Capt. John Johnson

Male Abt 1590 - 1659  (~ 69 years)


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  • Name John Johnson 
    Title Capt. 
    Born Abt 1590  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Military Abt 1612  London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    He joined the Honourable Artillery Company of London after 21 April 1612, but before 1613. 
    Emigration 6 Apr 1630  London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 4, 5, 6
    John and his son Isaac sailed from London on board the Arabella with the Winthrop Fleet, landing at Salem on 12 June 1630. 
    Office Held 19 Oct 1630  Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 7, 8
    He was appointed a Constable. 
    Freeman 18 May 1631  Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4, 7, 8
    Occupation say 1632  [1
    He was a farmer and a tavern keeper. 
    Office Held 1634  Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 8
    He was elected the Representative to the Massachusetts General Court from Roxbury, and he served for 15 years thereafter. 
    Office Held 1638 to 1640  [2
    He was the Clerk of the Ancient and Honourable Artillery Company. 
    History 6 Feb 1645  [2, 7
    The following was written by Governor John Winthrop in his Journal dated 6 February 1645:

    "John Johnson, the Surveyor General of Arms and Ammunition, a very industrious and faithful man in his place, having built a fair house in the midst of the town, with divers barns and outhouses, it fell on fire in the day time, no man knowing by what occasion, and there being in it seventeen barrels of the country's powder, and many arms, all was suddenly burnt and blown up, to the value of four or five hundred pounds, wherein a special providence of God appeared, for, he, being from home, the people came together to help and many were in the house, no man thinking of the powder till one of the company put them in mind of it, whereupon they all withdrew, and soon after the powder took fire and blew up all about it, and shook the houses in Boston and Cambridge, so t hat men thought it had been an earthquake, and carried great pieces of timber a great way off, and some rags and such light things beyond Boston meeting house, there being then a stiff gale south, it drove the fire from the other houses in the town (for this was the most northerly) otherwise it had endangered the greatest part of town."
     
    Will 30 Sep 1659  Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 9
    "The last will and Testament of John Johnson of Roxbury, this 30th of the 7th, '59, having my perfect memory and understanding by the blessing of my mercyfull Father, whose reconciled face in Jesus Christ my soule waitesth to behold. I dispose of my worldly goods and estate as followeth. My dwelling house and certaine lands I have allready given to my beloved wife during the term of her natural live, according to a deed wh is extant wh deede my will is shall be fulfilled, wherein also I have given her 60 pounds for her household furniture, wh house and lands after my wifes decease I give unto my 5 children to be equally divided, my eldest sonne having a double portion therein, according to the word of God. I give unto my two grandchildren who have lived with me Elizabeth Johnson and Mehitable Johnson, each of them 5 Lbs this to be paide within one yeare after my decease. I have formerly given to my sonnes Isaac Johnson and Robert Pepper a parcel of lands of 55 acres in the third division of the towns which I do hereby confirme.

    All the rest of my lands debts and moveable goods, my debts and funeral charges being first discharged I doe give unto my five children to be equally divided, my eldest sonne haveing a double portion. Also I make my sonns Isaak Johnson and Robert Pepper my executors of this my last will and Testament, and I request my deare brethren Elder Heath, and Deakon Parke, to be overseers of this my will and Testament, and in token of my love I give you each 10 pounds. If my children should disagree in any thing, I dow order them to choose one man more, to these my overseers, and stand to theire determination.

    the mark of J. J. John Johnson

    Witness
    John Eliot
    Died 30 Sep 1659  Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 7, 10
    Inventory 15 Oct 1659  Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Probate/Proved 15 Oct 1659  Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Buried Eliot Burying Ground, Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I365  | Roy Line
    Last Modified 7 May 2019 

    Family 1 Mary Heath,   c. 24 Mar 1593/94, Ware, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 15 May 1629, Ware, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 35 years) 
    Married 21 Sep 1613  Ware, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 4
    Agency: Saint Mary the Virgin Church 
    Children 
     1. Mary Johnson,   c. 31 Jul 1614, Ware, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jan 1678/79, Rehoboth, Bristol County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 64 years)  [Birth]
    +2. Isaac Johnson,   c. 11 Feb 1615/16, Great Amwell, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Dec 1675  (Age ~ 59 years)  [Birth]
     3. John Johnson,   c. 5 Apr 1618, Great Amwell, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 8 Jul 1627, Ware, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 9 years)  [Birth]
     4. Elizabeth Johnson,   c. 22 Aug 1619, Great Amwell, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jan 1683/84, Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 64 years)  [Birth]
     5. Humphrey Johnson,   c. 5 Nov 1620, Great Amwell, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jul 1693, Hingham, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 72 years)  [Birth]
     6. Joseph Johnson,   c. 20 Apr 1622, Great Amwell, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. May 1622, Ware, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 0 years)  [Birth]
     7. Susan Johnson,   c. 16 Jul 1623, Great Amwell, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 15 Aug 1629, Ware, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 6 years)  [Birth]
     8. Sarah Johnson,   c. 12 Nov 1624, Ware, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
     9. Joseph Johnson,   c. 06 Mar 1626/27, Ware, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 30 Mar 1627, Ware, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 0 years)  [Birth]
     10. Hannah Johnson,   c. 23 Mar 1627/28, Ware, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
    Last Modified 7 May 2019 
    Family ID F400  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Margery,   d. 4 Jun 1655, Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Last Modified 7 May 2019 
    Family ID F401  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Grace Negus 
    Married Before 14 Oct 1656  Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 7
    Last Modified 7 May 2019 
    Family ID F402  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1590 - England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary - He joined the Honourable Artillery Company of London after 21 April 1612, but before 1613. - Abt 1612 - London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Agency: Saint Mary the Virgin Church - 21 Sep 1613 - Ware, Hertfordshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEmigration - John and his son Isaac sailed from London on board the Arabella with the Winthrop Fleet, landing at Salem on 12 June 1630. - 6 Apr 1630 - London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOffice Held - He was appointed a Constable. - 19 Oct 1630 - Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsFreeman - 18 May 1631 - Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOffice Held - He was elected the Representative to the Massachusetts General Court from Roxbury, and he served for 15 years thereafter. - 1634 - Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Before 14 Oct 1656 - Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWill - "The last will and Testament of John Johnson of Roxbury, this 30th of the 7th, '59, having my perfect memory and understanding by the blessing of my mercyfull Father, whose reconciled face in Jesus Christ my soule waitesth to behold. I dispose of my worldly goods and estate as followeth. My dwelling house and certaine lands I have allready given to my beloved wife during the term of her natural live, according to a deed wh is extant wh deede my will is shall be fulfilled, wherein also I have given her 60 pounds for her household furniture, wh house and lands after my wifes decease I give unto my 5 children to be equally divided, my eldest sonne having a double portion therein, according to the word of God. I give unto my two grandchildren who have lived with me Elizabeth Johnson and Mehitable Johnson, each of them 5 Lbs this to be paide within one yeare after my decease. I have formerly given to my sonnes Isaac Johnson and Robert Pepper a parcel of lands of 55 acres in the third division of the towns which I do hereby confirme. All the rest of my lands debts and moveable goods, my debts and funeral charges being first discharged I doe give unto my five children to be equally divided, my eldest sonne haveing a double portion. Also I make my sonns Isaak Johnson and Robert Pepper my executors of this my last will and Testament, and I request my deare brethren Elder Heath, and Deakon Parke, to be overseers of this my will and Testament, and in token of my love I give you each 10 pounds. If my children should disagree in any thing, I dow order them to choose one man more, to these my overseers, and stand to theire determination. the mark of J. J. John Johnson Witness John Eliot" - 30 Sep 1659 - Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 30 Sep 1659 - Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsInventory - 15 Oct 1659 - Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate/Proved - 15 Oct 1659 - Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Eliot Burying Ground, Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - - Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S323] Johnson, Gerald Garth. The Biography and Genealogy of Captain John Johnson from Roxbury, Massachusetts, An Uncommon Man in the Commonwealth of The Massachusetts Bay Colony 1630-1659, (Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, 2000).

    2. [S1023] Richardson, Douglas. "The Heath Connection: English Origins of Isaac and William Heath of Roxbury, Massachusetts, John Johnson, Edward Morris, and Elizabeth (Morris) Cartwright", (Boston: The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, volume CXLVI, 1992).

    3. [S454] Mayo, Chester Garst. John Mayo of Roxbury, Massachusetts 1630-1688 A Genealogical and Biographical Record of His Descendants, (Rutland, Vermont: Charles E. Tuttle Company, 1965).

    4. [S289] Lawson, Stephen M. Ancestry of Stephen Lawson - Johnson , (Online http://sml.simplenet.com/smlawson/jonsonj.htm. Printout dated 12 March 1998).

    5. [S806] Bodge, George Madison. Soldiers in King Philip's War Reprint of 1906 Edition, (Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976).

    6. [S300] Richardson, Douglas. "The English Ancestry of Edward Porter of Roxbury, His Sister, Elizabeth (Porter) Johnson, and Their Cousin, Elizabeth (Dowell) Payson" , (Boston: The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, volume CXLVIII, 1994).

    7. [S72] Pope, Charles Henry. The Pioneers of Massachusetts 1900, (Boston: Charles H. Pope, 1900).

    8. [S664] Patterson, Shirley Drury. "Capt. Charles A. Towne Collection", (About Towne volume IX, number 2, 2 June 1989).

    9. [S97] Trask, William B. Abstracts From the Earliest Wills on Record in the County of Suffolk, Mass., (Boston: The New England Historical and Genealogical Register volume IX, 1855).

    10. [S1230] Drake, Samuel G. "Decease of the Fathers of New England Chronologically Arranged" , (Boston: The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, volume I, 1847).



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