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Capt. William Johnston

Also Known As: "Johnson", "William Johnston", "William S Captain Johnston Johnson", "Lord William Johnson"
Birthplace: Annandale, Dumfrieshire, Scotland
Death: October 12, 1769 (71)
Caroline County, Province of Virginia
Place of Burial: Fishersville, Augusta County, Virginia, United States of America
Immediate Family:

Husband of Anna Johnston and Elizabeth Coleman
Father of William Johnson; Ann Ballard (Johnston); Arwalker Johnston; Prudence Alexander; Silus Johnston and 17 others

Occupation: Revolutionary War?
Managed by: Private User
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About Capt. William Johnston

Will reported in Caroline County, VA 1769. Death date assumed from this.

Some genealogies erroneously claim he was a son of William Johnston, 1st Marquess of Annandale, and his wife Sophia Fairholm. They had a son William, born b. Aug. 1696 but d. Sep. 24, 1721 without issue.

  • Wilson Family Record 1989, researched by Vivian (Wilson) Haas
  • Johnston of Caroline by Elbert Felton Johnston, PhD
  • Came from Dumbries, Scotland to Fredericksburg VA in 1722

William Johnson

  • Born 1701 in St. Peter's Parish, New Kent County, Virginia Colony
  • Died 20 Mar 1769 in Port Royal, Caroline, Colony of Virginia, British Colonial America



The Parish Register of Saint Peter's, New Kent County, Virginia, states that William Johnson was the son of William Johnson Baptised 31 August 1701. [1]

William was to marry three times, frst to Ann Chew in 1723,[2] second to Betty Wyatt Taylor July 6, 1744,[3] widow of James Taylor of Spottsylvania, son of William Taylor of Caroline County and third to Elizabeth Wyatt Coleman, widow of Samuel Coleman about 1749. William had children by all three wives.

Children of William and Ann Chew: [4]

  1. Joseph Johnson
  2. Larkin Johnson m. Mary Rogers
  3. Judith Johnson m. Robert Farish
  4. Robert Johnson m. 1) Unknown daughter of William 2) Ann Cook
  5. John Johnson d. unmarried
  6. Benjamin Johnston m. Dorothy Jones
  7. James Johnston m. Mary Ware
  8. William Johntson m. 1) Ann Flint 2) Elizabeth Winn
  9. Hannah Johnston m. step-brother, Francis Coleman
  10. Richard Johnston m. 1) Dorothy Beverly Waller, dau of William Beverly, 2) Ann Smith
  11. Elizabeth Johnston m. John Benger

Ann died in 1742.

Betty's deceased husband was James Taylor of Spotsylvania, son of William Taylor of Caroline County. Betty and James had a daughter, Millie Taylor. William Johnson witnessed his will. [5]

Children of William and Betty Wyatt Taylor:

  1. Ann Johnson m. Henry Beverly Winslow
  2. Catherine Johnson

Elizabeth's deceased husband was Samuel Coleman, son of Robert Coleman and Mary Clayton. Elizabeth. They were married around 1732 and had children: Wyatt Coleman, Robert Coleman (m. ? Johnston by 1750), Francis Coleman (m.step-sister Hannah Johnston), Spilsby Coleman (son). and Ann Coleman Green. The youngest would have been about four years old when Samuel died. [6]

Children of William and Elizabeth Wyatt Coleman:

  1. Lt. Col. Philip Johnston m. Elizabeth Ann Taylor, (related to James Taylor, dec. husband of Betty Wyatt) in Goochland County, Va., Nov. 7, 1771
  2. Frances Johnston Forsyth

William Johnson was in Spotsylvania from 1722. His brother, Benjamin Johnson appears in the records of Spotsylvania County records from 1731. His sister, Anne, and her husband, Philip Ballard, appear in the same County from 1746. The spelling of William's surname changes to Johnston soon after 1731.

William died on 20 Mar 1769 in Caroline, Virginia. his will was proved in Carolina Court 12 October 1769 and by 15 June 1771, his wife Elizabeth was also dead.


The following is copied from

"The Larkin Chew Johnston Family Bible is still in existence today. This Bible was printed in 1605. I have the cliff notes for what is written in it.

On the inside cover Larkin wrote "This book was given by my father William Johnston to Larkin Johnston."

Inside the back cover of the book William Johnston wrote "Wm Johnston was born December 1, 1697, it being on a Tuesday. This book---L3:3:3 currency for Wm Johnston." His signature appears below these two lines.

So we at least know that Larkin's father was named William Johnston. But very few researchers have his correct date of birth.I consider this to be a new project and am gathering leads but not writing anything in stone yet.

This is what I have so far. William Johnston may have had up to 3 wives. The 1st, Ann Mary Chew. She died in 1742. The 2nd, Elizabeth (maiden name unknown, 1744. The 3rd, Betty/Betsy Wyatt Taylor, widow, 1748/49.

There is evidence of a christening of a William Johnston in New Kent County in August 1697. But this doesn't jive with our William Johnston being born on Dec. 1, 1697.

One researcher has stated he has seen a DAR certified copy of a marriage document between William Johnston and Ann Chew....and his name was listed as Sir William Johnston. Other researchers use the name Capt. William Johnston, still others use the name Lord William Johnston. This comes from the Will of one of his sons, Larkin Chew Jr. (1698-1770)"my body to be interred by my deceased father (William) on the land I gave Beverley Stanard. (which was 528 acres in 1852.)The above information was written by Mickey Crimm (#47282012).

Children of William and Ann Mary (Married in 1723) :


Children of William and Elizabeth: Philip JOHNSTON Catherine JOHNSTON (Info from"

Ann married William Johnston in 1723. William is 16 degrees from Queen Elizabeth II of the Commonwealth Realms according to

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Capt. William Johnston's Timeline

December 19, 1697
Annandale, Dumfrieshire, Scotland
Madison, Madison, Virginia, United States
Spotsylvania County, Province of Virginia, (Present USA)
August 26, 1718
New Kent, New Kent County, Virginia, United States
Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
Charlotte, Virginia, United States
St George, Spotsylvania, Virginia, USA
Virginia, United States
Pennsylvania, United States