An American Family History

The Johnson Family


Moses Johnson was born on June 16, 1745.

Mary Johnson (1773, married James Walling),
Sarah Johnson (1775)
Elizabeth Johnson (1776)
Isaac Johnson (1778)
George Johnson (1780),
Susannah Johnson (1781)
Nancy Johnson (1782)
James Johnson (1784),
Abigail Johnson (1786),
John T. Johnson (1788),
Moses Johnson (1793),
Lee Johnson (1795).

1787 Bent Creek Baptist Church record

The church met at Thomas Murrels and after divine service proceeded to receive
Mary Murrel by experience.
2nd Miciah Bunch and Lydia his wife by letter
3rd. Jeffrey Murrel and Margaret his wife by recommendation.
4th Received Moses Johnson and Sarah his wife by letter and
Thomas Tonecanley by experience

and baptism given up for constitution
Thomas Murrel, Benjamin Murrel, and Mary his wife, and Jeffry Murrel and Martha his wife, Bartlett Sims and Elizabeth his wife, Negroe Sal, Agnes Johnson, Elisha Wallen, Micahah Bunch, Lydia Bunch, Moses Johnson, Sarah Johnson, Mary Dotson, Elisha Debusk and Mary Williams. (Bent Creek, Journey into Century Three, by Glenn Alfred Toomey, 1988, Church minutes, p. 43)

In 1809, Phillip Tacket of Hawkins deeded land on Turkey Creek in Hawkins County, Tennessee to Moses Johnson. The witnesses were Isaac Briscoe and Archibald Evans.

In 1810, the Hawkins Count tax list of Captain Looney included Moses Johnson with no tithe and 100 acres. He was listed next to George, James, and Thomas Johnson.

In 1811 Moses Johnson was on Hawkins County tax list of Captain Nichols with no poll and 100 acres.

On April 22, 1812, Moses Johnson deeded land on Turkey Creek near the mouth of the Clinch River to James Lynch. The witnesses were Robert Ryle, Obediah Goodman, and Edmund Goodman.

Moses died on November 12, 1812.

A tithable was a person for whom a head tax was to be paid. The definition varies over time and place, but generally included members of the potentially productive labor force.
A poll tax is a tax levied on every poll. The definition of a poll also varied, but was generally a man of legal age.

The Holston River flows from Kingsport to Knoxville.
map by Kmusser

Southern Campaign American Revolution Pension Statements 
Pension application of Moses Johnson
Transcribed by Will Graves 10/24/08

State of Tennessee, Hawkins County 
Personally appeared before me Richard Mitchell a Justice of the peace in and aforesaid County Henry Blevins a citizen of Hawkins County and a Pensioner of the United States of the agency of Jonesborough who

being first duly sworn states that he was acquainted with a certain Moses Johnston in a campaign against the Indians in 1776 and 1777 when the troops marched from Holston to the Indian Towns, mentioned in the said Johnson declaration hereto annexed, and

he believes that the said Moses Johnson now an applicant for a pension is the same person who served in that campaign -- and from that he high standing the said Johnson has for truth and integrity this affiant would place the utmost confidence in any statement he would make & further saith not. 
Sworn to & subscribed before made this night day of September 1833 
S/ Richard Mitchell, JP
S/ Henry Blevins, X his mark 


  The Rev. Thomas Murrell married Elizabeth, widow of James Johnson.  

Benjamin Johnson was born about 1758 in Granville County, North Carolina.

In 1775 Benjamin Johnson was on Tipton's Payroll.

He married Charity Bobbitt on February 12, 1779.

James Johnson (1781, married Nancy Howard),
Elmer Johnson (1782),
Martha Johson (1783),
Darius Johnson (1783),
Isham Johnson (1784),
Turner Johnson (1786), and
Benjamin Johnson (1787).

A list of souls in Epping Forest District for the year 1786 taken by Charles P. Eaton, Granville Co., Pg. 2,
08 John Larrance,
09 Deborah Larrance,
10 Benjamin Johnston 1-3-1-0-0-5,
12 William Roberts,
13 Henry Fuller, Senr,
14 William Bobbit 1-5-3-0-0-9,
15 William Cook;
16 John Edwards,
17 Benjamin Hayes,
18 Joseph Johnson 3-7-7-0-0-17,
19 John Finch, Senr.,
29 John Dickerson.

Charity Johnson was on the 1806 Bent Creek Baptist Church list in Hawkins County Tennessee.

Charity Johnson was at the estate sale of James Johnson abt 1814 in Wilson Tennessee

He applied for his pension on September 19, 1818 in Overton County, Tennessee., He was 58 when he applied.

Benjamin died on June 28, 1827.

Charity Johnson was in White Tennessee in 1830.

Charity applied for BLW on May 8, 1855.


James Johnson was born in 1781 in Granville, North Carolina.

He married Nancy Howard

At the time of the 1840 census, the Johnson family was in Overton County, Tennessee. The household consisted of:

Males - Under 5: 2
Males - 10 thru 14: 1
Males - 15 thru 19: 1
Males - 50 thru 59: 1
Females - Under 5: 1
Females - 30 thru 39: 1
Females - 70 thru 79: 1


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 6, 1801 in Tennessee. She was the daughter of the Reverend Isaac Denton.

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

Watauga Pioneer Neighbors


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.

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