Thank you for replying. In my family their has been a question about the Johnson Given name. It very well could be Samuel. Martha Bennett was the daughter of Henry Bennett b. 1789 Robeson Co. NC, d. 1835 Bryan Co. Ga.
Henry Bennett married Margaret Peggy Sheffield b. 1785 Effingham Co. Ga. (no death info). Marriage was abt. 1806, Bryan Co. Ga.
Henry Bennett and Margaret Peggy Sheffield had 10 children:
1. John b. JULY 30, 1807 Appling Co.
2. Henry b. Sept. 5, 1808 Appling Co.
3. William b. May 27, 1811 Appling Co.
4. Isham b. May 14, 1813 Appling Co.
5. Westberry b. June 26,1815 Appling Co.
6. James S. b. August 26, 1817 Appling Co.
7. Ritta Anne b. February 14, 1820 Appling Co.
buried @ Old Bethel Cemetery, Odum, Wayne Co., Ga.
8. Margaret b. April 10, 1824 Appling Co. (twin sister of)
9. MARTHA b. April 10, 1824, Appling Co.
10.Richard Henry b. May 20, 1826 Appling Co.
#9. MARTHA is the one said to be my ggGrandmother. (S. Johnson and Martha married abt. 1860.) They had 9 children:
1. THOMAS WILLIAM b. 1861 Appling Co., Ga.(after S. left
for service in the Civil War, was 4-5 yrs. old before he ever saw his Dad (S.Johnson)
d. 1942 Eden, St. Clair CO., Alabama
2. Lucie b. 1865 Appling Co.(after S. Johnson returned from serving in Civil War. He was a Primitive Baptist Preacher, con. objector, volunteered at "last call" and served as a Prison Guard around Savannah during the whole War.
3. Annie b. 1866
4. Linnie b. 1867
5. Red(r)ick b. 1868
6. Henry b. 1869
7. George b. 1870
8. Bennie b. 1871
9. Silas / Siloss b. 1872
#1. Thomas William Johnson is my line. He 1st married Ellen Douglass. Moved to Fla. by boat to escape plague. Ellen died there, so did S. Johnson, and 2 of his other sons. Lived around Lake Okeechobee at the Pony Express Station that they ran and lived in upstairs. They are all buried there. I can't locate where their graves are.
Thomas William Johnson left Fla. abt. 1900 moving to St. Clair Co. Alabama. He met and married Willie D. Baldwin.
One of their sons, Wesley Kyle Johnson, was my Grandfather, married to Sarah Ellen Carlisle. One of their sons, Thomas Richard Johnson, is my Dad. I have 2 older brothers, Arthur Kyle and James Richard. I am the youngest and his daughter, Patricia Ann.
The family insist that somewhere in our lineage is a full blooded Cherokee. Story goes that in the Trail of Tears a mother left her infant girl for dead along the trail. A man named Mr. Travis and his wife found the infant still alive and adopted her. I don't know if this comes from the Johnson line, the Bennett line or the Carlisle line.
I do have distant cousins that have received gov. funding for their education, etc. because of their Cherokee heritage. This is a curious point I would like to eventually explore but right now I'm focused on the Johnson - Bennett connection.
S. Johnson and Martha Bennett lived on some land given to her by her father Henry Bennett. I know the home place was just outside of Screven, off Highway 84 where a bridge goes over the Big Satilla River. The River takes a sharp turn to the right on the north side of this bridge. The house was in this curve of land (About 100 yards off the main road. My Dad remembers going to the "old home place" when he was 13 yrs. old, with Thomas William Johnson (his Grandfather). He says the water was red from the cyprus and pine tree roots that grew up stream in the swamp area. My Dad and his Granfather jumped in @ the "Johnson swimming hole" that was about 200 yards from the house. This trip was made in 1942, the same year Thomas William Johnson died. While on this trip, my Dad remembers his Grandfather going to meet a man in the area. My Dad (13 @ the time, was told to stay in the car. But he heard his Grandfather tell the man (Mr. Green) that they were 1st cousins. The 2 men walked away from the car. That's all my Dad heard.
If you can make any sense of all the connections and places, I would be so gratefull, you can imagine how I've been going in circles for several years trying to break thru my brick wall with Martha Q. Bennett. Relatives say the Q stood for Qumie. I just don't know, I can't find anything on her death. Can you PLEASE help, if you have the time. I know I'm asking a lot. Many thanks for your time and knowledge. Patricia
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