Johnson DNA Project
My husband's WV Johnson line starts with Benjamin Johnson and wife Sally Franklin who came from Patrick/Henry County, VA bef 1809 with Johnsons, Sheltons, and Franklins to then Cabell County.
His DNA test through FamilyTreeDNA matches that of a descendant of Franklin (Francis in the 1850 census) Johnson, a son of Benjamin Johnson and Sally Franklin.
His DNA also matches that of a descendant of one David C. Spears who lived just across the Ohio river from Cabell Co. WV in Lawrence Co. OH.
To make this even more interesting, his last name is Atkins.At this point, we believe that his grandfather was the illegitimate son of one Caroline Adkins and either Franklin Johnson or a close relative.Caroline Adkins, age 20, was living with the Franklin Johnson family in the 1850 Cabell Co. census and she died just before the 1860 census.
I am looking for another direct male descendant of Benjamin Johnson who would be willing to take a DNA test and become part of the FamilyTreeDNA Johnson project.Benjamin's other sons were Burwell, John, Squire Bremmer, Lewis, Merritt, Libra Smoot, and Sampson.
Both Benjamin & Merritt Johnson attended the estate sale of David C. Spears' supposed father, George Washington Spears, who died in 1834.David Spears' birth date is in question.
Please contact me if you would like to discuss this family and/or participate in a DNA test that could finally answer the question of who my husband's male ancestors really were.
Sallie Burns Atkins