Anderson JOHNSON was born the fifth child of ten into a Quaker family on “the 7th day of the 6th month in the year of our Lord 1770,” in North Carolina, probably in what was then Surry County, and what is now Stokes County.
Anderson’s father was Robert JOHNSON, a member of the Society of Friends (Quaker) in Virginia, and his mother was Virginia Cecilia (ELMORE) JOHNSON, daughter of Thomas and Cecilia (ELLYSON) ELMORE, also from Virginia, and also a Quaker. Robert and Cecelia (ELMORE) JOHNSON migrated from Virginia to North Carolina in about 1765-1766 and settled in the Old Rowan County Piedmont area which later became Surry County and then Stokes County.
Do you remember back in January when I wrote about Strangeman (pronounced STRONG-muhn)? Do you remember that he had been disowned from the Society of Friends (Quakers) in 1796, but the Hinshaw abstracts did not give a reason?
My 3rd great grandfather Thomas JOHNSON was born on the 3rd day of the 1st month of the year 1794 (for us, this is 3 January 1794). He was the first child of devout Quakers Anderson and Sarah (BROOKS) JOHNSON. Continue reading →
I need to tsk-tsk myself. Last week when I wrote about Thomas and Rachel (JOHNSON) JOHNSON, I briefly discussed Rachel’s father. His name was Strangeman JOHNSON. One thing I have never done is to get too hung up on spelling while hunting for information about an ancestor. I am aware that words were often spelled phonetically and names with many variations. Continue reading →