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Levina C.
Sherrill
(1832 - 1921)

Alfred M.
Sherrill

(1798 - 1870)

David
Sherrill

(1764 - 1827)

Uriah
Sherrill

(1728 - 1789)

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"The Pioneer"
Sherrill

(1697 - 1774)

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"The Conestoga Trader"
Sherrill

(1666 - 1747)

William
Sherrill

(1635 - 1719)

Adam
Sherwill

(1610 - 1668)

William
Sherrill

(1585 - 1638)
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Levina C. Sherrill

 
 

Born: 19 Mar 1832, Alexander County, NC
Died:  10 May 1921

 

Levina C. Sherrill was born 19 Mar 1832 in Alexander County, North Carolina.  She was the daughter of Alfred M. Sherrill and Elizabeth Moore

 
 
 
Even though only the head of the family is listed on the 1840 Iredell County Census, the ages for Alfred & Elizabeth Sherrill's family match perfectly.  Based on dates of birth, the approximate family ages at the time of this 1840 Census were: John W. (2), Alfred Sharpe (4), Archibald C. (5), Hiram Bryant (10), James Guy (11) David Leander (15), Alfred M. Sherrill (42), Levina C. (8), Isabella C. (15) and Elizabeth Moose Sherrill 38).
 

1840 Iredell County Census

 
Name of
County
Heads of
Families
Free Males Free Females
<5 5-9 10-14 15-19 40-49 5-9 15-19 30-39
Iredell Alfred Sherrill 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 1
 

The 1840 Census also shows that Alfred & Elizabeth had a number of slaves on the family farm in 1840.  There were four males (ages < 10), a male (age 10-23), two females (ages < 10), a female (age 10-23) and a female (age 24-35).

 
 
 
Levina, or "Viney" as she was frequently called, married Pinkney C. Johnson, the son of Robert Johnson and Mary Wilkinson.  Pinkney was born about 1827.
 
Even though the date of Levina and Pinkney marriage is currently unknown, we do know that Levina gave birth to her first child, Alfred Freeland Johnson, on 26 Jan 1847, when she was still age 14.  If she married Pinkney before she conceived (in 1846) she would have been 13 or 14 years old at the time.  It seems obvious that Alfred Freeland was named after Levina's father, Alfred M. Johnson.
 
As was common practice in rural areas at that time, Levina's brother, Hiram Bryant Sherrill, married Pinkney C. Johnson's sister, Mary Malissa Johnson.
 
The 1850 Census shows Pinkney & Levina living in Iredell County when the Census data was collected in 1850.  Levina's brother, Hiram Sherrill (who was still unmarried at the time), age 19, was living with the family. Levina and Pinkney's second child, James Harvey Johnson, was 4-months. 

 

Levina and Pinkney's first son, Alfred Freeland Johnson (who would have been three years old), was not living with the family listed on the 1850 Census.  The 1860 Census does show Alfred Freeland with the family and his age would indicate that he was born in 1851.  His grave marker, however, shows that he was born 26 Jan 1848.  Even then, I still feel that the birth date was 26 Jan 1847 as I had originally found.

 

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
 
 
 

Pinkney & Levina had at least seven children.

 

Children of Pinkney C. Johnson & Levina C. Sherrill
Name Birth Date Death Date Spouse
Alfred Freeland Johnson 26 Jan 1847
Iredell Co, NC
10 Oct 1919
Mossy Creek
White Co, GA
Lydia Ida 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   Jim Edison
Julia A. Johnson Abt. 1862    
John Henry "Pinkney" Johnson II 12 Apr 1865 09 Jun 1889 Nancy Caroline Leslie
Other Children Levina C. Sherrill Johnson Helped Raise
Name Birth Date Death Date Spouse
Victoria E. Johnson 
(Daughter)
Abt. 1869   Martin Grier Carrigan
Carrie Lee Edison
(Granddaughter)
21 Mar 1893
Iredell Co, NC
15 Jul 1966 Arthur Lee Roy Crawford
Genevia May Johnson
(Great Granddaughter)
21 Feb 1903 02 Jan 1987
Banner Elk, NC
John Paul Baldwin
 
 
 

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.  He was wounded in the hand at Fredericksburg, VA on 13 Dec 1862.  He returned to duty prior to 01 Mar 1863.  Reported present in March - June 1863, March - April 1864, and Sept - Oct 1864.  Admitted to a federal hospital on 01 Apr 1865 with a gunshot wound to the right leg.  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 John Henry who was born 12 Apr 1865 - less than two weeks after his death.

 
 
There is no indication about what happened to the family immediately after Pinkney's death.  Levina was left with seven children: Alfred Freeland (age 18), James Harvey (age 15), Eliza Jane (age 11), Margaret Elizabeth (age 7), Louisa Eveline (age 5), Julia A. (age 3) and John Henry (who was born a month after his father's death).  More than, likely Alfred Freeland and James Harvey had to provide for the family.
 
 
 

The 1870 Census shows Levina "Viney" living in Iredell County.  It appears that none of the children living with her and Pinkey in 1860 are still living with her at the time of the 1870 Census.  There are 3 new children: Julia, Henry and Vickie.  (The 1880 Census lists Henry as "John H.")  Julia and Henry were the youngest children of Pinkney and Levina, but there is no indication where Vickie came from.  She was born about 1869 and Pinkney died during the Civil War in 1865.  The 1880 Iredell County Census lists Vickie (Victoria) as a "daughter" to Levina

 

Freeland (age 23) and James (age 20)  were both old enough to be out on their own.  It appears that the older children were living with other relatives or family friends.  Eliza Jane would have been 16 and Margaret 12.

 
Daughter Evaline Johnson was living nearby with J.A & Hannah Watts.  She was listed as age 11.
 

1870 Iredell County Census

 
Last Name First Name Age Sex Race Occupation Birth Place
Johnson Viney 36 F W Keeping House NC
------- Julia 7 F W    
------- Henry 6 M W    
------- Vickie E. 1 F W    
             
Watt J.A. 54 M W Farmer NC
------ Hannah 40 F W Keeping House  
----- John A. 2 M W    
----- Robt. F. 7/12 M W    
Johnson Evaline 11 F W At home  
 
 
 

By 1880, several of Levina's (Viney or L. C.) daughters have moved back home with her, including M. G. Johnson (Margaret Elizabeth Johnson) and M. L. E. Johnson (Louisa Eveline Johnson). 

 

Vickie/Victoria, age 11, is still living with the family.  In the 1870 Census she was listed as White. but the 1880 Census lists her race as "Mu" (Mulatto).  The 1880 Census says that she is a daughter of Levina.  It's improbable that she was a granddaughter unless it would by one of the older sons, Alfred Freeland or James Harvey - and if she was, why wasn't she living with them.  It's also a possibility that Vickie could have been a niece.   

 

The 1880 Census also shows that Viney had 4 grandchildren living at the family home, too.  They were Joseph, Nora, G. H. and William F.  All four were listed as Johnsons, but there was no indication as to who their mothers or fathers were. 

 
The 1880 Iredell County Census shows that 15-year-old John Henry was "maimed, crippled, bedridden or otherwise disabled".  Was he born that way, or did it occur as the result of an accident?
 

1880 Iredell County Census

 
Last Name First Name Race Sex Age If born
Census Year,
give  Month
Relation Single Widow Occupation Maimed,
Crippled,
bedridden
School
Johnson L. C. W F 48       X Keeping house    
----- M. G. W F 23   Daughter X   At home    
----- M. L. E. W F 20   Daughter X   "    
----- Julia A. W F 18   Daughter X   "    
----- John H. W M 15   Son     " X X
----- Victoria Mu F 11   Daughter     "    
----- Joseph W M 4   G. Son          
----- Nora W F 2   G.Daughter          
----- G. H. W M 2   G. Son          
----- Wm. F. W M 7/12 5th G. Son          
 
 

Unfortunately there is no 1890 Census.  They were destroyed by fire.  If they were available, they would provide additional information about the 20 year period between 1880 and 1900.

 

The 1900 Census verifies the month and year of Levina's birth.  Her daughter, Eliza Jane Blankenship, and son-in-law, James, were living with Levina.  Levina's granddaughter, Carrie E. Idson (Carrie Lee Edison), age 7, was living with them, too, and was attending school.  Carrie was the daughter of Louisa Eveline Johnson and Jim Edison.  It appears her mother might have died.  The Census shows that Levina, James and Eliza Jane could read & write.

 

1900 Iredell County Census

 
Last Name First Name Relation Race Sex Birth
Mth.
Birth
Yr.
Age S/M
Wd
Yrs.
Married
No.
Kids
Born
No.
Kids
Living
Birth Occu-pation
Johnson Levina C. Head W F Mar 1832 68 Wd   8 5 NC Farm
Blankenship James Son-in-law W M Dec 1865 34 M 7     NC Farm
------ Eliza Jane Daughter W F April 1854 46 M 7 1 1 NC Laborer
Idson Carrie E. G.Daughter W F Mar 1873 7 S       NC  
 
 

By 1910, James Blankenship was listed as the head of the family.  Levina's name was spelled "Lavina".  Her granddaughter Carrie Idson (Carrie Lee Edison, daughter of Louisa Eveline Johnson and Jim Edison) was still living with the family.  Genevia Mae Johnson was actually a great-niece to James and Eliza Jane and was Levina's great granddaughter.  Mae's parents were Charlie Johnson & Beulah Vernesta Johnson.  Beulah's parents were John Henry "Pinkney" Johnson and Nancy Caroline Leslie.  Beulah's husband, Charlie, had left her and she couldn't raise Mae by herself so she was sent to live with the Blankenship family.

 

Clide/Clyde Kerrigan is the son of Martin Grier Kerrigan and Victoria E. JohnsonVickie was listed as Viney's daughter on the 1880 Census - making Clide the grandson of Levina and the nephew of Eliza Jane Johnson Blankenship (and her husband James).

 

1910 Iredell County Census

 
Last Name First Name Relation Sex Race Age S/M
Wd
Yrs.
Md.
No.
Kids
Born
No.
Kids
Living
Birth Occu-
pation
Trade
Blankenship James C. Head M W 45 M 17     NC Farmer General
Farm
------- Jane Wife F W 55 M 17 1 1 NC None  
Idson Carrie E. Niece F W 17 S       NC Farm
Laborer
General
Farm
Johnson Lavina Mother-
in-Law
F W 78 Wd   8 4 NC None  
------ Genevia M. Niece F W 7 S       NC None  
Kerrigan Clide Nephew M Mu 22 S       NC Farm
Laborer
Working
Out
 
 
 

The 1920 Shiloh Township, Iredell County, Census shows Levina and Mae still living with James & Eliza Jane BlankenshipEliza Jane's cousin, William P. Johnson, age 64, was living with them and working on the farm.

 

1920 Iredell County Census

 
Last Name First Name Relation Sex Race Age S/M
Wd
Attended
School
Can
Read &
Write
Birth Occupation Trade
Blankenship James C. Head M W 54 M   Yes NC Farmer General
Farm
------- Eliza Jane Wife F W 65 M   Yes NC None  
Johnson William P. Cousin M W 64 S   Yes NC Farm
Laborer
Home
Farm
------- Levina C. Mother-
in-law
F W 87 Wd   Yes NC None  
------ May G. Niece F W 17 S Yes Yes NC None  
 
 
 

Levina C. Sherrill Johnson died 10 May 1921.  The cause of death was listed as "diarrhea".  She is buried at New Sterling ARP Cemetery in Iredell County, NC.  Her death certificate shows her husband as Pinkney Johnson.  Her parents were Alfred M. Sherrill and Elizabeth Moose

 

Levina's Death Certificate

 
 
 
This copy of Levina's obituary appeared in The Statesville Record & Landmark on Thursday, 12 May 1921.
 

Levina's Obituary in The Statesville Record & Landmark

 
(Levina died at the age of 89 and was survived by only two of her seven children: daughters Eliza Jane Johnson Blankenship and Margaret Elizabeth Johnson Morrison)
 
 
 
 

Levina C. Sherrill Johnson's Headstone at New Sterling in Iredell County, NC

Levina's headstone reads
Lovina C. Johnson
Born Mar 19, 1832; Died May 10, 1921
"Asleep in Jesus, Blessed Sleep"

 
 
 
 
 
SOURCES
 

Thanks to Kady Gantt for providing a copy of Levina's Obituary in The Statesville Record & Landmark

 
 
 
 

If you have photos or additional information about Levina C. Sherrill, please contact me.