Re: William Johnston, 1648-1719, Isle of Wight, VA
I just stumbled onto this posting tonight while doing some research on one of my own ancestors, Jacob Johnston of Craven County, NC.
I see a Jacob Johnston mentioned in this posting who appears to match up with my ancestor in name and the name of his wife, but the other details aren't entirely accurate as they are presently posted.
Here is what I have:
b. abt 1720
m. 19 June 1749 to Sarah "Sally" Pearce*
d. bef Dec 1806 (when his will was probated)
*Sarah "Sally" Pearce is the daughter of Edmund Pearce and probably Rachel Hill.
Of the children he mentions, I can identify who two of his daughters married:
Sarah Johnson married Arthur Butler
Ann Johnson married Charles Roach
Here is information from his will:
WILL OF JACOB (X) JOHNSTON
Of Craven County, "Old & Infirm"
To my son Frederick Johnson - all my lands & plantation in Craven Co, b ut excepting 1 acre on Trent Road joining John C. Bryan & 150 acres joini ng the run of Palmeto Swamp on the mouth of Watry Branch, 3 negroes Stephen, Betty and her child Beck;
To my daughter Sarah Buttler - Crese & her child Levi
To my daughter Elizabeth Buk - negroes Diner & her child Lid;
to my daughter Mary Harris - negro man Lifon during her lifetime & at h er death he to go my grandaughter Mary Bryan;
To my daughter Ann Roach - negroes Cela(?) & Silvey & their increase; at h er death I give the said negroes to her 2 children Sarah Roach & Charles R oach Jr;
To my daughter Hannah Smith - 3 negroes Patt & her child & Will, during h er lifetime & at her death they go to her children except David
To my son-in-law George Bryan - negro man Ben;
To my daugher Winnifred Nelson - 2 negroes Sam & Vilet
To my ???? Sarah Bryan - negro girl Hanner;
To my granddaughter Mary C...? Johnston - negro girl Molly;
To my grandson Frederick Johnson - 1 acre on Trent Road joining John C. Br yan & the Town of Newbern; negro boy George, Jack, Old Sarah that my son J acob had before his death; to his 2 children Mary C... ? & Frederick [clau se unclear];
To my granddaughter Sarah Roach - negro girl Rody;
To my grandson Charles Roach Jr - my lot in the Town of Greenville;
The land that is excepted on Palmeto joining Otterson to be sold by my exc rs, if not sold before my death.
Ex.my son Frederick Johnston, my son-in-law Stephen Harris
Wit: Thomas Taunt, George Bryan
Jacob served in the militia during the French-Indian War:
1754 - Lewis Bryan's Company (Militia)
He received land grants near the Swift Creek on the north side of the Neuse River in Craven County. This is where he made his home, although he also owned a parcel of land in New Bern which he may have had a part-time residence at for when he was in town on business as a court justice (which he served as for a time in the late 1700s) or for meetings with St. John's Lodge (Freemasons) where he was apparently a member. (Although it's possible that his son, Jacob Jr., was the member of St. John's Lodge. I haven't been able to determine that yet.)