Title: Descendants of William Johnson 1755-1805, Pioneer Settler of Nicholas County, West Virginia
Author: David Fridley, comp.
Publication: online http://www.fridley.net/johnsonfay/index.htm#s1b
Note: and Amy Nelson although he fits in the 1810 census listing for his widowed mother.
In William Sydney Laidley's 1911 "History of Charleston and Kanawha County, West Virginia and Representative Citizens" Nelson is named as one of the four sons of William Johnson. (MRIN01823 Julian M. Johnson.jpg in file)
Terry W. Johnson wrote in an e-mail dated May 26, 2001: "In Neil Darlington's book on Fayette county, he (Nelson Johnson) is described as the son of Benjamin Johnson, another Johnson family in that area. Other sources say he is a son of WEJ Sr. I'm still trying to prove one way or the other."
In "The History of Fayette County West Virginia 1993" sponsored and published by the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce, page 32, there is an article on "Benjamin Johnson" which was submitted by Christine Beckelheimer. Here, Benjamin Johnson (1758-1834) and his first wife Sarah Catherine Thomas of Nicholas County had four children: three boys, one girl. Only two of the boys were identified: Thomas and Nelson. Benjamin's sons by his first marriage went to Indiana prior to 1832. The 1850 Census, Laugherty Twp., Ripley Co., lists Nelson Johnson age 61, b. VA; wife Nancy A. b. VA. The 1850 Census, Adams Twp., Ripley Co., list Thomas Johnson age 44, b. Maryland; wife Dorcas, b. VA.
1810 U.S. Federal Census [see mother's listing]
1820 U.S. Federal Census Kanawha County, (West) Virginia Johnston, Nelson 3 males 0 to 10 1 males 26 to 45 (Nelson?) 1 males 45 and over (unknown?) 2 females 0 to 10 1 females 10 to 16 (not a daughter as they have only been married 7 years) 1 females 26 to 45 (Nancy?) (check image) Note: Unknown if this is the correct Nelson Johnson.
1830 U.S. Federal Census searching.... poss. Randolph County, Indiana Nelson Johnson 1121001000000 1111001000000 (11&12 in file)
1840 U.S. Federal Census Ripley County, Indiana Neson Johnson 0011000100000 0111000100000 (5&6 in file)
1850 U.S. Federal Census Ripley County, Indiana Laughery HH #53-53 Nelson Johnson 61 M Farmer $800 Virginia Nancy Johnson 61 F Virginia Nelson Johnson 22 M Farmer Virginia Cynthia Ann Johnson 18 F Indiana (7 in file; on 8 there is a Benj. C. Johnson age 32)
1860 U.S. Federal Census Ripley County, Indiana Center Nelson Johnson 27 Sarah Johnson 24 Mary E Johnson 7 Rozetta Johnson 3 Eliza A Johnson 1 Nelson Johnson 72 Nancy Johnson 71 Milo S Johnson 11 (check image)
1860 U.S. Federal Census Ripley County, Indiana Center Benjamin Johnson 38 Jacob Johnson 17 Franklin Johnson 10 Clavison Johnson 3 Cynthia S Johnson 24 (check image)
1870 U.S. Federal Census Ripley County, Indiana Center Nelson Johnson 42 Sarah Johnson 34 Mary E Johnson 17 Rosannah Johnson 14 Eliza M Johnson 11 Anderson Johnson 9 Lora Johnson 6 William S Johnson 3 (check image)
1870 U.S. Federal Census Ripley County, Indiana Laughery Benjamin Johnson 53 Sarah Johnson 50 David Johnson 17 Anner Johnson 14 William Johnson 10 Haimon Johnson 9 Lafayette Johnson 8 John Johnson 7 (check image)
1880 U.S. Federal Census Jennings County, Indiana Bigger Nelson Johnson 54 Sarah Johnson 44 Anderson Johnson 18 Laura Johnson 16 William S. Johnson 13 Albert Johnson 10 Myrtle C. Johnson 6 (check image)
Note: There is some doubt that Nelson Johnson was a son of William Johnson Sr.
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