This information is contributed by Shirley Weissmann
John Johnson, born May 12, 1745 at Lancaster County, Pennsylvania died May 14, 1902 at North Carolina. He married Roseannah Lytle on February 28, 1783 at Randolph County, North Carolina. She was born November 10, 1764 at Pennsylvania, and died in 1852 at North Carolina. Capt. Rev. War Alternate spelling John Johnston JOHNSTON , John Birth: 12 May 1753 Rank: Capt Service: NC Death: NC 13 Mar 1802 Patriot Pensioned: No Widow Pensioned: No Children Pensioned: No Heirs Pensioned: No Spouse: (1) Rosannah Lytle "John Johnston along with brothers, Robert, Joseph, Henry and sister, Mary, came to NC about 1773/4 from Lancaster County, PA. They settled in the upper part of Randolph county. When the Revolutionary War came on, they all served as soldiers through the war. NOTE: In 1839 the Family Bible was in Missouri. Conflicting information concerning the birthdate for John Johnston: born May 12, 1753 and died March 13, 1802. Brother, Joseph, gave May 5, 1753 as the date of his birth when applying for a pension. Pension records on file of John & Joseph and a small sheet of paper found in Rosannah's file clears this up....(the paper stated that John died the 14th day of March, 1802 at the age of 56). Therefore, it has been determined that he was born on May 12, 1745 and Joseph was born on May 5, 1753. Tombstone inscription shows that he died in 1802, May 14. (Lytle family burial ground) Guardian Report for will of John Johnston dated February 1816 list children: Margarett; Hezekiah; Betsy (Elizabeth); Clemmons; and Polly (Mary). SOURCE: The Johnson & their Kin of Randolph Co. - Randolph Room, Asheboro Library Military Records of John Johns(t)on (II) after he came to NC..... Penson file W-5011 for Rosannah Johnson contains letters regarding the military services of her late husband. Applied for pension benefits thirty-seven years after her husband's death. Exerpts from letters indicate the contribution to the cause of American independence. "....Capt. John Johnson of Randolph Co., NC was a Private for 3 mo. 19 da. and appointed Captain (3 years) of one of the districts into which Militia of the central part of the colony was divided. He held this position until discharge in 1780 (pension file W-5011). This record implies that he had a military record before coming to NC. More than likely, his training came while in PA. from Rev. John Elder who organized the men and boys of his churches under the name the "Paxtang Rangers". They were the terror of the Indians, they wer "swift on foot, excellent horsemen, good shots, skilled in pursuit or escape, dexterous as scouts and expert in maneuvering." (Dauphin Co. Diographical Encyclopedia). Revolutionary War: A sworn statement from Sherwood Kennedy who fought along side of John Johnson, states the following facts: He witnessed the marriage of John to Rosannah Lytell in Randolph Co., NC Feb 8, 1783 at the house of William Millikan Esq. who performed the ceremony; John Johnson was a Captain of a corps of Militia under the command of General John Butler and Col. John Collier and Lt. Col. Jeduthan Harper. He rendezvoused at Bell's Mill, Randolph Co., in the autumn of 1780 and marched thence to Salisbury in Rowan Co., NC. This corps of Militia was called out against the British in their march from Charlotte NC eastward...... Sherwood Kennedy Feb 2, 1839 John Johnson and wife, Rosie, settled about 1/2 mile from Robert Johnson (Caraway) on the North side of the old Asheboro Road. Taxables List: No date John Johnston......440 acres 1 poll Rosannah " .....374 acres 1814 Henry Johnston....254 acres 1 poll Thomas Johnson..100 acres 1838 Lytle Johnson Sr. 100 acres 6 black polls Robert " 32 acres Andrew " 150 acres & 134 acres (Hunts Fork) John " 325 acres (Caraway) 226 acres (Muddy Creek) 175 acres (Uwharrie) Joseph " ,Jr. 93 acres & 70 acres Uwharrie"