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Ancestry of Harris JOHNSON and his wife Margaret WILKERSON - Chatham County, NC

Ancestry of Harris JOHNSON and his wife Margaret WILKERSON - Chatham County, NC

Posted: 1 Feb 2009 4:39PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: JOHNSON, WILKERSON
My great great grandparents were Harris (also known as Harry or Harrison) JOHNSON and Margaret WILKERSON. He was born in about 1805 in Chatham County, NC. She was also born in Chatham County, in about 1810-1815. I'm trying to connect with anyone who may have information about the parentage of either of these people. I can't find any definite record of either person before the 1850 census, and there are so many Johnsons that I have no idea who was or wasn't connected with them.

Re: Ancestry of Harris JOHNSON and his wife Margaret WILKERSON - Chatham County, NC

Posted: 3 Feb 2009 3:03AM GMT
Classification: Query

http://www.genealogylinks.net/usa/north-carolina/chatham.htm

Groom: Thomas Wilkerson
Bride: Hannah Stinson
Bond Date: 12 May 1811
Bond #: 000020482
Level Info: North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868
ImageNum: 007668
County: Chatham
Record #: 01 041
Bondsman: Zebulon Wilkers
Witness: Thos Ragland

Thos Ragland also witness to marriage of Keziah Johnson to John Brewer in 1817 and marriage of Didama Johnson to William Gibbs in 1819, Peggy L Johnson to John Munden in 1827. However, Thomas Wilkerson was never listed in Chatham Co census records nor in any NC county.

Source Information: Ancestry.com. North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000. Original data: State of North Carolina. An Index to Marriage Bonds Filed in the North Carolina State Archives. Raleigh, NC, USA: North Carolina Division of Archives and History, 1977

Harris Johnson appears in 1840 census as head of household age 30 to 40 making this Harris born 1800 to 1810;
female age 30 to 40 [Margaret];
1 male 10 to 15 [1825-1830] not in 1850 household as a male Johnson,
1 male 5 to 10 [1830-1835] Benjamin D,
1 male under 5 [1835-1840] Robert,
1 female 10 to 15[1825-1830] Eliza,
2 females under 5 [1835-1840] Elizabeth and Delia.

Calculating marriage of about 1823 to 1824. He is the only Johnson on this particular page, between Neal Womble and Micajah Barnes and one of 49 Johnson families by 1840.

He is listed as Harris JOHNSTON in 1830 census in Chatham county, township of Pittsboro age 20 to 30, one female 15 to 20 [1810 - 1815] Margaret, one female under 5 [1825 - 1830] Eliza. The male in 1840 record age 10 to 15 could be someone other than a Johnson, perhaps the Spencer Bolling in the 1850 household, who knows?

There were 34 Johnston heads of household in 1830, no Johnson's and again he is the only one on this page.

For the record no Johnson's only Johnston's listed in 1800 with some of them showing up as Johnson in 1810 with Johnston still the predominant spelling.

1850
Harriss Johnson 45 1805
Margaret Johnson 35 1815
Eliza Johnson 20 1830
B D Johnson 1832
Robert Johnson 1836
Elizabeth Johnson 1834
Delia Johnson 1838
Harris B Johnson 1840
Susan Johnson 1842
Abner Johnson 1844
Hesper Johnson 1849
Spencer Bolling 1833.. could be the oldest male in the 1840 household ?

There were no Wilkerson's listed in Chatham county during 1810 - 1850 census. The LDS website indicates Harris or Harrison Johnson married Margaret Wilkerson 1828; Margaret Wilkerson born 1810. If they indeed married in 1828 that would make the oldest male in the 1840 household most likely not a Johnson. No lineage information on either.

Thomas Wilkerson born abt 1762 - 1766 of Chatham Co NC
Hannah Stinson born abt 1766 of Chatham Co NC dtr of Aaron Stinson and Rebecca

Aaron Stinson listed in Surry Co NC in 1810 census.

Keziah Johnson born abt 1796 "Catham" Co NC married John Brewer 1817

Johnson board subscriber and unrelated.

Re: Ancestry of Harris JOHNSON and his wife Margaret WILKERSON - Chatham County, NC

Posted: 3 Feb 2009 3:37AM GMT
Classification: Query

Another thought, Benjamin D Johnson appears to have been the oldest son of Harris.

The 1840 census finds a Benjamin Johnson, head of household and the 1860 census finds a Benjamin Johnson in Middle Division, Chatham, NC born NC about 1780. This was same location of Harris and family in 1860.

Benjamin's wife was Isabelle born 1785, Eli Johnson born 1820 and David Johnson born 1842 in household. Benjamin Johnston is in the 1820 census as head of household.

You have to look at a blank census form to understand how old and sex to determine males to females and ages as there is no indexing at top of the page.

Interesting note, there were two John McIver's ? on this page next to each other the enumerator noted the first one as "little" and the second as "big"

Happy Hunting !

Re: Ancestry of Harris JOHNSON and his wife Margaret WILKERSON - Chatham County, NC

Posted: 3 Feb 2009 12:06PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Johnson, Wilkerson
Thank you for both of your posts, which definitely provide some help!

Re: Ancestry of Harris JOHNSON and his wife Margaret WILKERSON - Chatham County, NC

Posted: 30 Mar 2011 1:22AM GMT
Classification: Query
I am also a decendant of this line....please email me to exchange info? Thomas Mattocks

Re: Ancestry of Harris JOHNSON and his wife Margaret WILKERSON - Chatham County, NC

Posted: 18 Jul 2012 12:37AM GMT
Classification: Query
From James Copeland's Chatham Co. will:
"....William Johnston, Sarah McIver, and Richard Johnston, whom I own as my children although known by the name of Johnston and McIver...."

Does this random info fit anywhere?

James' daughter Cloe married a William Johnston. James' wife was Elizabeth Martha Johnston.He died in 1809, wife died 1823.

Re: Ancestry of Harris JOHNSON and his wife Margaret WILKERSON - Chatham County, NC

Posted: 18 Jul 2012 2:23AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: McIver Johnson Patterson Poe Johnston Wilkerson Copeland
Curiouser and curiouser... I do know that Nancy Sarah McIver (daughter of John McIver) married Gilbert Patterson in about 1760; they were my 4x great grandparents, their daughter Charity having married my 3x great grandpa Jesse Poe in about 1791. Since the families to whom I'm related in Chatham County kept intermarrying with one another through the generations, I'm guessing that James Copeland must have been a blood relation to my Margaret (nee Wilkerson) Johnson. I've determined that Johnson and Johnston were interchangeable until the mid 19th century.

Re: Ancestry of Harris JOHNSON and his wife Margaret WILKERSON - Chatham County, NC

Posted: 9 Feb 2013 6:12PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Johnson
Despite plenty of tantalizing hints, there are enough gaps in documentary evidence to still leave me with nothing but unproven theories about the family of Harrison/Harry/Harris Johnson. DNA evidence did help a while back to disprove a previously assumed relationship elsewhere in my extended family tree. I see that most of the Johnsons who have participated in a DNA study, involving families in North Carolina, fall within Y-DNA Haplogroup IA. Are there any individuals within the direct paternal line, beginning with Harrison Johnson, who have been tested? If so, what haplotype turned up?
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