John Johnson - Soldier of the American Revolution

From: Goshen Trails, Vol. 14, No.4
Excerpt from article by Mrs. Christine Johnson Felty, p. 11
Printed by permission.


John Johnson died July 9, 1853, and is buried in Little Springs Cemetery, Flannigan Township, Hamilton County, Illinois.  His low, simple marker is inscribed "John Johnson, 1763-1853, Rev. Soldier".

During the Revolutionary War he served three months in Col. William Washington's Regiment, participating in the battle of Rugley's Mill, and three months with Gen. Francis Marion in South Carolina, scouting and ranging after Tories and British Troops.  After the War, he moved from Bladen County, North Carolina, to South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Illinois.  His Revolutionary War pension application (#R5635) is dated November 27, 1834, Hamilton County, Illinois.

John Johnson has hundreds of descendents who were born in Hamilton County.  A partial listing of the married names of his direct-line female descendants, who had children born in Hamilton County, includes: Allen, Barker, Boyer, Braden, Broyles, Cantrell, Coleman, Culpepper, Daily, Dean, Felty, Flannigan, Hall, Harrelson, Henderson, Hughes, Hungate, Johnson, Lee, Lewis, McAndrew, Odle, Page, Sneed, Turner, and Waring.  This is not a definitive list.

My descent from John Johnson is in the direct male line.  My membership in Alliance Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of American Revolution, 1776 D St., N. W. Washington, D.C. 20006. (Membership No. 553813), is based on his Revolutionary War service.

John Johnson

Born: 1763, North Carolina
Resided: Bladen County, N. C., during the Rev  War; South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Illinois.
Died: 9 July 1853, Hamilton County, Illinois

Service: Three months with Col. William Washington's Regiment; in battle of Rugley's Mill (British defeated).
Three months with Gen. Francis Marion in South Carolina; scouting and ranging after Tories and British troops.

Pension: Application dated 27 Nov. 1834; Hamilton County, Illinois.  
Application # R5635; proof of service unavailable at the time.

Robert Johnson
[Son of John]

Born: 1792, North Carolina

Married: Elizabeth (Betsey) Lewis, 1 Feb 1812, Christian County, Kentucky. [She was born 1793, Kentucky; died 21 Sept 1865; buried: Little Springs Cemetery, Hamilton County, Illinois.

Died: 20 March 1872

Buried: Little Springs Cemetery, Hamilton County, IL.

Charles Anderson Johnson
[Son of Robert - 10th of 12 children]

Born: 18 Dec 1830, Hamilton County, Illinois

Married: Nancy Caldonia Irby, 29 Nov 1849, Hamilton County, Illinois [She was born 27 April 1832, Wilson County, TN; daughter of John Irby (SC) died 18 Jan 1870; buried Little Springs Cemetery and Nancy Harris (NC) died 17 Dec 1868, buried Little Springs Cemetery.  Nancy [Johnson] died 6 Jan 1922; buried Little Springs Cemetery, Hamilton County, IL.

Civil War Service: 27 August 1861 to 24 July, 1865; Capt. Co. A, 40th Illinois Infantry Regiment.

Died: 13 Sept 1920, Hamilton County, Illinois

Buried: Little Springs Cemetery, Hamilton County, Illinois

John Washington Johnson
[Son of Charles Anderson Johnson - 1st of 7 children-only male]

Born: 23 Nov 1850, Hamilton County, Illinois

Married: Nancy Louisa Harrelson, 2 Nov 1871, Hamilton County, IL. [Nancy was born 4 Jan 1855, Franklin County, IL; daughter of Capt. Benjamin W. Harrellson (SC) died 22 Jan 1907, Coffeyville, KS and Sidney Ewing (IL) died 26 Oct 1859, buried Antioch, Hamilton Co., IL.  Nancy died 9 Nov 1930 in Hamilton County, IL and is buried in the I.O.O.F Cemtery, McLeansboro, IL.]

Died: 9 Nov 1930, Hamilton County, IL

Buried: I.O.O.F. Cemetery, McLeansboro, Illinois


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