JOHNSON ANCESTRY

From the files of Stephen Martin Lawson


         Maurice Johnson and Jane Lacy

Geoffrey Johnson and       Francis Johnson and
   Bridgett Harbottle         Elizabeth Thorogood

John Johnson and           John Johnson and
    Alice                     Hannah Throckmorton

    ?? Capt. John Johnson of Roxbury, MA ??

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A Possible Johnson Ancestry

The primary sources on the Johnson Ancestry in England are The Ancestors and Descendants of Ira and Abigail (Furbush) Johnson, by Gerald G. Johnson, 1984-5, and Johnson and allied families Herald, Sheila Vertrees, Editor. Information for the line through Francis, son of Maurice Johnson, is based on an article by Chuck Fitzgerald in Issue 55 of Heritage Quest (p. 41-42), supplemented by additional information from various undocumented sources, including digital compedia.

It is highly recommended that any search for the JOHNSON ancestry begin with the detailed research presented in The Biography and Genealogy of Captain John Johnson from Roxbury, Massachusetts, by Gerald Garth Johnson (2000, Heritage Books, Inc., Bowie, MD), available from the publisher. The author summarizes and critiques a number of conjectures about the JOHNSON roots, presenting abstracts from English records and reaching to the conclusion that Capt. John JOHNSON's "ancestry remains a mystery."

Caution: This ancestry JOHNSON in England requires source documentation before it can be accepted for Capt. John JOHNSON. With the extensive Hertfordshire connections of the HEATH family, ancestors of Capt. John JOHNSON's wife's family, it may be that the JOHNSON is also from Hertfordshire, rather than Kent. The following is presented subject to verification. One clue, other than the location of the HEATH family, may be the name Humphrey given to a son of Capt. John Johnson and Mary Heath. This name has not been seen among the known kin of Mary (Heath) Johnson, so may appear in the early Johnson family.

The following are noted. Genealogies of Woodstock Families, Volume Seven, by Clarence Winthrop Bowen (Worcester, MA 1943), page 147: "John Johnson of Herne, co. Kent, England, came with the Winthrop Fleet, 1630" - no documentation cited. Capt. John Johnson Genealogy, by Paul Franklin Johnson (Los Angeles, CA 1948), page 426: "John Johnson, son of John Johnson, was born possibly in Wilmington Parish in Kent near London, England, about 1590" - no documentation cited. "The Heath Connection...", by Douglas Richardson, NEHGR, 146:270 (July 1992): "Thus, the question of John Johnson's parentage and place of birth remains unanswered."

Whether or not this is the ancestry of Capt. John JOHNSON, it is a very interesting lineage and may provide accurate ancestry for other JOHNSON emigrants to New England. It would be an honor to be descended from this family. Comments on the validity of this line would be most welcome!!


Maurice and Jane (Lacy) Johnson

Maurice JOHNSON - b. about 1480, England; d. 1551, probably at Stamford. His will, dated Feb. 20, 1551 and proved Oct. 19, 1551, requests that he be buried at All Hallows Parish, Stamford. Maurice served Constable of Stamford (1507-8), chamberlain (1508-9), member of the Second Twelve (1508-1512, member of the First Twelve (1512-1551), mayor (1517-8, 1538-9), and as a Member of Parliament from Stamford (1523, 1529, 1536). He had interests in both the mercantile and maritime trades, and lived in All Hallows Parish, Stamford, where he was assessed for subsidy in 1546. Maurice was Catholic, and had a sister who married Robert SMITH of Standground, Co. Hunts. His will gives the middle name of Morrice to his three sons.

Jane LACY - b. and d. in England. Daughter of Henry LACY of Stamford, England. Henry was a mayor of Stamford, and a Member of Parliament in 1536. Except for the birth years for Rev. Robert and Rev. Geoffrey, the order of birth of the children of Maurice and Jane is uncertain.


Children of Maurice and Jane Johnson

  1. Geoffrey - b. 1525, possibly in Leicester; bur. Sep. 28, 1585, Chapel of Wigston's Hospital, Leicester. Son of Maurice and Jane.
  2. Katherine - d. Jan. 20, 1629. Married Edward OVERTON of Marcote, Rutland.
  3. Francis - b. about 1530. Of Pinchbeck.
  4. Henry -
  5. Robert - b. 1540; d. Jul. 23, 1625. Archdeacon of the Church of England. Chaplain to Sir Nicholas BACON, and Vicar of North Luffenham for 50 years, he founded two schools and two hospitals of Christ in Oakham and Uppingham, Rutland. Married three times, first to Susanna DAVERS and second to Maria HIRD. Rev. Robert and Maria were the parents of -
  6. Margaret -
  7. Beatrice -


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Sons of Maurice Johnson

Geoffrey and Bridgett (Harbottle) Johnson

Geoffrey JOHNSON - b. 1525, possibly in Leicester; bur. Sep. 28, 1585, Chapel of Wigston's Hospital, Leicester. Son of Maurice JOHNSON and Jane LACY. He attended St. John's College, Cambridge, and became an Anglican priest of the Church of England.

Bridgett HARBOTTLE - Daughter of Robert HARBOTTLE and Emma FOWLER, and granddaughter of William FOWLER of Humbledon, Co. Rutland. The order of birth of the children of Geoffrey and Bridgett is uncertain.


Children of Geoffrey and Bridgett Johnson

  1. Samuel -
  2. Moses -
  3. John - b. about 1550, possibly in Wilmington, Co. Kent.
  4. Rebecca -
  5. Susanna -
  6. Elizabeth -
  7. Sara -
  8. Anne -
  9. Alice - Married Mr. ROGERS (d. before Dec. 1643) of Bromley.


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Francis and Elizabeth (Thorogood) Johnson

Francis JOHNSON - b. about 1530. Of Pinchbeck. Son of Maurice JOHNSON and Jane LACY.

Elizabeth THOROGOOD - Daughter of Nicholas THOROGOOD and Dorothy ALLEY.


Children of Francis and Elizabeth Johnson

  1. Francis - Married.
  2. John - b. about 1560.


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Grandsons of Maurice Johnson

John and Alice Johnson

John JOHNSON - b. about 1550, possibly in Wilmington, Co. Kent. Possibly the son of Geoffrey JOHNSON and Bridgett HARBOTTLE. John's will was dated Dec. 14, 1643. In it he names wife Alice, daughter Alice and husband John HOLMDEN, daughter Joane, daughter Susan and husband Jeremy MANNING, and sister Alice ROGERS. Lived at Wilmington Parish, Kent, England. The home (called Barne End) which was the residence of the Johnson family from 1590 to 1648, was originally built about 1460, had a major addition in 1770, and still stands.

Alice -


Children of John and Alice Johnson

  1. Abraham - Lived and died in England.
  2. William - Perhaps the William JOHNSON who d. Dec. 9, 1677; settled at Charlestown, MA; and had son James (b. 1643).
  3. Edward - b. Sep. 1598, Wilmington, Co. Kent; bap. Sep. 16, 1598, Canterbury, Co. Kent; d. Apr. 23, 1672, Woburn, MA. To MA from Herne-Hill, Co., Kent, England. Freeman May 18, 1630; member of artillery company 1637; settled first at Charlestown, then at Woburn, MA. Founder of Woburn 1642; representative from 1643-1671, except 1655; captain; and town clerk about 30 years. Author of a history of New England - the Wonder-Working Providence. Married about 1620 in England to Susan MUNNTER (bap. Oct. 5, 1597, St. Marys, Dover; d. Mar. 7, 1690, Woburn, MA). Children: Edward married Catherine BAKER; William died as infant; George; William died as infant; Martha; Matthew married first Hannah PALFREY (daughter of Peter and Edith, and sister of Rebecca, who married Peter ASPINWALL, ancestor of Pres. Franklin ROOSEVELT), and second Rebecca WISWALL; and John married Bethiah READE.
  4. Solomon - Possibly the Solomon JOHNSON of Sudbury, MA 1639, who married Elinor; freeman 1651; and father of twins Joshua (or Joseph) and Nathaniel, Mary, and Caleb (accidentally shot May 4, 1654, Watertown). Solomon lived in "Watertown liberties" in 1654 as a widower, and married second, at Watertown on Feb. 1, 1686/7, Hannah GRAFTE (or CRAFT?).
  5. John - Some claim that this is Capt. John JOHNSON of Roxbury, MA. See also his cousin, grandson of Francis Johnson.
  6. Alice - Married John HOLMDEN of Darenth. Possible daughter: Mabel.
  7. Joane -
  8. Susan - Living in 1678 as a widow. Married Jeremy MANNING, son of Jeremy (d. 1651) and Cicely MANNING, and grandson of Henry MANNING (d. 1620). Henry, also called Harry, MANNING was probably the son of William, who descended from Symon MANNING as follows: Symon; Stephen (d. 1309); William (d. 1342) and a daughter of Richard de CHERFHOLT; Simon and Catherina; John and Alicia WALDEN; John and Juliana BROKHILL, daughter of Richard and widow of William WALLYS; Hugh and a daughter of Sir William BRANDON; Richard, father of William, Thomas and John. Children: Jeremy; Anne; and Sara.


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John and Hannah (Throckmorton) Johnson

John JOHNSON - b. about 1560. Son of Francis JOHNSON and Elizabeth THOROGOOD.

Hannah THROCKMORTON - Daughter of Sir William THROCKMORTON and Cicely BAYNHAM, and granddaughter of Sir Thomas THROCKMORTON and Elizabeth BERKELEY, and of Thomas BAYNHAM and Mary WINTER.


Son of John and Hannah Johnson

  1. John - Some claim that this is Capt. John JOHNSON of Roxbury, MA. See also his cousin, grandson of Geoffrey Johnson.


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