An American Family History

Mary Collins Johnson

Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts was first settled by English Puritans in 1629 and was first incorporated in 1631 as Saugus.
Women played an essential role in American society as mothers and homemakers.

Mary Collins Johnson was born about 1642 in Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts. Her parents were Henry and Ann Collins.

She married Lieutenant Samuel Johnson on January 22, 1663/64 in Lynn. Samuel was born in Lynn in 1640. He was the son of Richard and Alice Johnson. Samuel's younger sister, Abigail Johnson married Mary's brother, John Collins

Mary and Samuel's children included:
Richard Johnson (1664),
David Johnson (married Esther Laughton),
Mary Johnson (January 19, 1664/65, died age 3),
Samuel Johnson (November 18, 1667, died 16 months),
Mary Johnson (May 25, 1669, died 20 days),
Samuel Johnson (May 25, 1669)
Hannah Johnson Mansfield (May 15, 1671, married Daniel Mansfield),
Elizabeth Johnson (December 16, 1672, died age 17),
Richard Johnson (November 8, 1674),
Ruth Johnson Parker (March 6, 1677/78, married Kendall Parker), and
Samuel Johnson (March 18, 1678/79).

Mary died on February 9, 1682 in Lynn

In 1685 Samuel received a land grant from the general court for his services in King Philip's War. He was representative to the general court in 1703 and 1708.

Samuel died in 1723.

Old Style Calendar
Before 1752 the year began on Lady Day, March 25th,. Dates between January 1st and March 24th were at the end of the year. Old Style (O.S.) and New Style (N.S.) are used to indicate whether the year has been adjusted. Often both dates are used.

Children of Anne and
Henry Collins, Sr.

  • Anne Collins
  • Henry Collins, Jr.
  • John Collins
  • Margery Collins Williams
  • Hannah Collins Ingersoll
  • Joseph Collins
  • Mary Collins Johnson
  • Benjamin Collins
  • A Puritan woman's clothing consisted of underpants, stockings, linen, shift, petticoat, chemise (underblouse), bolster (a padded roll tied around the hips under the skirt), bodice, skirt, apron, coif (cap), outer gown and shoes. A woman might wear a ruff or bow and an apron. Cloaks were worn instead of coats. Women carried a small cloth draw-string bag or reticule and perhaps wore a chatelaine.

    Essex County, Massachusetts was created on May 10, 1643 by the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, when it ordered "that the whole plantation within this jurisdiction be divided into four sheires."
    Estate inventories give us a glance into the home life of Colonial Americans.




    King Philip’s War was a bloody and costly series of raids and skirmishes in 1675 and 1676 between the Native American people and the colonials. King Philip was the Native American leader Metacom.

    Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Boston and Eastern Massachusetts edited by William Richard Cutter published by Lewis historical publishing company, 1908

    Lieutenant Samuel Johnson, son of Richard Johnson, the immigrant, was a soldier in King Philip's war, serving as cornet, 1676, and won the rank of lieutenant. For his services he received in 1685 a grant of land from the general court, and lived to enjoy his possessions until 1723, having attained the age of eighty-two years. He was representative to the general court in 1703 and 1708.

    He married, January 22, 1664, Mary Collins, and she had nine children:
    1. Mary, born January 11, 1665, died at the age of three months.
    2. Samuel, born November 18, 1666, died young.
    3. Mary, born May 25, 1669.
    4. Hannah, born May 15, 1671.
    5. Elizabeth, born December 16, 1672.
    6. Richard, born November 8, 1674
    7. Ruth, born March 6, 1676.
    8. Samuel, born March 18, 1678.
    9. David, January 31, 1689.

    1677 Map of New England
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    A cornet is the officer who carried the colors in a cavalry troop.

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