was born about 1685, probably in Cecil County, Maryland
are a number of Thomas
and Edward Johnson
appearing in land records, wills and church records between 1700
and 1748. They appear to be from the same area of Cecil
County. However, the specific relationship has not yet been
established. So I do not know who his parents were.
The Johnson family or possible different families owned many
tracks of land in Cecil County. Julia Mortenson
created a document listing the Johnson Lands in an attempt to
connect the various family members logically. It is a work
in progress. This will link it to a recent version: Johnson Lands
wed Milliscent Hyland
1722 recorded at St. Mary Anne’s parish records of North
records were compiled into Early Anglican Church Records of
Cecil County by Henry C. Peden, Jr., page 80.
was the widow of Nicholas Hyland
who lived very close to Thomas Johnson
. Her maiden
name is unknown. However, there was a Milliscent
named in a will in 1707, the daughter of Thomas Hitchcock
.written Oct 12, 1707. Probate Feb 25, 1707/8
in the Maryland Calendar of Wills Vol 3, page unknown
The will just said dau Millycent
. Our Milliscent
married Nicholas Hyland
about that time. The name
is unusual enough, the time and place or appropriate for Millycent Hitchcock
been the wife of first Nickolas
and then Thomas
. However, documentation is
needed. Her first child was Nicholas Hyland
said to be born about 1709.
He married 1730, so the dates work.
family lived on the Johnson estate Triumph on Elks Neck on the
. The family included Milliscent's
two sons by her
marriage to Nicholas Hyland
born about 1711
By the will of Nicholas Hyland
the senior he left his land on the Elk River
to his son Nicholas
and land on the Susquehanna
. He also
directed that his sons to be brought up by the rules of the church
of England. This is recounted in the History of Cecil County written in
1881 by George Johnston
page 524. Mr. Johnston went
on to surmise that Milliscent
as executrix rigidly adhered to this because Nicholas
younger was a member of the House of Delegates from this county
almost continuously from 1751 to 1766, where he always favored
legislation against the "Popish Priests and Jesuits".
I do not have the will of Nicholas
. - yet
Thomas and Milliscent Johnson
had 3 children. Their
births were recorded in the St.
Mary Anne's Parish Records, and in the Peden Book, page 80
born April 6, 1723. She died as infant Sept
Oct 14, 1724 "about 8 of the clock in the evening"
born March 20, 1726
, wife of
died Aug 6,
1734, buried Aug. 9 1734. Recorded at St. Mary Anne’s. pg 80 of Peden
. She was
buried next to her first husband Nicholas
. Her grave stone still exists and has been
cared for by her descendants to this day. Photo Link
Her son Nicholas
already married and probably living on his inherited land Harmony
still have been at home. He did not marry until 1739.
It appears that Thomas Johnso
quickly marries again to Rebekah
last name unknown. That record is not in the church records
but the following is all in St.
Mary Anne's and Peden Pages 60 & 61.
" born Oct. 11 1735 about 10 o’clock in the morning."
Thomas Johnson Jr
born Sept 29, 1737. He died and was buried Nov 5,1738.
died Jan 7,
1738. It is not known where he is buried. It is
in the St. Mary Anne's
Records and Peden page 6
1 “Thomas Johnson
of Thomas Johnson Jr.
died buried Jan 7, 1738.
By the direction of
Thomas’ will, Edward Johnson
who was 12-years-old when his father died was to “remain and be
under the care and guardianship of my beloved brother Edward Johnson
until he shall
be one and twenty years of age.”. Rebecca
administratrix to his will. It is not known where young Edward
uncle lived Milliscent
was 14-years-old at the time and was to “remain
under the Guardianship of his wife Rebekah
until she was
16-years- old. Rebekah and
’ 3-year-old daughter, also named Rebekah Johnson
was not named
in the will but would have also remained with her mother.
The widow, Rebekah
was given the plantation with
permission to sell, if needed to pay debts. If she did not
sell, she could live there and upon her death the estate reverted
to his son Edward.
There is a very strange deed, Cecil
Deed Book 5, page 531
whereon June 12, 1739 Rebekah Johnson buys ??? Triumph,
for 30 pounds from William and
I can find no record of how the Jones
' came to own Triumph. It was an indenture. I've never
completely understood that words. Could it have been
mortgaged to them for 30 pounds after Thomas
died and this
is her paying off the mortgage??
Then Cecil County deed Book 6,
does show that she sold Triumph
purchased by my deceased husband Thomas
on May 12, 1730 from Thomas Crouch
.". She sold it to Simon Wilmer
of Kent County Maryland
on June 11, 1740
I don't know whether Rebehak
married again. However,
Cecil County Historical Society has a book Cecil County
Accounts 1717-1776 by Anne Walker Burns
. A number of
entries refer to Rebehak Johnson
. Book 19, page
Accounty for Rev. William Wye
his wife, extrx for Thomas Johnson
dec. dated May
26, 1742. Then Book 41, page 412, Rebecca Wye
for Rev. William Wye
, dec, dated Nov. 1, 1757. So it
would seem that Rebekah
married Rev. Wye
buried him 15 or so years later. Rev. Wye became minister of St.
Mary Anne's Episcopal Church in 1735 and was still there when the
building, which still stands laid it's cornerstone in 1742.
There is no reason to believe he did not remain there until his
On Aug. 15, 1764 Rebecca
, seamstress bought 14 acres of Resurvey on St. John's Manor
from Nicholas Hyland
. Cecil county Deed Book 10,
page 25. St. John's Manor is just upstream on the elk from
Harmony Hall and I believe Triumph. This was probably the
daughter of Thomas Johnson
. this Nicholas Hyland
would have been the brother or nephew of Thomas
If you know the answer please CONTACT US
1. When was he born?
2. Who were Thomas' parents?
3. Look at original St. Mary Anne’s church records. and get it's
4. Where were the various land holdings of the Johnson and how do
they play into the story?
5. What was his wifes maiden name? or confirm that it was
6. Where was Thomas buried?
7. Was there a Johnson family burial plot on one of the land
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