George Washington Johns was born 10 Aug 1841 in the community of Bachlott that is located in Brantley County, Georgia and died in the same area on 09 Jan 1913. He was the son of Jeremiah H. Johns and Mary Ann McClellan. On February 27, 1862, when he was 18 years old, he enlisted as a Private by Lt. Ryals in Charlton County, Georgia, into Go. G, 20th Battalion, Georgia Cavalry.
Company Muster-in Roll shows George W. Johns, Pvt. September 3, 1862 into Co. D. 21st Battalion, Georgia Cavalry. He had a horse valued at $200.00; horse equipment $20.00. February 29, 1862 he was in the hospital at Richmond, Virginia, serving in Young’s Brigade.
Muster Roll shows he was present though December 31, 1863. Muster Roll shows he was in Jackson Hospital, Richmond, Virginia June 25,1864 (diagnosis unreadable). Transferred to Camp Winder June 28, 1864. George W. Johns, Pvt. 10th Georgia Cavalry, surrendered at Thomasville, Georgia on May 23, 1865. Paroled at Thomasville, Georgia on May 24, 1865.
He married Lavina “Viney” Crews, b. 15 Feb 1844, d. 16 Dec 1901, daughter of Archibald “Arch” Crews and Lucretia Purdom. Her father fought in the *Indian Wars* and was also in the Confederate States Army and died in the service. Viney had been previously married to Harmon James Thomas Robinson, a private in CSA who enrolled 06 Jun 1861 and was killed at Wilderness, VA on 06 May 1864. They had a son, Harmon, who became as known as Harmon Robinson Johns.
The 1990 Charlton County Census shows that George and Viney had been married 30 years and had eight children from this marriage and that they were all living.
Children: (From Viney's first marriage to Harmon James Thomas Robinson)
Harmon (Robinson) Johns, b. 28 Mar 1863, d. 9 Nov 1939, m. Anna Marintha “Annie” Crews, daughter of Lucy Crews, on 17 Oct 1895 in Charlton Co. Both are buried in Bethlehem Cemetery.
Children from George Washington Johns and Viney:
Fancy, b. 15 Dec 1868, d. 29 Jan 1939, m. Jeremiah Early “Jerry” Herrin, son of James Madison Herrin *CSA* and Jane Elizabeth Ammons, on 12 Jan 1897. Both are buried in Bethlehem Cemetery.
Handsome (daughter), b. 1871.
Albert Lewis “AB," b. 28 Jan 1878, d. 11 Mar 1946. Married 1st Martha Jane Lee, daughter of George Lewis Lee and Frances Corbitt on 06 Nov 1902 in Wayne Co. Married 2nd, Irene E. Nettles, daughter of Martin J. Nettles and Martha Lee. All three are buried in Bachlott Cemetery.
Silona, b. 1878.
Rosa, b. Sept. 1879.
Grover Cleveland, b. 22 Nov 1880 and died 21 May 1947, m. Frances Batten 29 Dec 1907 in Wayne Co., GA. Both are buried in Corinth Cemetery in Charlton Co.
Lovie, b. May 1882.
Chester Arthur, b. 8 Feb 1884 d. 9 Feb 1950, m. Julia L. “July” Batten, daughter of James Edward Batten and Charity Powers, on 26 Jun 1909 in Pierce Co., GA. Both are buried in Bachlott Cemetery.
Bachlott cemetery had been established many years when George Washington Johns deeded the land for it in 1903 and this is on record in Charlton County. This is also the cemetery where George and his wife Viney are buried.
Sources: Camden and Charlton County Georgia Census, Cemeteries and More, National Archives, Huxford, Family Info.
Written by Dorothy Johns Thomas, 3844 Hwy 82, Brunswick, GA 31523-7706 Djt1927@aol.com, 912-265-7599.
Military service history was researched, and the stone was ordered by Gaynell Sasser. The stone was installed by Jerry Van Herrin.
George Washington Johns and Viney are buried in Bachlott Cemetery, near Hickox, Georgia.