On Nov. 11, 1817 in Maury Co., Abner Johnson Jr., a brick mason, married Mary "Polly" Mobley, the daughter of Ezekiel and Susannah "Sukey" Mobley, originally from Wake Co., NC - a couple who divorced after Ezekiel abandoned his family by 1824. http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mochrist/johnsonbymcconnell.htm
Abner Johnson in 1818 : The available records strongly suggest that Abner Johnson was a skilled tradesman or laborer, not a farmer.
No evidence exists that - unlike his heavily landed ancestors -he ever owned real estate.
Unlike most pioneer settlers who came to Middle Tennessee, Abner Johnson did not exercise his Revolutionary War land bounty rights.
Instead, Abner Johnson in 1818 was among 20,485 soldiers who began drawing pensions for his Revolutionary War service under an 1816 law that allowed him $96 a year - or half pay - for five years in lieu of his land rights.
He then qualified for lesser income under an 1820 congressional act for veterans who were indigent.
Under laws that became effective in 1832, most veterans lost their pensions, and Abner Johnson had difficulties qualifying. But in1838 he regained his rights and back pay to 1832. http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mochrist/johnsonbymcconnell.htm With her brother Vincent, Gideon and Polly moved to Davidson Co., TN near Nashville in 1819 where she died in 1823, and Gideon later continued to neighboring Williamson Co., where he died Nov. 1, 1843. http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mochrist/johnsonbymcconnell.htm
by 1820 Abner Johnson and Nancy were firmly established in southern Maury Co., TN.
They were close neighbors to their nephews and large plantation owners William and Gideon Pillow.
The 1820 census shows Abner Johnson and Nancy living with only sons Gideon Johnson and Mordecai Johnson and daughter Sarah Ann Johnson still in the home; the other children had married, but all lived nearby except William Allen Johnson, who died in 1819. http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mochrist/johnsonbymcconnell.htm
Lucy Travis is shown as a single mother with a son under 10 in the 1820 Maury Co. census. Abner Johnson Jr. then fathered a child out of wedlock by Lucy Travis, the sister of brother Gideon Johnson Jr. 's wife Celia, and in February 1816, he was brought before the county court on bastardy charges.
The family reported to the court that the child, however, died by May, and the charges were dismissed because the county no longer was potentially liable for welfare costs. Children of Abner and Nancy Brackett Johnsonhttp://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mochrist/johnsonbymcconnell.htm
Eliza Jane Pillow born 1823 Tn married Williamson Collier http://boards.rootsweb.com/localities.northam.usa.states.northcarolina.counties.guilford/572.738.751.1.1/mb.ashx 1823 Maury tax : This lack of land ownership also applies to his sons and most of his sons-in-law, except for William Kenamore. The 1823 Maury tax rolls show they only paid poll tax and held no real estate. But in southern Maury Co., numerous large plantations - especially those owned by Pillow cousins -- would have provided steady work for trades plied by Abner Johnson and his sons.
Despite their lack of land - or disdain for farming - the Johnsons were considered influential by contemporaries because of their family connections in southern Maury http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mochrist/johnsonbymcconnell.htm
Abner Johnson and Polly had a daughter, Narcissa Eveline Johnson (April 24, 1825, Maury-Feb. 11, 1906, Nixa, MO), who married William Carroll Edwards on Christmas Eve 1846 in Maury Co. Son Charles Leroy "Lee" (1825), married Nancy R. McCafferty in Maury Co. on Dec. 22, 1849. Both couples moved to Nixa, Porter Township, Christian Co. to raise their families. Children of Abner and Nancy Brackett Johnson http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mochrist/johnsonbymcconnell.htm
Abner Johnson and Polly had a Eliza Johnson (Oct. 29, 1823-Feb. 14, 1901), married blacksmith Robert S. Barnett in Maury Co.,and the couple moved to Giles, where they joined her parents in the 1840s. They had six children. Robert Barnett and Eliza Johnson Barnett moved the family to Batesville, Independence Co., AR where he died before the Civil War, but by 1867, she relocated them to Porter Township, Christian Co., next to her parents again. Children of Abner and Nancy Brackett Johnsonhttp://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mochrist/johnsonbymcconnell.htm
1830 Ursula Johnson Pillow appeared to be living with her son William Pillow in the 1830 Maury census, but other sources report she died in 1822. http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mochrist/johnsonbymcconnell.htm
In 1845, Nancy Johnson's brother Abner Johnson - then almost 90 - prepared an affidavit on James Cotton's service and Nancy's life to qualify her for a widow's pension. http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mochrist/johnsonbymcconnell.htm Col. William Pillow gained a reputation as an Indian fighter, killing Chief Big Foot, serving under Gen. Andrew Jackson, and eventually settling in Columbia, Maury Co., TN.http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mochrist/johnsonbymcconnell.htm
Naomi Cotton is listed as a daughter in.her father's will. No other trace of her has been found. http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mochrist/johnsonbymcconnell.htm
In 1830, Abner Johnson Jr. lived next door to his father in southern Maury Co., not far from the Pillow plantations. Children of Abner and Nancy Brackett Johnson http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mochrist/johnsonbymcconnell.htm