Transcription contributed by Arne H Trelvik on 1 Nov 2003
|The History of Warren County Ohio
Part III, The History of Warren County
Chapter III, The Distinquished Dead
(Chicago, IL: W. H. Beers Co, 1882; reprint, Mt. Vernon, IN: Windmill Publications, 1992)
Johnson was born in Virginia November 10, 1769. having received a
better English education that was common at that time, he went, when a
young man, to Kentucky, where he taught school. He soon afterward moved
to the north side of the Ohio, and served as Quartermaster Sergeant under
Gen. Wayne, and thus formed an intimate acquaintance with William
Henry Harrison, an Ensign, a few years younger than himself.
This acquaintance ripened into an ardent friendship. Their last meeting
was at the Williamson house, in Lebanon, while Gen. Harrison was a candidate
for the Presidency. Johnson was one of the first settlers at Deerfield,
being there as early as 1797. According to the Manuscript notes of Judge
R. B. Harlan, M. H.
Johnson sold goods at Deerfield for Mr. Hinkson,
and was the first store-keeper in Warren County. About 1801, he moved
to the high ground immediately north of Hopkinsville, where he resided
until his death. He was appointed Assessor of Deerfield Township, Hamilton
County, Northwest Territory, and afterward, Auditor of Supervisors’
account for the same large Township, embracing the greater part of Warren
County. He received a commission from Gov. St. Clair as a Lieutenant in
the Territorial militia. After the organization of Warren County, he was,
in 1803, elected and commissioned one of the first Justices of the Peace
of Hamilton Township, and discharged the duties of this office at intervals
for about twelve years. He was the first Recorder of Warren County, and,
after the creation of the office of Auditor, in 1820, he was the first
person to hold that position in the county. In 1809, he was elected a
member of the Senate of the General Assembly, and, in 1812, a Representative,
serving, in all, seven terms in the Legislature between 1809 and 1819.
In the last-named year, he was commissioned by Gov. Brown Collector of
Taxes for the Second District. In 1825, he was elected by the Legislature
an Associate Judge, and served in that position for about ten years.
|In politics, Judge Johnson was a Jeffersonain, or anti-Federalist, and afterward an active and ardent Whig. On election days, he was always to be found at the polls. He died at his home, near Hopkinsville, in the seventy- seventh year of his age.|
|9 Dec 2003||Shirley Jack||I'm looking for information on Judge Michael
H. Johnson (b. 1769 VA, d. 1846 Warren County). There is lots of information
about the Judge's professional life but not much personal info. I've been
able to ferret out his children's names by using his probated will. But
I can't find info on a spouse?????
Also, I'm interested in finding out about his son Michael H. Johnson Jr's date of birth and date of death; I've picked up his wife's name (Ann Monce) and their marriage date via the Ohio vitals info but I haven't found a record of birth, death, divorce, etc.
|27 Feb 2004||Shirley Jack||Just wanted you to know that my posted footnote to your Michael
H. Johnson article generated a contact from the Bottineau
County Historical Society of North Dakota which put me in touch with a cousin that was also doing research.
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