Fawcett:JOHNS, John Jay (1818 - 1899)

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Biographical sketch

JOHN JAY JOHNS was born in Buckingham County, Virginia in 1819. His father, Glover Johns, was a tobacco farmer and magistrate. They moved to central Tennessee in 1831 and then to Mississippi in 1834. John Jay attended Miami University at Oxford, Ohio (1836-1840). The year he graduated (1840), he married Catharine A. Woodruff of Oxford, and they returned to Mississippi where he farmed. That year he also became and elder in the Presbyterian church, and served as one until his death. In the spring of 1844 they moved to St. Charles County, Missouri and settled on Point Prairie. Catharine Johns died in 1846, leaving him to raise two daughters. Other nearby farmers included Willis Fawcett, B.H. Alderson, Abner Cunningham, John Chapman, Charles Sheppard, and James Judge. On November 2, 1847, John Jay Johns married (2) Jane A. Durfee, daughter of Rev. Thomas Durfee and Ann Glendy, at the old Thomas Lindsay farm, near St. Charles. In 1848 John Jay Johns, B.A. Alderson, Willis Fawcett, and John Stonebreaker pooled their resources to purchase the first McCormack repear ever used in Missouri. They and other farmers increased the growing of wheat. In 1851 John J. Johns moved his family to St. Charles, where they still lived in the 1870s with 10 of his 13 children--4 daughters and 6 sons (Bryan and Rose 1876:161-162).





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From A History of the Fawcetts and Related Families in America by William Bloys Fawcett. Used by permission of Dr. Fawcett.

This book was first published in 1996 and some of the information is quite dated. If you find errors or want to add updates, contact me, and I will add notes to the page.

Copyright © 1996, 2007 by William Bloys Fawcett, Jr. All rights reserved. No copies may be made of this document through any electronic, photocopying or other means without permission of the author.



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