Father: William Johnson, Sr.
Mother: Ann Norman
Spouse: Jeanett Kinnaird (Kinnard)
b: 1/Sep/1785 - Culpeper Co., VA
Child-1: Lucy b: 1803/1804 - VA - nra: 1850
m: Churchill Berry
Family tradition asserts that Joseph Johnson was one member of a set of twins born to William and Ann Norman Johnson, the other twin being his brother, Benjamin. In any case, Joseph was almost certainly born in that part of Culpeper County, Viriginia, later organized as Rappahannock County. Moreover, it would seem that he married Jeanett Kinaird (or Kennard) about 1800 or shortly thereafter. Only one child, a daughter, Lucy, has been attributed to this couple.1 This is a likely indication that Joseph died in the first decade of the nineteenth century; a presumption which is further supported by subsequent census records for Culpeper and Rappahannock Counties from which the household of Joseph Johnson is uniformly absent. Alternatively, he may have migrated westward as did other members of the extended Johnson family, but there is no documentary record of this nor is it supported by any family tradition.Source Notes and Citations:
1. Mary Elizabeth Hite, My Rappahannock Story Book, Dietz Press, Richmond, VA, 1950.
"The Kinnaird Place About one mile south of Woodville is the old 'Kinnaird Place.' Living here now are two descendants of this ancient Scottish family - Miss Emily Berry and her brother Rufus. Miss Emily tells in a fascinating manner the story of the coming of her ancestors to this part of the world.
The Kinnairds of 'Castle Kinnaird' in Scotland came in the early days of Jamestown. George Kinnaird and his brother David, with their Thornton friends sought homes in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Kinnairds (brothers) found a well-built log house, and near it a beautiful orchard with no one to lay claim to it. This to them must have seemed a wonderful discovery for they were not rich in lands. George finally established a claim and made here his home, boarding over the logs, a way of dressing up a log house which seemed popular in that day. David moved onto find for himself elsewhere. At this time they travelled in wagons and on foot.
The sons of George Kinnaird were educated at William and Mary College. This was in the period immediately following the Revolution. Only one of the children of George and his wife were left at the 'Kinnaird Place'. A daughter, Jeanette, had married Joseph Johnson, son of their neighbor. Lucy, daughter of Joseph Johnson and Jeanette, his wife, married Churchill Berry. Children of Jordon, son of Churchill Berry and Lucy, his wife, are Emily, Rufus and George.
John A Kinnaird, son of George Kinnaird I, of 'Kinnaird Place' was a pioneer of West Virginia. He was called the 'Daniel Boone' of that section of Virginia.
In the War Between the States, the Confederation Calvary from West Virginia used the old 'Kinnaird Place' as their headquarters. Four sons went from this home to serve in the Southern Army.
Sitting on the foot of her grandmother's bed, little Emily listened to the 'Tales of a Grandmother', and now she passes them on to us. Her grandmother told her of the days of her youth when she would don her riding-habit, with its skirt touching the ground, and ride her horse through the woods to F. T. Church, ten miles away." (Bill Kinnaird, Kinnaird Worldwide, www.kinnaird.net/kinplace.htm, 2003 & Robert M. Walker, Clan Kinnaird USA & Canada, clankinnaird.tripod.com/Families/Virginia02.html, 2009.)
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2. Anonymous, A History of the "Red Oak" Johnson Family, privately published. (Not currently in print - facsimiles available at the Rappahannock County Historical Society, Washington, VA)
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