Johanna Johnson

Brief Life History of Johanna

When Johanna Johnson was born in 1749, in Hunterdon, New Jersey, British Colonial America, her father, Cornelius Johnson, was 11746 and her mother, Ann Stout, was 38. She married Stephen Runyan in 1783, in Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. She died after 1820, in North Sewickley, Franklin Township, Beaver, Pennsylvania, United States.

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Family Time Line

Stephen Runyan
1761–1831
Johanna Johnson
1749–1820
Marriage: 1783
Absalom Johnson Runyan
1784–1856
Joseph Johnson Runyon
1785–1832
Stephen Runyon
1786–1834
Jerusha Runyon
1791–1879
Anna Runyon
1793–

Sources (2)

  • Documents relating to the colonial history of the state of New Jersey, vol. XXXIII, (1928), p. 219: will of Cornelius Johnson, written 5 March 1770, proved 27 April 1770
  • Stout and allied families, by Herald F. Stout, (1951), p. 10: Ann Stout and family

World Events (6)

1776

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.

1776

The Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776. The liberty bell was first rung here to Celebrate this important document.

1786 · Shays' Rebellion

Caused by war veteran Daniel Shays, Shays' Rebellion was to protest economic and civil rights injustices that he and other farmers were seeing after the Revolutionary War. Because of the Rebellion it opened the eyes of the governing officials that the Articles of Confederation needed a reform. The Rebellion served as a guardrail when helping reform the United States Constitution.

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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