Pvt Jacob “The Trooper” Johnson

Pvt Jacob “The Trooper” Johnson

Littleton, Morris County, New Jersey, USA
Death 25 Apr 1780 (aged 30)
Littleton, Morris County, New Jersey, USA
Burial Morristown, Morris County, New Jersey, USA
Memorial ID 5797938 · View Source
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Son of John Johnson and Abigail Ball. Husband of Ann Vail and father of Mahlon Johnson.

Jacob Johnson married Ann Vail on 13 Dec 1772.

Excerpts from:
Mahlon Johnson family of Littleton, New Jersey : ancestors and descendants : from the records of the Mahlon Johnson Association and other sources, with map, charts and illustrations
by Hannah More Johnson
unknown: unknown, 1931.
Pg 7-9

"...As the time of the Revolution approaches, the children [of John Johnson and Abigail Ball] are all in prosperous circumstances and Jacob, the father of Mahlon Johnson, is living upon one of his father's estates. Jacob was the last child to marry and settle down. All the children are counted wealthy in land and stock. In April, 1776, in the Bill of Mortality, we find the name of John Johnson; cause of death given as being "Inflammation of the head." He was only sixty-five and passed away a few months before the Declaration of Independence."

"...Jacob Johnson, "The Trooper," was not the only one of John Johnson's children who gave valiant service to their country in the war for Independence. The fine horses in which the family took pride play a prominent part in the form that the military service assumed in each case.

We find recorded in the Wagonmaster Department of Stryker's "Men of the Revolution," the name Gershom Johnson, Deputy Wagonmaster General, and Joseph Johnson, Wagonmaster and Dragoon.

As a witness for his sister, Martha Vail, Henry Vail said that he recalled her husband, Joseph Johnson, as a Captain of a brigade of teams all through the war and that he himself had been a teamster in one of his brigades. This testimony was given when Martha secured her widow's pension.

Jacob had, furthermore, two sisters whose husbands had been Captains of Militia in the war. Abigail Johnson married Josiah Hall of Mendham and he was recorded as Captain Josiah Hall. This sister was the one with whom the widowed mother spent her last days. An older sister, Kezia, married Captain Joseph Beach and died during the war.

Elisha Johnson, the oldest brother, was a man of established home and property in the larger community for we find his name on a list of Freeholders entitled to vote.
"...Jacob Johnson was a soldier of the American Revolution who died in the service of his country at the age of 30..."

[pg 13 & 14 lists written memories of Mahlon Johnson which include their minister, Rev. Timothy Johnes, who visited his sick mother. CS]

Family Members

Gravesite Details served in Col. Jacob Arnold's troop,Lt. horse cav. Died age ~ 30. Son of John & Abigal Johnson.



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