Moses Johnson

Brief Life History of Moses

When Moses Johnson was born on 29 September 1730, in Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Thomas Jonson Jr., was 44 and his mother, Rachel Ordway, was 43. He died on 27 July 1731, in his hometown, at the age of 0.

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Family Time Line

Thomas Jonson Jr.
1685–1754
Rachel Ordway
1687–1764
Lydia Jonson
1710–
Ruth Johnson
1710–
Capt Daniel Johnson
1711–1794
Maverick Johnson
1714–1778
Capt Nathan Johnson
1717–1793
Peter Johnson
1720–
Seth Johnson
1722–1775
Rachel Johnson
1726–1813
Anna Johnson
1727–1737
Moses Johnson
1730–1731

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    Name Meaning

    English and Scottish: patronymic from the Middle English and Older Scots personal name Johan, Jo(h)n (see John ) + -son. It was often interchanged with Jenson and Janson . In North America, this surname has absorbed cognates from other languages, e.g. Norwegian, Danish, or North German Johnsen , Johannesen , Johannsen , Johansen , Jansen , Jantzen , and Jensen , Swedish Johnsson (see below), Johansson , Jonsson , and Jansson , Dutch Janssen , German Janz , Czech Jansa 1, and Slovenian Janša (see Jansa 2) and Janežič (see Janezic ). Johnson (including in the sense 2 below) is the second most frequent surname in the US. It is also the second most common surname among Native Americans and a very common surname among African Americans.

    Americanized form (and a less common Swedish variant) of Swedish Johnsson: patronymic from the personal name John, a variant of Jon (see John ). Compare 1 above.

    History: Surname Johnson was brought independently to North America by many different bearers from the 17th and 18th centuries onward. Andrew Johnson (1808–75), 17th president of the US, was born in Raleigh, NC, the younger son of Jacob Johnson and Mary (or Polly) McDonough. Little is known of his ancestors. The 36th president, Lyndon B. Johnson, dates his American forebears back seven generations to James Johnston (sic) (born c. 1662) who lived at Currowaugh, Nansemond, and Isle of Wight counties, VA. — Noted early bearers also include Marmaduke Johnson (died 1674), a printer who came from England to MA in 1660; Edward Johnson (1598–1672), a colonial chronicler who was baptized at St. George's parish, Canterbury, England, and emigrated to Boston in 1630; and Sir Nathaniel Johnson (c. 1645–1713), a colonial governor of Carolina, who came from County Durham, England.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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