Abraham Johnson b 12 March 1799

Abraham Johnson was born 12 March, 1799 in Wilkes County NC. His parents were Thomas A Johnson and Lucy Edwins.  Abraham married Louisa Yates on 2 March 1822 in Wilkes, then moved to Ashe County NC, where most of their eight children were born.  Johnson County is the extreme eastern county in TN, bounded on the north by Virginia and the southeast by North Carolina.  It was named for a different Johnson family, not Abraham’s.  Ashe County is adjacent to Johnson County, and in fact the area now called Johnson County was part of North Carolina for a while, then part of the short-lived state of Franklin from 1784-1788, afterwhich it became part of Tennessee.  In 1840, the family lived in Ashe County, NC.  In 1850, the family was in Taylorsville (now called Mountain City) in Johnson County, TN, where he was a blacksmith.   The population of the town at that time was 2658, up from 150 in the previous census.  In 1860, Abraham, now widowed, lived with his younger children near Taylorsville at Shouns Crossroads. This may have been his home all long, with merely a name change in the description of the location, as the area became developed.  On 22 August 1860, Abraham deeded to his daughter Elizabeth Tilley and her two children, Mary Henrietta Tilley and Albert Newton Tilley a lifetime interest in and to the lot of land which Elizabeth now lives, after her death the land title transfers to her two children forever.   Abraham may have foreseen the pending Civil War and been trying to take care of his daughter and grand-children, or perhaps he felt that John Tilley was not able to provide for them particularly if he went to war.  I don’t know if Abraham made similar provisions for any other grandchildren.  Abraham died soon afterwards.  His daughter Elizabeth also died within a few months. Perhaps she was already ill when this provision was made. Her two children did receive the property deeded to them by their grandfather.  Her husband was murdered by raiders the next year.  As the Civil War was starting, Johnson County voted 787 to 111 against secession, and most of East Tennessee sided with the union.  (No battles were fought in Johnson County, and after the war, most people were able to put aside their differences and resume their lives.)  Abraham was listed as one of the voters in the county, in July 1861.  While I don’t have a death date for him, the court ordered an inventory of Abraham’s property on 1 October 1861, as Abraham had died without leaving a will:  LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION TO WILLIAM E. JOHNSON, ADMSTR. OF ABRAM JOHNSON, DECEASED. STATE OF TENNESSEE} JOHNSON COUNTY } County Court, October Term, 1861. Whereas it appears to the Court, that Abraham Johnson, late of our County has departed this life leaving no last will nor testament and application having been made to the Court to have Letters of Administration grated to William E. Johnson on the estate of the said Abraham; and it appearing to the satisfaction of the Court, that said William E. Johnson has given bond and security as required by law, and the Court having ordered the Letters of Administration to issue accordingly. These are therefore to authorize and empower you the said William E. Johnson, to enter into and upon all and singular the goods & chattels, rights and credits of the said Abraham Johnson, deceased; and the same into your possession take, wheresoever to be found in this State, and a true and perfect inventory to make of the same, and return to the next County Court under oath; and all the just debts of the intestate pay so far as the estate will amount to or extend; and the residue (if any) deliver or pay to those who may by law be entitled to receive the same. Herein fail not. Witness, Caloway Elrod, Clerk of said Court at office in Taylorsville, the first Monday in October, A.D. 1861 C. Elrod, Clerk. BY  G. Moore, D. C.

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