Ancestral Family Topic 436

 436   William Johns (-c.1787)
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William Johns, in his own words
If he could speak to us today, William Johns might describe his life as follows.

I was likely a grandson of Richard Johns of St. John’s Parish, King William County— possibly a son William Johns.
Ann and I lived on 400 acres on Muddy Creek in Cumberland County. Our mansion house may have been on a thoroughfare because the county licensed me to run an ordinary there in 1750 and 1751. An ordinary was a home that could sell food and lodging to strangers passing through or visiting the county. Not at tavern, exactly, but we could sell liquor.
In 1751 we established our home on 700 acres about 20 miles away in southern Buckingham County. In 1760 I got 900 more acres on Holliday Creek that forms the boundary between Buckingham and Appomattox counties.
Tax lists of Buckingham County for 1773 and 1774 include my name and in 1783 I filed for reimbursement for supplies I provided our army during the Revolution.
Records in Buckingham burned during the Civil War so I cannot give any definite information about my family. Evidently Ann and I had 11 children plus some other daughters whose names have been lost to history.
Since they stopped calling my son William Jr. in 1787, I must have died about then.

William’s land transactions
William Johns appeared first in Southam Parish, Goochland County, in 1744 when he witnessed a deed for James Knott and John Merriman.  The next year, 4 May 1745, William purchased about 200 acres on the south side of the James River on the head of Muddy Creek from Stephen Sanders of Albemarle County.  This land, which was in Goochland County when he bought it, fell into the newly-created Cumberland County in 1749. William’s son Jesse would later marry Sander’s daughter Sarah.
William witnessed deeds in Southam Parish for James Bolling in 1749 and Matthew Ligon in 1750,  and owned his own land in Southam Parish by 26 Nov. 1750 when Samuel Nuchols of Louisa County sold him 200 neighboring acres. 
William was married to Ann when he sold his 400 acres in Cumberland County to Richard Murray in 1751 for £160 and relocated to Albemarle County.  That same year as William Johns of Cumberland County he bought 100 acres on Hundred Road in Chesterfield County from William Patterson.  We do not know what became of this land.
The next year he bought 730 acres in Albemarle from John Bostick for £100.  A 400-acre portion of the tract had been part of a 1738 patent to Henry Chiles that lay between the Appomattox River and the head branches of Willis Creek in present-day Buckingham County.  William Womack sold Johns 400 acres on both sides of Willis Creek 25 May 1752,  which Johns farmed until 1758 when he sold it to William Lowe. 
In 1759 William bought 400 acres from Marvel Stone for £45, and sold Robert Hastie 530 acres for £150.  William Johns secured a patent to 208 acres farther up the Appomattox River on both sides of Halliday Creek in present-day Buckingham County in 1760,  and got a patent for 300 acres nearby on the north side of the Appomattox River in 1763. 
Johns returned to farming in Cumberland County in 1764 buying 200 acres from William Hudgins Jr.  He sold this plantation in 1771 to Joseph Calland. 

Descendants of William Johns
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Names found in this topic include the following.
 Susannah (Johns) Terry,  
Zachariah Terry,  James Terry,  Rebecca Dudgeon,  
 Ann (Johns) Turner (1732-1822),  
Richard Turner,  
 Joseph Johns (c.1735-1818),  
 David Johns,  
 William Johns,  
Ann Glover,  John Glover,  
 James Johns (-1817),  
Mary Gannaway,  John Gannaway Jr.,  Mary MacGregor,  
 Jesse Johns (c.1744-1800),  
Sarah Sanders,  Stephen Sanders,  Priscilla Burton,  
Ann Johns,  Charles Walker,  
Stephen Sanders Johns,  Sarah DePriest,  John DePriest,  
Lockey Johns,  Charles Martin,  
Cynthia Johns,  Elisha Brumfield,  
Jesse Johns,  
Priscilla Johns,  Thomas Prater,  
Daniel Johns,  Mary Thompson Marshall,  
Magdalene Johns,  John S. Jones,  Charles Martin,  
 John Johns (1746-c.1821),  
Elizabeth Glover,  Samuel Glover,  Judith Benning,  
William M. Johns,  
Rev. Edmund Winston Johns,  
Judith Johns,  
Glover Johns,  Martha Johns,  Joel Johns,  
Anthony Benning Johns,  
Martha Johns,  
Mary Johns,  
Samuel Johns,  
Elizabeth Johns,  
Sarah Johns,  
Ann Johns,  
John Johns,  
 Rachel Johns,  
 Thomas Johns (-1794),  
Gartherhood Glover,  Samuel Glover,  Judith Benning,  
Charles Lewis,  
 Elizabeth (Johns) Jones (1757-1827),  
Thomas Jones,  John Jones,  Elizabeth Walker,  

This family topic includes the following notable individuals.
Soldiers of colonial and American wars
James Johns - Revolutionary War Jesse Johns - Revolutionary War

Selected sources
“Johns Family Bible Record.” Virginia Vital Records from the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, the William and Mary College Quarterly, and Tyler’s Quarterly. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. 1982:681. • Family Bible of Col. John Johns.

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