Josiah Johnson

23 October 1774–27 July 1854 (Age 79)
Newark Township, Essex, New Jersey, United States

The Life of Josiah

When Josiah Johnson was born on 23 October 1774, in Newark Township, Essex, New Jersey, United States, his father, Jotham Johnson, was 30 and his mother, Hannah Beach, was 22. He married Betsey or Elizabeth Crane on 13 February 1805, in Newark, Essex, New Jersey, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters. He lived in Clinton, Essex, New Jersey, United States in 1850. He died on 27 July 1854, at the age of 79.

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Josiah Johnson
Betsey or Elizabeth Crane
Marriage: 13 February 1805
Catharine Johnson
Aaron Crane Johnson
Elizabeth Johnson
Matilda Johnson

Spouse and Children

13 February 1805
Newark, Essex, New Jersey, United States


    Catharine Johnson



    Elizabeth Johnson


    Matilda Johnson


Parents and Siblings



+2 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 1

During the six-year Revolutionary war, more of the fights took place in New Jersey than any other colony. Over 296 engagements between opposing forces were recorded. One of the largest conflicts of the entire war took place between Morristown and Middlebrook, referred to as the "Ten Crucial Days" and remembered by the famous phrase "the times that try men's souls". The revolution won some of their most desperately needed victories during this time.

Age 2

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 26

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 personal name John . As an American family name, Johnson has absorbed patronymics and many other derivatives of this name in continental European languages. (For forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988 .)

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

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Sources (3)

  • Josiah Johnson, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Josiah Johnson, "New Jersey, County Marriages, 1682-1956"
  • Josiah Johnson, "New Jersey, County Marriages, 1682-1956"

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