William Okey Johnson: Birth: 17 Nov 1764 in Patterson Creek, Hampshire County, Va; Now Mineral Well, County, Wv.. Death: 2 May 1801 in Reeses Mill, Hampshire County, Va; Now Mineral Well County, Wv.
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Note: I am looking for any info you find on Abraham Jansen christened 23 Mar 1718. I think he was Abraham Johnson my 4th great grandfather.. The Sheriff of Hampshire Co., VA My Y-DNA is of the hapalogroup G2A3B I am pretty sure they are the descendants of The Van Nuys from Holland
baptised March 23, 1718 First Reformed Church Somerville County, New Jersey Baptisms Part III Lewis Book 2; First Reformed Church North Branch, Somerville Baptisms Lewis Vol 2
Was at braddocks defeat. seven year war [French and Indian] 1755
1756 - 1788 sheriff Hampshire co. West Virginia
1788 made justice of Hampshire co. west Virginia.
He was a New Amsterdam Dutch, Which were French Huguenots. The Family came over to America with the family name Van Nuyes.
The Huguenots of the Reformed Church of France emerged from the teachings of John Calvin, and became the major Protestant sect in France until a large portion of the population died in massacres or were deported from French territory following the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685.
DESCENDANTS OF ABRAHAM JOHNSON DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF EDGAR JOHNSON DAVIS Abraham Johnson, Gentleman, as his name appears on the old records, was one of the first settlers in the beautiful and fertile Patterson Creek Valley, which is about nine miles west of and parallel to the valley of the South French of the Potomac River.
Abraham Johnson is supposed to be of English descent. However, one branch of Johnson's was from Scandinavia and Okey is a Scandinavian name. Old records show he came from Esuex County, New Jersey;, that he was evidently this son of Okey Johnson, and that as early as 1742 he had settled in Virginia near what is now knows as Reese's Mill in Mineral Count, W. VA.
This part of Virginia was formerly in Orange County, later in Frederick County, and from 1754 until 1866 was in Hampshire County, VA. It was in the western part of the Northern Neck of Virginia, which included all the land between the headwaters of the main branches of the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers. This territory contained about 5,200,000 acres.
In 1650, Charles II had granted all the un granted lands in this part of Virginia to favorite courtiers, including John Lord Culpeper, whose son, Thomas Lord Culpeper later bought out the interests of the other courtiers. The Fifth Lord Fairfax married Thomas Lord Fairfax's daughter, Catherine. Her oldest son, Thomas Lord Fairfax, inherited this grant and the title of the Proprietor of the Northern Neck of Virginia. Before he came to Virginia, his lands were managed by his cousin, William Fairfax of Belvoir, VA. Lord Fairfax built a hunting lodge at Greenway Court near Winchester, VA. where he lived until his death.
At first it was not known that the Potomac rose west of the Blue Ridge. The source of the Potomac was found in 1736 and the western boundary line was made in 1746. James Genn, the only certified surveyor in Virginia, laid off the lands west of the Blue Ridge into manors and lots. "Very few tracts of and in what is now mineral County, outside of Patterson Creek Valley were taken up during the lifetime of Lord Fairfax."
On the Patterson Creek survey, 8,000 acres south of the present village of Headsville were reserved by Lord Fairfax as a manor for his nephew, Denny Martin. Years later, descendants of Abraham Johnson lived on and later owned a part of Fairfax's Patterson Creek Manor. The writer of the Johnson genealogy was born there.
To the north the valley was divided into twenty -two lots, and the numbering began at the Manor. On October 26, 1748, Abraham Johnson received a grant from Lord Fairfax for 309 acres, known as Lot No. 5. (Part of the copy of this deed will be given later) On June 2, 1777, he received a grant from Lord Fairfax for 46 acres north of Lot 5, and before 1783 he acquired from Mr. Rutan part of Lot 4.
In 1748, a surveying party of seven came along Patterson Creek. Among the surveyors were James Genn, George Washington and George Williams Fairfax of Belvoir, VA. George Washington, the young sixteen year old surveyor kept a diary in which he recorded: This day---went up to ye mouth of Paterson's Creek, and there swum our horses over, got over ourselves in a canoe and taravelled up yee following part of ye day to Abram Johnstones, 15 miles from ye mouth where we camped"
The following is a copy of the marker which is found at the site of Abraham's old home, where a chimney is still standing:
Washington's Host At Reese's Mill, ruins of the home of Abraham Johnson, who entertained George Washington and surveying party in 1748. Johnson appeared in Patterson Creek Valley between 1735 and 1740 and in 1750 became an official of the Ohio Company."
Many settlers came into the Northern Neck of Virginia, and a number of wealthy London and Virginia gentlemen saw possibilities for extensive trade with Indians and for colonization of the land on the Ohio River. Included among these prominent men were Thomas Nelson, Thomas Lee, George Fairfax, and Laurence and Augustus Washington. "They formed a corporation known as the "Ohio Company" and in 1749 were chartered by George II and granted 500,000 acres of land. A few months later the company open it first store on the south side of the Potomac, near the present town of Ridgeley, Mineral County. Mr. Hansbury had shipped about $4,000 worth of goods from London. Abraham Johnson of Patterson Creek had been appointed proprietor, and the settlers could exchange their surplus supplies of grain, hogs and tobacco for "blankets", "red shroud", "half thicks", "liker" and "ches". Copies of original accounts of Abraham Johnson with the Ohio Company, which are still in the possession of his descendants are most interesting, and give a fair idea of the flourishing business that was carried on by this Company that can well be called, "America's First Chain Store Corporation!"
"Although short lived, the Ohio Company greatly influenced the trend of American history--it helped to secure for England the territory west of the Alleghenies. It brought more settlers into this region, and encouraged others to push further westward. It established a chain of heavily constructed store buildings, which later were confiscated as forts, and became military centers for the protection of the settlers against the French and Indians." The road surveyed and built by this Company from the upper Potomac Valley near the present town of Ridgely, to the Monongahela, now Pittsburgh, was the first outlet from the east to the west over which any white man ever traveled. It was the route over which General Braddock, in 1755, made is historic march upon Fort Duquesne. It is today largely the roadbed of the National Highway from Cumberland to Pittsburgh.
The Indians had been friendly until this time. The French on the Ohio viewed these western settlements with alarm, and stirred up the Indians, including Chief Killbuck, to be hostile. "Early in the spring of 1753, scouting parties of the Indians began roaming through the settlements--The seven years from 1754 to 1761 brought horror and almost complete desolation of the entire section." The Indians were Killburk "grew more bold, and it began to appear as though they would murder or take captive every family in the Patterson Creek and South Branch Valleys."
George Washington was made Commander-in-chief of the forces raised in Virginia to protect the frontier. The Patterson Creek and South Branch Valley settlements, being on the extreme frontier, and exposed to the direct attacks of all the Indians who crossed the mountains were the first to be fortified."
Several forts were ordered built by George Washington in 1755. Fort Sellers, at the mouth of the creek, was built first. Fort Ashby, five miles south was erected a few days later, this is about ten miles north of Abraham Johnson's home. It is the only surviving fort south of the Potomac. It is said that a descendant of Abraham Johnson was born in one of these Indian forts.
Fort Cocke was built on the Fairfax Manor on a knoll nearly opposite the home of the writer of the Johnson genealogy. His father erected a monument, which is still standing, to the memory of two men "Windle Millar and Patrick McCarty". MIllar was killed in 1761 near the fort. McCarty was carried away into captivity and burned at the stake. McCarty's son married Elizabeth Millar whose descendants are prominent in that section today. George Washington mentioned this frequently in his writing as one of his most important forts.
Abraham Johnson's descendants say that he, like many others, left his home for a while during these hostilities. Records indicate that he returned to New Jersey for a while. It is said that a friendly Indian warned him that the Indians were planning to kill him and burn his home. The Indian advised Abraham Johnson to leave and to hide his possessions under his house and promised if he would do so, that he would try to prevent the burning of the home. Abraham Johnson took his advice and his life and home were spared.
So many settlements were raided and destroyed "that in the fall of 1758, the only settlers that remained throughout the entire section of what is now Mineral and Hampshire Counties were in the immediate neighborhoods of Fort Ashby on Patterson's Creek and of Fort Pearsall on the present site of Romney." It is said that this section "suffered more than any other from Indian depredations."
With the restoration of peace in 1761, settlements were quickly revived. "Numerous land grants and voluminous records covering this period indicate a general influx of settlers. During the next ten years, the Patterson Creek area became widely known as one of the choicest agricultural sections of Western Virginia."
Dunmore's War letter "sent the horror stricken inhabitants back to the forts". "Fort Ashby continued to serve as a haven of safety for the settlers on Patterson's Creek until after the Revolution and later Indian Wars. (1775-1795) "There was not a battle of the Revolution in which some of these men were not engaged". Old records show that the Johnsons were also active in the Revolution. One of the earliest is the following:
"At a Committee held for Hampshire County the 15th Day of November 1775, --Okey Johnson (is appointed) Ensign of a Company of the Militia of this County from Abraham Vanmeters down Pattersons Creeke to the lower end of the Manor and on Beeavers Run."
At the close of the Revolution, the Fairfax lands were confiscated by the State of Virginia and thrown open to the public. Those who own Fairfax grants were given clear titles to their property. There began a period of growth and development such as hitherto had been unknown."
Abraham Johnson took a prominent part in public affairs, as the following records indicate:
"At a court held for Hampshire County the tenth day of September, 1754. Abraham Johnson, Gent. is appointed to take a list of all Tithables from the mouth of Patterson's Creek up to the Potomac River and up Patterson's Creek as far as Solomon Hedges."
Abraham Johnson, Gentleman was appointed to take the first census of Hampshire County in 1782. "At that time there were ninety-eight heads of families and six hundred and twenty-two inhabitants living in the Patterson Creek Valley at this early date. Many of the most outstanding men and women in our nation today will find the names of their forebears listed among the honored members of the vanguard who carved homes out of the wilderness and blazed trains for the march of civilization through the beautiful valley of Patterson Creek."
Abraham Johnson's name was signed to a petition in 1787 for the establishment of the town of Frankfort, now called Fort Ashby. This became quite a stopping place for stagecoaches after 1786, when a State Road was opened through there from Winchester to Wheeling. He was listed in 1767 and 1772 as Justice of Peace of Colonial Virginia. It is also said that he was High Sheriff of the County.
He was a member of the Church of England, which as the first church to be established there. "This section was included in the Parish of Frederick, long before the organization of Hampshire County. Parish dues were paid as early as 1745." There are old receipts showing Abraham Johnson paid his "Parish Liveys" in 1747 and 1748. We are proud that our ancestor had such a significant part in the early history of Patterson Creek Valley. We wish we knew more of his early ancestry, and more about his personal life. Efforts to get more information have been unsuccessful.
The date of his death is unknown. Near the ruins of his old home, near what is now called Reese's Mill, is a monument with six gravestones nearby. This was erected by his great grand children in memory of "Abram Johnson" and "Rachel, Wife of Abram Johnson, our great grandparents" and also of his sons, William and Okey Johnson and their wives.
The following is a part of the copy of his deed in 1748 from Lord Fairfax:
THE RIGHT HONORABLE THOMAS LORD FAIRFAX, Baron of Cameron in that Part of Great Britain call'd Scotland, Proprietor of the Northern Neck of Virginia. ----I---- do give grant and Confirm unto Abram Johnson of the County of Frederick a certain Tract or Lot of Land upon Pattersons Creek known and distinguished in the Platt of Survey made by Mr. James Genn by the No. 5 and bounded as followeth, BEGINNING at two Hickorys in the low grounds a Corner to Lot No. 4 and running ---East Two hundred thirty eight Poles to a white oak on the Foot of a hill, thence N. 50 East Forty Poles thence N. 10 West Two hundred Poles thence S 50 W. Forty Eight Poles to two white oakes on Cabbin Run, thence West One hundred ninety one Poles thence South one hundred Ninety three Poles to the BEGINNING Containing Three hundred and Nine Acres, Together with all Rights--belonging Royal Mines Excepted and a full Third part of all Lead, Copper, Tinn, Coals, Iron Mines and Iron Ore that shall be found thereon. He the said Abram Johnson ---Paying---to Me, my Heirs---or Attorneys of my Heirs or Assigned Proprietors of the said Northern Neck Yearly and every Year on the Feast Day of St. Michel the Archangel the Fee Rent of One Shilling Sterling for every Fifty Acres of Land hereby granted and so proportionably for a greater or lesser Quantity PROVIDED that if the said Abram Johnson his Heirs or Assigns shall not pay the before reserved annual rent so that the same or any Part thereof shall be behind or unpaid by the Space of Two whole years after the Same shall become Due if Lawfully demanded That then it shall and may be lawful for Me my Heirs or Assigns Proprietors--to reenter and Hold the Same so as if this grant had never Pass'd. GIVEN at My office in the County of Fairfax within my said Proprietary under my Hand and Seal DATED this twenty-sixth Day of October in the Twenty Second Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Second by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland King Defender of the Faith & AD One thousand Seven Hundred and Forty eight.
FAIRFAX Northern Neck Book "G", Page 141
Land Grant Office Richmond, VA
Sources of material:
Data contributed by J.D. Sanders, Mineral County Historical Association, Keyner, W.VA. History of Patterson Creek and Mineral County, by Mrs. Leonora W. Wood, in booklet, Sesquicentennial of Frankfort, Mineral County. W.VA. Receipts of Abraham Johnson in the possession of a descendant, Mrs. J.H.A. Brown, Keyser, W.VA. The Writings of George Washington, Volume I, Appreciation is expressed to George II Johnson of Romney, W. VA. for historical research, and to the many other descendants who contributed valuable historical and genealogical data.
�i�Note:�/i� Abraham Johnson born early part of the 1700's. As 1740 Abraham came from New Jersey and Settled on Pattersons Creek After having compelled,once at least, to retreat befor hostile Indians, who were reluctant to abandon so the wilderness into whats recently known as Reece's Mills approximately ten miles up the valley. William a son of Abraham, suceeded to the possession of this homestead. No history on Rachel, Abraham's wife. Only record of three childern born to this union.
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Early Land Grants and Settlers Along Pattersons Creek, Virginia
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Note: Reece's Mill, Ft Ashby, Hampshire (now Mineral) Co. (W)VA
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