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Vernesta Johnson

(1887 - 1959)

John
Henry
Pinkney
Johnson II

(1865 - 1889)

Pinkney C.
Johnson

(1827 - 1865)

Robert
Johnson

(1778 - 1864)

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Pinkney C. Johnson

 
 

Born: Abt. 1827
Died:  03 Apr 1865

 
 

Pinkney C. Johnson was born about 1827.  He was the son of Robert Johnson and Mary Wilkinson.

He married Levina C. Sherrill.  Levina was born 19 Mar 1832.  She was the daughter of Alfred M. Sherrill (b. 1798 NC, d. 1870 Alexander Co, NC) and Elizabeth Moore, b. 1802 NC.

 

 

The 1850 Census shows Pinkney & Levina living in Iredell County .  Harvey Johnson was their 4-months-old son.  Hiram Sherrill was Levina's brother. 

 

1850 Iredell County Census

 
First Name Last Name Age Sex Occupation Real Estate
Value
Birth
Place
Attended
School
Pinkney Johnson 22 M   $250 NC  
Levina C. " 18 F     "  
Harvey " 4/12 M     "  
Hiram Sherrill 19 M     "  
 
 
 

The 1860 Census shows Pinkney's occupation as a "wagon maker".  They have five children at the time: James, Freeland, Eliza Jane, Margaret and Eveline.

 

1860 Iredell County Census

 
First Name Last name Age Sex Occupation Real
Estate
Personal
Estate
Birth Place Attended School
Within the Year
Pink Johnson 33 M Wagon Maker $750 $250 NC  
Louvina " 28 F Wife     "  
James " 10 M       " X
*Freeland " 8 M       " X
(Eliza) Jane " 6 F       "  
Margaret " 4 F       "  
Eveline " 1 F       "  
*Even though this Census indicates that Freeland was only 8, he would have actually been about 12 or 13.
His grave marker lists his birth date as 26 Jan 1848, but I believe it was 26 Jan 1847.
 
 
 
Pinkney and Levina Sherrill Johnson had at least seven children.
 
Pinkney & Levina Johnson's Children
Name Birth Date Death Date Spouse
Alfred Freeland Johnson 26 Jan 1847
Iredell Co, NC
10 Oct 1919
Mossy Creek
White Co, GA
Lydia I. Cooley
m. 1 Jun 1890
James Harvey Johnson 04 Jan 1850
Iredell Co, NC
24 Mar 1915
Waynesville, NC
 
Eliza Jane Johnson 02 Apr 1854
Iredell Co, NC
13 Aug 1930
Iredell Co, NC
James Calvin Blankenship
Margaret Elizabeth Johnson 26 Nov 1857
Iredell Co, NC
30 Aug 1934
Statesville, NC
Henry H. Morrison
Louisa Eveline Johnson Nov 1859/1860   Jim Edison
Julia A. Johnson Abt. 1862    
John Henry "Pinkney" Johnson 12 Apr 1865
Iredell Co, NC
09 Jun 1889 Nancy Caroline Leslie
 
 

The 1910 Iredell County Census states that Levina had given birth to 8 children but only 4 were living - John Henry had died in 1889.

 
Records seem to indicate the Pinkney C. Johnson attended the same church as his father - New Stirling Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.
 

According to the book FROM STIRLING TO STIRLING - The Bicentennial History of New Sterling Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, Pinkney and Levina's daughter, Louisa Eveline, was baptized in November 1859. 

                             

Pinkney enlisted in the Civil War on 01 Aug 1862, in Company C, 48th Infantry Regiment at the age of about 35.  He was wounded in the hand at Fredericksburg, VA on 13 Dec 1862. 

 
 

Confederate Army Casualty List and Reports: 1861 - 1865

 
No. Names Rank Company Regiment Killed Wounded Date Remarks
267 P.C. Johnson Pvt. C 48th   " 13 Slightly in hand
 
 
Pinkney returned to duty prior to 01 Mar 1863.  Reported present in March - June 1863, March - April 1864, and Sept - Oct 1864. He  was admitted to a federal hospital on 01 Apr 1865 with a gunshot wound to the right leg that he had received at Appomattox.  His right leg had to be amputated.  He died in a federal hospital at Point of Rocks, VA on 03 Apr 1865 from wounds.  He never saw his son Henry Pinkney who was born 12 Apr 1865 - less than two weeks after his death.
 

 
 
Pinkney was originally buried at Point of Rocks, VA.
 
Record of Pinkney's Originial Burial Site

 
National Cemetery at City Point, VA
Grave
No.
Name Rank Co. Regiment Date of
Death
Grave
Mark
Remarks
No. State Arm Mth. Day Yr. Sec. No. Original
Burial Place
No. of
Disinterment
Locality State
1898 Johnson,
Pinkney C.
Private C 48 NC Inf Apr 3 1865 1   Point of
Rocks
VA Verified
A.G.O.
May 23/14
 
 
Pinkney's remains were moved to the City Point, VA, National Cemetery and a grave marker was added in the National Cemetery to honor his service.  The following record shows his date of death, where he was buried, that he as a Private in the Infantry before his death, and that a grave marker was added in 1898. This particular document does seem to suggest that his rank was "C" or Corporal.
 

Record of United States Soldiers Interred in National Cemetery

 
Record of United States Soldiers Interred in National Cemetery
Running No. Name Rank Regiment Co. No. of Grave Sect. Div Date of Death
208 P. C. Johnson C 48 N.C. Inf. C 49 M 2nd Apr. 3, 1865
 
 

National Cemetery Interment Record

 
 
 
The headstone for Pinkney C. Johnson shows that he served in the C.S.A. (Confederate States of America).  The Grave Number is 1898 is also shown at the top of the headstone.

 
 

Lavina continued to run the family farm in Shiloh Township, Iredell County after Pink's death.

 

Pinkney and Levina's farm house had such a strong foundation cellar, the new owner just had the old house torn down and built on the old foundation.

 

To learn more about Levina C. Sherrill, take a look at her individual page.  It continues where this page leaves off.

 
 
 

Pinckney's General
A Novel of the Civil War, Twice Told

 
 
I recently received an email from Betsy Ross-Edison, who, like many of us, descends from Pinckney Johnson and Levina Sherrill.  [Pinckney Johnson and Levina Sherrill were the paternal grandparents of Buelah Vernesta Johnson, wife of Martin Luther Goble.]  Betsy has published a historic fiction novel (in two parts) based on the life of Pinckney Johnson.  I have not read the book but thought that some of you might be interested in it. This is what she had to say:
 
We were in touch earlier about our great-great grandparents, Lavinia Sherrill  and Pinckney Johnson.  My Dad was Evalina's son and his first name was also Pinckney. This name got me started on a novel.  And I have at last researched and completed a Civil War historical novel now on Amazon Books and on Kindle, entitled:
 

 

It is in two Volumes covering the big complex battles in Virginia and Maryland in which Pinckney fought.  We can be proud of him!  He was in the thick of it and never deserted Lee when at the end men were deserting up to 100 per day from the barren and hungry Petersburg trenches.  I tried very hard (in the battles) for "historical accuracy."  The book also has a story.

 
I fell in love with my grandmother's musical sounding and old-timey name, Evalina.  And I found different spellings for her mother, Lavinia - Levinia - Lovinia.  Thus in my novel I gave Evalina as the name of Pinckney's wife.  It's historical fiction after all.  So I thought I had some leeway! 
 

I could not find any details of when Pinckney's promotion to Corporal was made.  But I will forward to you a Federal record stating this rank.  That might be good for your website.

 
At Amazon.com search for: "Pinckney's General"
 
OR  Click HERE for the paperback version of the two novels
 
Click HERE for the Kindle version of the two novels
 
 
 

 

 
 

SOURCES

 
 
Pinkney C. Johnson: Find-A-Grave
 
 
 
 
 

If you have photos or additional information about Pinkney C. Johnson, please contact me.