|Born: Abt 1777 England
||Eliza Shepard, Verlinda Houck, William M Johnson and George
Johnson in 1880 say father and mother born in England. Mortality
Schedule says he was born in England and was 73 years of age when he died on
Dec 30, 1849
|Died: 30 Dec 1849 Rushville, Schuyler Co., IL
|Mortality Schedule of Rushville, Schuyler Co "for
people who died in the year ending June 1, 1850." John
Johnson is aged 73, born in England and listed as occupation, "bricklayer"
1. male Johnson b. Bet 1810-1815 (listed in 1830 census)
This child could
possibly be the Andrew "Johnston" listed in the 1840 census for Schuyler Co.
He too was listed as working in manufacturing. He is the only other
Johnson or Johnston living in the county. He was married with two
daughters under 5 in 1840.
2. female Johnson b. Bet 1810-1815 (listed in 1830 census)
3. female Johnson b. Bet 1815-1820 (listed in 1830 and 1840
4. Eliza Johnson b. 1816 OH
5. Charles Johnson b. 1822
Vermillion Co. IN
6. Wesley Johnson b. 1823 IN
7. William Johnson b. 1825 IN
8. Verlinda Johnson b. March 1826 IN
9. George Johnson b. IN
10. Louisa Johnson b. 1829
Vermillion Co., IN
11. Maria Johnson b. 1832 Vermillion Co., IN
According to the obituary of her granddaughter, Mary Elma Shepard Wright,
Eliza Johnson, born 1816, was born in Cincinnati. This places John and
Eliza Johnson in Cincinnati in 1816 however, there is no record of them there
that I could find. There was one John Johnson there that could be him.
A John Johnson, no wife listed, of Hamilton Co. OH, in 1806 mortgaged land to
John R. Gaston for $154 with the last installment due John Johnson in 1808.
The 1819 City Directory for Cincinnati has a John H. Johnson, dealer in lumber
and mill stones, but he is still there in 1825 and we know this John Johnson and
wife Eliza were in IN in 1822 when their son Charles was born.
|John Johnson was farming in Vermillion Co., IN by the early 1820's. In
the 1830 census for Vermillion Co., IN he is listed two names away from
Shepard who in 1835 married John's daughter, Eliza. On Feb 1, 1831
John Johnson of Vermillion Co., IN received a certificate of full
payment for 80 acres of land from The Land Act of 1820. The United
States government offered this land at $1.25 per acre. Thus John
Johnson had paid $100 for 80 acres of land in Vermillion County, IN.
In 1831 received 80 acres of land from Land Grant of 1820
While living in Vermillion County, John Johnson appears to be farming.
However, on the 1840 census for Schuyler County, IL, John "Johnston" is listed
as working in manufacturing and when he died in Schuyler County, ILL in 1849 he was listed as a
bricklayer. It is interesting to note on Sep 6, 1831 in Rushville,
Schuyler, IL a John Johnson and Benjamin Chadsey were given authority to
build two dams. And in 1829 when the Schuyler County court house was
built, "The brick work and enclosing were contracted for by Benjamin
Chadsey who was allowed $2,300." (History of Schuyler County)
|From the combined history of Schuyler and Brown
||On the 6th of September, 1831, three mill seats
were established by the county commissioners. One, on the application of
Benjamin Chadsey and John Johnson, on Sugar creek, in the
southwest quarter of section five, township one north, range one east.
The proprietors were given authority to build a dam twelve feet in
height. The second on Crooked creek in the southeast quarter of section
twenty, township three north, range three west, (the site of the present
town of Brooklyn). William C. Ralls was authorized to build a dam nine
feet above the bed of the stream at this place. The third on Crooked
creek, in the northeast quarter of section eleven, township one north,
range three west. Ozborn Henley was here given authority to build a dam
to a height of ten feet above the bed of the stream.
|We are not sure when John and Eliza Johnson moved to
Schuyler County, IL. Their daughter, Eliza, married Ben Shepard in
Vermillion County, IN on July 28, 1835. And in the first week of
October, 1836 this John Johnson and wife Elizabeth sold the land they had
received from the 1820 Land Grant. Daniel A Jones paid $100 for 6
acres with appurtenances. William P Blair paid $100 for another part
of the land. Benjamin Asberry paid $100 for 12 acres. And David
W. Clover paid $400 for 45 acres. One of the land transactions is shown at right. (To
Deed BK 5 pg 282
Rushville, Schuyler Co., IL seems to have been becoming a prosperous little
community. The Gazetteer of IL for 1837 states, "Rushville, the seat of
justice for Schuyler county, is situated in the central part of the county, at
the south end of a beautiful prairie, on section thirty, two north, one west,
ten miles from the Illinois river at the nearest point, and twelve from
It has either or ten stores, various mechanics and professional
men, Presbyterian, Methodist, Episcopalian and Campbellite churches, and 1000
inhabitants. A charter for a railroad to the Illinois river opposite
Beardstown has been granted.
The court house is of brick, two stories, and
the people have erected a brick school house. Good building stone and
plenty of coal are found in the vicinity.
The settlements around Rushville
are large, and the village itself exhibits a quietness and neatness in its
external appearance that is pleasing to the traveller."
John Johnson served as a juror in Schuyler County in 1839. He died of
epilepsy in 1849 and his occupation was listed as bricklayer. His widow,
Elizabeth, was living with her son William in the 1850 census. Virlinda,
aged 24, is also living in the household. William Houck is listed as a "brickmaker" living with
Virlinda's brother, Charles Johnson, in the next household.
The obituary on Alma Wright states Elizabeth (Shepard) "was of English descent
and came to Indiana with her father in the 1820's." Elizabeth Shepard's
granddaughter supposedly "remembered her vividly and recounted countless stories
of her manners, morals and general demeanor" according to Judson's grandson.
Elizabeth Johnson supposedly "lived in London, and came from a family of