From the files of Stephen M. Lawson
John and Alice Watson
For additional information, refer to the extensive notes on
the family and descendants of John and Alice WATSON posted on
the WATSON Forum in
messages 4499 through 4502 by Jean Blackmon, based on records
abstracted and compiled by Benjamin B. Weisiger III.
John WATSON - b. 1648; d. between Aug 1702 and Feb 1705/6,
Henrico Co., VA.
Bequests from the Will of John Watson
Dated Jul. 30, 1702 and recorded Feb. 1, 1705/6, Henrico Co.,
To wife Alice, the land I live on called
"Cowtale Quartter" and if she die, her share to my
son John, the whole being 478 acres, as by patent. If she marry,
all to be divided between wife Alice and sons John, Joseph, and
Benjamin, but the part with the house to Benjamin.
To son John, one half the plantation I live
on, and also to him 100 acres, part of a tract of 195 acres,
on the east side of the north branch of Upham Brook, part of
a greater tract taken up by James More; and if he die, to his
To son Joseph, 400 acres on Chickahominy Swamp,
part of a greater tract bought of Thomas Cocke, Sr.; also 200
acres on south side of Chickahominy Swamp, part of a greater
patent of 480 acres 21 April 1690, to adjoin land he lives on.
To son Benjamin, plantation I live on, after
the death of my wife, being one half of 478 acres; also 50 acres
on the south side of Chickahominy Swamp, at a place called Upham
Brook; also 95 acres on the east side of the northern branch
of Upham Brook, part of a greater tract of 195 acres; also 280
acres on south side of Chickahominy Swamp, part of the greater
tract of 480 acres.
To daughter Sarah, wife of Michael Johnson,
My Indian boy Peter to be set free at 36 years
of age. All other good and chattels to wife Alice, and she to
be sole executrix.
Wit: Ben Hatcher, Ben Hatcher, Jr., James Young, C. Evans
Alice - b. 1633. Widow of Henry ROWAN, and mother of
Francis ROWEN (b. 1667) and Mary ROWEN, who married before 1686
Children of John and Alice Watson
- Joseph - d. 1752, Henrico Co., VA. His will was written in
1751 in Henrico Co., VA, naming his wife and three children.
Married Ann. Children of Joseph and Ann WATSON: John married
Mary; Martha married Mr. BELL; and Lucy married Thomas JONES.
- Benjamin - d. Mar. 1715, Henrico Co., VA. His will was dated
Mar. 16, 1715 and recorded Apr. 4, 1715, naming his two children.
Married Agnes 'Aggy' ALLEN, likely the sister of William ALLEN.
Aggy married second Robert MOSBY. Children of Benjamin and Aggy
WATSON: John; and Judith.
- John - d. about 1750, Henrico Co., VA. His will was written
in 1749 and recorded Apr. 2, 1750. Daughter Susanna married,
as his second wife, Col. Robert BOLLING, son of Maj. John BOLLING
and Elizabeth BLAIR, he first married Mary BURTON. Col. BOLLING,
a descendant of John ROLFE and Pocahontas, became the step-son
of Richard BLAND, who was connected to the JEFFERSON, LEE, MARSHALL
AND WASHINGTON families. John WATSON married Mrs. Martha HINDS.
Martha was the mother of Mary HINDS (b. Oct. 23, 1744) by her
first marriage. Martha married third Elisha MILLER. Children
of John and Mary WATSON: Susanna married Col. Robert BOLLING;
and Elizabeth married George SEATON.
- Sarah - d. before Jan. 19, 1756,
Goochland Co., VA. Married Michael JOHNSON.
Matthew and Ellinner Hutcheson
Matthew HUTCHESON - d. about Jun. 1750, Goochland Co.,
VA. His will dated
Mar. 13, 1749/50 and proved Jun 19, 1750 (Goochland County, Deed
Book 6, page 75) names his wife, five children and son-in-law
Ellinner - d. after Mar. 1749. Named as wife in will
of her husband, and probably the mother of their five children.
The children are listed here with available birth dates as found
in the papers of Joseph CARPENTER of Rutherford Co., NC and published
in Counting Kindred, by E. E. and M. L. Deppen (Sinking
Spring, PA 1940), page 267.
Children of Matthew and Ellinner Hutcheson
- Elizabeth - b. about 1731, Goochland
Co., VA. Married William JOHNSON.
- Hannah - b. May 17, 1734, Goochland Co., VA. Married Dec.
25, 1753, Goochland Co., VA Jos. CLARK.
- Matthew - b. Jul. 3, 1737, Goochland Co., VA. An indenture
dated Dec. 18, 1750, between William JOHNSON, executor of the
estate of Matthew HUTCHESON, Sr., places Matthew as a carpenter
apprentice to James HUGHES of Goochland Co., VA until the age
- David - b. Feb. 5, 1741 (twin), Goochland Co., VA. Administrator
of the estate of William JOHNSON of Charlotte Co., VA.
- William - b. Feb. 5, 1741 (twin), Goochland Co., VA. Note
that another reading of the birth month of the twins David and
William gives the month as ending in "ber."
Johnson Family Research
The early JOHNSON lineage is not fully established. At present,
it seems certain that William JOHNSON, who married Elizabeth
HUTCHESON, was the son of Daniel JOHNSON and his wife Agnes.
The father Daniel JOHNSON was probably Michael JOHNSON. His grandfather
is unknown. A number of publications identify Michael as the
son of Edward JOHNSON and Elizabeth WALKER, and grandson of Dr.
Arthur JOHNSON and Barbara GORDON. See especially The Ancestry
of William and John Johnston, by Dr. Lorand V. Johnson (Shaker
Heights, OH 1977), in which Dr. Johnson inconsistently places
Michael JOHNSON as a son of Edward JOHNSON, and without specific
evidence. Discussion of the relative merits of Dr. Johnson's
presentation of the JOHNSTON genealogy will be left to others.
Many exchanges of opinions and research have been made available
Special thanks to cousin Harold E. Johnson for his extensive
research of land and other records concerning the JOHNSON family.
He has graciously shared his discoveries, and they form the foundation
for all of the ancestry presented here for Daniel JOHNSON of
Rutherford Co., NC.
Early records of William Johnson and Daniel
- 1646 Apr 23 - Richard Moore and William Welton patent 250a.
in Upper Norfolk Co. for transportation of Wm Johnson, Danll
Johnson, Richard Moore, James Daley and Thomas Moore.
- 1653 - Oliver Segar patents land in Lancaster Co. upon head
of Coxes Creek, adj. William Johnson and Daniel Johnson.
- 1653 Mar 12 - William Johnson pattents 550a. in Henrico Co.
on north side of Harrahadocks (James River), adj. Captn Edloe.
- 1685 Apr 1 - Edward Hatcher sells 300 a. in Varina Parish,
Henrico Co. on north side of James River, with witnesses Jno.
Woodson and Will Johnson.
- 1689 Apr 20 - Daniel Johnson patents 391a. in Varina Parish,
Henrico Co. on north side of James River, adj. Joshua Stapp.
- 1736 Jun 5 - John Gun patents 717a. in Henrico Co. on north
side of James River, "including 391 acres part formerly
granted to Daniel Johnson.
Records pertaining to the Michael Johnson
- 1699 May 16 - Daniell son of Michael Johnson bapt. St. Peter's
- 1705 Feb 12 - Anne Daughter of Michael Johnson baptised.
St. Peter's Parish.
- 1707 Oct 12 - Sarah Daughter of Michael Johnson Bapt. St.
- 1708 Apr 2 - Agnes Daughter of Michael Johnson baptised.
St. Peter's Parish.
- 1714 Dec 15 - Thomas Mims records 500a. in Henrico Co. on
south side of Tuccahoe, adj. Wm. Burton, Benja Woosdson and Michael
- 1717 Jan 22 - Michael Johnson records 500a. in Henrico Co.,
on south side of Tuckahoe, adj. Benja. Harrison, John Woodson
and Thomas Mims.
- 1718 Jul 12 - John Johnson records 400a. in Henrico Co. on
north side of James River, adj. Cha. Eavens, James Johnson and
- 1718 Jul 12 - James Johnson records 400a in Henrico Co. on
north side of James River, adj. Cha. Eavns, John Johnson, Joseph
Woodson, and Benja. Woodson.
- 1719 Aug 22 - Michael Johnson estate inventory taken in Henrico
- 1719 Oct 5 - Michael Johnson estate inventory recorded in
Henrico Co. Court by John Johnson and James Johnson.
- 1756 Jan 19 - Isaac Johnson of Lunenburg Co. deeds 150a.
to John Johnson of Goochland Co. on the south side of "Tuckahoe
Creek. Except the graveyard where Michael Johnson, his wife and
child is buried." Land bounded by that of Benj. Johnson
decd, Daniel Johnson decd, John Johnson decd, and Moses Brumfield.
- 1757 Jan 4 - James Johnson and Mildred, his wife, deeds 200a.
to William Harves and Tabitha, his wife, "being part of
a tract of land taken up by Michael Johnson, grandfather of said
James Johnson bounded by Tuckahoe Creek."
- 1759 Oct 13 - Joseph Johnson of Lunenburg Co. deeds 200 acres
to John Laprade of Goochland Co. on Dover Mill Creek, adj. Robert
Burton, John Barnett, and Daniel Johnson, "having been willed
to the said Joseph Johnson by his father Michael Johnson."
- 1763 Jan 15 - Benjamin Johnson [Jr.], John Barnett and Agness
Barnett deed 150a. to Elisah Leek of Goochland Co. on Tuckahoe
Creek, adj. Benjamin Woodson, William Webber, John Laprade and
Moses Brumfield. Witnesses were Benjamin Woodson, Jr., William
Hodges, Joseph Johnson and John Johnson.
Michael and Sarah Johnson
Michael JOHNSON - d. before Aug. 22, 1719, Henrico Co.,
VA. His parents have not been satisfactorily identified, but he
was possibly the brother of William JOHNSON and Daniel JOHNSON,
whose land records place them in the same era and location. The
inclusion of three daughters of Michael here and the baptism date
of son Daniel rests on the conjecture that Michael JOHNSON of
Henrico (Goochland) Co., VA is the same Michael JOHNSON who had
these children baptised in New Kent Co., VA.
Sarah - d. before Jan. 19, 1756, Goochland Co., VA.
A deed of land executed on Jan. 19, 1756 by son Isaac includes
the clause "Except the graveyard where Michael Johnson, his
wife and child is buried." The names and order of the children
of Michael and Sarah are subject to correction. Daughter of John WATSON and Alice.
Children of Michael and Sarah
- Daniel - bap. May 16, 1699, St.
Peter's Par., New Kent Co., VA; d. about Feb. 1754, Goochland
Co., VA. Daniel's will names brother James. Daniel's nephew James
JOHNSON, Jr., executed a deed in 1757 identifying the father
of James JOHNSON, Sr. (and brother Daniel JOHNSON) as Michael
- John - d. about 1750, Goochland Co., VA. John's will
was dated Jul. 30, 1750 in Goochland Co., VA and names his wife,
children and brothers Isaac and Stephen Benjamin. [Note that
his recorded will has a date of Jul. 30, 1750 and a recrded date
of Feb. 19, 1750 - it is likely that either the will date should
be Jan. 30, 1750 or the recorded date should be Feb. 19, 1751.]
Married Mary PLEDGE, daughter of John PLEDGE. The Nov. 22, 1750
will of John PLEDGE names daughters Agnes PLEDGE, Martha PLEDGE,
Judith, Ann PLEDGE, and "Mary now wife of John JOHNSON."
Children of John and Mary JOHNSON: Daniel; John; Joseph married
Sarah HARRIS; James; and Mildred.
- James - Witnessed to the will of his brother John JOHNSON.
A Jan. 4, 1757 deed for 200a. by son James JOHNSON and his wife
Mildred is for "part of a tract of land taken up by Michael
Johnson, grandfather of said James Johnson bounded by Tuckahoe
Creek." Children: Agnes; Drury married Hannah CLARK; Sarah
married Stephen SAMPSON; James married Midlred MIMS; Mary married
Bartholomew TURNER; David married Lucy ELLIA; Isham; and Benjamin
married Martha HUGHES.
- Isaac - Patented 400a. in Brunswick (later Lunenburg) Co.,
VA in 1747 with brother Joseph JOHNSON. Isaac patented an additional
400a. in 1755 in Lunenburg Co., VA, adjacent to the earlier patent.
In 1756, Isaac deeded 150 acres of land, "Except the graveyard
where Michael Johnson, his wife and child is buried." This
deed also states that the land was bounded in part by land of
Daniel JOHNSON, John JOHNSON and Benjamin JOHNSON, all of whom
were deceased. Married Mary, whose relinquished her dower rights
in the 1756 deed. Children of Isaac and Mary JOHNSON: Joshua
married; John married Ermine; and Michael married Susannah HALEY.
- Anne - bap. Feb. 12, 1705, St. Peter's Par., New Kent Co.,
- Sarah - bap. Oct. 12, 1707, St. Peter's Par., New Kent Co.,
- Agnes - bap. Apr. 2, 1708, St. Peter's Par., New Kent Co.,
- Joseph - d. before Mar. 3, 1761, Lunenburg Co., VA. in 1759,
Joseph deeded 200a. of land in Goochland Co. that had been "willed
to the said Joseph Johnson by his father Michael Johnson."
His will was recorded Mar. 3, 1761 in Lunenburg Co., VA, naming
his wife and children. Married Mary. Children of Joseph and Mary
JOHNSON: Michael; Isaac married first Ann, and second Rebekah
BOWEN; Sarah married Peter WOMACK; Mary married Jerrel WILLINGHAM;
David; Ann married Stephen WOOD; Joseph; Susannah married Peter
HUDSON; Elizabeth married Josiah FOSTER; Isley (daughter) married
Drury MELONE; and Charity.
- Stephen Benjamin - d. before Aug. 21, 1744, Goochland Co.,
VA. Benjamin's estate inventory is dated Aug. 21, 1744. The 1756
deed executed by brother Isaac mentions Benjamin JOHNSON as deceased.
In 1763, Benjamin JOHNSON, Jr, and John BARNETT and wife Agness
deeded 150a. in Goochland Co. on Tuckahoe Creek. Children: Banjamin;
and Agnes married John BARNETT.
Daniel and Agnes Johnson
Daniel JOHNSON - bap. May 16, 1699, St. Peter's Par.,
New Kent Co., VA; d. about Feb. 1754, Goochland Co., VA. Son of
Michael Johnson and Sarah WATSON. His
will was dated Jan.
25, 1754 in Goochland Co., VA, and names his wife, children and
brother James. Executors were brother James JOHNSON, and sons
William JOHNSON and John JOHNSON, and the will was witnessed by
brothers James and Joseph JOHNSON, and Moses BRUMFIELD. Further
evidence is desired concerning his relationship to the other JOHNSONs
of Goochland Co., VA. is being gathered. It is very likely that
Daniel and Agnes had additional children other than those named
in his will. It is probable that Daniel and Agnes were married
about 1720, his brother John being married before Nov. 1720.
Agnes - Their children are given in the order they appear
in their father's will.
Children of Daniel and Agnes
- William -
- John -
- Usly - Married Mr. WOOD.
William and Elizabeth (Hutcheson) Johnson
William JOHNSON - d. Charlotte Co., VA. Son of Daniel
JOHNSON and Agnes. Named as son-in-law in the 1749 will of
Matthew HUTCHESON. Rev. William Douglas arrived in Goochland Co.,
VA in Dec. of 1750, but did not begin his Register until "the
year 1756 when I got this book." The sometimes noted marriage
date of Oct. 9, 1756 is without doubt a mis-reading of The Douglas
Register which records that date in a section headed "Marriages
Not Recorded By Rev. Wm. Douglas, But Indicated by the Birth Registry.
Date here given, unless otherwise specified, is birth date of
first child shown in this register." A note in family papers
states that David HUTCHESON was the administrator of the estate
of his brother-in-law William JOHNSON of Charlotte Co., VA. William
JOHNSON sold his inherited lands in Goochland County in 1761 and
removed to Lunenburg Co., VA. Married before 1748, Goochland Co.,
Elizabeth HUTCHESON - b. about 1731, Goochland Co.,
VA. William JOHNSON was named as son-in-law in the will of Matthew
HUTCHESON, dated Mar. 13, 1749. Therefore, she is probably the
mother of all the children of William JOHNSON. A birth year of
1736 has been estimated, but that would mean Elizabeth was age
13 or less when she married. Her birth about two and a half years
prior to her sister Hannah (b. May 17, 1734) is more likely. Daughter
of Matthew HUTCHESON and Ellinner.
Children of William and Elizabeth
- Mary - b. Apr. 25, 1748. The birth year is indistinct. From
- Eleanor - b. Sep. 2, 1750. From family record.
- Usly - b. Jan. 20, 1753. Probably named for her Aunt Usly
(JOHNSON) WOOD. From family record.
- Daniel - b. Oct. 10, 1754, Goochland
Co., VA; d. before Apr. 1813, Rutherford Co., NC. Birth from
- Thomas - b. Oct. 9, 1756, Goochland Co., VA; bap. Jan. 16,
1757, Goochland Co., VA. From family record and Douglas Register.
- William - b. Jun. 23, 1758, Goochland Co., VA; bap. Aug 13,
1758, Goochland Co., VA. From family record and Douglas Register.
- Elizabeth 'Betty' - b. May 7, 1760, Goochland Co., VA; bap.
Jun. 24, 1760, Goochland Co., VA. From family record and Douglas
- David - b. 1762. From family record.
- A child - b. 1764. Name difficult to read; perhaps Ciletty.
From family record.
Daniel and Mary (Morton) Johnson
Daniel JOHNSON - b. Oct. 10, 1754, Goochland Co., VA;
d. before Apr. 1813, Rutherford Co., NC. Son of William
JOHNSON and Elizabeth HUTCHESON. Migrated to Rutherford Co.,
NC from Virginia with Joseph and David CARPENTER. Daniel was reportedly
from Goochland Co., VA, and may have lived for a time in Wilkes
Co., NC where he received a 400 acre land grant on Nov. 19, 1779.
There are papers concerning Joseph CARPENTER which have information
about the HUTCHESON family, probably close relations of Daniel
JOHNSON. Daniel's will was written in Rutherford Co., NC on Dec.
25, 1812, and proved Apr. 1813, naming his youngest children as
Patsy, Daniel and Marion, and other children Amy JONES, John JOHNSON,
Betsy, Leanner, Lois, Ureah, William JOHNSON, Joel JOHNSON, and
Phebe. Executors were David JOHNSON, John (surname torn), and
wife Mary JOHNSON. Witnesses were William WHITE, Carter JOHNSON,
and Thomas JOHNSON. On Apr. 13, 1813 in Rutherford Co., NC, Mary
JOHNSON, David JOHNSON and John JOHNSON were appointed executors
of the will of Daniel JOHNSON. The relationship of David JOHNSON
Mary MORTON - b. Apr. 25, 1748; d. after Aug. 1836.
Her parents are not currently known, but what may be a family
record provides the following names and dates, without surnames:
Eleanor was born Sep. 2, 1750; Usly (?) was born Jan. 20, 1753;
Daniel was born Oct. 10, 1754; Thomas was born in 1756; William
was born in 1758; Elizabeth was born in 1766; David was born in
1762; and another brother or sister was born in 1764 (name appears
to be Ciletty). Vienna Carpenter, who copied this information,
believed these to be siblings of Mary MORTON. However, a comparison
to the data for the siblings of Daniel JOHNSON (as found in The
Douglas Register) reveals many similarities.
Children of Daniel and Mary
- Amy - b. Apr. 1, 1777. Named in father's will. Married by
1810 to Mr. JONES.
- Lois - Elizabeth is identified as the third daughter of Daniel
JOHNSON. Named in father's will.
- John - b. Nov. 6, 1778. Named in father's will.
- Elizabeth JOHNSON -
b. Oct. 10, 1780, NC; d. Aug. 5, 1856, Rutherford Co., NC. Called
Betsy in her father's will. Married Joseph
- Leander - b. Sep. 18, 1782. Called Leanner in her father's
will. Married Woodward Griggs. A letter written by her to her
mother from Macon Co., NC on Aug. 18, 1836 has been preserved.
In it she mentions "sister Rhue Carpenter," "brother
Joab" and "his Little Daughters" and their "brother
Benjamin Johnston." Also mentioned are Daniel and Wesley
Johnson, perhaps other sons of Joab. Leander's letter clearly
testifies to her Christian faith.
- Zeruah - b. Oct. 16, 1784; d. Jan. 30, 1836, Rutherford Co.,
NC. Called Rhue in sister's letter, and Ureah in father's will.
Married May 1, 1802 (bond), David CARPENTER (b. about 1755, NC;
d. between Apr. 1, 1816 and 1820 census), son of Peter CARPENTER
and Barbara DEPPEN. Refer to the Peter CARPENTER family for children.
- Dick - b. Oct. 8, 1786. Named in Bible record, but not in
father's will of 1810.
- William - b. Oct. 8, 1786. Named in his father's will.
- Joab - b. June 7, 1788. Named Joab in a transcription of
a family Bible record and letter of his sister, but transcribed
as Joel from his father's will. Married Jun. 13, 1807, Rutherford
Co., NC Maryann BLANKENSHIP. Children: Benjamin; and daughters.
- A son - b. June 7, 1788. In the Bible record, his name appears
to be Penitor or Perter, but could be Peter or Porter. Not named
in father's will of 1810.
- Lois - b. May 17, 1790. Name transcribed as "Loes" from family record in Vienna Carpenter papers. Named in father's will.
- Phebe - b. Dec. 27, 1792. Named in father's will of 1810.
Possibly married Nov. 10, 1810, Rutherford Co., NC James ALLEN.
- Martha - b. Feb. 17, 1795, NC; d. June 11, 1878, MS. Called
Patsy in her father's will. Married Feb. 8, 1832 (bond), Rutherford
Co., NC James CARPENTER (b. Sep. 5, 1798; d. Dec. 6, 1875), son
of John and Mary, and grandson of Peter. James and Martha resided
in Lincoln Co., NC and migrated to MS sometime after 1850. Children:
a son died in infancy; John Abel married first R. E. WALDROP,
and second Annie R.; Mary A. married John AVERY, who married
second Sarah F. PROCTOR; a son died in infancy; Michael Theodore
married first Margaret Susanna HOKE, and second Henrietta Josephine
CARPENTER; Ann Elizabeth married F. Cicero SIPE; and William
Lawson probably did not marry, although one source reports he
married a Miss WEAVER.
- Daniel - b. May 20, 1797, NC. One of three youngest children
named in father's will. Lived in Rutherford Co., NC in 1822,
Macon Co., NC in 1840, and Monroe Co., TN in 1850, 1860 and 1870.
Married before 1820 Elizabeth CANSLER (or CANSELOR) (b. about
1803, NC), daughter of John CANSLER and Barbara RUDISILL. Son
Mote resided in the Hanging Dog Community of Cherokee Co., NC.
Daughter Rebecca may have been the Ruth DOUGLAS appearing int
the 1870 census in Daniel and 'Bettie' JOHNSON's household, with
children Nancy, Rachel and Joseph. Children: Isriah Morton 'Mote'
married first Catherine LOVINGOOD, and second Mahala PALMER;
Barbary; Catherine; Nancy married John WOODY; James married Martha
Ann LOVINGOOD; Rebecca; Harriet; William Edney; John married
first Mary Elizabeth POWELL, second Jane BRADY, and third Nancy
Jane MORGAN; and Bartley.
- Marion - b. May 3, 1800, NC. Called Mary JOHNSTON in marriage
record. One of three youngest children named in father's will.
Married Oct. 10, 1818, Rutherford Co., NC, Phillip CANCELLOR
(or CANSLER), son of John CANSLER and Barbara RUDISILL.