John Johnson, Sr (1732-1817), Hanover and Bedford Counties, VA


JOHN JOHNSON born in Hanover County, VA, in the Quaker community asociated with the Cedar Creek Quaker Meeting House

Inscription. English immigrant Thomas Stanley, born about 1670, championed the right to religious freedom early in the 1700s. Stanley gave nearby land for a Quaker meetinghouse, school, and cemetery. Until the 19th century, the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) convened here for worship. Here in 1767, Quakers spoke out strongly against enslavement of blacks, which resulted in a 1772 resolution prohibiting the purchase and hiring of slaves by Quakers. By 1779, they had recommended freeing all slaves and approximately 200 were freed as a result. In 1875, the meeting was disbanded because of westward Quaker migration. The building burned in 1904.

Erected 2009 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number I 10-c.)

Location. 37° 49.419′ N, 77° 37.759′ W. Marker is in Montpelier, Virginia, in Hanover County. Marker is at the intersection of West Patrick Henry Road (Virginia Route 54) and Quaker Church Road (Virginia Route 803), on the left when traveling west on West Patrick Henry Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Montpelier VA 23192, United States of America.

The WATKINS family of Goochland County VA produced four children whose spouses were children of JOHN JOHNSON and ELIZABETH ELLYSON.


JOHN JOHNSON, son of JOHN JOHNSON and ELIZABETH ELLYSON married LYDIA WATKINS, daughter of ________,  3 June 1754.


Judith Johnson, daughter of JOHN JOHNSON and LYDIA WATKINS, born at Cedar Creek, Bedford County, VA


Susanna Johnson, daughter of JOHN JOHNSON and LYDIA, born in Cedar Creek, Bedford County, VA


Judith Johnson, duagher of JOHN JOHNSON and LYDIA WATKINS, married to Barclay Ballard.


Suannah Johnson, daughter of JOHN JOHNSON SR and LYDIA, marries John WIlkerson 16 December 1792. She was born in Bedford County, VA, and died in Bedford County, VA.


Josiah Bailey, of Campbell County, and Susanna Ballard, daughter of Barclay and Judith Ballard, of Bedford County, were married at Ivy Creek Meeting-house, in Bedford County, 7-15-1804.


The following witnesses signed the marriage certificate : Thomas Johnson, Johnson Ballard, William Butler, Amos Holloway, Nicholas Johnson, Benjamin Johnson, John Swinney, Joseph Johnson, Rhoda Johnson, Agatha Johnson, Hepsabeth Holloway, Salley Macey, Betsy Butterworth, Nancy Johnson, Susanna Stone.


December 21,, 1807 – Bedford County Marriage Bonds: JOHN JOHNSON, JR to MARY ANN (POLLY) CARTER. Surety is JOHN CARTER





Will of John Johnson, Sr (1817)

I, John Johnson of Bedford County, do hereby make and ordain this my last will and testament. In the m_____  following

I do lend my wife Lydia Johnson during her life the Land and plantation whereon I now live with all the personal estate I, Joseph, and at her decease for the Land to revert to my Son Thomas Johnson and his heirs forever –

and, I have ____ my son James Johnson the sum of one thousand dollars to be laid out in Land upon? the State of the ___ by him for the Benefit of my son John Johnson, deceased and to be equally divided between them, then at the decision of my aforesaid wife for my personal estate and make a return to court and then giving three months Legal notice of a sale of the said estate and for the amount of sale to be divided equally between my Children to wit, Judith Ballard Susannah WIlkerson James Samuel Joseph & Thomas Johnson and Lydia Moorman and the heirs of my son John Johnson to come in and  ___ legatee in all making eight shs ___I to constitute my son Thomas  Johnson and James Martin Capt? of Campbell to be my executors of this my last will and testament given under my hand & seal this ____ day of September eighteen hundred and ___ signed in the present

John Johnson Seal

B the words? between tem, and equally interlined before signed Samuel Poindexter, Dabney Poindexter, Benjamin X Ellot his mark Aug 1817


At a court held for Bedford County at the Courthouse this 24th day of March 1817. The Last Will of John Johnson Dec was exhibited in Court and proven by Dabney Cornester? as subscribing witness and afterward met a court before _____ the 26th day of August 1817. The same further proven by the oah of Benjamin Eliott another Subscribing witness for ___ to be recorded. On the motion of Thomas Johnson one of the Executors therein named who madeoath ____according to Law. Certificate is granted ___ for obtaining a probate thereof in due form Liverty being reserved the other Exer therein named to ___ in that _____ fit. Desk J Stepph__ ?

The Last Will etc of John Johnson Dec’d 1817 Mar 24th proved by _____

1817 Aug 25th  heir proved ___ Thomas Johnson _____


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