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About Joshua Johnson

Joshua Johnson was born 25 June, 1744, in St. Leonard, Calvert County, Maryland and died in Washington, D.C. in 1802. He was a U.S. Consul, a merchant, a businessman and U.S. Superintendent of Stamps.

Joshua Johnson left Maryland for England in 1771. He met his wife Cathernie Nuth while living in London. With the start of the Revolutionary War, he moved his family to France settling in the port city of Nantes in 1778. The children grew up in great luxury and indulgence, a lifestyle attributed to mother's insistence. In France, the Johnsons entertained many Americans, including John Adams and his son, then-twelve year old John Quincy.

Joshua Johnson (1742-1802) came from a large Maryland family originally from Norfolk. His grandfather, Thomas Johnson I of Great Yarmouth emigrated to America c. 1689 settling in Maryland, where he was relatively unsuccessful as planter and trader.

His only son, Thomas II (1702-c. 1777), did better as a planter and frequently represented Cecil County in the Lower House of the Assembly, though his principal residence was in Calvert County on the Patuxent in the heart of the southern Maryland tobacco country. Thomas II had a large and successful family, including seven sons. His second son, Thomas III (styled 'Jr.' in the letterbooks) (1732-1819), became a prosperous lawyer in Annapolis, acquired land thereabouts, and was first elected to the provincial assembly by Anne Arundel County in 1762; he became a delegate to the Continental Congress, the first Revolutionary governor of Maryland, and later a justice of the United States Supreme Court. Four of his younger brothers settled in western Maryland, James and Roger being pioneers in the nascent iron industry there. Of the seven, only Joshua had a 'foreign' career.

Joshua Johnson's business journals from his years as a London based merchant are considered to be some of he finest records from this era due to their detail and completeness. They are available online at:

http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=38786

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Joshua Johnson's Timeline

1742
June 25, 1742
St. Leonard, Calvert, Maryland
1773
December 22, 1773
Age 31
Haverhill, Essex, MA, USA
1773
Age 30
1775
February 12, 1775
Age 32
London, Middlesex, England
1776
1776
Age 33
Haverhill, Essex, MA, USA
1776
Age 33
1779
1779
Age 36
1781
1781
Age 38
Of, Haverhill, Massachusetts, Essex, United States
1781
Age 38
London, Middlesex, England
1784
1784
Age 41
MD, USA