Johnson, Captain Isaac
Male 1615 - 1675


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  • Title  Captain 
    Christened  11 Feb 1614/1615  Great Amwell, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Birth  15 Dec 1615  Herne Hill, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Buried  Dec 1675  Near 4 Corners, Sakonnet River, Ft. Narraganset, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died  19 Dec 1675  Great Swamp Fight, Old Village of Wickford near North Kingston, Washington, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I6844  Taylor
    Last Modified  29 Apr 2004 

    Father  Johnson, John,   b. 1590, Herne Hill, Canterbury, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Sep 1659, Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship  birth 
    Mother  Scudder (Scridder), Margaret or Margery,   b. 19 Jun 1600, Darenth, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 Jun 1655, Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship  birth 
    Married  21 Sep 1613  Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, Usa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F2584  Group Sheet

    Family  Porter, Elizabeth,   b. 23 Dec 1617, Ware, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Aug 1683, , Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  20 Jan 1636/1637  , Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Johnson, William,   b. Abt 1635, New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1716, Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Johnson, Elizabeth,   b. 24 Dec 1637, , Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Apr 1701, , Woodstock, Windham, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Johnson, Jeremiah,   b. 03 Nov 1639, , Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Dec 1661, , Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Johnson, Mary,   b. Apr 1642, , Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1705, , Branford, New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Johnson, Isaac,   b. 01 Jan 1643/1644, Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Feb 1718/1719, Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Johnson, Joseph,   b. 09 Nov 1645, , Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Dec 1645, , Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Johnson, Mehitable,   b. 1646, , Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Johnson, Nehemiah,   b. 01 May 1647, , Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
    >9. Johnson, Nathaniel,   b. 01 May 1647, , Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Feb 1697/1698, , Woodstock, Windham, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Johnson, Andrew,   b. Abt 1651, Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     11. Johnson, Abigail,   b. Abt 1653, Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     12. Johnson, Benjamin,   b. Abt 1655, Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F2582  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Isaac was the eldest son of Captain John (1), and came to this country with his father. He was made a Freeman March 4, 1635. He was a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company in 1645, and was chosen its Captain in 1667. He was Captain of the Roxbury Company in the Narragansett Expedition, and was killed at the head of his company in the famous Fort Fight on December 19, 1675, (near Four Corners, Sakonnet River, Rhode Island, Ed.). He was an original donor of the Free School.

      Illustration caption: (from an old wood cut of the attack on the Indians) Captain Isaac Johnson was Killed in the "Great Swamp Fight" Dec. 19, 1675, "gallantly leading his men across the fatal tree-bridge at the entrance to the Fort".... "the companies of Captain Davenport and Johnson came first to this place.... Johnson fell dead at the log,"... "in the bloodiest battle of Colonial history." (see "Mass. Archives.")

      Sources: Coe-Ward memorial, pp 62-67.
      History of Roxbury, by Ellis, pp. 16, 20.
      Roxbury, Mass. to 1850 -- Marriages, p. 223, Deaths, p. 563.
      Records of Mass. Bay, Vol. V, pp. 175, 379.
      Town of Roxbury.
      Thirty-fourth Report Boston Records, p. 17.
      "American Colonies in 17th Century," by Osgood, Vol. I, p. 510: "The years 1634 and 1636, while Massachusetts Bay still possessed only an infantry force, witnessed the organization of trained bands (hence "Train Band") and regiments. In December, 1636, an act was passed which definitely accomplished this result. One of these included the companies of Boston, Roxbury, Dorchester, Weymouth, and Hingham, with John Winthrop as Colonel, Thomas Dudley as Lieutenant Colonel" (and Isaac (2) Johnson as Captain).

      SML Comment: The battle took place in South Kingstown, not "near Four Corners, Sakonnet River, Rhode Island" as the author states.

      He married Elizabeth Porter, daughter of Adrian Porter & Elizabeth Allott, on Jan 20, 1636/7 in Roxbury, Mass. Died Roxbury, Mass., on 13 Aug 1683.
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      CAPTAIN ISAAC JOHNSON was born in 1617 in Herne, East County, England; and sailed to New England, settling in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1630 with his father's family, probably in the company of Governor Winthrop. Isaac Johnson was a freeman on March 4, 1685 (CD504 Early New England Settlers, 1600s-1800s in King Philip's War 1675-1677, Beginning of Hostilities in King Philip's War. Broderbund Software, Inc, Banner Blue Division). Isaac was the son of John Johnson of Roxbury. John Johnson came to New England with the Wintrop Fleet in 1630(?). John was chosen by the General Court as Constable of Roxbury, Massachusetts, in 1630. John was born in Emgland, and married (1) Margery ? in England. John died in Roxbury, Massachusetts; on September 30, 1659. Captain Isaac Johnson married ELIZABETH PORTER. on January 20, 1636/37 in Roxbury, MA. Isaac died on December 19, 1675 in the Great Swamp Fight fight with the Narragansett Indians in South Kingstown, Rhode Island. Elizabeth died August 13, 1683 in Roxbury, Suffolk, MA.(Bowen, Clarence Wintrop, PhD. LL.D. The History of Woodstock Families (8 vols). Norwood, MA.: Plimpton Press, 1962. Schultz, E.B. and M/J/ Tougias. King Phillip's War. Woodstock, VT.: Countryman Press, 262)


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