Johnson ~ First Generation

  William JOHNSON
William was born c1772 based on 1841 census and on the burial record. In the 1841 census it is said that both he and Mary were born out of Warwickshire.

Married Mary, surname unknown. It is possible that this was Mary Stokes: their marriage was celebrated at St Peter and St Paul, Aston, Birmingham, and they were given as William Johnson of this Parish and Mary Stokes of this Parish, married in the church by Banns on 9th November 1797, witnesses Matthew Parton and William Roberts (ref Ancestry Birmingham Marriages). Mary was born c1770 based on 1841 census. Another possibility is Mary Booth; this marriage was celebrated at St Peter and St Paul, Aston, Birmingham on 10 Sep 1798, and again they were both of the parish. Both of these marriage certificates are available on Ancestry Birmingham marriages together with several other possibilities at other Birmingham parishes.

In 1814 they were living at Aston Street Birmingham at the burial of Benjamin, and later the same year they were living at Aston Street Birmingham with him as a Coach Spring Forger at the baptism of Joseph.

In Wrightson's Triennial Directory of Birmingham (1818), page no. 73, there is an entry for William Johnson, coach smith, Bear Yard. It appears to be the only William Johnson with an occupation similar to this.

Residents of Birmingham, England. In the 1835 Directory of Birmingham (ref there is a William Johnson, Coach Spring Maker, address Bank Alley, which may be the same one.

Ref 1841 census. Warwickshire, England. Civil Parish of Birmingham. Sub-Registration District of St Peter. Address: Bank Alley.
William Johnson. Age 69. Smith. Not born in Warwickshire.
Mary Johnson. Age 71. Not born in Warwickshire.

Death reg of William Johnson Mar qtr 1845 (ref FreeBMD). No probate found.
Burial of William Johnson 26 Jan 1845 at St Mary Birmingham, abode Bank Alley Dale End, age 73 years (ref Ancestry Birmingham burials).

There are many possibilities for the death of Mary Johnson but no matching addresses so she may have moved after William died. She is not found in 1851 census.
Johnson is a quite common name in Birmingham at this time and there are many children (including overlapping families) baptised as the children of a William and Mary Johnson at the same church (Saint Phillips, Birmingham), including Emma, John, Maria and Benjamin, children of a Sail and Tarpaulin maker of Easey Row, and Harriet, Ann, William and Charlotte who were baptised before the occupation of the father was given.


1841 census

1. Thomas JOHNSON bap 1805 at St Philips, Birmingham, Warwickshire  
2. Benjamin JOHNSON born 1809, bap 1809 at St Phillips, Birmingham, Warwickshire  
3. Joseph JOHNSON born 1814, bap 1814 at St Phillips, Birmingham, Warwickshire  

Last modified 8 Feb 2014