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Capt. Edward JOHNSON

Male Bef 1598 - 1672  (> 73 years)


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  • Name Edward JOHNSON 
    Title Capt. 
    Born Bef 16 Sep 1598  Canterbury, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 16 Sep 1598  St. George the Martyr, Canterbury, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Immigration Abt 1637  MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Will 15 May 1671  Woburn, Middlesex County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 23 Apr 1672  Woburn, Middlesex County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    • (1) England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975:

      Name: Edward Johnson
      Gender: Male
      Christening Date: 16 Sep 1598
      Christening Date (Original): 16 Sep 1598
      Christening Place: Saint George the Martyr, Canterbury, Kent, England
      Father's Name: William Johnson

      (2) French, Elizabeth, "Genealogical Research in England," New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. 67 (April 1913), pp. 172-173:

      CAPT. EDWARD JOHNSON . . . , joiner, of Canterbury, England, and Woburn, Mass., was baptized at St. George's Church, Canterbury, 16 Sept. 1598, was admitted freeman by birth in 1623, emigrated to New England with his wife and seven children about 1637, and settled at Woburn, Mass., where he was a very prominent citizen, holding many important public offices and commanding the local military company. He is famous as the author of the "Wonderworking Providence of Sion's Savior in New England." He died at Woburn 23 Apr. 1672.

      He married about 1620 SUSAN MUNNTER, but the record of the marriage has not been found, although the registers of every parish in Canterbury have been searched. She was born about 1598, and died at Woburn 7 Mar. 1689/90.

      Children, all except the first two baptized at St. George's :

      i. EDWARD, bapt. in the parish of St. Mary Magdalene, Canterbury, 18 Feb. 1620/1; d. at Woburn 15 Sept. 1692; m, at Woburn 10 Jan. 1649/50 KATHERINE BAKER, sister of John of Boston, b, abt. 1625, d. 7 Jan. 1700/1. Four children.

      ii. WILLIAM, b. probably in 1622; bur. in the parish of St. Mary Magdalene 26 Jan. 1622/3.

      iii. GEORGE, bapt. 3 Apr. 1625; came to New England with his parents in 1637, but returned to England, where he was a merchant, and was admitted a freeman of Canterbury by birth in 1655; later he removed to Somerset Co., Md., where he d. in 1681, leaving issue; m. KATHERINE _____.

      iv. SUSAN, bapt. 1 Apr. 1627; m. JAMES PRENTICE of Cambridge, Mass., and left issue.

      v. WILLIAM, bapt. 22 Mar. 1628/9; d. 22 May 1704; m. 16 May 1655 HESTER WISWALL, dau. of Elder Thomas of Dorchester, d. 27 Dec. 1707. Nine children. He was a prominent man of Woburn, and was major, deputy, and assistant.

      vi. MARTHA, bapt. 1 May 1631; m. 18 Mar. 1649/50 JOHN AMEE of Boston, and had issue.

      vii. MATTHEW, bapt. 30 Mar. 1633; d. at Woburn 19 July 1696; m. (1) 12 Nov. 1656 HANNAH PALFREY, dau. of Peter, d.s.p. 1 Aug. 1662; m. (2) 23 Oct. 1662 REBECCA WISWALL, dau. of Elder John of Boston, d. 25 Dec. 1709, having had eight children.

      viii. JOHN, bapt. 10 May 1635; d. at Canterbury, Conn., after 1712; m. 26 Apr. 1657 BETHIA REED, dau. of William and Mabel of Woburn, d. at Canterbury, Conn., abt. 1718. Seven children. He lived at Woburn, Mass., and later at Canterbury, Conn.

      (3) Johnson, Edward Francis, Captain Edward Johnson of Woburn, Massachusetts and Some of His Descendants, Boston, MA: Press of David Clapp & Son, 1905, pp. 4-5:

      He [Capt. Edward Johnson] was famous as a surveyor and an early explorer of the forest territory of New England, and the eminent antiquary, John Farmer, in an article about him, published on June 16, 1810, in the "Columbian Centinel," and reproduced in Farmer and Moore's New Hampshire Collections, in 1822, says, "The fathers of New England are among the first entitled to our grateful recollections. To them belongs the honor of first exploring our country, and preparing it for the abodes of civilized life."

      Capt. Edward Johnson was appointed, in 1665, by the General Court, to make a map of the Colony, in conjunction with William Stevens.

      In 1672, after his death, the General Court passed an order regarding a chronicle of the early history of the Colony, which reads substantially as follows:

      "The Court considering how many ways the providence of God hath mercifully appeared in behalf of his people in these parts, since their coming into this wilderness; and us of this colony in particular, do judge it our duty to endeavor that a register or chronicle be made of the several passages of God's providence, protecting of and saving from many eminent dangers, as well in transportation, as in our abode here, making provision beyond what could, in reason, have been expected, and preventing our fears many a time; that so our posterity and the generation that shall survive, taking a view of the kindness of God to their fathers, it may remain as an obligation upon them to serve the Lord their God with all their hearts and souls."

      The Court, therefore, appointed a committee "to make diligent inquiry in the several parts of this jurisdiction concerning anything of moment that has passed, and in particular of what has been collected by Mr. John Winthrop, Sen., Mr. Thomas Dudley, Mr. John Wilson, Sen., Capt. Edward Johnson, or any other; that so, matter being prepared, some meet person may be appointed by this court to put the same into form; that so, after perusal of the same, it may he put to press."

      His will, dated the 15th of the 3d month [May], 1671, names wife Susan; eldest son Edward; sons George, William, Matthew, and John; sons-in-law, James Prentice and John Amee; daughters and. daughters-in-law (they were not mentioned by name); the wife of son Edward (her name not given); grandchildren, Edward, son of his son Edward, son Matthew's eldest son (not mentioned by name), George, son of his son George, William and Edward, sons of his son William, John, son of his son John, William, son of his son John, James Prentice, son of James Prentice, and John Amee, son of John Amee, Katherine, daughter of his son Edward, Katherine, daughter of his son George, Hester (or Esther), daughter of his son William, Rebecca, daughter of his son Matthew, Bethiah, daughter of his son John, Susan, daughter of his son-in-law James Prentice, Hannah, another daughter of James Prentice, and the eldest daughter (not mentioned by name) of his son-in-law John Amee. The inventory, returned May 11, 1672, gives as the amount, £706. 05. 06; homestead, £159; debts, £9. 10. 00; rents supposed to be due in England, £132; houses and lands in England, £300.

      The will of his wife Susan, or Susanna, dated Dec. 14, 1689, probated March 2, 1690-1, mentions her son John, her husband Capt. Edward Johnson, and states that her son John, with whom she dwelt, had taken care of her since her husband was deceased, and was entitled to all, because she judged it was his due. She died March 7, 1689-90.
    Person ID I44274  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 26 Sep 2018 

    Father William JOHNSON,   b. 1559, Canterbury, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 27 Dec 1637, Canterbury, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 78 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Susan PORREDGE,   b. Bef 20 Jan 1566, Canterbury, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 10 Apr 1604, Canterbury, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 38 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married Abt 1587  Probably Canterbury, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F26037  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Susan MUNNTER,   b. Abt 1598, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Mar 1690, Woburn, Middlesex County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 92 years) 
    Married Abt 1620  Probably Canterbury, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Martha JOHNSON,   b. Bef 1 May 1631, Canterbury, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    Last Modified 26 Sep 2018 14:55:00 
    Family ID F26031  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart