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James H. Johnson
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Birth: 1818
Rappahannock County
Virginia, USA
Death: May 13, 1859
Washington
Rappahannock County
Virginia, USA

James was the son of Marshall Johnson and Sarah E. Jennings. He married Alice Dulin, and they were the parents of Annie "Anna" Johnson Shryock, Augusta E.R., and Virginia.

"Many versions and legends have been told of the trial of James Johnson, a Harris Hollow farmer, who poisoned his wife and was duly tried and legally hung on Main Street near the pond at Arthur Miller's gate."
(From "Rappahannock County, Virginia History," by Elizabeth B. and C.E. Johnson, Jr.)

"Nothing has happened in Rappahannock before or since to match the drama, suspense and horror of the story that unfolded at the March term of Circuit Court over a century ago. It has all the element of the sensational novels that soar to the top of today's best seller lists: a handsome, philandering husband who married for wealth and not for love, an illicit affair [with Mary Elizabeth "Mollie" Shreve, his wife's niece] that led to an unwanted pregnancy, a secret birth and suspected infanticide, a brutal murder and a convicted killer who went to the gallows protesting his innocence."
(From "On the Morning Side of the Blue Ridge, A Glimpse of Rappahanock County's Past," 1983 (out of print), by Daphne Hutchinson and Theresa Reynolds.) 
 
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 Parents:
  Marshall Johnson (____ - 1848)
  Sarah E. Jennings Johnson (1800 - 1848)
 
 Siblings:
  James H. Johnson (1818 - 1859)
  Penelope Johnson Updike (1818 - 1885)*
  Sarah Ann Johnson Bowman (1821 - 1892)*
  John W. Johnson (1823 - 1907)*
  Lucy Catherine Johnson Swindler (1826 - 1882)*
  Elizabeth Virginia Johnson Grandstaff (1834 - 1922)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Johnson Family Burial Ground
Washington
Rappahannock County
Virginia, USA
 
Created by: Judy Llamas
Record added: Oct 06, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 77733422
 

 
 
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