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WILLIAM & ALICE JOHNSON

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William Johnson and his wife Alice arrived in Maryland in 1668.  William is listed in Gust Skordas' book "The Early Settlers of Maryland" as having "Immigrated" to Maryland in 1668.  That means that he paid his own passage to America.  His wife Alice is listed as "Service" 1668 which means that she came as an indentured servant who had to work for some period of time before she could claim her 50 acre freehold.  The citation for them is Volume 18, page 314. 

We have two tracts of land associated with William and Alice.  The first is in the Newtown Hundred and is named "Hopewell." The 1707 Rental Roll lists the possessor as "William Johnson."  The land was laid out in 1670 for Arthur De La Hay.  The second tract, and probably the more important one, is "St. Peters Well."  This tract was in the Chaptico Hundred.  In the 1707 Rent Roll it is listed as owned by "Alice Johnson, widow."  This allows us to place William's death before 1707.   The land was originally surveyed in 1678 for Thomas Melton.  Ms. Leona Cryer in "Some Johnsons of Southern Maryland" states that William was thus dead by 1678 the date of the survey but I suggest that the Rent Roll dates from 1707 so I used that date.  This tract is important because Ms. Cryer traces it into the hands of later Johnson generations.  Interestingly enough, in the book entitled  "St. Mary's County Rent Rolls, 1639 to 1771" published by TLC Genealogical Publications that source lists the "St. Peter's Well" tract as being sold to Philip Key by John Johnson on March 9, 1737.  The "Hopwell" tact appears to have been conveyed to Richard Cooper in 1730 by William's son William Johnson.  Later there is an "Addition" to "St. Peter's Well" that Ms. Cryer references and we shall discuss when we get to the next generation.

We know very little if anything about William's oldest son William.  Ms Cryer bases her information on William on information taken from the Will of Richard Benton and she admits this is the only reference she has found to William.  We do know more about John, the second son, and he forms the second generation in Ms. Cryer's book.  His will survives.

Children were:

William b. Abt. 1668
John b. Abt. 1675