Abraham Johnson and Hephzibah Kershaw

Third great grandparents < Sarah Ann Johnston < Viola May Fisher < Arthur Eugene Ferrell

Abraham Johnson was born July 1825 in Ohio to Nehemiah Myre Johnston and Mary Bickerstaff. In 1850 he was married to Hephzibah Kershaw and working as a spinner. By 1860 he was a farmer. In 1850 they were living in Steubenville, Jefferson, Ohio but had moved to Rush, Tuscarawas, Ohio by 1860. In 1860 his real estate was valued at 800, personal estate 314.

Hephzibah Kershaw was born December 19, 1828 in Halifax, York, England, to Nicholas and Sarah Meadowcroft (Metcalf) Kershaw. Her family immigrated to Ohio sometime between 1840 and 1850. In 1841 Hephzibah appears to be living with the Williams Nichol family in Little Long Bottom, Halifax, along with Mary Kershaw. Nicholas and Sarah Kershaw are listed on the 1850 Census record right above Abraham Johnson, and in 1860 Nicholas was living with the Johnsons (Sarah passed that same year.) Mary Johnson, Abraham’s mother, was living with them at that time also.

I could find no further record of Hephzibah after 1860, and it appears Abraham remarried sometime before 1870 so I wonder if Hephzibah didn’t die sometime in between those years.

Secondly, in 1865 Abraham married Evanna Webster Moreland born Dec 4, 1831 in Ohio. A Harriet Webster was living with them in 1870, I assume she was Evanna’s sister.

In 1890 and 1900, Abraham was working as a grocer and in 1900 the family was living in Dennison. His daughter Annie and two grandchildren, Bernadine Rutledge and Hugh Lee Rutledge Fox also live with him in 1900.

Children of Abraham and Hephzibah were:

  1. Sarah Ann Johnston
  2. Mary F Johnston born about 1853
  3. Elizabeth “Lizzie” Johnston born about 1855
  4. George Johnston born about 1858

Children of Abraham and Evaline are:

  1. George C Johnston was born February 27, 1866, died October 1, 1935 in Guernsey County, Ohio. He was a Rail road shop man. He married Elizabeth a Hillyer (1866 -1936). Their children:
    • Harry Abraham Johnson, born 1887. Married Bessie I. Hines born 1887. He served during WWII. Their children:
      • Margaret (1909-2000) married Charles W Anson with children James and Betty Lou.
      • Bessie (1910)
      • Harold Merrideth  (March 10, 1913 – July 16, 1928)
      • Eva Mae born October 28 1889, died March 10, 1963. She married Andrew Adamson (1879-1950). Two sons, Robert D Adamson (1914) and George H Adamson (1916).
      • Hazel born July 1897
      • Frank T born 1901
  2. Charles Turner Johnston born February 28, 1869, died 5 July 1956. He married Mary Alice Bliss (Nov 20, 1867 – Feb 26, 1945). One daughter, Nellie Frances (July 15, 1893-November 25, 1983.) Nellie married Archie Ray Pearch (November 9, 1891- September 16, 1949). They had at least one son, Robert Byron Pearch Senior (March 13, 1913- January 25, 1971) served in the US Army during WWII.
  3. Anna May Johnston born January 29, 1880. She married George O Rutledge. At least two children: Bernadine Rutledge born March 1896 and Hugh Lee Rutledge Fox born May 1898.

Note: family records claim Sarah had 8 brothers. She did have 8 sons, so I believe that information got mixed up somewhere.

References

“United States Census, 1850,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MX39-X14 : 9 November 2014), Abraham Johnson, Steubenville, Jefferson, Ohio, United States; citing family 356, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

“United States Census, 1860”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MCPM-ZTF : 30 December 2015), Abm Johnson, 1860.

(Abraham)

“United States Census, 1870,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M6L1-N4B : 17 October 2014), Abraham Johnson, Ohio, United States; citing p. 14, family 106, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 552,772.

“Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X6HF-GZP : 28 October 2016), Abraham Johnston in entry for Anna May Johnston, 29 Jan 1880; citing Birth, Uhrichsville, Tuscarawas, Ohio, United States, county courthouses, Ohio; FHL microfilm 890,358.

“Ohio Births and Christenings, 1821-1962,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XXQP-V3V : 8 December 2014), Abraham Johnston in entry for Anna May Johnston, 29 Jan 1880; citing Uhrichsville, Tuscarawas, Ohio, reference ; FHL microfilm 890,358.

“United States Census, 1880,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M83S-L3K : 15 July 2016), Abraham Johnson, Uhrichsville, Tuscarawas, Ohio, United States; citing enumeration district ED 224, sheet 225A, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 1072; FHL microfilm 1,255,072.

“Ohio Marriages, 1800-1958,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XDD9-SPP : 8 December 2014), Abraham Johnson in entry for George O. Rutledge and Anna M. Johnson, 18 Jul 1895; citing , Tuscarawas, Ohio, reference 2:3K69MPQ; FHL microfilm 890,367.

“Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X82G-46P : 8 December 2014), Abraham Johnson in entry for George O. Rutledge and Anna M. Johnson, 18 Jul 1895; citing Tuscarawas, Ohio, United States, reference V10 P105 cn 21361; county courthouses, Ohio; FHL microfilm 890,367.

“United States Census, 1900,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MMXX-ZR6 : accessed 16 November 2016), Abraham Johnson, Mill Township (south & west part) Dennison village, Tuscarawas, Ohio, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 122, sheet 3A, family 62, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,241,327.

“Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X825-X6F : 8 December 2014), Abraham Johnson in entry for James L. Shaw and Anna Johnson, 30 Aug 1902; citing Tuscarawas, Ohio, United States, reference n24856 p358; county courthouses, Ohio; FHL microfilm 890,368.

“Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X6WG-LHV : 8 December 2014), Abraham Johnson in entry for George C Johnson, 01 Oct 1935; citing Washington, Guernsey, Ohio, reference fn 60181; FHL microfilm 2,022,566.

(Hephzibah)

“England and Wales Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8), 1588-1977,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FQN8-J29 : 11 December 2014), Hephzibah Kershaw, 19 Dec 1828, Birth; citing p. 73, Halifax, Yorkshire, record group RG4, Public Record Office, London.

“England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/J3DF-D6J : 30 December 2014), Hephzibah Kershaw, 19 Dec 1828; citing PELLON LANE PARTICULAR BAPTIST,HALIFAX,YORK,ENGLAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 0816622 (RG4 3165).

“England and Wales Census, 1841,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MQ5X-KMG : 30 October 2015), Hephzibah Kershaw in household of William Nichol, Halifax, Yorkshire,Yorkshire West Riding, England; from “1841 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO HO 107, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.