Sunday, October 23, 2016

Joseph Johnson of Colchester, Connecticut. Revolutionary War Veteran.

Gravestone of Joseph Johnson
Old Cemetery, Colchester, Connecticut
Revolutionary War Veteran

My ancestral Grandfather Joseph Johnson was the son of Elijah Johnson of Colchester, Connecticut and his wife Sarah Trumble of Lebanon, Connecticut. Grandson of Joseph Trumble, Jr. (see The Lost Trumbull).

JOSEPH JOHNSON, born at Colchester 17 June 1750, was baptized at Colchester First Congregational Church, 29 July 1750;[1] he died at Colchester 17 November 1808, "Killed by a cart running over him"[2] and was buried at Old Cemetery, Colchester.[3] Joseph was married by the Rev. Ephraim Little at Colchester First Congregational Church, Colchester, 25 February 1779, to JERUSHA FOOTE;[4] she was born at Colchester 2 March 1755, daughter of Charles Foote Sr. and Jerusha Chamberlain of Colchester;[5] she died at Coventry, Chenango County, New York, 21 January 1831.[6]

Joseph Johnson was a veteran of the American Revolution. He served as a corporal in Captain Nathaniel Webb’s company, Colonel John Durkee’s Fourth Connecticut Regiment of the Continental Line. He served from 1 March 1777 to 1 March 1780.  He re-enlisted and was appointed corporal 1 May 1780 in Captain Andrew Fitch’s Company of the Fourth Connecticut Regiment for a term of seventeen months and was discharged 30 September 1781.[7]

Children of Joseph and Jerusha (Foote) Johnson, all born in Colchester, Connecticut:[8]

1) DEMIS, b. 17 June 1779.
2) ELISHA, b. 6 Dec. 1780.
3) GURDON, b. 3 Nov. 1782; d. 21 Oct. 1786.
4) CLARISSA, b. 11 Dec. 1784.
5) LOIS, b. 14 Sept. 1786.
6) GURDON, 20 Aug. 1788.
7) RALPH, 9 Feb. 1791.
8) THEODOCIA, 10 March 1793.
9) WILLIAM, 11 March 1795.
10) JERUSHA, 14 Oct. 1798.


1. William E. Johnson, John Johnson and Other Johnsons (McDonough, N.Y.: the Author, 1940), 54, 59; hereinafter cited as Johnson, John Johnson.
2. Johnson, John Johnson, 59; Nathaniel Goodwin, The Foote Family or Descendants of Nathaniel Foote (Hartford, Conn.: Case, Tiffany & Co., 1849), 88, hereinafter cited as Goodwin, The Foote Family.; Paul Franklin Johnson, ed., Genealogy of Captain John Johnson of Roxbury, Massachusetts: Generations I to XIV (Los Angeles, Calif.: Commonwealth Press, 1951), 43.
3. Charles R. Hale, "Charles R. Hale Collection [of Cemetery Inscriptions and Newspaper Notices of Marriages and Deaths]," (1933-34), hereinafter cited as Charles R. Hale Collection, at the Connecticut State Library, Old Cemetery, Colchester, Conn.
4. Frederic W. Bailey, ed., Early Connecticut Marriages as Found on Ancient Church Records prior to 1800, 7 vols. (New Haven: Bureau of American Ancestry, 1896-1906; repr. 7 vols. in 1, Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1968), 3:107; hereinafter cited as Early Connecticut Marriages.; Abram W. Foote, Foote Family comprising the Genealogy and History of Nathaniel Foote of Wethersfield, Conn. and His Descendants, 2 vols (Rutland, VT.: Tuttle Company, 1907), 1:49; hereinafter cited as Foote, Foote Family. 
5. Foote, Foote Family, 48-49. Charles Foote Sr., a Revolutionary War veteran, served as a private in Captain Hezekiah Parsons’ [10th] Company, Colonel Benjamin Hinman’s Fourth Connecticut Regiment of 1775, Continental, taking part in the Siege of Boston, serving from 13 May 1775 to 3 December 1775. 
6. Foote, Foote Family, 49.
7. Compiled Service Records of Soldiers who Served in the American Army During the Revolutionary War 1775-1783 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives Record Administration, 1894-1912), MF M881:248; can be accessed at; Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Patriot Index, 3 vols. (Baltimore, Md.: Gateway Press, 2003), 2:371.
8. Goodwin, The Foote Family, 88; for the list of children's names, see Foote, Foote Family, 49.

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