A description of Johnson Wilson was found in the Fannin County records.  He was 6' tall, dark hair, light eyes and fair complexion.

Johnson Wilson

This might be his daughter, Catherine, that he is holding, but not positive.

They are standing outside his house.


Johnson was born about 1818 in northeastern Tennessee.  I have found documentation of him living in Johnson County, Tennessee in 1840.  Johnson County formed in 1836 from Carter county, so it's safe to assume that he was born in Carter County, Tennessee.

After checking county history from back then,  this area was first Washington County, NC.  When Tennessee officially became the 16th state, that is when this area transferred to Washington Co., TN.  It then split off to form Carter Co., TN.   Later, that divided and part of it became Johnson Co., TN.  

Johnson Wilson married Maria/Mariah Maynard/Manard in Johnson County, Tennessee in 1838. 

Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002
about Johnson Wilson

Name: Johnson Wilson
Spouse: Maria Manard
Marriage Date: 2 Aug 1838
Marriage County: Johnson
Marriage State: Tennessee

1840 Census - Johnson County, Tennessee

Click on this link to see the 1840 census.  Johnson's name is in the 3rd row...7th name from the bottom.



Johnson and Maria (sometimes spelled Mariah in other documents) migrated to Polk County just before 1850. 

He is listed in the 1850 census of Polk County, Tennessee as living in Ducktown, Tennessee, Polk County.                                                                                           
The 1850 census lists as living with him in his household are his wife and children at that time. 

 NOTE: If you are registered with, you should be able to click on the highlighted names in the census records blelow to be able to view more.

 1850 United States Federal Census
about Johnson Wilson

Name: Johnson Wilson
Age: 32
Estimated birth year: abt 1818
Birth Place: Tennessee
Gender: Male
Home in 1850 (City,County,State): Subdivision 25, Polk, Tennessee
Family Number: 914
Household Members:
Name Age
Johnson Wilson 32
Mariah Wilson 30
Henry Wilson 11
Sarah N Wilson 9
Mary C Wilson 7
Joseph Wilson 4
Thaddeus Wilson 1
In 1860 he was in Fannin County, Georgia, so he moved there sometime between 1850-1860.
See below:

1860 United States Federal Census
about Johnson Wilson

Name: Johnson Wilson
Age in 1860: 46
Birth Year: abt 1814
Birthplace: Tennessee
Home in 1860: Georgia Militia District 1130, Fannin, Georgia
Gender: Male
Post Office: Pierceville
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
Johnson Wilson 46
Maria Wilson 42
Sarah A Wilson 18
Mary C Wilson 15
Joseph J Wilson 13
Thadius Wilson 11
Daniel W Wilson 8
Jane M Wilson 5
John A Wilson 3
Burton F Wilson 10/12


Listed below are the census records in Fannin County for the remainder of Johnson's life. You will be able to see how people's names/spellings changed from census to census.  This could partly be the fault of the census takers at the time, but sometimes families started calling their children different names than the name they began with.


1870 United States Federal Census
about Johnson Wilson

Name: Johnson Wilson
Birth Year: abt 1818
Age in 1870: 52
Birthplace: Tennessee
Home in 1870: Militia District 1047, Fannin, Georgia
Race: White
Gender: Male
Value of real estate: View image
Post Office: Morganton
Household Members:
Name Age
Johnson Wilson 52
Maria Wilson 52
Joseph Wilson 24
Catharine Wilson 23
Thadeus Wilson 20
Daniel Wilson 17
Margaret Wilson 15
John Wilson 13
Horace Wilson 10
Callie Wilson 7
In the next census of 1880, it lists a Clarissa.  She was Johnson's granddaughter. Callie is now listed as California.  Henry Rayburn is listed as unrelated to Johnson. 

1880 United States Federal Census
about Johnson Wilson

Name: Johnson Wilson
Home in 1880: Morganton, Fannin, Georgia
Age: 58
Estimated birth year: abt 1822
Birthplace: North Carolina
Relation to Head of Household: Self (Head)
Spouse's name: Maria
Father's birthplace: North Carolina
Mother's birthplace: North Carolina
Neighbors: View others on page
Occupation: Farmer
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male
Cannot read/write:


Deaf and dumb:

Otherwise disabled:

Idiotic or insane:
Household Members:
Name Age
Johnson Wilson 58
Maria Wilson 50
Joseph Wilson 30
T. Johnson Wilson 28
Margrette Wilson 22
John Wilson 21
Horace Wilson 18
California Wilson 17
Clarissa Wilson 13
Henry Rayburn 30


In the 1900 hundred census, Johnson is now listed as living with three of his children along with Thomas Byers.

Johnson is widowed by now. His is listed as an invalid.

Thomas Byers is a nephew of Joseph Wilson and listed as single.  The three children of Johnsons never married.


1900 United States Federal Census
about Johnson Wilson

Name: Johnson Wilson
Home in 1900: Morganton, Fannin, Georgia
Age: 82
Birth Date: 1818
Birthplace: Tennessee
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relationship to Head of House: Father
Father's Birthplace: Tennessee
Mother's Birthplace: Tennessee
Marital Status: Widowed
Residence : Militia District 913, Morganton, Fannin, Georgia
Occupation: View on Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Joseph H Wilson 53
Johnson Wilson 82
Margaret Wilson 45
Wilson Jno T Wilson 42
Byers Thomas 21

 The 1900 census was the last one that Johnson was listed in.  He was living with his children with Joseph as head of household at that time.  He is not listed in the 1910 census, therefore it is assumed that he died sometime between the two censuses.