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(1778 - 1864)

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Robert Johnson

 

Born: 07 Jan 1778
Died:  16 Mar 1864

 
Robert Johnson was born 07 Jan 1778. 
 
Robert served in the War of 1812 as is indicated by the Pension Form shown below.  The War of 1812 was a 32-month military conflict between the United States and the British Empire (and their Indian allies) which resulted in no territorial changes between the British and the US, but a resolution of many issues which remained from the 1776 American War of Independence. The United States declared war in 1812 for several reasons, including trade restrictions brought about by Britain's continuing war with France, the impressments (forcing) of American merchant sailors into the Royal Navy, British support of American Indian tribes against American expansion, as well as outrage over insults to national honor after humiliations on the high seas.
 
 

War of 1812 Pension Form

 
 

Robert eventually married Mary Wilkinson, but considering the large difference in their ages on the 1850 Census, she may have been his second wife. The 1860 Census shows a closer age relationship.

 
 
Little is known about the early life of Robert and Mary.  The book "From Stirling to Sterling - The Bicentennial History of New Sterling Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church" by Mildred Miller gives additional information about the life of Robert and Mary Johnson from church records.
 

 
 
Robert had the following children:
 
Children of Robert Johnson, Sr.
Name Birth Date Death Date Spouse
Leander R. Johnson Abt. 1814    
John A. Johnson      
Elihue F. Johnson      
Louisa Do Johnson      
A. Hervy Johnson      
Robert W. Johnson 26 May 1825   Myra (Unknown)
Pinkney C. Johnson Abt. 1827   Levina C. Sherrill
Malissa Johnson     Hiram Bryant Sherrill
Israel A. Johnson 15 April 1830   Martha B. (Unknown)
Albert N. Johnson Bet. 1834 - 1838    
Mary Johnson      
 
 
Daughter, Mary Johnson, was not listed in the book "From Stirling to Sterling", but her name was listed on the 1850 Iredell County Census. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

There are a few discrepancies between the 1850 and the 1860 Iredell County Census.  In 1850, Mary's age is listed as 45 - in 1860 (10 years later) her age is listed as 66.  Albert's age is 16 in 1850 and 22 in 1860. 

                             
                             

1850 Iredell County Census

                             
First Name Last Name Age Sex Occupation Real Estate
Value
Birth
Place
Attended
School
Robt Johnson 73 M Farmer $500 NC  
Mary " 45 F     "  
Israel A. " 20 M G. Teacher   "  
Albert N. " 16 M Farmer   " X
Mary M. " 15 F     " X
                             
                             
By 1850, there were only three of the children still living at home.  They were Israel, Albert and Mary.  Israel was a Grade School Teacher. 

Robert's wife's, Mary's, age is listed as 45, which places her time of birth around 1805.  Son, Leander, was living nearby.  The 1850 list his age as 36 which puts his time of birth around 1814.  If both dates are correct, Mary could not have been Leander's mother, but instead his step mother.  The 1860 census lists her age as 66 and thus her date of birth around 1794.  If this date is correct, she could indeed be the mother of Leander Johnson.
 
In 1850, Leander Johnson was married to Mary (Unknown) whose age is listed as 29.  Their children listed on the Census were Martha J. age 7, Sarah A. age 5, Henry N. age 2, and Margaret age 2/12.
                             
                             
                             

1860 Iredell County Census

                             
First Name Last name Age Sex Occupation Birth Place Attended School
Within the Year
Robert Johnson 82 M Farmer NC  
Mary " 66 G (F) Wife "  
Albert N. " 22 M Blacksmith "  
Miranda McKay 10 G (F)     X
                             

It seems that Robert was 16 - 28 years older than Mary.  Israel was no longer living on the family farm.  Albert is no longer working exclusively on the family farm, but is listed as a blacksmith.  Daughter Mary, who would be 25 years old, is no longer living at home, but a Miranda McKay was living with the family.

                             
                             
                             
Robert may have had several other children, too.  Records indicate that his son Pinkney C. Johnson was our direct descendent.
                             
                             
                             

Robert died 16 Mar 1864.  He is buried at New Sterling ARP Cemetery in Iredell County, NC.  His tombstone says he was 86y2m9d at the time of his death.

                             

Robert Johnson's Headstone

 

Robert Johnson
Died March 10, 1864
Aged 86 yrs 2 mos 9 days

                             
The unknown stone carver of this headstone used a peculiar combination of folk art and an abstract form of the Scottish Thistle, which is the national emblem of Scotland.
 

  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SOURCES
 

"War of 1812" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_of_1812

 
 
 
                             
                             

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