Ed: Thanks so much for the wonderful info you sent. I had pieced some of this together over time, but nothing like what you have.
Nelson Johnson’s father, James Johnson (ca 1745 - ~July 1808 Pendleton Co., KY) married 2) Elizabeth Clarkson (1761-May 1832 Pendleton Co., KY) in Jan 28, 1779, Louisa Co., VA).
Nelson seems to have been the lynch pin of the Johnson family after his father died, leaving 7 younger children, ranging in age from 7 to 27. Nelson appears to have stayed in Pendleton Co., KY, until after his step-mother, Elizabeth (daughter of Anselm Clarkson and Anne Nancy Meriwether(?)) died. When Anselm Clarkson died in Bourbon Co., KY, in 1817, he designated that upon Elizabeth’s death, her share of his estate would pass to James Johnson’s heirs (not her heirs), apparently to include Nelson. Other daughter’s shares were designated to go to their heirs, not their husband’s. This makes me think that Nelson was highly thought of in the family.
It appears that after Elizabeth Johnson (Sr) died in 1832, Nelson tried to buy up the pieces of the Johnson farm inherited by the various children, but failed to put it all back together. The farm was on the S. Fork of the Licking River at a big horse shoe bend south of Falmouth, near the mouth of Fork Lick Creek. Nelson then moved on to Lewis Co., MO, where he bought 160 acres of public land in 13 Aug 1838. Nelson sold the land in Pendleton Co., KY, "on which he had lived for 20 years to James J. Clarkson, in January 1835, with a view of removing to Missouri". When Clarkson couldn't pay, Nelson offered to recind the deal and pay Clarkson what he had already paid. Clarkson refused. I Don’t know how that was ever resolved.
My gr3 grandmother, Elizabeth Johnson (Jr.), youngest daughter of James Johnson and Elizabeth Clarkson, moved to Lewis Co., MO, and was living near Nelson in the 1850 census after years of living on the frontier in Indiana where her husband was a government translator with the Indians. Her son, Ogilvie N. Collins, married the girl next door to Nelson’s farm in 1849, Mary Ann Cheatum, and, after the War, became a Baptist preacher working in the Wyaconda Assn., in Lewis, Knox and Scotland counties, MO.
April 2, 1863 Probate for Nelson Johnson Sr. filed in Lewis Co., MO by Chas. Dance (Admr) file #741 book p. 133 ).