Benjamin Johnson (1728-1769), Bedford County, VA

[WHB: I now believe Benjamin Johnson was the brother of my 5th great grandfather, JOHN JOHNSON.]

1728

Son of JOHN JOHNSON and LUCRETIA MASSIE, born about 1728 at St Peters Parish, New Kent County?

1730

Mary Bolling Moorman born in Hanover, Virginia (She died 9 September 1814 in Virginia.

1748

BENJAMIN JOHNSON married MARY BOLLING “MOLLY” MOORMAN, daughter of THOMAS MOORMAN and RACHEL CLARK on 19 July 1847 in Public Meeting of Friends, Camp Creek Meeting House, Louisa County, VA.

1749

Thomas Johnson born in Louisa County, VA

1751

John Johnson, Sr born 1 Mar 1751 in Louisa County, VA

1754

Andrew Johnson born 7 April 1754 in Louisa County, VA

1757

William Johnson born (a year after a first William Johnson died a day after birth) 2 August 1757 in Louisa County, VA

1759

James Johnson born 20 December, 1759 in Louisa County, VA

1762

Rachel Johnson born 26 March 1762 in Louisa County, VA

From Goose Creek Meeting House (Bedford County, VA) Minutes

South River Meeting House (restoration); Lynchburg, VA

1762, 8, 21. BENJAMIN (JOHNSON) & John Chandler employed [p. 320] to put up an addition to South River meetinghouse; first time BENJ. JOHNSON’s name appeared in these minutes; the next mo. they were continued on same project.

1764

Elizabeth Johnson born 15 May 1764 Ivy Creek, Bedford County, Va

1766

Mildred Johnson born 4 July 1766, Ivy Creek, Bedford County, VA

1769

Christopher Johnson born 4 March 1769, Bedford County, VA

Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, Vol. 6

Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy: Virginia
[p.295] RECORDS

(Note by W.W.H.) In his Will, probated 9-26-1769 in Bedford Co., Va., the above BENJAMIN JOHNSON named each of his child in the order of their born (excepting the first William who died next day); also his wife, Mary.

As a widow, Mary marry (married contrary to discipline) 1771 John Miller for which she was disowned 1771) & had three more child by that name (Miller). Bell in his book “Our Quaker Friends of ye Olden Time” (published 1905) lists six child of Benjamin Johnson & Mary (Hargrave) Johnson (marry 1781) as belonging to Benjamin & Mary (Moorman) Johnson, as follows: Lemuel, Anselm, Matilda, Polly, Gerard & Lucinda, all born after 1782.

This note is to correct that error & avoid confusion. The Last Will & Testament of Benjamin Johnson Sept. 26, 1769, in Will Book 1, page 86, Bedford Co., Va. “In the name of God Amen, I Benjamin Johnson of Bedford County & Russell Parrish being weak in Body But of Perfect Memory Do mak Constitute & Ordain this to be my last Will & Testament in manner following that is to say

Imprimis I give & Bequeath Unto my Son Thomas Johnson one Horse & a Cow & Calf when married or comes of Lawful age to him his airs or assigns forever Item, I give & Bequeath unto my son John Johnson a Horse & Cow & Calf when Married or comes of Lawfull age to him his airs & assigns forever.

Item, I give & Bequeath unto my Son Andrew Johnson a Horse & Cow & Calf when married or comes of Lawfull age to him his airs & assigns forever Item I give & bequeath unto my son William Johnson a horse & Cow & Calf when married or comes of Lawfull age to him his airs & assigns forever Item

I give & bequeath unto my Son James Johnson a Horse & Cow & Calf when married or Comes of Lawfull age to him his airs & assigns forever. Item I give & Bequeath unto my Daughter Rachel Johnson a Horse & Cow & Calf when married or Comes of Lawfull age to her airs & assigns forever. Item I give & Bequeath unto my Daughter Elizabeth Johnson a Horse & Cow & Calf when Married or comes of Lawful age to her aires & assigns forever

Item I give & bequeath unto my Daughter Mildred Johnson a Horse & Cow & Calf when married or Comes of Lawful age to her her airs forever Item I give & Bequeath unto my son Christopher Johnson a Horse & Cow & Calf when married or Comes of Lawfull age to him his airs forever.

Item I lend to my beloved wife during the Terms of Life a Negro Girl Named Sarah & her Increase & the plantashon whereon we now Live & the Land Containing Two Hundred & fifty Acers be the same mow or less with imprvements & appurtance there belonging & also all the Rest & Remainder of my personal Estate of What Nature or Quallity soever not herein purticular before given or mentshoned During the Terme of Life & after her deceas I Desire that my Estate may be Equally Divided amongst all my Children above mentioned they their airs & asines forever

Lastly I Appoint my wife Mary Johnson to be my Excutor & I appoint Charles Lynch with him & Micajah Terrel Benjamin Johnson L S Teste Henry Tate Bowlen Clark Sarah Tate Jesse Tate

At a Court held for Bedford County Sepr. 26th 1769. The within Last Will & Testament of Benjamin Johnson Decd. was Exhibitied in Court by Mary Johnson Charles Lynch & Micajah Terril Executrix & Executors therein Named & Proved by the Oaths of Henry Tate Sarah Tate & Jesse Tate & Ordered to be Recorded & on the motion of the said Executrix & Executors who made Oath According to Law they have first Entered into Bond with Security & acknowledged the same for their due & Faithfull Execution of the said Last Will & Testament Certificate is granted them for obtaining a probate thereof in Due former of Law Teste Ben Howard, C.B.C. A Copy-Teste: (Sgd) U. W. Nichols, clerk of the Circuit Court of the County of Bedford, Virginia


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