An American Family History

The Johnson Family



Tennessee was admitted to the Union on June 1, 1796. It was initially part of North Carolina.

Benjamin Johnson was born about on September 3, 1801 in Virginia. His parents were James Johnson and Nancy Howard.

He married Mahala Denton on February 21, 1821 Jackson County, Tennessee. Mahala was born March 06, 1801 in Tennessee.

Benjamin and Mahala's children included:

Louisa Johnson Amos (1823, married Alfred Amos),
Isaac Denton Johnson (1825, married Sarah Yandle),
Cyrus Hiram Johnson (1828, married Elizabeth Yandle), and
Mary Ann Johnson Dalton (1830, married Isaac Dalton).

At the time of the 1830 census, they were in Jackson County, Tennessee. The household consisted of

a man and a woman between 20 and 29 Benjamin and Mahala
2 boys and a girl under 5. Isaac age 5 and Cyrus age 2 and Mary Ann.

Francis Marion Johnson (1833, married Delaney Medley)

Nancy Jane Johnson (1836)

Robert Johnson (1838)

In 1840, they were still in Jackson County.

a man between 30 and 39 - Benjamin and no wife
2 boys between 10 and 14 - Isaac age 15 and Cyrus age 12
2 boys and a girl between 5 and 9 Mary Ann age 10, Francis age 7, and ?
a boy and a girl under 5 Nancy age 4 and Robert age 2

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East Tennessee is part of Appalachia. At the end of the French and Indian War, colonists began drifting into the area. In 1769, they first settled along the Watauga River. During the Revolution, the Overmountain Men defeated British loyalists at the Battle of Kings Mountain. The State of Franklin was formed in the 1780s, but never admitted to the Union.








from by Jean Hibdon Gideon Taylor Fox

When Benjamin was a small boy his parents moved to Tennessee. Benjamin and family left Tompkinsville, Kentucky (just over the Tennessee line), April 5, 1841 and arrived in Dade County, Missouri [on] June 5, 1841. He remained there until October, thence to Greene County, stopping where Strafford is now (1905). The family remained there for two years and then settled in Panther Creek in February 1844 on the farm afterward known as [the] Old Ben Johnson Place. On this farm he lived most of his life, dying within a half mile of the place where he had settled. He and his wife are buried in the old Panther Valley graveyard. Webster Co. wills 1857-1880.

Will of Benjamin Johnson written 25 Mar 1876. My son Cyrus Johnson . . . my sons Cyrus and Robert J. Johnson. Witnesses 17 July 1876: Eslinger, James (Elizabeth, A.J.) and Simon.


Washington County Marriages

JOHNSON, Elan married PARKER, Martha Young C on 02 January 1826
JOHNSON, James married BROWN, Cristina on 04-FEB-1819
JOHNSON, William J married HALE, Mary on 08 August 1831
JOHNSTON, Betsy married GALLOWAY, John on 06-MAY-1838
JOHNSTON, Hannah married POINTER, Samuel on 07-MAY-1825
JOHNSTON, Henry married HOSS, Mary Ann on 22-FEB-1834
JOHNSTON, J R L married BIERLY, E on 15-OCT-1840
JOHNSTON, Rebeccah married WORHAM, Benjamin on 11 June 1809
JOHNSTON, Robert married CROCKSELL, Letty on 11-SEP-1827
JOHNSTON, Robert married SUTTLES, Elizabeth on 25-MAY-1829



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