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John Johnson, of Andover

Birthplace: of Hern Hill, Kent, England
Death: after September 12, 1683
Andover, Essex, Massachusettes
Place of Burial: North Andover, Essex, MA, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Johnson and Susan Johnson
Husband of Susanna Johnson
Father of Elizabeth Johnson; Thomas Johnson; Mary Clark, of Haverhill; Stephen Johnson; Lt. Timothy Johnson and 9 others
Brother of Catherine Johnson; William Johnson; George Johnson; Abraham Johnson; Mathew Johnson and 6 others
Half brother of Thomas Johnson

Occupation: Shoemaker
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About John Johnson, of Andover

John Johnson was born in 1609 in Herne Hill, Kent, England, a few miles west of Canterbury. His parents were  William JOHNSON and Susan PORREDGE.  He married Susanna ASHERST in Herne Hill.  He came with his wife Susanna from Herne Hill, Kent, England.  He arrived in New England probably about 1630, and came possibly first to Charlestown with Capt. Edward Johnson who later went to Woburn. They were probably brothers.   John died soon after 12 Sep 1683 in Andover, Essex, Mass.

John Johnson along with his wife, SUSANNA, and children, Elizabeth & THOMAS, left London on the good ship, JAMES, arriving in Dorchester in 1635.

Although it is thought that he came from Herne Hill, Cantebury, Co. Kent, England, there is no trace of him having ever been there or that Davy Johnson, who came to America on the same ship, was his father. John Johnson first appeared in the Ipswich, Mass. records in 1637 where the family lived until around 1657 when he and his grown son, Thomas, were given land in Andover. He was a cobbler (shoemaker) and one of the most prominent and wealthiest (through his large estate) citizens of his community. He took the Oath of Allegiance in Andover on February 11, 1678 with his four grown sons.

The exact date of his death is unknown, but is speculated to be between 1685 and 1688. He is likely buried in the Andover old burying ground and no tombstones remain.



John Johnson

  • was born in 1609 in Herne Hill, Kent, England, a few miles west of Canterbury.
  • His parents were William JOHNSON and Susan PORREDGE.  
  • He married Susanna ASHERST in Herne Hill.  
  • He came with his wife Susanna from Herne Hill, Kent, England.  
  • He arrived in New England probably about 1630, and
    • came possibly first to Charlestown with Capt. Edward Johnson who later went to Woburn. They were probably brothers.  
  • John died soon after 12 Sep 1683 in Andover, Essex, Mass.
    • He probably died (soon after his wife’s death in 1683-S1) at Andover, Essex, Massachusetts.
  • Susanna Asherst was born in 1611 in Herne Hill, Kent, England.
    • Susanna died 12 Sep 1683 in Andover, Essex, Mass.
  • John was among the first settlers who went to Agawam (afterwards Ipswich) in 1632.
    • The first mention of him at Ipswich was in 1635, when his name appears on the list of “Earliest Settlers.”
    • There he had a “Commonage Right,” which also indicated that he was one of the original proprietors.
  • He moved with his family in about 1648 to Andover, Massachusetts after the settlement of that town, and he became one of the proprietors there.
    • Lots were assigned to him and to his son Thomas in 1657.
    • He was one of a coroner’s jury called 21st day, 11th month, in 1664 [21 JAN 1664 New Style] to hold an inquest on the body of Peter Allyn, who was found dead in the Shawsin river.
  • He took the oath of allegiance 11 FEB 1678.
  • His name is on the list of taxpayers in the south end, found in the first Assessor’s book, in 1679.
  • He was a shoemaker.

Children of John and Susanna:

  • 1. Lt. Thomas Johnson
    • Born: 1631 Probably in Charleston, Mass
    • Married: Mary Holt on 5 Jul 1657 in Andover, Mass; (2) Damaris Marshall, 14 Jul 1703 Andover, Mass.
    • Died: 15 Feb 1718 in Andover, CT
  • 2. Elizabeth Johnson
    • Born: ca. 1632
    • Married: Peter Calloway on 26 Mar 1667 in Andover, Mass
    • Died: 16 Nov 1721 Andover, Mass
  • 3. Timothy Johnson
    • Born: ca. 1634 Ipswich
    • Married: Rebecca Aslett on 15 Dec 1674 in Andover, Mass
    • Died: 15 Dec 1674 in Ipswich, Mass
  • 4. Hannah Johnson
    • Born: ca. 1636
    • Married: Samuel Hutchins (Son of John HUTCHINS) on 24 Jun 1662 Boston
  • 5. Mary JOHNSON
    • Born: 1638 Andover, Mass
    • Married: Francis BROWN I on 21 Nov 1653 in Newbury, Mass.
    • Died: 4 Apr 1679 Newbury.
  • 6. Stephen Johnson
    • Born: ca. 1640 in Ipswich, Mass
    • Married: Elizabeth Dane on 5 Nov 1661 Andover
    • Died: 30 Mar 1690 in Andover, Mass
  • 7. Joanna Johnson
    • Born: 1641 Ipswich
    • Married: Moses Haggett on 23 Dec 1671 Andover, Mass
    • Died: 1715 Ipswich
  • 8. Joseph Johnson
    • Born: abt 1643
  • 9. Susanna Johnson
    • Born: 1646 Andover, Mass
    • Married: Walter Wright on 26 Feb 1668 Andover, Mass
    • Died: 3 Jun 1684 Andover, Mass
  • 10. Returne Johnson [male]
    • Born: 25 Apr 1648 Andover, Mass
    • Married: Mary Johnson on 17 Sep 1673 in Andover, Mass
    • Died: 15 Mar 1707 Medfield, Mass
  • 11. Caleb Johnson
    • Born: 1650 Ipswich
  • 12. William Johnson
    • Born: ca. 1652
    • Married: Sarah Lovejoy 1678
    • Died: 16 Apr 1727

Name: John JOHNSON

  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1609 in Herne Hill, Kent, England
  • Death: AFT 12 SEP 1683 in Andover, Essex Co., MA
  • Event: Immigration 1635 ship "James"
  • Father: Davy JOHNSON b: 1580 in England
Mother: Elizabeth b: 1586 in England
  • Marriage 1 Susanna ASHERST b: BET 1609 AND 1611 in Herne Hill, Kent, England
    • Married: ABT 1629

Name: John JOHNSON

  • Prefix: *
  • Given Name: John
  • Surname: Johnson
  • Suffix: ("the Immigrant")
  • Sex: M
  • _UID: 85B7611D1340584EB262768B5855024EC50C
  • Change Date: 15 FEB 2005
  • Birth: ABT 1607 in England, UK

from GM: {Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633 [database online] Provo, UT:, 2000. Original data: Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, vols. 1-3. (Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995)}

  • ORIGIN: Strood, Kent.
  • MIGRATION: 1635 on the James
    • (on 13 July 1635, "John Johnson,? aged 26, ?Suzan Johnson,? aged 24, ?Eliza[beth] Johnson,? aged 2, and ?Tho[mas] Johnson,? aged 18 months, were enrolled at London as passengers for New England on the James [Hotten 108]).
  • REMOVES: Andover 1657.
  • OCCUPATION: Shoemaker [ILR 1:211].
  • CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: Admission to Ipswich church prior to 28 March 1648 implied by freemanship.
  • FREEMAN: 28 March 1648 (as ?John Johnson of Ipswich?) [EQC 1:139].
  • ESTATE: On 23 September 1654, ?Richard Wells of the town of Salsbery ?, glover, for & in consideration of a bond of thirty pounds given to Richard North of the town aforesaid, planter, from William Buckley and John Johnson, both of Ipswich, shoemakers, ? as also a bond of five pounds from the said John Johnson unto the said Richard North ? & for diverse other good & lawful considerations? sold to ?the aforesaid John Johnson a certain dwelling house with a lot of upland adjoining thereunto, containing by estimation six acres, ? within the bounds of the town of Ipswich? [ILR 1:211].
    • On 12 September 1715, ?I Thomas Johnson, son & heir to John Johnson deceased, which John Johnson formerly lived in Ipswich ?, I the said Thomas Johnson now living in Andover, carpenter,? sold to ?Alex[ander] Lovell of Ipswich ?, shoemaker, ? a common right alias a commonage which commonage was granted to my said father the said John Johnson by the town or commoners of said Ipswich? [ELR 32:42-43].
  • BIRTH: About 1607 (aged 26 on 13 July 1635 [Hotten 108]; deposed on 18 April 1671 ?aged sixty-seven years? [EQC 4:370-72]).
  • DEATH: After 12 September 1683 (implied by wife?s death record).
  • MARRIAGE: By about 1632 Susan _____.
    • She was born about 1611 (aged 24 on 13 July 1635 [Hotten 108]) and
    • died at Andover on 12 September 1683 (as ?Susanna, wife of Jno. Johnson? [EQC 9:428]).
      • bp. Strood, Kent, 1 November 1631 (aged 2 on 13 July 1635 [Hotten 108]);
      • sailed for New England with rest of family in 1635;
      • no further record.
      • bp. Strood, Kent, 28 July 1633 (aged 18 months on 13 July 1635 [Hotten 108]);
      • m. Andover 5 July 1657 Mary Holt, daughter of NICHOLAS HOLT {1635, Newbury} [GM 2:3:397-401].
    • iii MARY JOHNSON,
      • b. say 1638;
      • m. Andover 29 December 1660 Ephraim Davis.
      • b. about 1640 (deposed 24 June 1661 ?aged twenty-one years? [EQC 2:288]);
      • m. Andover 5 November 1661 Elizabeth Dane.
        • (On 14 October 1662, ?Stephen Johnson and Elizabeth his wife were fined upon their presentment for fornication before marriage, they having confessed? [EQC 3:5].)
      • b. say 1642;
      • m. Andover 24 June 1662 Samuel Hutchins[on].
      • b. about 1644 (deposed on 26 March 1661 ?aged about seventeen years? [EQC 2:275]);
      • m. Andover 15 December 1674 Rebecca Aslebee [TAG 41:12-16].
      • b. say 1648;
      • m. Andover 26 February 1667[/8?] Walter Wright.
    • viii JOANNA JOHNSON,
      • b. say 1651;
      • m. Andover 23 October 1671 Moses Haggett.
      • b. say 1653;
      • m. Andover 23 May 1678 Sarah Lovejoy.
    • In the 1635 passenger list of the James, John Johnson appeared immediately after the family of RALPH FARNHAM {1635, Ipswich} [GM 2:2:493-94]. Ralph Farnham died by 1648, when his widow remarried to Solomon Martin, another passenger on the same vessel. The combined Farnham and Martin family was also in Andover by 1657. This pattern of events encourages the identification of the subject of this sketch as that John Johnson who had daughter Elizabeth and son Thomas baptized at Strood, Kent, at the appropriate dates. Strood is adjacent to Rochester, the origin of Ralph Farnham, and no other Johnson baptisms were found at Strood between 1624 and 1639.
    • Under his sketch of John Johnson of New Haven, Savage suggested that this John Johnson was ?brother of Edmund, a fellow passenger, but it must be left for larger inquiry to reach certainty? [Savage 2:554], and he has been followed in thus hypothesis by others. EDMUND JOHNSON {1635, Newbury} resided first at Newbury and then at Hampton, and there is no indication of any genealogical connection between these two Johnson families. (Savage had no entry for John Johnson of Ipswich and Andover, and improperly assigned the 1683 death record for Susanna Johnson to a grandson of the immigrant [Savage 2:554-55].)


  • No probate record has been found for John Johnson and there are no birth records for the seven children proposed to have been born in New England, all probably at Ipswich. There is plentiful evidence for Thomas as son of John, given above. There is also direct evidence for the existence of Hannah. On 29 November 1664, Shoreborne Wilson and John Wilson deposed that ?Hannah, daughter of John Johnson of Andover,? was at a certain place, and she made reference to ?her cousin William? [EQC 3:226]. On 26 September 1665, ?John Johnson brought in his daughter Hannah Hutcheson and was discharged his bond for her goode behavior and appearance? [EQC 3:274].
  • One record associates Thomas Johnson, a known son of John Johnson, with Stephen Johnson. On 27 March 1666, ?Court being informed that the widow Preston had put out two of her sons, one to Thomas Johnson and another to Stephen Johnson, until twenty-one years of age, upon terms agreed, it was allowed and Mr. Bradstreet to see it done? [EQC 3:309]. For the remainder of the children listed for this immigrant, we know only that John Johnson was the only man of that surname in Andover at the appropriate time.
  • On 25 March 1656, ?John Johnson of Ipswich? owed £6 12s. 6d. to the estate of John Ward of Ipswich [EQC 1:422], indicating that he had not yet moved to Andover. Thomas Johnson married in Andover on 5 July 1657, suggesting that the family had made the move by that date.


  • There is no comprehensive treatment of the family and descendants of John Johnson. In 1892 William W. Johnson published Johnson Genealogy: Records of the Descendants of John Johnson of Ipswich and Andover, Massachusetts, 1635-1892 ? (North Greenfield, Wisconsin, 1892), which focussed only on sons Thomas and Timothy. Frances Davis McTeer and Frederick C. Warner, in the course of studying the family of John Aslebee, prepared a careful study of the family of Timothy Johnson [TAG 41:12-16]. Both of these publications suggest that the other children listed above did belong to John Johnson.

from Amelia Morrow

  • Immigrated as a young man (listed as age 26 on the passenger list) with his wife, 3 year-old daughter Elizabeth, and son Thomas.
    • They settled in Ipswich, north of Boston, where John had a lot on Argella Road next to Rev. Francis Dane.
      • (Rev. Dane later served at Andover for years, and was part of a political battle that got his daughter Elizabeth Dane Johnson and 3 of her children accused of witchcraft in 1692).
  • In 1657, John and his son Thomas, soon to be married, were assigned lots in the new town of Andover (inland and several miles from Ipswich today).
    • The Johnsons and the Danes moved to Andover about 1659.
    • John appears as a normal citizen, on juries, in the militia and taking the oath of allegience on 11 Feb 1678
  • John's son Thomas is tied to him thorugh a deed dated 12 Sep 1715, which identified Thomas Johnson, "son and heir" to John Johnson, dec'd. The deed conveyed commonage in Ipswich originally granted to John in 1635.
  • The other children attributed to John were not tied to him through primary sources as of the 1892 book, and a more recent account is not available at NEHGS. They are, however, generally accepted as his children because they are the only Johnsons in Andover at the time, and the timing of the marriages fits a generational pattern.
  • Note: "Herne Hill" is not an official town, though most sources list that as John's origin.
    • "Herne" is in Kent, north of Canterbury, where Isaac and Edward Johnson are reportedly from. The connection (to John) apparently comes from a reference in Bailey's "History of Andover."
  • John may be connected to Solomon Johnson, who lived next door to him in Lancaster.[1 2]
  • Immigration: 13 JUL 1635 Ipswich, Essex, MA U. S. A. [2]
  • Residence: AFT 1635 Ipswich, Essex, MA U. S. A. [1 2]
  • Residence: AFT 1657 Andover, Essex, MA U. S. A. [1 2]
  • Death: AFT 12 SEP 1683 [2

John Johnson was certainly in Ipswich in 1635, and may have been there two or three years earlier among the first settlers of Agawam. John Johnson and Rev. Francis Dane both lived in Ipswich for several years, and their families were doubtless well acquainted with each other, and may have been intimate. They removed to Andover about the same time, 1648, and there may be some significance in these facts in relation to the idea that Stephen was the son of John and born in Ipswich, as he married in 1661, Elizabeth the oldest daughter of Mr.Dane.

The descendants of Timothy Johnson as well as those of Thomas, claim that the emigrant ancestor came from Hern Hill, but the author has found nothing in he early records of Andover, to definitely substantiate the claim, but there is a strong pre­sumption endorsed by historians that the ancestors of the Andover Johnsons, resided at Hern Hill before coming to America , and it may be further presumed that John with his family came in 1630, to Charlestown with Capt. Edward Johnson, who afterwards settled at Woburn, and concerning whom there is positive evidence that he came from Hern Hill,and John may have been and probably was his brother. Lines of descent have been definitely traced from Timothy Johnson, and records of his descendants will appear in an appendix to this book...............

John Johnson along with his wife, SUSANNA, and children, Elizabeth & THOMAS, left London on the good ship, JAMES, arriving in Dorchester in 1635.

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John Johnson, of Andover's Timeline

of Hern Hill, Kent, England
November 1, 1631
Age 24
Strood, Kent, England
July 28, 1633
Age 26
Strood, Kent, England
Age 27
Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts
Age 35
Andover, Essex, Massachusetts
Age 35
Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts
Age 36
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts
Age 37
Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Age 39
Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts