CAPT. PETER JOHNSON
Another theory has our original Maryland ancestors as Peter & Ann
Johnson of Patuxent. While
some have suggested that Capt. Peter Johnson may have been the original
ancestor of our Johnson family this seems unlikely given Ms. Cryer's
research. Peter Johnson, of Patuxent River, immigrated in 1651 [ Liber
ABH, Folio 140] along with his wife Ann [Liber ABH, Folio 140] and two
children Peter Johnson [LIBER ABH, Folio 140] and James Johnson [Liber
Q, Folio 3]. For transporting himself and his wife Peter received "The
Ordinary", a freehold containing some 60 acres and "Manor of St.
Mary's", a freehold containing 400 acres. These were located in St.
Leonard's Creek Hundred, Calvert County, Maryland and were surveyed for
Peter Johnson on July 17, 1651. He also received "Johnson's Start", a
freehold of 150 acres in St. Mary's County, surveyed May 11, 1652. He
received "Iland Neck" for transporting his son James. This was surveyed
April 26 1658 and was located at the mouth of Ireland Creek in Calvert
County. "Iland Neck" and "Manor of St. Mary's" , including the 400 acres
surveyed for Peter Johnson on July 17, 1651 were surveyed for James
Johnson on July 17, 1658. Ms. Cryer notes that the "History of Calvert
County" indicates that Capt. Peter Johnson also received "Johnson's
Fresh" called "The Brewhouse" located opposite Morgan's Fresh heading
out of St. Leonard's Creek.
Ms. Cryer notes that Capt. Peter
Johnson was a leader of the Puritans and that he commanded the Militia
during the Puritan Regime in Maryland. Our relative all appear to have
been Catholic and thus it was unlikely that they would have had Puritan
roots. When the Puritans took control of the government, Ms. Cryer notes
that Capt. Peter Johnson was a member of the Provincial Government."
Capt. Peter Johnson died in 1655
and his widow remarried William Dorrington, who managed the Johnson
properties while the children were minors. He later moved to Dorchester
County. Ann Johnson Dorrington willed "The Brewhouse" to her eldest son
Peter and "Iland Neck" to her son James.
Capt. Peter Johnson had three