James JohnsonAge: 10917401849

Name
James Johnson
Given names
James
Surname
Johnson
Birth about 1740 35
VA or MD

MarriageAnn McMillianView family
about 1758 (Age 18)

moved from
Western Maryland to
1762 (Age 22)
Pennsylvania

Note: from Obituary of Disberry Johnson
MarriageCatherine DemossView family
about 1764 (Age 24)
Virginia

Death of a wifeAnn McMillian
about 1764 (Age 24)
Virginia

Birth of a son
#1
Disberry Johnson
October 15, 1766 (Age 26)
Westmoreland Co, PA

Shared note: Obituary give birthdate in 1766 but other sources of siblings give the about 1773 date.
Birth of a daughter
#2
Rachel Johnson
about 1769 (Age 29)
Westmoreland Co, PA

Birth of a daughter
#3
Deborah Johnson
about 1771 (Age 31)
Westmoreland Co, PA

Birth of a son
#4
James Johnson
about 1773 (Age 33)
Westmoreland Co, PA

Birth of a son
#5
John Johnson
September 1775 (Age 35)
Westmoreland Co, PA

Birth of a son
#6
Andrew William Johnson
May 26, 1776 (Age 36)
Westmoreland Co, PA

Military Service
Pennsylvania Rangers, Westmoreland County Military Service
about 1776 (Age 36)

Birth of a son
#7
Henry Johnson
February 4, 1777 (Age 37)
Westmoreland Co, PA

Birth of a son
#8
Griffith Johnson
August 11, 1778 (Age 38)
Westmoreland Co, PA

Birth of a daughter
#9
Sarah Ann Johnson
1780 (Age 40)
Westmoreland Co, PA

Birth of a daughter
#10
Mary Johnson
about 1782 (Age 42)
Washington Co, PA

Birth of a daughter
#11
Nancy Johnson
about 1784 (Age 44)
Washington Co, PA

Death of a fatherWilliam Johnson
1785 (Age 45)
Washington Co, MD

moved from
Ohio Co, Virginia (became Washington Co, PA 1781)
1788 (Age 48)
Beach Bottom Flats, West Virginia

Note: (this is the time when two son, Henry and John, were captured by Indians - see Henry Johnson notes f…
Marriage of a childDisberry JohnsonJinsy McGeeView family
1796 (Age 56)
Wellsburg, Brooke Co, VA (now WV)

Marriage of a childGriffith JohnsonSarah Mary WrightView family
October 20, 1798 (Age 58)
Pennsylvania

moved from
Beach Bottom Flats, West Virginia
1804 (Age 64)
Harrison Co, Ohio

Death of a brotherGriffith Johnson
February 12, 1805 (Age 65)
Allegany Co, MD

Death of a wifeCatherine Demoss
1815 (Age 75)
Harrison Co, Ohio

Land
NW 23.12.7
June 1, 1815 (Age 75)
Tuscarawas County

Note: from Historical Collection Harrison Co, OH
MarriageJemina GriffinView family
August 22, 1816 (Age 76)
Harrison Co, Ohio

Marriage of a childDisberry JohnsonMary WoodView family
June 29, 1817 (Age 77)
Harrison Co, Ohio

MarriageEleanor MowderView family
March 29, 1820 (Age 80)
Harrison Co, Ohio

Military Service
French & Indian War - Engineer (unverified)

Death 1849 (Age 109)
Freeport, Harrison Co, OH

Family with parents - View family
father
William Johnson
Birth: about 1705Virginia
Death: 1785Washington Co, MD
 
Marriage:   —
elder brother
Thomas Johnson
Birth: about 1720 15
Death:   —
15 years
elder brother
Griffith Johnson
Birth: 1734 29Essex Co, VA
Death: February 12, 1805Allegany Co, MD
7 years
James Johnson
Birth: about 1740 35VA or MD
Death: 1849Freeport, Harrison Co, OH
Family with Catherine Demoss - View family
James Johnson
Birth: about 1740 35VA or MD
Death: 1849Freeport, Harrison Co, OH
wife
Catherine Demoss
Birth: June 17, 1743Frederick Co, VA
Death: 1815Harrison Co, Ohio
 
Marriage: about 1764Virginia
3 years
son
Disberry Johnson
Birth: October 15, 1766 26 23Westmoreland Co, PA
Death: July 28, 1869Galion, OH
3 years
daughter
Rachel Johnson
Birth: about 1769 29 25Westmoreland Co, PA
Death:   —
3 years
daughter
Deborah Johnson
Birth: about 1771 31 27Westmoreland Co, PA
Death:   —
3 years
son
James Johnson
Birth: about 1773 33 29Westmoreland Co, PA
Death:   —
3 years
son
John Johnson
Birth: September 1775 35 32Westmoreland Co, PA
Death: before 1851Monroe Co, OH
9 months
son
Andrew William Johnson
Birth: May 26, 1776 36 32Westmoreland Co, PA
Death: January 17, 1855Short Creek Twp, Harrison Co, OH
8 months
son
Henry Johnson
Birth: February 4, 1777 37 33Westmoreland Co, PA
Death: after 1852Antioch, Monroe Co, OH
18 months
son
Griffith Johnson
Birth: August 11, 1778 38 35Westmoreland Co, PA
Death: July 19, 1861Tamaoa, Perry Co, IL
2 years
daughter
Sarah Ann Johnson
Birth: 1780 40 36Westmoreland Co, PA
Death: 1856Cincinatti, Hamilton Co, OH
3 years
daughter
Mary Johnson
Birth: about 1782 42 38Washington Co, PA
Death:   —
3 years
daughter
Nancy Johnson
Birth: about 1784 44 40Washington Co, PA
Death:   —
Family with Ann McMillian - View family
James Johnson
Birth: about 1740 35VA or MD
Death: 1849Freeport, Harrison Co, OH
wife
Ann McMillian
Birth: about 1740
Death: about 1764Virginia
 
Marriage: about 1758
son
son
son
Family with Eleanor Mowder - View family
James Johnson
Birth: about 1740 35VA or MD
Death: 1849Freeport, Harrison Co, OH
wife
 
Marriage: March 29, 1820Harrison Co, Ohio
Family with Jemina Griffin - View family
James Johnson
Birth: about 1740 35VA or MD
Death: 1849Freeport, Harrison Co, OH
wife
 
Marriage: August 22, 1816Harrison Co, Ohio

 
moved from

from Obituary of Disberry Johnson Others say his family moved from Virginia to Western Maryland about 1740 (near James' birth year) then James moved to SW Pennsylvania abt 1762

moved from

(this is the time when two son, Henry and John, were captured by Indians - see Henry Johnson notes for the story) Beach Bottom Flats was 3-4 miles north of where Short Creek empties into the Ohio River (2-1/2 miles inland) on the east side of the river in then Virginia to be West Virginia.

Land

from Historical Collection Harrison Co, OH

LIST OP HARRISON COUNTY LAND PATENTS. James Johnson

Shared note

From the obituary of son, Desbery Johnson

His father, James Johnson, moved from Virginia to Pennsylvania about the year 1762. Here, Desbery and his twin brother Griffith were born. Soon the Indians began to ravage the country, and James, with his wife and three children were compelled to retrace their steps over the hills of Pennsylvania to Virginia for safety, carrying the three children on their back.

His father (James Johnson) was a prisoner with the Indians three years and was released after the treaty of Virginia. After his release he was met by the son at Cincinatti O., after an absence of twenty years. At the age of twenty-six he became of member of the Presbyterian Church, with which he stood identified until his death, a period of seventy-six years"

Another Source Says: James Johnson was a Pennsylvania Ranger in the Revolutionary War and lived to be 107 years old. Several stories of the frontier life of this family are available. Resident of West Virginia during Revolutionary War. May have been born 1732. In his religious affiliations James Johnson was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and several of his sons were ministers.

James Johnson lived in Ohio from 1785 to 1839.

Among the "intruders" driven out by the troops of Colonel Harmar at Fort McIntosh was Thomas Johnson, a brother of James Johnson. Not many of the settlers left, and if they did they soon returned with others. If James Johnson's family was not one of those expelled in the spring of 1785, they arrived in the summer or fall of that year. He sold his farm in Westmoreland County, Pa., "with the expectation of acquiring larger possessions farther west" to provide for his "large family". Crossing the Ohio river he "bought some improvements on what was called Beach Bottom Flats, two and a half miles from the river" about three or four miles up Short Creek. He expected to hold the land "by improvement-right under the Virginia claim".

In 1793, when he was passed sixty years of age, James Johnson was sent out from Fort Henry block house at Wheeling, Virginia, with Capt. William Boggs, Robert Maxwell, Joseph Daniels and a ___ Miller to explore the headwaters of Stillwater Creek, now in Harrison County. At night they were surprised by the Indians. Capt. Boggs was scalped after being shot. His companions fled, Johnson and two others succeeding in reaching the block house.

The same year while in camp on McIntire Creek with ___ McIntire and John Layport, two neighbors, the Indians attacked them. James Johnson was captured after a hard struggle but his two companions were killed. He was taken to Sandusky and cruelly punished by the savages. Forced to run the gauntlet, he barely escaped with his life. Finally it was decided to burn him at the stake. After the fagots had been lighted and the red men were dancing about him torturing him, a heavy rainstorm put out the fire. This was taken as a sign of disfavor on the part of the Great Spirit and he was given his freedom as a favored prisoner. He lived two years with the Indians on the lookout continually for a good opportunity to escape. Not until the defeat of the Indians by General Wayne at Fallen Timbers in 1795 was he released in accordance with the terms of the treaty which followed. On one occasion British traders sought to obtain his liberty but without avail. When he finally returned home he was so emaciated, hairy and tattered that his own wife and children did not recognize him. James never tired of telling his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren about his experience with the Wyandotte Indians. In the family annals it vied in interest with the Johnson lads, and as time passed accumulated many embellishments to the original tale.

After 1795, James Johnson settled down as a contented farmer. From Wells township on Short Creek in Jefferson County, he changed his residence several times to improve his economic condition and at last located in Washington township, Harrison County, where he lived until his death in 1839. Like most men of that day he bought and sold land.