William Green Johns family settled in Covington, Conecuh counties

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 30, 2012

In a much earlier column, the family of William Green Johns, Sr. was introduced. At the time limited information was not available on most of his children, so today this family will be given a much more comprehensive coverage. Initially, Russell Derrel Johns, a descendant, shared his family records, and more recently, another descendant, Nelda Stephenson shared her research.

William Green Johns is believed to be the son of Daniel Johns. He was born in 1807 in Georgia. He was enumerated as a resident of Houston County, Georgia, in the 1830 census. While it is unclear as to when the family moved to Alabama, his daughter, Mary Johns, was listed as being born in this state in 1844; so it appears they would have migrated during the early 1840s. They were definitely residing in Covington County when the 1850 census was completed.

William G. Johns died before 1870, because his widow, Nicey Johns, was listed as head of the household with two of their children with her, Elizabeth, 35; and Enoch D., 17. Some records show they were in the Clear Creek community in the southeast area of the county, and some show they were several miles further north in the Rose Hill Precinct.

William G. was married to Nancy “Nicey” Elliott, daughter of Reason Elliott. They reared the following 12 children: James Edward, b. 1825, m. 1850 Nancy Ann Lovett; Warren G., b. 1828, m. Nancy A. Little; Elizabeth, b. 1830, m. John Peterson; Marshall R., b. 1832, d. 1908, m. Sarah “Sally” M. Frazier (1844-1936); Frances A., b. 1835, m. Jasper Aplin; William Green Jr., b. 1838, m. Martha Ann Jones; Phylis “Phelda,” b. 1840, d. 1909, m. Leaton Lindsey Frazier (1840-1922); Reuben Zephaniah, b. 1842, d. 1863 during W.B.T.S.; Mary, b. 1844; John Thomas, b. 1847, d. 1928, m. Mary E. Thompson (1851-1915); Nancy, b. 1850; and Enoch Daniel, b. 1852, d. 1926, m. (1) 1871 Margarett Lucinda Frazier (1853-1890) (2) Abagail “Abbie” Gertrude Sheffield (1848-1909) (3) 1910 Mary F. Bradshaw (4) 1913 Mamie Frazier Sherman.

The oldest son, James Edward Johns, was mustered into Company I, 20th Mississippi Regiment Volunteers on December 28, 1862, for a three-year period of enlistment. There are records of his serving in 1863 and 1864, and he was paroled as a prisoner of war on June 18, 1865 at Meridian, MS. In 1880, he was residing in Scott County, Miss., as a farmer.

James Edward Johns and his wife, Nancy Ann Lovett, reared the following children: James Edward Jr., b. 1851, m. Mary L. Box; Charles D., b. 1853, m. 1888 Ella Vaughn; W.A., b. 1856; Warren R., b. ca 1858; Frances A “Fannie,” b. 1861, d. 1936, m. (1) 1881 James T. “Jim” Bowman (1860-1940) (2) 1900 David Myers; Marshall N., b. 1867, d. 1930, m. (1) Lottie ? (2) Phelia Vaughn; Enoch S., b. 1869, m. 1892 Eliza Futch (1863-1929); and John Berry, b. 1872, m. Ruth L. ?.

The second son, Warren G. Johns, was married to Nancy A. ?. They resided in Conecuh County where Warren earned their living by farming. They reared the following four children: William J., b. ca 1851; James Alfred, b. ca 1855; Nicey A., b. ca 1857; and Susannah, b. ca 1861.

The oldest daughter, Elizabeth Hooks, was married to John Peterson, who had probably died before 1870. At that time, Elizabeth was residing in her mother’s household with the following three children: Philda, 7; Mary, 5; and John, 2. In 1880, he was listed as head of a household and widowed next door to her younger brother, Enoch Johns. Her children were: Philda “Mammie,” b. ca 1862; Mary, b. ca 1865; and John “Johnny,” b. ca 1868.

The next son, Marshall R. Johns, was mustered into the Confederate Army circa April 1862 in Greenville, Ala., along with two brothers, Reuben Zephaniah and William Green Johns, Jr. They were assigned to Captain Brady’s Company, Alabama Volunteers, and their company became a part of Company E, 42nd Alabama Infantry Regiment. Sadly, Marshall was the only one of the three to survive the war. He was captured and paroled at Yazoo City, Miss., in May 1863 and continued fighting at least until April 1864, at which time he may have been disabled. His pension application papers stated he was joined to the 42nd Ala. in Rose Hill, Ala., in March 1862, and that he was “wounded by a Minnie ball positioned near the right shoulder joint” during the Battle of Resaca, Ga.

In 1880, Marshall was a farmer at 40 years of age in the Old Town Precinct. He was still there at 67 years old with his wife at 55, but his son, Robert A. Johns, was listed as head of the household in the census. Marshall was married to Sarah M. “Sally” Frazier, daughter of John and Elizabeth Frazier. She was a sister to Margarett Lucinda Frazier who married Marshall’s younger brother, Enoch Daniel Johns. Marshall and Sally reared two sons: William Ready, b. 1861, d. 1939, m. Mary Elizabeth Barlow (1861-1931); and Robert Agustus, b. 1874, d. 1949, single in Mobile.

The second daughter, Frances A. Johns, was married to Jasper Aplin. In 1860, they were residing in Andalusia with two children, and Jasper was farming. On August 27, 1864, Jasper along his father-in-law, William G. Johns, and brother-in-law, Thomas Johns, mustered into Captain J.T. Brady’s Company of the Covington county Militia (Second Class). Following the war, Jasper and Frances, lived and reared the following children in Covington County: Nancy A., b. 1853; Martha E., b. 1857; Adeline, b. 1860; Frances S., b. 1862; Nicey A., b. 1864; William T., b. 1868; and Mary E., b. 1891.

The third daughter, Phylis “Felda” Johns, was married to Leaton Lindsey Frazier, son of John and Elizabeth Frazier. In 1920, Leaton was residing in the Old Town Precinct of Conecuh County, and he had a different wife, Ada. Also with them was a stepdaughter to Leaton who was Alma Dent, 11 years old. Leaton and Phylis reared the following children: Nicey Elizabeth, b. 1860; John, b. 1862; Willis Leaton, b. 1864; James W., b. 1868; Mary Frances, b. 1870; James Alford, b. 1873; Nora Missy, b. 1877; Charles Thomas, b. 1880, m. Vallie L. Lucas (1883-1963); and Nick A., b. 1882.

The youngest son, Enoch Daniel Johns, had four different wives. He was married in 1871 to Margrett Lucinda “Dolly” Frazier (1853-1890), and they had the following 11 children: James Alford, b. 1872, d. 1950, m. (1) Anna F. Wilson (1873-1948) (2) Carrie M. Wilson (1876-1906): Hardy Daniel, b. 1874, d. 1944, m. Arrie Ann Fortner (1878-1945); Mary Elizabeth “Lizzie,” b. 1876, d. 1954, m. Wilson Calvin Rountree (1870-1948); Nicey Ellen, b. 1878, d. 1948, m. Charles “Charlie” Washington Congleton (1870-1944); Temperance “Tempie,” b. 1881, d. 1964, m. Robert Alexander Janes (1880-1941); Suzanna, b. 1882; Martha Sarah Rosetta, b. 1883, d. 1950, m. William Walter “Billy” Sheffield (1874-1920); John William “Billy,” b. 1885, d. 1938, m. Frances Lula Fortner; Enoch Cleveland “Cleve,” b. 1886, d. 1944, m. Susan Irene Ralls (1885-1979); Etta Callany, b. 1888, d. at 16 years; and Lucinda, b. 1890, d. 1891.

Enoch Daniel was married to his second wife, Abagail “Abbie” Gertrude Sheffield in 1891. She helped him rear the children, and they had two more, James “Jimmy” Warren, b. 1892, d. 1967, m. Carlie Lee Roberson (1901-1982); and Marshall Eugene “Genie,” b. 1894, d. 1979, single. Following Abbie’s death in 1909, Enoch was married in 1910 to Mary F. Bradshaw. In 1913, he was married to his fourth wife, Mamie Frazier Sherman. They had one daughter, Rosa Lee, b. 1915, d. 1971, m. Early Bradford Hamner (1906-1976).

Nelda Stephenson has considerable genealogical records on the next generations. Her research was the source for today’s writing on this Johns family.

Anyone who might have any correction to the above or additional information on this family is requested to contact Curtis Thomasson at 20357 Blake Pruitt Road, Andalusia, AL 36420; 334-222-6467; or email: cthomasson@centurytel.net.