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Isaac Johnson, Esq.

Also Known As: "Isaac Johnson Esquire", "Isaake Johnson"
Birthdate: (30)
Birthplace: Canterbury,Kent,England
Death: September 30, 1630 (26-34)
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Abraham Johnson and Anna Johnson
Husband of Arabella Johnson
Brother of Edward Johnson; William Johnson and Mary Johnson
Half brother of Elizabeth JOHNSON; Samuel JOHNSON; Ezekiel JOHNSON; Francis JOHNSON; Nathaniel JOHNSON and 3 others

Occupation: Magistrate of New England
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About Isaac Johnson, Esq.

'Isaac Johnson (died 1630) was an English colonist in the New World, one of the founders of Massachusetts.

'He was the grandson of Archdeacon Robert Johnson, the founder of Oakham and Uppingham Schools, and a native of Clipsham, Rutland. In 1630 he accompanied John Winthrop to America, arrived at Salem on 12 June, and was one of the four who founded the first church at Charlestown on 30 July. The want of good water at Charlestown obliged them, on 7 September, to move to Shawmut, now Boston, which was settled under Johnson's supervision. He died at Boston on 30 September 1630, the richest man in the colony; his wife Arbella, daughter of Thomas Clinton, 3rd Earl of Lincoln, had died at Salem in August. It was in honour of her that the admiral ship of Winthrop's fleet, before called the Eagle, was renamed the Arbella.


  • This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: "Johnson, Isaac". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.


For future Remembrance of him, mind this Meeter:

  • "Isaac Johnson, Esquire, beloved of Christ and his people, and one of the magistrates of New England.
  • "What mov'd thee on the seas upon such toyle with Lady taking;
  • Christ's drawing love, all strength's above, when way for his hee 's making.
  • Christ will have thee example be, honoured with 's graces. Yielding
  • His churches aid, foundation laid, now new one Christ a building.
  • Thy Faith, Hope, Love, Joy, Meekness prove improved for thy Lord;
  • As he to thee, to people be, in Goverment accord."
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  • 'Isaac Johnson1
  • 'M, #227808, d. August 1630
  • Last Edited=2 Apr 2007
  • ' Isaac Johnson married Arabella Clinton, daughter of Thomas Clinton, 3rd Earl of Lincoln and Elizabeth Knyvett.1 He died in August 1630 at Salem, Massachusetts, U.S.A..1
  • ' He lived at Clipsham, Rutland, England.1 He emigrated to New England, U.S.A., arriving on 1629.1
  • Citations
  • 1.[S37] Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 1, page 824. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.
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  • Born: 1603
  • Died: ABT 27 Aug 1630, Salem, Massachussets, EEUU
  • Father: Thomas CLINTON FIENNES (3º E. Lincoln)
  • Mother: Elizabeth KNYVETT (C. Lincoln)
  • 'Married: Isaac JOHNSON (b. 1601- d. 1630)
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  • Thomas [Clinton], 11th Baron Clinton later 3rd Earl of Lincoln
  • born c. 1568
  • mar. aft. 21 Sep 1584 Elizabeth Knevitt, dau. and cohrss. of Sir Henry Knevitt, of Charlton, co. Wilts., by his wife Elizabeth Stumpe, dau. and hrss. of Sir James Stumpe, of Malmesbury, Wiltshire
  • children
    • 1. Hon Theophilus Clinton, later 4th Earl of Lincoln
    • 2. Hon Charles Clinton (d. aft. 25 Nov 1615)
    • 3. Hon Knevitt Clinton (d. aft. 25 Nov 1615)
    • 4. Hon John Clinton (d. aft. 25 Nov 1615)
    • 1. Lady Frances Clinton
    • '2. Lady Arabella Clinton (d. Aug 1630), mar. Isaac Johnson, of Clipsham, co. Rutland
    • 3. Lady Susan Clinton, mar. as his second wife John Humphrey, of Chaldon, co. Dorset, and had issue
    • 4. Lady Dorcas Clinton
    • 5. Lady Sara Clinton
    • 6. Lady Elizabeth Clinton
  • died 15 Jan 1618/9
  • suc. by son
  • note Member of Parliament for Great Grimsby 1601 and for Lincolnshire 1604-10; sum. to Parliament v.p. 8 Feb 1609/10 in his father's Barony of Clinton
  • From:
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From The Driver Family: A Genealogical Memoir of the Descendants of Robert and Phebe Driver, of Lynn, Mass. With an Appendix, Containing Twenty-three Allied Families. 1592-1887 (Google eBook) author, 1889 - Lynn (Mass.) - 531 pages. Page 511: Addenda

Isaac Johnson, a half-brother to William and Edward, came from Canterbury, County Kent, England, with them. Isaac was accompanied by his wife. Lady Arabella Fiennes, daughter of Thomas, the fourteenth Earl of Lincoln. They came in the ship "Eagle," "which the company," according to Johnson, in his history, "had wholly purchased for the expedition; others they hired." Governor Winthrop, also a passenger, named the ship Arabella," for Lady Arabella, by which it was ever after known. She landed her passengers at Noddels Island, June 12, 1630, where was one Samuel Maverick, whohad built, with the help of one Mr. David Thompson, a small fort.

"The Lady Arabella," says Johnson, "and some other godly Women aboard at Salem, but their Husbands continued at Charles Town, both for the setting up of the Civil Government and gathering another church of Christ. Here they pitched some Tents of Cloath; othen4 built them small Huts, in which they lodged their wives and children."

Lady Arabella was ill on the vovsge from poor diet at sea, and, being delicately bred, she could not endure the hardships of the colony, and she died four months after her arrival. Her husband, Isaac Johnson, died a month after, Sept. 30, 1630, of disease and affliction, as given by Winthrup in his journal. He ranked, by virtue of his birth, learning, and wealth, next to Governor Winthrop. ..."

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Isaac Johnson, Esq.'s Timeline

July 5, 1601
Age 1
Stamford, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom
September 30, 1630
Age 30
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
September 30, 1630
Age 30
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States