Mary Johnson was born 1840 in Raleigh, Wake County, NC, the eldest of 4 known surviving children (3 girls/1 boy) born to Dr. Charles E. Johnson Jr. and his (1st) wife, Emily Skinner.
She is descended on both side of her family tree from prominent NC families. She was the paternal grandchild of Charles E. Johnson Sr. & Ann William Taylor of Edenton, Chowan Co, NC.; and gr-grandchild of Charles Johnson a member of the Senate and Congress who died in 1802, and who married Elizabeth Earle of "Bandon" Plantation in Edenton, daughter of Rev. Daniel Earle. On her mother's side, she was the maternal grandchild of Charles Worth Skinner and his (1st) wife, Mary Creecy, of Hertford Co, NC.
Mary's mother died 1847 when she was just 7 years old. Her father soon married (2nd) Francis Lenox Iredell, daughter of NC Gov. James Iredell Jr. & Frances Tredwell Johnson. This second marriage resulted in 7 more children being born. Her father would later serve the Confederacy as Surgeon General during the war.
Sometime between 1860 and 1861, Mary married Campbell Tredwell Iredell, son of the late Gov. James Iredell, Jr., a young pharmacist in Raleigh. She would have been about age 21-22, and he 25-26.
Their young lives and marriage would be struck with tragedy as the winds of war soon blew, and Campbell would enlist on February 27, 1862 with Co. D, of the 47th NC Infantry, with the rank of 1st Lieutenant, rising to rank of Captain on September 1, 1862.
The couple's only child, James Iredell, was born about 3 months after his father's enlistment on May 18, 1862. While her husband was away at war, Mary would bury their only child on November 1, 1862, and mournfully await the return of her beloved.
The next blow occurred during the first three days of July 1863, as news of the casualties were wired to the home front following the Battle of Gettysburg, which all would later learn was the biggest bloodbath of the war. Mary's husband was there, and she prayed for his safe return; but he would not be coming back. Captain Campbell T. Iredell was mortally wounded from a shell, and lost his right arm. He died of his wounds on July 2, 1863.
Her husband's body was brought back to Raleigh and buried in City Cemetery near other family members. He would soon be joined by his brothers Maj. James Johnston Iredell, who was killed at Spotsylvania Court House on May 10, 1864; and by his brother, Dr. Samuel Tredwell Iredell who died November 20, 1865.
Following the death of her husband, Mary moved back home to her father and stepmother's home, where she remained until they died. She then moved in with her half-brother Charles and his family, until her death.
Mary Johnson Iredell never married again after the loss of her young husband and child. She may have been one of the many war widows who donned black and wore this outward sign of their mourning all their days, but this fact is not known.
Mary died in 1919. She was 79 years old. She was buried in Old City next to her husband and infant child.
NOTE: photo of gravestone graciously provided by descendant.
Charles Earl Johnson (1812 - 1876)
Emily Ann Skinner Johnson (1818 - 1847)
Campbell Tredwell Iredell (1836 - 1863)
James Iredell (1861 - 1862)*
Mary Johnson Iredell (1840 - 1919)
Ann Nancy Taylor Johnson Johnston (1841 - 1866)*
Elizabeth Earl Johnson Jones (1844 - 1890)*
Emily Skinner Johnson Jones (1846 - 1880)*
Charles Earl Johnson (1847 - 1848)*
Frances Iredell Johnson Hines (1850 - 1914)**
Charles Earl Johnson (1851 - 1923)**
Helen Blair Johnson McRee (1852 - 1913)**
James Iredell Johnson (1853 - 1853)**
James Iredell Johnson (1854 - 1919)**
Samuel Iredell Johnson (1860 - 1940)**
Note: Wife of Capt. Campbell Tredwell Iredell
North Carolina, USA
Plot: Section: E-3, Lot: 40
Created by: pbfries
Record added: Sep 17, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 42048959
Beautiful lady you are reunited with your handsome cavalier and your son. God bless you.|
Added: Oct. 10, 2012
Added: Jun. 1, 2012
Mary Iredell was a teacher at St. Mary's School in Raleigh, N.C.|
D. S. Johnson
Added: Jan. 25, 2012