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Jacob Johnson, II

Birthdate: (82)
Birthplace: Morristown, Morris, New Jersey, USA
Death: Died in Union City, Randolph, Indiana, USA
Place of Burial: Union City, Randolph, Indiana, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Jacob Johnson, I and Anne Johnson
Husband of Mary Elizabeth Johnson
Father of Mahlon Johnson, Sr.; Noah Vail Johnson; Anna V. Johnson; Francis D. Johnson; Mathilda Louise Johnson LaFlesh and 8 others
Brother of Mahlon Johnson and Noah Johnson

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About Jacob Johnson, II

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Birth: Mar. 24, 1777 Morristown Morris County New Jersey, USA

Death: 1848 Union City Randolph County Indiana, USA

Jacob Johnson Jr.'s grandfather (John Johnson) willed his Morristown, New Jersey homestead land to his son, Jacob Sr. That is probably where Jacob Jr. was born.

Records at Renton show that Jacob Sr, enlisted in the Revolutionary Army. He left his comfortable home, his wife , Ann Vail Johnson (a Quaker) who hated war, and went forth to fight for freedom. The history of Morris County describes him as a bold rider in Col. Jacob Arnold's Troop of Light Horse Cavalry.

On January 6th, 1777, General Washington's Army reached winter quarters at Morristown, New Jersey. General Washington established his headquarters at the tavern owned by Captain Jacob Arnold of the New Jersey Militia.

Jacob Johnson Jr. may have been born during the time his father served in the Revolutionary War.

Jacob Sr. died when he was only 30 years old. About his funeral was written: "The wagon upon which the coffin rested was an open one, and the coffin was entirely covered with a large flag. Proceeding the wagon rode the minister and doctor, each wearing a white linen scarf across the right shoulder tied in a sash under the left at the waist. This emblem was a mark of great respect to honorable citizens." One of the year books of the American Revolution states: "Jacob Johnson...the first soldier to be buried in Morristown with military honors."

Anne's health began to fail and she lived only four years longer than her husband. She saw that her sons went to school. This was Jacob's dying wish, that the boys would go to school until they were at least 14 years of age. Often Anne called the boys to her bedside and with the Reverend Timothy Johnes in attendance, she gave her sons advice and instruction. At one such bedside meeting, she gave her three little boys back to the Lord and the ordinance of baptism was administered by the Reverend Johnes.

Jacob's mother, Anne, died on the 11th of June 1784. She was 31 years old.

The boys lived at home with their Uncle John Vail and his wife who, no doubt, had moved into the home to help care for Anne. After two years they were separated. Noah went to live with a family and learned the blacksmith trade. Mahlon went to live with James Rogers and he became a carpenter.

Jacob went to live on the farm of another uncle and, so far as we know, that is where he grew up. He married Mary Elizabeth Edwards in about 1802. They had 13 children. Jane Vail was the 9th. She is our ancestor. She married Francis Lee the 24th of October 1835.

Jacob Johnson, Jr. died about 1848 and was buried in Union City, Indiana.

Family links:

  • Jacob Johnson (1750 - 1780)
  • Anne Vail Johnson (1753 - 1781)
  • Mary Elizabeth Edwards Johnson (1780 - 1859)
  • Edward Johnson (1809 - 1890)*
  • Jane Vail Johnson Lee (1815 - 1875)*

Burial: Union City Cemetery Union City Randolph County Indiana, USA

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Jacob Johnson, II's Timeline

March 24, 1777
Morristown, Morris, New Jersey, USA
August 2, 1803
Age 26
Morristown, Morris, New Jersey, USA
October 12, 1804
Age 27
Morristown, Morris, New Jersey, USA
October 15, 1805
Age 28
Morristown, Morris, New Jersey, USA
May 15, 1807
Age 30
Morristown, Morris, New Jersey, USA
February 10, 1809
Age 31
Morristown, Morris, New Jersey, USA
October 9, 1811
Age 34
Morristown, Morris, Nj
June 25, 1812
Age 35
Morristown, Morris, New Jersey, USA
March 26, 1814
Age 37
Morristown, Morris, New Jersey, USA