Johnson Family

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Rev. Richard JOHNSON (c1760-1849) settled in Sumner County, Tennessee in about 1806. He moved there with his wife and children from Louisa County, Virginia, where he had been born abt. 1760, a son of James and Sarah Johnson. His siblings were Thomas, Isham, William, Sarah, Nancy, John, James, Rebecca (wife of William Moss) and Elizabeth (wife of William Powers). James Johnson died in Louisa County, Virginia in abt. 1792 and his wife, Sarah, died there in 1797.

Richard Johnson was a soldier in the American Revolution, and entered the service from Hanover County, Virginia in May 1777 for seven weeks in the regiment commanded by Col. William Dandridge and Major Thomas Johnson. He was in Capt. Robert Dabney's militia company and marched from Hanover to Williamsburg, and was discharged at the end of seven weeks. In July 1778 he again entered the militia for three months from Hanover County in the regiment commanded by Col. Flemming, and Major Robert Dandridge in Capt. John Anderson's company. He marched from Hanover County through the City of Richmond, James City and Charles City and was stationed at Cabin Point in Surrey County, Virginia. He was then "pressed" by Capt. James Waller in July 1779, one of the commissioners of the Army of the United States, and served for three months, being discharged at Meadow (?) Bridges in the State of Virginia. Once again he entered the militia service from Hanover County in the year 1781 [sic. Probably should be 1780] and served one month in the regiment commanded by Col. Charles Dabney, in Capt. Fox's company. In January 1781 he enlisted in the Continental Line of the United States from Hanover County, Virginia and served twelve months in the regiment commanded by Col. Harvey, in Capt. Martin Hawkins company as an artificer in the shoe making business. They marched from Hanover County to the Old Barracks in Albemarle County, Virginia and then to the City of Richmond, where he was discharged at the end of twelve months. On 21 February 1783 in Louisa County, VA Richard Johnson was married to Lucy HUNTER, daughter of George and Mildred (AUSTIN) HUNTER of Louisa County, and grandaughter of Andrew HUNTER of Hanover and Louisa Counties, Virginia. Lucy was born there on 25 November 1763 and was baptized by Parson William Douglas on 5 January 1764. Her siblings were Austin (b. 6 June 1761, and baptized 5 July 1761), Ann (b. 9 August 1766, and baptized 20 September 1766), David (b. 24 March 1769, and baptized 21 May 1769) and Samuel (b. 12 January 1773, and baptized 9 May 1773). George Hunter died in Louisa County, Virginia in about 1805, survived by his wife, Mildred and three children, Austin Hunter, Samuel Hunter and Lucy Johnson.

Richard and Lucy (Hunter) Johnson were the parents of eleven children: George H., Mary, Richard C., Benjamin, Samuel, Nancy, Austin, David L., Nathan, Andrew W. and Sarah. The Johnsons moved to Sumner County, Tennessee in about 1806. Most of their children were born in Virginia, except for perhaps the last two or three.

By 1816 Richard Johnson was listed in the Sumner County, Tennessee tax records as owning 167 acres on the East Fork of Bledsoe Creek. This continued for a number of years, although he sold 50 acres to John Mabry in 1818 and 24 acres, also to John Mabry in 1823. In 1837 he sold land to his son, Benjamin Johnson.

Early in life Richard Johnson espoused the cause of Methodism, and became an active local preacher in Virginia. He was ordained as a deacon of the Methodist Episcopal Church by Bishop Francis Asbury in September 1799 while still living in Virginia. In November 1812 he was ordained elder of the M. E. Church by Bishop McKendree at Fountain Head, Sumner County, Tennessee. He was well known in the Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky Conferences of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Richard Johnson deeded a one acre lot on 20 March 1819 to the Trustees of Providence Methodist Episcopal Church, who were named as Richard Baskerville, John Crenshaw, Richard Johnson [the grantor], Samuel Johnson, Richard C. Johnson, Austin Johnson and Chism Davis. According to the deed, "they shall erect a house of worship for the Methodists in the United States of America." This was taken from his own land on the waters of the East Fork of Bledsoe Creek just south of Bethpage.

Richard Johnson was allowed a pension of $68.80 per annum by the United States Congress beginning in 1832 based on his service during the Revolutionary War. His wife, Lucy (Hunter) Johnson died on Christmas Day, 25 December 1839. Richard continued to preach as long as he was able to ride horseback, and died 22 June 1849 of dropsey, in his 90th year. Lucy's grave in the family cemetery on Chipman Road south of Bethpage, bears an inscription with her name and dates of birth and death, although the date birth is off by one year, giving it as 1764 rather than 1763 as shown in the Douglas Register. An undiciphorable stone next to Lucy's is undoubtedly the grave of Richard Johnson, the Revolutionary soldier, shoemaker, Methodist preacher and farmer. Richard Johnson's Last Will and Testament, was dated 19 November 1848 and proved in the Sumner County Court during the November term 1849. He specifically named ten living children and provided for the heirs of his son, Austin Johnson, but did not name them in the will.

Obit
From the Nashville Christian Advocate, Issue 44, Friday, August 31, 1849
      Died, June 22d, 1849, of dropsey; Rev Richard Johnson, of Sumner county, Tenn, in the 90th year of his age.
     He was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost, and died like Simeon, saying, "Now Lord lettest thou they servant depart in peace, for mine eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all people."
      Father Johnson was one of the few revolutionary soldiers that remain, the most of them having long since been called away; he was an active soldier for some three years in that eventful struggle for liberty, for which service his grateful country paid him a pension to the time of his death, which in connection with industry and economy, secured to him an ample support during life.
      But he was not only a patriot but a Christian, and distinguished himself in building up the Redeemer's kingdom. For early in life he espoused the cause of Methodism, and became an active local preacher in Virginia, his native State. He preached to listening hundreds there and also in Tennessee, his adopted State, in whose bosom he now quietly sleeps, resting in hope, for God will bring him with him at the last day.
     His parchments, that were never dishonored but remain as sacred relics of the past, show that he was ordained deacon of the Methodist E. Church by Bishop Asbury, in September, 1799, and in November, 1812, he was ordained elder of said church by Bishop McKendree, at Fountain Head, showing that he has been a minister more than fifty years. His zeal for the cause of God and the salvation of the human race did not abate as age crept on, but he preached the last Sabbath he was able to ride on horse back, and when age and disease laid him on his bed to die he had outstanding appointments.
      Father Johnson was well and favorably known in the Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky Conferences, but like a soldier, which he was in every sense of the word, he laid down to rest, but his works will follow him, to speak in his praise before an assembled world. He raised a large family of children, the most of whom are members of the church.
     His aged companion died some ten years ago, full of faith; their union was long and happy in this world, but will be more happy and durable in the world where they have already met.
L.M. Woodson
     By request I make a few remarks about the above deceased, for I have known him ever since I was a small boy. His house was a place long for circuit preaching. He was uniform in his deportment, (and a word to local preachers.) I never knew a complaint against him for immoral conduct, or for being unfaithful in his ministerial work. I was to see him in his affliction, he longed for the hour to come to be with Christ. Rest on old soldier. Amen
E. Carr

The following is a list of their children and what is known of their lives. They are arranged in the order given in Richard Johnson's Last Will and Testament

Children of Richard JOHNSON and Lucy HUNTER are:

  1. George H. Johnson born abt. 1784/1790 in Louisa Co. VA. Married 1st in Louisa Co., Va on 9 Dec. 1805 to Elizabeth Hunter. Known children Mary b. 1810 (Unmarried and living with her father in 1850), daughter, born in Sumner County between 1810 and 1815, daughter, born in Sumner County between 1815 and 1820, son, born in Sumner County between 1820 and 1825, son, born in Sumner County between 1825 and 1830. Married 2nd on 23 Dec 1844 to Mildred Turner b. abt. 1820. Know children Parilee b. 1847 and Ricard b. 1849.
  2. Mary Johnson born abt. 1786 in Louisa County, Virginia, and was living in 1848 when her father wrote his will. Whether or not she married, and the name of her husband has not been determined with certainty. It is also not determined if she lived in Sumner County, or moved elsewhere.
  3. Richard C. Johnson born abt. 1788 in Louisa County, Virginia. He married Frances Turner, daughter of John Turner of Sumner County, Tennessee. He was listed in the 1820 Census of Sumner County, but not in the 1830 Census. The following is recorded in the Sumner County Court Clerk's Office, Record Book 1833-1838, p. 207: "Deed of Gift from R. C. and Frances Johnson to their children John Johnson, Elizabeth Johnson, David Johnson, Turner Johnson, Almira Johnson, Albert Johnson, Sarah Ann Johnson, Ivie (or Iric?) Johnson and Richard Johnson for the following Negroes Harriet & her _____, Wilson and Jim was duly proved by the oath of John. M. Henley a subscribing witness thereunto this 9th day of October 1837."
  4. Benjamin J. Johnson born 1791 in Louisa Co. VA, died May 20, 1868 in Sumner Co. TN. Married 1st to Rebecca Turner, 2nd to Mary "Polly" C. Payne on September 10, 1850 in Sumner Co. TN, 3rd to Phebe Jane Northam on October 7, 1855 in Sumner Co. TN.
  5. Nancy Johnson, born in Louisa County, Virginia circa 1798 based on the presumed order of her birth among her siblings. It is not known with certainty if she married or had children, but she was living at the time her father wrote his will in 1848.
  6. Austin Johnson, born in Louisa County, Virginia circa 1799, d. abt 1846. He was first married in Wilson County, Tennessee on 6 September 1820 to Ann Elizabeth Corley. Married 2nd in Wilson Co. TN, 2nd to Boradole B. White on September 30, 1829 in Sumner Co. TN, married 3rd to Mary W. Holt on September 21, 1840 in Sumner Co. TN.
  7. David L. Johnson, born in Louisa County, Virginia 18 November 1800, or circa 1803 based on census records. He married first in Sumner County on 7 September 1830 to Thankful Anderson. He married second in Sumner County on 5 June 1850 to Elizabeth Collier.
  8. Nathan Johnson, born probably around 1803-1805 based on his order listed in his father's will in 1848, when he was still living. Nothing is known of his place of residence. He was not listed in Sumner County, Tennessee in 1850.
  9. Andrew W. Johnson, born probably before about 1807 when his mother would have been 45 years of age. He was living at the time his father wrote his will in 1848, but his place of residence has not been determined in 1850.
  10. Sarah Johnson, born probably before about 1807 when her mother would have been 45 years of age. Sally was apparently the youngest child, based on the order given in her father's will in 1848. She married in Sumner County on 17 January 1831 to William A. Saunders. They did not live in Sumner County in 1850.


Benjamin J. JOHNSON (son of Richard JOHNSON and Lucy HUNTER) was born in 1791. He died May 20 1868 in Sumner Co. TN. Benjamin is buried in the Maple Hill Cemetery. The headstone reports his death date as 1867 which is incorrect. Benjamin wrote his will March 10, 1868 and it was proved in July 1868. Benjamin was married three times. His 1st wife Rebecca TURNER, (daughter of John TURNER and sister of Frances TURNER who married Richard C. JOHNSON) was born December 27, 1795 and died August 5, 1847, buried at Maple Hill Cemetery. He married 2nd on September 10, 1850 Sumner Co. TN to Mary "Polly" C. PAYNE (daughter of Robert PAYNE and Sarah BEARD) born March 13, 1821 Sumner Co. TN, died bef. 1855 Sumner Co. TN. He married 3rd on October 7, 1855 Sumner Co.TN to Phebe Jane NORTHAM (daughter of Eli NORTHAM and Mary MCDOWELL) born April 23, 1833 in KY, died January 16, 1907 Sumner Co. TN.

Children of Benjamin J. JOHNSON and Rebecca TURNER are:

  1. Austin Nelson Johnson b. 1815/1818 TN. Married 1st on November 29, 1837 Sumner Co. TN to Mildred "Minnie" Mabry. Married 2nd on 24 Sept 1862 to Matilda Crowder.
  2. William Johnson b. May 2 1820 Sumner Co. TN, died October 30, 1881 Sumner Co. TN. Buried at Maple Hill Cem. Married 1st to Abigail C. Bradley born abt. 1825, died about 1855. Married 2nd to Elizabeth Jane b. 27 Oct 1869, d. 26 July 1907.
  3. James M. Johnson b. 1825/1826, married on Sept 15, 1846 in Sumner Co. TN to Margaret Beason b. 15 June 1827 (d/o Jacob BEASON and Martha MCKENDREE).
  4. Mary Jane Johnson b. September 20, 1827, died April 18, 1898 Sumner Co. TN. Buried at Maple Hill Cem. Married 23 Dec 1846 Sumner Co. TN, to Richard W. Bradley b. Dec. 16, 1825.
  5. B. Franklin Johnson b. April 4, 1829, died October 12, 1899 Sumner Co. TN. Buried at Maple Hill Cem. Married Elizabeth b. 22 Sept 1821, d. 20 Mar 1902.
  6. Susan A. Johnson b. 1831. Married Hampton Garrison. Children are: Stephen Pleasant b. 1865, d. 1930 and Alonzo Carlos b. 1873, d. 1940.
  7. John R. Johnson b. abt. 1837, died June, 1869 Sumner Co. TN. Married 18 Mar 1866 Sumner Co. TN to Emily A. E. Hodges. Known children are: Nancy, Dora, and Nettie/ Nellie.
  8. Stephen J. Johnson b. 1838/1839 Sumner Co. TN. Married 13 Oct 1860 Sumner Co. TN to Sarah M. Shaw. In the Shaw family cemetery, there are 2 children buried there: Almeda Johnson b 8 Nov 1867 d 7 Aug 1869, dau of S.J. & S.M. Johnson and Stephen M. Johnson b 28 Feb 1862 d 1 July 1864. Possible children of Stephen and Sarah.

Children of Benjamin J. JOHNSON and 2nd wife Mary "Polly" C. PAYNE are:

  1. Unknown Johnson
  2. Unknown Johnson

Children of Benjamin J. JOHNSON and 3rd wife Phebe Jane NORTHAM are:

  1. Mary E./L. "Minnie" Johnson b. August 2, 1856 Sumner Co. TN, died January 12, 1878 Sumner Co. TN. Buried at Maple Hill Cem.
  2. M. Elizabeth Johnson b. 26 June 1859, d. 10 May 1895. Buried at Old Brush Cem. Married 23 Dec 1880 to James "Jim" Brooks. James S. Brooks remarried as evidenced by the 1900 census. James S. Brooks Hus Feb 1849 age 51, Sara J Wife May 1871 age 29, Bertha B. dau Mar 1882 age 18 and Daisy V. dau June 1884 age 15. An Annie M. was also listed as a stepduaghter b. Oct 1895 age 4.
  3. Davis B. Johnson b. August 29, 1861 Sumner Co. TN, died October 8, 1944 Sumner Co. TN. Buried at Maple Hill Cem. Married Merica D. Short. Davis and Merica had a son named Martin Luther Johnson b 13 Oct 1884, d 1 Apr 1979. He married Lela Smart, b 15 Mar 1892, d 15 Apr 1989, on 10 Nov 1910.
  4. Cornelius S. Johnson b. March 3, 1865 Sumner Co. TN, died July 17, 1897 Sumner Co. TN. Buried at Maple Hill Cem. Married Emeline Frances Short.
  5. Lucy "Lou" Johnson b. February 19, 1868 Sumner Co. TN, died May 16, 1903 Sumner Co. TN. Buried at Maple Hill Cem. Married 16 Jan 1888 to H. H. Smith. They had one child, Annie, Sept. 1888.


Austin Nelson JOHNSON (son of Benjamin J. JOHNSON and Rebecca) was born between 1815 and 1818 in TN. His death date is unknown. He is mentioned in a Mabry lawsuit in 1866, and again in his fathers will in 1868. A. Nelson was married twice. Married 1st on November 29, 1837 in Sumner Co. TN to Mildred "Minnie" MABRY (daughter of John MABRY), died between 1858 - 1860. Married 2nd on 24 Sept 1862 in Sumner Co. TN to Matilda CROWDER, was killed (see information for daughter Nancy Johnson below) in May 1894 (daughter of Harbert CROWDER and Nancy CONNOR).

Children of Austin Nelson JOHNSON and Mildred "Minnie" MABRY are:

  1. Benjamin Johnson b. abt 1838. Moved to West TN.
  2. Mary A. Johnson
  3. James N. Johnson b. abt. 1842
  4. Susan J. Johnson b. abt. 1845
  5. Margaret M. Johnson b. abt. 1849
  6. Sarah P. Johnson b. abt. 1851 Sumner Co. TN
  7. Elijah B. Johnson b. abt. 1852 Sumner Co. TN
  8. John R. Johnson b. abt. 1855 Sumner Co. TN
  9. Elizabeth A. Johnson b. abt. 1858 Sumner Co. TN

Children of Austin Nelson JOHNSON and 2nd wife Matilda CROWDER are:

  1. Nancy Johnson b. abt 1863 Sumner Co. TN, died May 1894. Nancy had children out of wedlock with James Polk Martin. James Polk Martin killed Nancy and her mother Matilda in 1894. Oral history reports that after killing Nancy and her mother, James then killed himself. Nancy's children by James Martin were admitted to the Poor House on May 17, 1894. The following is from the Poor House book, Sumner Co. TN:
    Brody Johnson (age 13) b abt 1881, W.N. Johnson (age 10) b abt 1884, Virgel (Virgil) Johnson (age 6) b abt 1888, Febe (Phebe) Johnson (age 4) b abt 1890, Casie Johnson (age 2) b abt 1892 Myrdal Johnson (no age given). Remarks: Michel Johnson died the August 24 Day 1896 (don't know if this was another child or if it was Myrdal.)
  2. L. William Johnson b. abt. 1866 Sumner Co. TN
  3. Roena "Enoa or Eva" Johnson b. abt. 1867 Sumner Co. TN
  4. Ella Elvira Johnson b. May 1869 Sumner Co. TN, d. Feb. 17, 1944. Married Wylie Thomas Hodges.
  5. Martha Johnson b. abt. 1872 Sumner Co. TN
  6. Zora Johnson b. abt. 1879 Sumner Co. TN


William JOHNSON (son of Benjamin J. JOHNSON and Rebecca TURNER) was b. May 2, 1820 Sumner Co. TN, died October 30, 1881 Sumner Co. TN.Buried at Maple Hill Cem. Married 1st on 17 April 1845 (bondsman Joseph D. Turner) to Abigail C. BRADLEY (daughter of Abram BRADLEY and Zelpha DORRIS) born abt. 1825, died 1855. William married 2nd to Elizabeth Jane.

Known children of William JOHNSON and Abigail C. BRADLEY are:

  1. Jane Johnson b. 1845 Sumner Co. TN
  2. Joseph D. Johnson b. 1846 Sumner Co. TN. Married Martha born Feb 9, 1855, died Sept 21, 1906 Sumner Co. TN.
  3. Sepharine b. 1849 Sumner Co. TN


James M. JOHNSON (son of Benjamin J. JOHNSON and Rebecca TURNER was born 1825/1826, married on Sept 15, 1846 in Sumner Co. TN to Margaret BEASON born 15 June 1827 (d/o Jacob BEASON and Martha MCKENDREE).

Children of James M. Johnson and Margaret BEASON are:

  1. W.H. Johnson
  2. Missour Ann Johnson
  3. Samuel B. Johnson married Cornelia Fisher in Warren County, Ky on 28 Feb 1878. Samuel died in 1913 Cornelia died in 1907.
  4. Edward "Ned" Johnson married America Savannah White on 20 September 1880, Warren County, Ky
  5. Mattie Johnson
  6. Lafayette Johnson b 15 Feb 1864, d 11 March 1929 Buried at Friendship Methodist Church near Alvaton, Ky married on 16 July 1884 in Warren County, Ky Rosa A. Thomas b 6 August 1865 d 8 November 1948 Buried at Friendship Methodist Church. Children of Layfette/Rosa Thomas Johnson: Lige (Elijah) b 3 Dec 1884 d 14 Dec 1960, Mallie b 11 Nov 1892 d 5 Mar 1972, Gertha Ann b 11 Apr 1893 d 27 June 1959, Buried Bethany Baptist Church, Alvaton, Ky, Herschel Bryant b 14 June 1896 d 14 June 1971 Buried Friendship Methodist Church, Samuel Homer b 25 Sept 1899 d 17 Mar 1982 Buried Bethany Baptist Church, Joe b 22 May 1905 d 24 August 1954, Mabel Margarett b 16 Sept 1910, d 5 Jan 1948, John, no birth or death information.


Mary Jane JOHNSON (daughter of Benjamin J. JOHNSON and Rebecca TURNER) was born September 20, 1827 Sumner Co. TN, died April 18, 1898 Sumner Co. TN. She is buried at Maple Hill Cem. Mary married on Dec 23, 1846 in Sumner Co. TN to Richard W. BRADLEY born December 16, 1825, died 1897 buried Maple Hill Cem. (son of Abram BRADLEY and Zelpha DORRIS).

Know children of Mary JOHNSON and Richard W. BRADLEY are:

  1. Rebecca Bradley b. 1847 Sumner Co. TN
  2. Delia Ann Bradley b. 1848 Sumner Co. TN
  3. Susan C.
  4. William b. abt 1853 Sumner Co. TN
  5. Lucy b. abt 1858 Sumner Co. TN
  6. John E. b. abt 1860 Sumner Co. TN
  7. J. Abram b. abt. 1861 Sumner Co. TN
  8. Eliza Jane b. abt. 1864 Sumner Co. TN


B. Franklin JOHNSON (son of Benjamin J. JOHNSON and Rebecca TURNER) was born April 4, 1829 Sumner Co. TN, died October 12, 1899 Sumner Co. TN. He is buried at Maple Hill Cemetery. B. Franklin married Elizabeth b. Sept 22, 1821, died March 20, 1902.

Children of B. Franklin JOHNSON and Elizabeth are:

  1. John D. Johnson b. abt. 1854 Sumner Co. TN
  2. Georganne Johnson b. 1856 Sumner Co. TN


Davis B. JOHNSON (son of Benjamin J. JOHNSON and 3rd wife Phebe Jane NORTHAM) was born November 29, 1861 Sumner Co. TN, died October 8, 1944 Sumner Co. TN. He is buried at Maple Hill Cem. Married on September 20, 1883 Sumner Co. TN to Merica D. SHORT (daughter of Isaac Martin SHORT and Jenetty "Nettie" WHITE) born October 6, 1865, died February 10, 1960 Sumner Co. TN. Buried at Maple Hill Cem.

Obit
Davis B. Johnson, 83, a farmer living on the same farm where he was born just south of Portland, died Sunday afternoon at 5 o'clock (October 8, 1944) following a short illness. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 4 o'clock at the First Methodist Church, of which he was a member, with the pastor, the Rev. J. F. Swiney, officiating assisted by the Rev. J. Burch Cooper, pastor of the First Baptist Church. Burial was in Maple Hill Cemetery. Mr. Johnson had been in failing health for several years, but it was about two weeks ago that he became seriously ill. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. America Short Johnson; one son M.L. Johnson, who lives on an adjoining farm and four grandchildren.

Obit
Funeral services for Mrs. America Drucella Johnson, 94, will be held Friday at 10:30 at Wilkinson and Wiseman Funeral Home, with Rev. Eugene Fleming, Rev. James Rowlett and Br. Maurice O'Neal officiating. Mrs. Johnson died about one o'clock Wednesday (Feb 10, 1960) at Highland Hospital after a short illness. She was the daughter of the late Isaiah Martin and Jeanette White Short. Her late husband was Davis Johnson. She was a member of the Methodist church and one of the oldest citizens of Portland. She is survived by one son, Luther Johnson, Portland; four grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery.

Child of Davis B. JOHNSON and Merica D. SHORT:

  1. Martin Luther Johnson b. October 13, 1884 Sumner Co. TN, died April 1 1979. He married on 2 Nov 1910 to Lela Smart b. 15 Mar 1892, d 15 Apr 1989.


Cornelius S. JOHNSON (son of Benjamin J. JOHNSON and 3rd wife Phebe Jane NORTHAM) was born March 3, 1865 Sumner Co. TN, died July 17, 1897 Sumner Co. TN. He is buried at Maple Hill Cem. Married Emeline Frances SHORT (daughter of Isaac Martin SHORT and Jenetty "Nettie" WHITE) born October 29, 1863, died July 4, 1928 Sumner Co. TN. Buried at Maple Hill Cem.

Children of Cornelius S. JOHNSON and Emeline Frances SHORT are:

  1. Belle Johnson b. 1887, d. 1938. Married Bob Hudson b. 1881, d. 1959. Belle, Bob and son Paul Moor are buried at Old Brush Cemetery.
  2. Bennie I. Johnson b. November 30 1888 Sumner Co. TN, died February 19, 1906 Sumner Co. TN. Buried at Maple Hill Cem.
  3. Richard Johnson
  4. Louvie Johnson married Joe Whitaker. Children are: Harry Whitaker and Martin Whitaker.
  5. Cornelius Johnson b. July 16, 1897, d. 22 Jun 1981 in Sumner Co. TN. Married 4 July 1914 Sumner Co. TN to to Della Ray b. 10 Feb 1898, d. 13 Jul 1934.


Austin Johnson (son of Richard JOHNSON and Lucy HUNTER), born in Louisa County, Virginia circa 1799, based on his coming of age and first paying a poll tax in Sumner County in 1820. He died in Sumner County, Tennessee in about 1846. He was first married in Wilson County, Tennessee on 6 September 1820 to Ann Elizabeth CORLEY (daughter of Austin CORLEY, a Revolutionary soldier and pensioner of Wilson County, but originally from Hanover County, Virginia.) Ann Elizabeth had three children by Austin Johnson. These children are proven by the will of their grandfather, Austin Corley, in Wilson County, Tennessee, as well as a deed of trust from Austin Johnson to their grandfather, Richard Johnson in Sumner County. Married 2nd in Sumner County on 30 September 1829 to Baradill B. WHITE (daughter of Robert WHITE of Sumner County. Baradill and Austin Johnson had three children, as proven in the will of their grandfather, Robert White. Married 3rd to Mary W. HOLT (daughter of Nancy HOLT) on September 21, 1840 in Sumner Co. TN. Their two children were living with their grandmother, Nancy Holt, at the time of the 1850 Census.

Children of Austin JOHNSON and 1st wife Ann Elizabeth CORLEY are:

  1. Martha Jane Johnson, born in Sumner County, Tennessee 6 July 1821. Died in Sumner County, Tennessee 26 April 1905. Buried in the Simpson Family Cemetery, Rock Bridge Road, Sumner County. Married 1st in Sumner County, Tennessee on 5 October 1837 to James H. Turner (died Sumner County, Tennessee circa 1839), son of John Turner of Sumner County and brother of Rebecca (Turner) Johnson and Frances (Turner) Johnson who married Martha's uncles. They had one son. Martha (Johnson) Turner married 2nd in Sumner County on 21 March 1841 to Enoch Simpson (1797-1860). They had four children.
    1. Richard E. Johnson, born in Sumner County, Tennessee circa 1821. Died in the Battle of Fishing Creek, Kentucky on 19 January 1862 while serving as a lieutenant in the Confederate Army. Married in Sumner County on 16 August 1842 to Mary Ann Simpson (c1821-c1877), daughter of Enoch Simpson and his first wife, Elizabeth Carter. She remarried after her first husband's death to James Escue.
    2. Mary Frances Johnson, born in Sumner County, Tennessee 13 September 1824. Died there 31 January 1897. Married in Sumner County on 29 April 1841 to Aaron Sanford Simpson (1819-1879), son of Enoch Simpson and his first wife, Elizabeth Carter.

    Children of Austin JOHNSON and 2nd wife Baradill B. WHITE are:

    1. Malvina E. Johnson, probably born in Sumner County around 1831-33. Living in 1844, but not listed in the 1850 Census of Sumner County.
    2. Margaret Ann Johnson, born in Sumner County 22 August 1834. Died there 22 January 1909. Never married. Lived with her half-sister, Martha (Johnson) Simpson.
    3. Barradill B. Johnson, born in Sumner County circa 1835. Living with her half-sister, Martha (Johnson) Simpson in 1850.

    Children of Austin JOHNSON and 3rd wife Mary M. HOLT are:

    1. Thomas P. Johnson, born in Sumner County circa 1844. Living during the Civil War.
    2. Rebecca Johnson, born in Sumner County circa 1846. Living in 1850.



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