Reuben Johnson

about 1702–before 1774 (Age 72)
Rhode Island, British Colonial America

The Life Summary of Reuben

When Reuben Johnson was born about 1702, in Rhode Island, British Colonial America, his father, Joseph Johnson Sr., was 25 and his mother, Sarah Doliver, was 21. He married Abigail Pendleton about 1736, in Rhode Island, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters. He lived in Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island, United States in 1732. He died before 1774, in Charlestown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States, at the age of 71.

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Family Time Line

Reuben Johnson
1702–1774
Abigail Pendleton
1717–1805
Marriage: about 1736
Lucy Johnson
1738–1785
Anna Johnson
1740–
Eunice Johnson
1754–
John Johnson
1760–1850

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    about 1736Rhode Island, British Colonial America
  • Children

    (4)

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings

    (8)

    +3 More Children

    World Events (3)

    1723 · Pirates Hung in Newport
    Age 21
    On July 17, 1723, twenty-eight pirates are hung in Newport, Rhode Island.
    1763 · First Synagogue in America
    Age 61
    The first Jewish Synagogue in America was built in Newport, Rhode Island in 1763. It still stands today, making it the oldest synagogue in the United States.
    1772 · The Gaspee Affair
    Age 70
    On June 9, 1772, colonists that are angry with the trade restrictions that Britain put them under, board the HMS Gaspee and set it ablaze. This was the first act of violence against the British on the North American continent.

    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.

    Possible Related Names

    Jantzen
    John
    Jeansonne
    Jonson

    Sources (1)

    • Reuben Johnson in entry for Eunice Hall, "Rhode Island, Births and Christenings, 1600-1914"

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