John Johnson, Ancient Planter

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John Johnson

Birthdate: (46)
Birthplace: Annandale, Dumfries-Shire, Scotland
Death: Died in James City, Virginia Colony
Place of Burial: Jamestown, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of unknown Johnson and unknown Johnson
Husband of Ann Johnson
Father of Ann Travis and John Johnson, Jr., of Jamestown

Occupation: Yeoman
Managed by: Patrick Robert Graham
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About John Johnson, Ancient Planter

Buried in Travis Cemetery, Jamestown, Virginia.

The following was contributed by Gladys Johnson and Stacey Penman:

Occupation: Yeoman (small farmer or freeholder)

Property: Abt 1620, Received a grant of 100 acres (15 acres near the eastern end of Jamestown Island and 85 acres at Jockey Neck, west of Archer's Hope (now College) Creek.

Will: If he left a will, it would have perished in the fire that destroyed the State House about 1655.

Notes: The Johnson family is one of the first families to come to America. John is listed in the Complete Book of Emigrants. He may be the same John Johnson listed in Early Child Immigrants to VA who came in 1618. [In the early years of the 17th century, it seems that there were a number of vagrant children roaming the streets of London. It has been suggested that some were orphaned by the plague, while others came from families too large to support them. The Virginia Company, ever hungry for colonists, requested that some of these children should be gathered into groups and sent to Virginia as so-called apprentices, to be given land and freedom on reaching maturity. A natural collection center for the children seemed to be Bridewell Royal Hospital; and so, with the consent of the Lord May of London, and of the Corporation, who paid the expenses, the children were gathered for the voyage on several different occasions.] It may be possible that John married Anne ? as soon as he arrived in Virginia and they may have started their family. They lived in the Greater Wiccomicco Parish, Nurthumberland Co., Virginia.

John is one of those persons referred to as an "Ancient Planter," the term applied to those persons who arrived in Virginia before 1616, remained for a period of three years, paid their passage, and survived the massacre of 1622; they received the first patents of land in the new world as authorized by Sir Thomas Dale in 1618 for their personal adventure.

"John was living in Virginia by 1616 and when the census was taken in 1623, he was established at Jamestown with his wife and two children, whose names are given in the muster in 1624 and 1625, his first person divident, where of 15 acres is situated on the east the Backe River etc. and 85 acres are upon a small branch of Archer's Hope Creek, parting the same from the main devdt of Ensign William Spencer. Upon the back of said land fee rent 1 shilling for every 50 acres.

Note: the former patent granted by Sir George Yeardly is to be accounted void. On 16 Aug 1624, John was ordered to repair the late dwelling house of Ensign Wm Spencer on James City Island and make good the fences about the ground according to an agreement entered into by the two men." John was party to a suit over a sow in 1629.

Married 1619
Married approximately 1619.

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John Johnson, Ancient Planter's Timeline

Dumfries-Shire, Scotland
Age 30
James City Co., VA
Age 33
Jamestown, James City County, Virginia, British North America
Age 46
James City, Virginia Colony
Jamestown, Virginia, United States