 Oct 1745 James Johnson to James Cocke for 8£. 55 acres on North side James near head of Col. John Boling's Mill Crk. South side main Road, Charles Evens former patent, corner to Wm Finney, Finney's line. Signed: James Johnson.
Wit: Wm Street, John Johnson, James Cocke Jr. Ack 19 Nov 1745.
Goochland DB 6, p.26
19 Sep 1749 James Cocke of Henrico for love & affection to James Cocke Junr, my son. All lands I bought of Wm & John Knight and of JAMES JOHNSON. 185 acres.

Connections of James Johnson the Elder to the family of Anthony HadenAlbemarle DB 1, p.270
13 May 1751 John Woody to John Howard of Hanover for 33£. 375 acres in Albermarle on branch of Bird Creek, corner to JAMES JOHNSON, on Frans. Baker, John Woody, James Johnson to 1st station. Granted to John Wood on 16 Sep 1740.
Wit: Arthur Hopkins, John Hopkins.
[Arthur Hopkins & his son John. Arthur was granted a tract of 2600 acres which he gave to his son Samuel who in turn sold it to John Haden, brother to Rachel Haden who married James Johnson "Jr". ]
p.341
26 Jun 1751 Richard Stockton, weaver, & Agnes his wife to Samuel Black. 150£. 400 acres both sides Stockton's Creek, Joel Terril's line. Wit: JAMES JOHNSTON, Thos. Reid
[Richard & Agnes' son, the Rev. Richard Stockton married Catherine Blakey, a granddaughter of Anthony Haden.]
Goochland DB 6, p.307.
20 Sep 1752 LW&T of Benjamin Watkins. James Johnson was to be one of the Executors. Wit: James Johnson, Isham Johnson & James Johnson Junior. Proved 18 Sep 1753.

Goochland DB 9, p.9
15 Oct 1765 James Johnson the Elder. Deed of gift to son David Johnson. 115 acres on branches of Jeneto Creek. One-third of 345 acres granted by patent adj Joseph Watkins & John Geurrants. Signed: James Johnson.
Wit: Joseph Pleasants, Amos (X) Ladd. Ack. 15 Oct 1765.
p.140
Apr 1768 James Johnson the Elder for natural affection to son Isham. 115 acres on Genetoe Creek. Granted by patent 12 Jul 1718. [400 acres adj. Charles Evans, next to his brother John and Benj & John Woodson - Henrico Co in 1718] Adj. John Haws??, James Cocke, to David Johnson's line. Signed: James Johnson
Wit: Matthew Vaughan, William Price, John Wade. Proved by the witnesses on 19 Apr 1768.
p.220
19 Jun 1769 James Johnson the Elder for love & affection to son Benjamin. Tract on Genetoe granted me 12 Jul 1718. Adj land of son Isham to whom I have formerly given same. Adj. David Johnson, Joseph Watkins, James Cocke. Signed: James Johson.
Wit: Isham Johnson, David Johnson, Jacob Johnson, Wm (W) Woodall, Bartholemew (X) Turner. Ack by James Johnson 21 Aug 1769.

12 Nov 1766 Albemarle DB 4, p.329 James Johnson the Elder ot Goochland to Thomas Pleasants. 200 acres in Albemarle on branches of Byrd Creek, 1/2 of 400 acres granted to James Johnson by patent, adj James Johnson Junr, Christopher Shepherd, Stephen Thomas Banks & the line dividing Albemarle & Louisa. Wit: John (x) Shepherd, Alexander Toney, Bishop (x) Toney, James Johnson. Proved by oaths of John Shepherd, Bishop Toney, & James Johnson Junr. 12 Mar 1767.
Oct 20 1777 Fluvanna Co Thomas Pleasant of Goochland sold to Jacob Johnson 200 acres in Fluvanna on branches of the Bryd, 1/2 of 400 acres patented to James Johnson the Elder of Goochland and by him conveyed to said Thomas Pleasants by deed, adj the lands of David Johnson Jr who is in possession of the other 200 acres, Christopher Shepherd, Thomas Banks, and the Louisa-Fluvanna Co line. Signed: Tho. Pleasants. Wit: Isham Johnson [Jacob's brother or uncle], Thomas Oliver, Edward McBride, Abram Parrish, David Nowlen, Turner Clarke, Clab (x) Johnson [Jacob's brother Clayborn]. Rec. 4 Nov 1779.
1 Jun 1784 Fluvanna DB 2, p.44 Jacob Johnson & Sarah his wife of Goochland and Claiborne Johnson of Chesterfield sell to Thomas Pleasants. 200 acres in Fluvanna on Byrd Crk, 1/2 of 400 acres granted to James Johnson the elder of Goochland.
Apparently David Johnson the younger also sold his 1/2 to Thomas Pleasants in 1789 & 1797. [This must be David, son of James Jr since his father had possession in 1766..]

James Johnson the elder is said to have died after 1787. He is said to be on the 1787 personal property tax list, but this could be a different James? He would have been at least 90.


James JOHNSON the Elder had the following children:

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Isham JOHNSON died on 22 September 1794 in Goochland County, Virginia.8

Goochland DB 9, p.140
Apr 1768 James Johnson the Elder for natural affection to son Isham. 115 acres on Genetoe Creek. Granted by patent 12 Jul 1718. [400 acres adj. Charles Evans, next to his brother John and Benj & John Woodson - Henrico Co in 1718] Adj. John Haws??, James Cocke, to David Johnson's line. Signed: James Johnson
Wit: Matthew Vaughan, William Price, John Wade. Proved by the witnesses on 19 Apr 1768.

Goochland DB 10, p.87
14 Feb 1770 Benjamin Watkins to Thomas Watkins. 75 acres on Geneto Creek. Joseph Watkins line. Wit: Isham Johnson, David Johnson, Benjamin JOhnson. Ack 17 Dec 1770.

Goochland Order Book 12, p.336
August Court 1773 Isham Johnson comes into court and undertakes the guardianship to the orphan children of James Johnson Jr, dec'd. Benjamin Johnson entered security for same.

13 Apr 1789. Isham Johnson to David Johnson Jr. 66 acres for 40 pounds. Described as land whereon Isham "now lives".
Goochland DB 15
13 Apr 1789 Isham Johnson of Goochland & David Johnson Jr of the same. 50 #'s. 66 acres wheron I live ….by ?Joseph Watkins on the South, by David ___ Senr on woutheast, by John Guerant & Thomas Watkins on the ____, to be laid off to the south end of my land. [very dark at bottom of page]
Signed: Isham Johnson
Wit: James Turner, Wm Underwood, William Johnson
Wit proved 20 Apr 1789

Goochland DB 16
4 Nov 1794 Joseph Woodson, James Cocke, Thos.Watkins And Thomas Watkins of Dolery or any three appraise estate of Isham Johnson dec'd.
1 horse, 5 hogs, 2 cows & 1 yearling, 22 head of hogs, cart, farm tools, 60 barrels corn, parcel of wheat, 25 #'s of feathers, etc. 1 man claimed by Agy Johnson as her property
David Johnson, Administrator.
Signed by Thos Watkins, James Cocks, Thos. Watkins

A 1795 Chancery Court Case file by Isham's brother David reveals that Isham was deceased. He obviously died without issue, although he was guardian for David, Nancy and Molly from 1772 and for the next seven years. It has been supposed these were a nephew & nieces, children of his brother James who married Mildred Mims, but this is not proved and various testimony indicates these children were older than those of James & Mildred and were more likely the children of James & Rachel Haden Johnson.

David Johnson, Senr, administrator of Isham maintained that Isham Johnson had signed property over to David Johnson Jr but then wrote a will that distribute the property differently
Agnes Johnson, sister to Isham, testified during the Chancery case that Isham died on 22 Sep in 1794 and was buried the following day. She denied any knowledge of a will. She was living with Isham at the time. She also claimed to have no knowledge of any guardianship papers in regard to David Johnson Jr.

David Johnson Jr. testified saying that he had given to David Johnson Sr the deeds signed by Isham and that he was not claiming any property. He also stated that in 1779 & 1780 he had made contracts with his sister and another sister's husband to settle a portion of his father's estate in return for their agreement to release Isham Johnson from any claims against as their guardian. David Jr knew of no will written by Isham Johnson. In return for his board, David Jr had labored for Isham without pay.

In the testimony of Jacob Johnson, son of Drury Johnson, dec'd, Jacob claimed that he had heard Isham say he did have a will in which he gave his land to James Johnson, son of David Johnson Sr, but he should give his land to David Sr. There was some indication that David Sr had offered Jacob a mare in return for his disposition. Probably David Johnson Sr had brought this suit in order to be sure his James received Isham Johnson's land. David Johnson Sr himself died before the suit was settled and Isham's estate was distributed to all the heirs.

In 1798, a sale of Isham Johnson's estate was reported to the court, David Johnson [Sr] was administrator. Purchasers included David Johnson Sr, Jacob Johnson [son of Drury, Isham's brother] William Johnson [probably a son of David Sr] and Agnes Johnson [Isham's unmarried sister].
There was a division of Isham's property on 20 Nov 1801, Goochland Deed Book 18, which divided his estate in seven parts among his siblings or their heirs. These were the representatives of [1] Mary Turner, late wife of Bartholomew Turner, sister, dec'd; [2] Drury Johnson dec'd, [3] James Johnson, dec'd, [4] David Johnson, dec'd; [5] Sarah Sampson, dec'd, late wife of Stephen Sampson; [6] Benjamin Johnson; [7] the claimants under the will of Agnes Johnson dec'd. Rec. 21 Jun 1802.


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Drury JOHNSON8 died before December 1783 in Goochland County, Virginia.8

Drury Johnson married Hannah Clark on 15 Oct 1751. He was deceased before 1784 when his widow married John Bradshaw.

Goochland DB 6, p.380
18 Jun 1754. Clayborn Rice to James George for 46#'s. Wit: Charles Rice, DRURY Johnson, John Mann Junr. Susanna, wife of Clayborn, relinquished.

Children were Jacob b. 1752, Jeanie b. 1754, Elijah b. 1756, Ann b. 1758, Clayborn b. 1760, Mary b. 1764, Sarah b. 1765, James b. 1768, Benjamin b. 1771, and Isham b. 1773.

Goochland DB 13
p.358 Inventory of Estate of Drewry Johnson dec'd 11 Dec 1783.. Jeffry Clarke, John Lewis, Joseph Lewis Jr.
Presented to Court 16 Feb 1784

p.363 I John Bradshaw being about to enter into matrimony with Hannah Johnson, widow of Drury Johnson dec'd. Make a marriage settlement on sd Hannah Johnson. One acres, part of tract whereon I now live and whereon I purpose to building a dwelling house twenty by sixteen with a shed. The whole of what she had at the time of the marriage. She is to have no other part of my estate. Signed: John (x) Bradshaw. Hannah (H) Johnson.
Wit: Tho Underwood, William Underwood, John Underwood
16 Feb 1784. Proved by oaths of Thomas & John Underwood

Goochland DB 14
p.317 18 Sep 1786 John Bradshaw & Hannah his wife to Archer Payne. 74#'s. Tract on waters of Beaverdam part of tract whereon Bradshaw & wife now dwell, 49 acres. Signed: Jno Branshaw (x)
Wit: Jno Meekie, Saml. J. Winston, Jno. C. Payne
Proved by Witnessess 18 Sep 1786


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Sarah JOHNSON8,9 was born (date unknown).

Married Stephen Sampson on 20 Sep 1753 in Goochland Co VA. She was deceased before the settlement of her brother Isham's estate in 1801.

Children were Sarah, Elizabeth, Ann, Judith, William, Jean, Stephen, James Johnson, and Martha.

Stephen Sampson's father was likely the Francis Samson whose will is records in Goochland DB 4, p.499. Dated 16 Jan 1739; probate 29 Mar 1745. "To my only son, Stephen Samson, 1 shilling." Names dau: Priscilla New, Anna Fuquay, Sarah Maxey, Judith Crouch, each 1 shilling. Remainder to wife [not named]. Exec: Wife & Stephen Samson. Wit: Joseph Fuquay, Nicholas Barbosa, Benjamin Strange.

Stephen's mother was Bridget Sampson. Her will is in Goochland DB 7, p.157. Dated 3 Mar 1757; probate 17 May 1757. Bequests to Richard Crouch, Judith Sampson, daughter of Stephen Sampson. John Maxy, Joseph Fuqua, William New, and Sampson Woodall each 1sh. Son Stephen Sampson all the remainder. Wit: Stoakes McCaul, Milner Redford, Samuel Smith Sampson.

However, there appears to be another Stephen Sampson who could have been the father as well - he could be a brother to the above Francis. His will is in DB 9, p.131. 17 Feb 1766; probate 15 Mar 1768. His wife was Mary. Sons Stephen, Charles & Richard; daughter Elizabeth. Exec: Wife Mary, Son Charles, William Maddox & Thomas Pleasants. Wit: Thos. Pleasants, Edward Redford & Robert Pleasants. His son Charles' will is in DB 11, p.79. Written 1 Nov 1775, probate 19 Feb 1776. Son Archibald - land purchased of David Walker & 400 acres on Randolph Crk in Buckingham Co inherited in right of wife Ann in the will of Thomas Porter dec'd of Cumberland Co which remains undivided. Wife Ann is pregnant. Daughter Elizabeth Barbara Sampson. Exec: John Guerrant, Thomas Hatcher & brother Stephen Sampson. Wit: Alexander Fowler, Richard Sampson, and John Woodson.

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David JOHNSON8 died in 1799 in Goochland County, Virginia.8

David Johnson married Lucy Ellis of Henrico Co on 13 Apr 1762 in Goochland. Their children were Sarah b. 1763, Ann b. 1764, William b. 1767, Susannah b. 1769, James b. 1772, Lucy b. 1774, David b. 1777, and Betty Ware Johnson.

Goochland DB 9, p.9
15 Oct 1765 James Johnson the Elder. Deed of gift to son David Johnson. 115 acres on branches of Jeneto Creek. One-third of 345 acres granted by patent adj Joseph Watkins & John Geurrants. Signed: James Johnson.
Wit: Joseph Pleasants, Amos (X) Ladd. Ack. 15 Oct 1765.
Goochland DB 10, p.87
14 Feb 1770 Benjamin Watkins to Thomas Watkins. 75 acres on Geneto Creek. Joseph Watkins line. Wit: Isham Johnson, David Johnson, Benjamin Johnson. Ack 17 Dec 1770.


David was administrator of his brother Isham's estate, but died himself before 16 Dec 1799 when the court ordered an appraisal of his estate. William Johnson, probably his son, was appointed administrator.

25 Nov 1801, Goochland Co. William Johnson, as admr of David Johnson dec'd and sd William, David, James, Lucy, Suckey, and Betsy Johnson, all distributees of the estate of David Johnson, dec'd were summoned to appear in court as heirs of Isham Johnson to answer a complaint against them by their uncle Benjamin Johnson.

In 1802 a suit was filed in Chancery by David Johnson's heirs. David's 131 acres on the Geneto was sold by Daniel Guerrant, Daniel Johnson & Joseph Watkins. Goochland DB 18, p.16-18

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Mary JOHNSON8 was born (date unknown).

Married Bartholomew Turner in 1763 in Goochland Co VA. She was deceased by the time of her brother Isham's estate settlement in 1801. Children were James, Charles, Reuben, Henry, John, Pleasant, and William Turner as named in a summons dated 25 Nov 1801.

Goochland DB 7, p.96
10 Feb 1756 Bartholomew Turner of St. James Northam to the Body of People called Quakers in Virginia. One acre of land part of tract whereon I now live by Benjamin Watkins Sen. & James Turner, dec'd, being called by the name of Geneto Meetinghouse Land. Signed: Bartholomew (X) Turner.
Wit: William Johnson, Joseph Johnson, James Johnson. Ack. 15 Jun 1756.

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Benjamin JOHNSON8 was born (date unknown).

Goochland DB 8, p.66
21 Aug 1759 Anne Mitchel & Nathaniel Massie of New Kent, executrix & executor of David Massie dec'd & Benjamin Mitchell of Goochland who has married sd Anne. To William Parrish. 400 acres BENJAMIN JOHNSON"s corner, line of Mr. Abrham Venable, branches of Byrd Crk. Granted to Charles Massie Junr by patent 12 Mar 1739. Signed: Nathl. Massie, Benj Mitchel. Wit: George Payne Junr, John Moseley, Wm Perkins, Ack. 19 Feb 1760; Ann relinquished dower.
[Only James the Elder is known to have had land that bordered Abrahm Venable on branches of the Byrd in what is now Fluvanna Co]
Goochland DB 9, p.220
19 Jun 1769 James Johnson the Elder for love & affection to son Benjamin. Tract on Genetoe granted me 12 Jul 1718. Adj land of son Isham to whom I have formerly given same. Adj. David Johnson, Joseph Watkins, James Cocke. Signed: James Johson.
Wit: Isham Johnson, David Johnson, Jacob Johnson, Wm (W) Woodall, Bartholemew (X) Turner. Ack by James Johnson 21 Aug 1769.
Goochland DB 10, p.87
14 Feb 1770 Benjamin Watkins to Thomas Watkins. 75 acres on Geneto Creek. Joseph Watkins line. Wit: Isham Johnson, David Johnson, Benjamin JOhnson. Ack 17 Dec 1770.

1784 Benjamin Johnson sold to Joseph Watkins, 131 acres exepting the burying ground in Goochland Co on branches of Genetoe Creek.

Benjamin was the last living sibling and the only one still living when Isham's estate was settled in 1801. There was a Benjamin Johnson who died in Goochland in 1813. Benjamin married Martha Hughes in 1766. Their children were Thomas, Jean, Mary, Frances Anderson, Benjamin, Isham, and Charity.

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Agnes JOHNSON8,10 died before January 1799 in Louisa County, Virginia.

4 Nov 1794 Joseph Woodson, James Cocke, Thos.Watkins And Thomas Watkins of Dolery or any three appraise estate of Isham Johnson dec'd.
1 horse, 5 hogs, 2 cows & 1 yearling, 22 head of hogs, cart, farm tools, 60 barrels corn, parcel of wheat, 25 #'s of feathers, etc. 1 man claimed by Agy Johnson as her property
David Johnson, Administrator
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Signed by Thos Watkins, James Cocks, Thos. Watkins


Agnes left a will dated 11 Dec 1798 in Louisa County which left bequests to Jacob Johnson's daughter Agnes and to John Price. Her brother Drury had a son Jacob whose daughter was Agnes. John Price was Executor. Witnesses were David Johnson, William Johnson and Nancy Johnson. Probate was 14 Jan 1799.
[The witnesses appear to be David Johnson, brother of Mary Johnson who was John Price's wife. Nancy Johnson was probably Mary's sister Ann who had married William Johnson.
p.138 WB 4, p.73 Agnes Johnson. To Jacob Johnson's dau Agnes. To John Price. John Price, Executor. 11 Dec 1798. Signed: Agnes Johnson. Wit: David Johnson, William Johnson, Nancy Johnson. Rec. 14 Jan 1799

John Price had married Mary Johnson [parentage disputed but probably a daugher of James Johnson & Rachel Haden and a niece of Agnes] and a Chancery Court Case filed in 1795 stated that Agnes and lived and died in his [John Price's] home - when the case began Agnes was living so it obviously continued for several years. The witnesses David & Nancy Johnson may have been siblings of John Price's wife.

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James JOHNSON.