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- There were several Johnsons in Strafford County before 1750. How and if they are related to each other is not obvious. One possibility is that they are brothers.
Thomas Johnson was born in 1717, according to a history of the Tuttle family. It was probably him who was assessed at Dover in 1741 and Barrington in 1742. He was still living at Barrington as late as 1773 when he and other inhabitants of Barrington made a petition to the Province for a Justice of the Peace. He was not on a list of men in 1776 in Barrington associated with the Revolution, nor were his sons. Nor were they on the list of those who refused to sign. Were they in Barrington? Sons Thomas and James were living in Barrington in 1790, and deeds seem to support their continual residence in Barrington. Andrew and David, sons of Thomas, moved to Hales Location [North Conway] by 1790 and before 1800 to Fryeburg.
Joseph Johnson baptized two sons in 1739 and 1740 at the meeting house in the part of Dover that later became Madbury. He was probably the Joseph Johnson assessed at 1742 in Barrington. Neither Joseph nor his two children can be traced after 1742. Who were they? Where did they go? Were they related to Thomas m Esther Tuttle?
The earliest record of Josiah Johnson is found in the town records of Durham. In March of 1750 he was appointed one of the hog reeves of the town. Later that year the Rev Hughs baptized a son and daughter of his. Another daughter was baptized in 1757, and a son in 1758. He lived in the part of Durham that later was set off as Lee, and signed a petition to incorporate Lee in 1765. He and his son Gideon moved to Middleton in 1773, but Gideon had been at work clearing land there as early as 1769. Josiah was living as late as 1801.
Josiah of Durham/Lee and Middleton, was probably the same Josiah Johnson who was granted land in Conway and Eaton in 1765 and 1766. Settlement of Conway and Eaton began to around the same time as Brownfield and Fryeburg. Josiah apparently never settled his land there, and sold out in the 1780s. Since Thomas Johnson's children settled Fryeburg in the 1790s, there appears to be a trend of settlers from the Durham area. Additionally, a John Johnson was also granted land in Conway and Eaton. Was this the John Johnson of Durham who married Mary Kenniston?
The other Johnson in the Durahm area in the mid-1700s was John Johnson. The John Johnson who was married to Mary Kenniston in 1752 at Durham was probably the same who had three children baptized in the 1750s and 1760. Was he the same John Johnson who was granted land in Conway and Eaton? And the same John Johnson who, with wife Deborah, had a daughter whose birth is recorded at Barrington in 1769? None of either of these families can be traced.
The coincident movements of these four families, plus their Strafford County origins, suggest a relationship, altough it is unlikley it will be proven.
- Joseph Johnson m 1721 Hannah Dutteridge s Joseph Johnson m Elizabeth Trafton?
Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire
Joseph Johnson York had killed Sampson Angier's horse in July 1690. He [or another possibly Nathaniel Johnson (22). Stackpole says Samuel but none eligible found] m after 5 November 1691 Elizabeth (Trafton) widow of John Rackliff. She was widow Johnson now of York 26 March 1720. Of Kittery 18 October 1721 she deeded York land to son Joseph; they then lived with widow Sarah Curtis at Spruce Creek. In April 1744 aged 68 she testified about Brave Boat Harbor 53 years ago. Children: Joseph, may have been the Joseph who married 19 November 1721 Hannah Dutteridge, later of Marblehead.
Joseph Johnson s John Johnson m Hannah Lewis?
Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire
Joseph Johnson rated at Greenland parish 1712; taxed 1713-1714; possibly the same taxed at Portsmouth 1707-1713. List 338a
- James Johnston Davis r Balltown 1777
Massachusetts State Archives Collection
Volume 322 Page 180
Bawltown letter dated 13 September 1777
A list of the Mens names in the Plantation of Bawltown [Balltown, Whitefield/Jefferson] from sixteen years and upwards agreeable to an act of Cort [sic] December 9th 1776
Mecres Carr Capt [m Elizabeth Wait s Sylvanus Carr m Lydia Macrest]
Joshua Little 1st Lieut [m Lydia Brown s Samuel Little m Sarah Follansbee]
Benjn King 2 Lieut [m Ruth Bartlett s Benjamin King m Sarah Taylor]
Ephraim Brown Sergt
Jonathan Bartlett [Sergt] [m Lydia Chase s Christopher Bartlett m Mary Clement]
Jacob Rowel [Sergt] [m Hannah Carlton s John Rowell m Mary Wadlin]
James Murphy [Sergt] [b Ireland m Sarah Linsey]
Samuell Parmer Corpl [Palmer?] [m Ann Pearson s Timothy Palmer m Jane Stickney]
Samuell Whitman [Corpl] [m Rhoda Parkman s John Whitman m Abigail Hollis]
Timothy Ferrin [Corpl]
Thomas Grover [Corpl] [s Benjamin Grover m Mehitable Toothaker]
Petter Dow [m Elizabeth Huse s Peter Dow m Susannah Page]
Wllm Boynton [m Esther Wyman s Caleb Boynton m Christian Parsons]
Saml Bawl [Ball]
Jeri Brand [Bran, Brann]
John Philbrook [Philbrick]
Andrew Gledden [Glidden]
Saml Jonson [Johnson]
James Reves [Reeves, Reaves]
John Duely [Dooley]
Caleb Bartlet [Bartlett]
Caleb Cressis? [Curtis? Cressey?]
James Jonston Davis
Davi Hutchens [Hutchins, Hitchings]
Nathan Longfello [Longfellow]
Ezekiel Sterns [Stearns]
John Woodman Senr
Ralph Chiney [Cheney]
John Woodman Junr
Ebenezer Philbrook Senr?
Jonathan Bartlet Junr?
Benj Kinney [Kenney]
Joshua Chamberlin [Chamberlain]
Benjn Stickney Clerk
Mecres Carr Capt
Joshua Littl Lieut
Benjn King Lieut