Johnson, John

Kentuckiana Genealogy: Biographies: Johnson, John
By Board Administration (Admin) on Sunday, October 29, 2000 - 01:17 pm:

John (Jackie) Johnson and John Powell, first cousins, came to
Shelby Co., Ky. from Virginia. In 1815, together with John Powell's
wife, Nancy Mason, and infant daughter, Mary, they settled in Meade Co.,
John Powell took up about 1000 acres of land on the east side
of Doerun Creek near the Ohio River. John Johnson took up about 1000
acres on the west side of Doerun Creek and built a cloth factory run
by water power. It was one of the leading cloth factories of that day.
While Doerun is not a pretentious stream, it furnished the power to
run the Johnson Factory into a flourishing business, and later, three
grain mills were established along its banks.

Children born to Mr. and Mrs. John Johnson were--
Nancy -- married Thomas Dowell
Edward -- married Josie Coleman
Fannie -- married James Shrewsbury.

Children born to John and Nancy Powell were --
Mary -- married to Alexandria McDonald
William -- married to Ann Green
Henry -- married to Martha Thomas
Rebecca -- married to Edward Griffee
Betsy -- married to Almond Lawson
Nancy -- married to James Cameron
Robert -- married to Elva Berry
John -- married to 1st. Sarah Craig
2nd. Mrs. Sipes (widow)
Winnie -- married to 1st. Mr. Drake
2nd. Mr Griffee
Elisha -- died young, single.

Both John Johnson and John Powell established burying grounds
on their estates. In these cemeteries now one may read on the stones
erected there, the names of these early settlers who came to Meade Co.,
Ky. one hundred and twenty-two years ago (date of writing Jan, 1937).
Also names of children and children's children unto the 5th and 6th
generations. One stone in the Powell Cemetery will be read with
interest, as it is an evidence of the sturdy and vigorous constitutions
of our early ancestors. It is that of Mary Powell McDonald, born Sept.
10, 1815, died Dec. 1, 1912, age 97 years, 2 months and 21 days. Another
evidence of this robust strength is found in the life of Catherine
McDonald Jones, daughter of Alexandria and Mary Powell McDonald,
who was born Sept. 13, 1838 and died Dec. 12, 1931, age 93 years,
2 months, and 29 days. She also sleeps 'neath the sod, with husband
and children, in the Powell Cemetery, near Brandenburg.
Alexandria McDonald, son of Allen McDonald, was born in Perth,
Scotland in 1807, graduated from a University in Edinburgh, Scotland,
and came to the United States at the age of 25, 1832. He practiced
medicine and surgery with his uncle, Archibald Cambron, in New York City
for 1 year after his arrival in the U.S. After assisting in amputating a
limb one day, being tender hearted, he decided that his temperament was
unsuited for surgical work. He then came direct to Meade Co., Ky. to
accept a position offered him in the Johnson Mill, as finisher on the
fine cloth, having learned this work in a factory owned and operated by
his father in Perth, Scotland. He put in the flowers and the fine
finish to the cloth. It was here he met and married Mary Powell in 1835,
the same previously mentioned who was brought a babe in arms by her
parents from Shelby Co., Ky in 1815. (above verified by Mrs. Jones
before her death in 1931).


Submitted by Terry McDonald

By Andrea Osinchak ( on Friday, September 06, 2002 - 10:05 pm:

Are you aware of any Johnson family that was in Kentucky, and then went to Clark Co. Indiana, and part of that family (Jonathan Johnson and wife Hannah) ended up in Scott County, Indiana. The other brother I know about is Levi Johnson and he went to Clark County, Indiana and then onto Sangamon County, then Logan County, Illinois where he died. Thanks for your willingness to reply. There is a good chance that this Johnson family lived also in Guilford County, NC before Kentucky - and possibily Pennsylvania.

By Betty Cannon ( on Monday, February 17, 2003 - 03:32 pm:

I have a Henry Johnson born: April_,1820 from Kentucky. He married Ellen Harmon who was born May 20,1828 and from Kentucky. They left Kentucky and went to Johnson county, Indian where they had a daughter called Nancy Louise Johnson who was born August 1,1858. I also know of another daughter named Mildred A. Johnson born May 24, 1848. I do not know the names of any other children. My Nancy Louise Johnson married James Madison Smith July 30, 1874 in Franklin, Ind. Johnson county. (I have copy of marriage) James Madison Smith was born in Mercer Co. Ky. Harrodsburg May 22, 1840. I do not know when any of these people left Kentucky but do know that James Madison Smith's parents were George Smith and Mariah Jenkins. I know James Madison Smith died July 24, 1919 Marion county, Ind. and Nancy Louise (Johnson)Smith died Fortville, Ind. August 27, 1938 and Ellen (Harmon)Johnson died August 20,1902 in Johnson county, Ind. and Henry Johnson died October 1858 in Ind.

By marilyn shanks ( on Thursday, April 15, 2004 - 12:17 am:

my great great mother Eliza Johnsons married a John Wheatley on her marriage bond in 1850 from hardin co ky stated that John Johnson was her father. Does anyone have any information and this connection.

By J. Alan Woods (Giles81) ( on Monday, January 07, 2008 - 11:22 am:

There is a biography of Thomas Johnson along with a photo at the Shawnee Mission in Kansas: Thomas was born in Kentucky early 1800"s

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