Comfort Harding Johnson

Male19 August 1777–14 September 1856

Brief Life History of Comfort Harding

When Comfort Harding Johnson was born on 19 August 1777, in Sturbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States, his father, James Johnson Sr, was 38 and his mother, Hannah Harding, was 31. He married Asenath Dresser on 30 January 1800, in Charlton, Charlton, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. He died on 14 September 1856, in Walpole, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 79, and was buried in Walpole, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States.

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Family Time Line

Comfort Harding Johnson
1777–1856
Susan Loring
1788–1873
Susan Johnson
1810–1893
Loring Johnson
1812–1891
Hannah Johnson
1814–1871
Benjamin Franklin Johnson
1817–1898
Ursula Ann Johnson
1820–1904
George Washington Johnson
1822–1904
John Adams Johns
1822–
Edward D. or Dowse Johnson
1824–

Sources (34)

  • Comfort Johnston, "United States Census, 1790"
  • Comfort Johnson, "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"
  • Comfort Harding Johnson, "Massachusetts, Marriages, 1695-1910"

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World Events (7)

1781 · The First Constitution

Age 4

Serving the newly created United States of America as the first constitution, the Articles of Confederation were an agreement among the 13 original states preserving the independence and sovereignty of the states. But with a limited central government, the Constitutional Convention came together to replace the Articles of Confederation with a more established Constitution and central government on where the states can be represented and voice their concerns and comments to build up the nation.

1783 · A Free America

Age 6

The Revolutionary War ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris which gave the new nation boundries on which they could expand and trade with other countries without any problems.

1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 23

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.

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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