Below is a full transcription of the Will and Testament of James J. Johnson dated the 13th day of April 1852 in Elbert County, GA. I am posting it for others benefit, but I am also hoping that someone may see a connection and help me find possible ancestors for James J. Johnson.
I know that James J. Johnson (c1800-1852) is my GGGG Grandfather. I cannot find any information about his parents, wife, or siblings. Per Elbert Co. census, he was born in Georgia and his wife probably died between 1840-1850 and was born between 1790-1800. It is also possible that he had more than one wife.
The one clue seems to be the given names of his children listed in his will. They appear to be named after possible ancestors and I have even found a couple of the names listed in early Elbert County documents but have yet to find a connection. Any information about connections between these given names and the Johnson family would be greatly appreciated.
His childrens' given names and approx. birth dates are:
Jessie (1822), Eliza (1826), Nancy Ann (1827), Sarah Elizabeth (1831), Margaret Adley (1832), Dunston Blackwell (1837), Rebecca Jane (1839), Rosa Martin (1840), Enos Tait (1842), and Anthony Verdell (1842).
Marriages for his children that I am aware of are:
Jessie m. Sarah Saxon (1822-aft1900), Rebecca Jane m. Thomas Balchin (1810-1893), Anthony Verdell m. Sarah Algood (1835-1905), and Sarah Elizabeth m. Hudson H. Nash (c.1806).
Here is a full transcription of his will:
In the name of God, Amen
I, James J. Johnson,
of the county of Elbert and State of Georgia being sick and week in body but of sound mind and disproving memeory (for which I thank God) and calling to mind the uncertainty of human life and desiring to dispose of all such worldly estates as it has pleased God to bless me with do hereby make this my last will and testement.
Item 1st - I give to my following named children viz. Eliza, Nancy Ann, Sarah Elizabeth, Margeret Adler, Dunston Blackwell, Rebecca Jane, Rosa Martin, Enos Tait, and Anthony Verdell the land on which I now live together will all my stock of hogs, sheep and cattle as a home and a support for them until my youngest son Anthony Verdel shall have become twenty one years of age at which time I desire
said land and what stock that shall then still exist to be equally divided among all my children that are living at that time.
Item 2nd - I give to my daughters Eliza, Nancy Ann, Sarah Elizabeth, Margeret Adley, Rebecca Jane and Rosa Martin all my beds and bed stands bed clothing and household and kitchen furniture to be equally divided among them.
Item 3rd - I desire that all of my ?? debts and funeral expense shall be paid and to effect which I wish what seed cotton I possess to be sold and appropriated to that purpose and that my children above named by industry and economy make the money and pay what may then remain unpaid.
And lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my daughter Nancy Executriss and my son Jesse Executor of this my last will and testement hereby revoking all other or former wills or testements heretofore made. In withness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this the 13th day of April 1852.
published and Declared
in presence of
John M. Saxon
Robert F. Jones
James A. Clark
J. J. Johnson
(beside his signature is a circle with the letters "IS" inside of it)
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