Name: James JOHNSON
Birth: 16 JAN 1761 in Limerick,Ireland
Death: 2 JUL 1852 in Henderson Co,North Carolina
Burial: Shaws Creek Campground,Henderson Co,North Carolina
James emigrated to Rockbridge Co., VA with his father and brother Noble when he was about 7 years old. He moved to S. Carolina in 1781. He resided between 1783 and 1791 in Virginia, probably back to his parents home in Rockbridge Co. He moved in 1798 to Shaws Creek, Buncomb Co. North Carolina.
Change Date: 9 AUG 2004 at 13:00:09
This section of Bunscomb later became part of Henderson Co. He was a Methodist Episcopal. In 1781 he enlisted and served in the Continental Army, Second Regiment, Southern Detachment (Maryland line) under Gen. Nathaniel Green. Fought in the battles of Guilford, Camden, and Eutaw Springs. He was wounded at Camden, captured at Eutaw Springs. Kept 13 months on a prison ship in Charleston, SC, and released at end of war and returned to Virginia.
When they moved to Henderson Co. it was still a part of Bunscomb Co.
James Johnson when in the seventh or eighth year of his age, came with his
parents to America and settled in rockbridge County, Virginia, where he
remained until 1781, when he enlisted in the American Army, Second Regiment,
Southern Detachment, (Maryland Line), under General Nathaniel Green.
In the celebrated battles of Guilford, Camden and Eutaw Springs, he bore
an active and important part. At Camden he was severely wounded, but quit
neither his post, at the time, nor the army afterwards. At Eutaw Springs, he
was taken prisoner by the British, taken to Charleston, South Carolina, and
kept thirteen months and two weeks on board a prison ship, was fed on half
rations, slept without bed or covering, and lived almost entirely without
clothes. the treatment was such that there were several soldiers who tried to
swim ashore, a distance of about three miles, rather than endure the punishment
of prison life. Three made the attempt one night and in a few days four more,
James Johnson being one of them, agreed to try for liberty, and as they were
about to leap into the water they noticed something white floating in front of
them and as the object came closer they recognized the dead body of one of
their comrades who had attempted to swim ashore a few days previous, and their
attempt at liberty was abandoned.
Upon restoration of peace, he was released, when he returned to Virginia,
and remained there until 1791, when he removed to South Carolina, and the same
year was married to Miss Ann cole, of New York, who was his junior by eleven
years. In 1798 he removed to the waters of Shaw's Creek, Henderson County
(then Buncombe), N.C. where he remained until his death.
In 1792, the first year after marriage, he and his wife both joined the
Methodist Episcopal Church, under the ministry of that man of precious memory
in the South, Tobias Gibson. Until his death-a period of sixty years,-he lived
in the Church, unlamed and unblamable. Who that knew James Johnson, ever
doubted the sincerity of his profession/ Who ever saw in him an unchristian
act, or heard from him an unchristian word/ I have known many men, but a more
exemplary Christian I never knew; and fondly does this poor heart cherish the
memory of the fire-side and in the silent grove! He is gone! But he died as he
lived-giving praise to God!.
Allow me to mention one or two things more. When sixty-two years old--too
old and feeble to longer work on his farm,--he learned to read, beginning with
the alphabet. And from that to his death, a large proportion of his whole time
was spent in religious reading, so that before his death, he was well and
extensively read; particularly in Methodist theology.
One other fact I will mention; Several years previous to his death, he and
his aged companion lived with their youngest son, Noble Johnson; but before
this they kept house considerably over fifty years, and though they had a
number of children, the never had a corpse in their house during his lifetime.
Many years ago, the writer was spoken to by him to preach his funeral,
which he promised to do, in the event of his outliving his friend, and which he
will do, should Providence open the way for his return to that country, in any
reasonable time. Signed D.R. McAnally, St Louis Mo., August 3, 1852.
Ann COLE b: 5 JAN 1772 in New York
22 JUL 1791
in South Carolina
- Louis JOHNSON b: in North Carolina
- Ann JOHNSON