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.
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.
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
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:
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:
Children of Benjamin J. JOHNSON and 2nd wife Mary "Polly" C. PAYNE are:
Children of Benjamin J. JOHNSON and 3rd wife Phebe Jane NORTHAM are:
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:
Children of Austin Nelson JOHNSON and 2nd wife Matilda CROWDER are:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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.
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.
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:
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:
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:
Children of Austin JOHNSON and 2nd wife Baradill B. WHITE are:
Children of Austin JOHNSON and 3rd wife Mary M. HOLT are: