John Johnson, Jr

Connecticut, USA
Death 1776 (aged 64–65)
New Jersey, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 76426090 · View Source
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Son of John Johnson Sr. and Mary (Chatterton) Johnson.

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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-

John Johnson, Junior, was born in 1711 in Connecticutt and must have early borne responsibility as the oldest son of a widowed mother. He must have been a sturdy, energetic man to carry on the large farms and the iron works which he held under his control. He had the iron carried to Elizabethtown on horseback and one of his iron works was near to Charles Johnson's mill on Morris Plains.
John Johnson was a loyal Colonial soldier under the King. This is shown by the fact that on June 9, 1766, Samuel Bowers gave a mortgage to Lieutenant John Johnson for 100 pounds English money, sterling value. This mortgage is on record in Morris County Clerk's office in Morristown, N.J.
John Johnson spent his early childhood in Wallingford, Conn., and, as the oldest child, succeeds to the management of his father's first property in New Jersey. Brothers and sisters are settled comfortable near him and John married a Hanover neighbor by the name of Abigail Ball. She attended church at Morristown and Presbyterian records show that John and Abigail renewed their covenant and had their children baptized. The family were certainly very prosperous and loyal and obedient servants under the English rule.
Abigail Ball was the daughter of the first Collector of Hanover, Caleb Ball, who died in 1748 leaving a will which names Abigail Johnson as his daughter. John Johnson and Abigail have a large and interesting family of children. The order of the children may not be the same as given here. Sometimes births and baptisms are confused.
Children of John and Abigail Johnson:
Kezia, b. 1732?; d. May 22, 1778; M. May 4, 1758, Joseph Beach. Elisha, b. 1735?; d. May 24, 1786; M. Sept. 26 1762, Hannah Lyon. Gershom, b. March 7, 1744; M. Jan. 29,
1766, Mary Ann Trowbridge. Removed to Philadelphia and died there, leaving children. Joseph, b. March 3, 1746; d. Dec. 29, 1831; M. Martha Vail, b. 1747. abigail, b. Feb. 28, 1748; M. Sept. 23, 1764, Josiah Hall (Capt.) and lived at Denville, N.J. Jacob, b. April 26, 1751; d. April 23 1780; M. Dec. 13, 1772, Anne Vail. Anne, M. July 4, 1771, Job Hathaway. Sarah. Provision is made in John Johnson's will for the three sons of Sarah who died before her father.
As the time of the Revolution approaches, the children are all in prosperous circumstances and Jacob, the father of Mahlon Johnson, is living upon one of his father's estates. Jacob was teh 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.
His children bore well their parts in the life of their community. A talent for leadership seems to have been shared by them all. As Lieutenant Johnson of the Colonials, their father had afforded them an inspiring example and their mother, Abigail Ball, probaby had kept them reminded of the relationship of the Balls to Mary Ball, George Washington's mother."

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