William JOHNSON

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IrishBorn William JOHNSON

Anglo-Irish official of the British Empire

Born on 1715 in County Meath, Kingdom Of Ireland

Died on July 11, 1774 in Province Of New York, British America

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William Johnson was born in County Meath, in the Kingdom of Ireland. He was the eldest son of Christopher Johnson (1687-1764) of Smithstown, Co. Meath and Anne Warren, daughter of Michael Warren of Warrenstown, Co. Meath and Catherine Aylmer, sister of Admiral Matthew Aylmer, 1st Baron Aylmer. His mother was from a Catholic "Old English" gentry family who had, in previous generations, lost much of their status to Protestant English colonists. Christopher Johnson was descended from the O'Neill of the Fews dynasty of County Armagh.. William Johnson's paternal grandfather was originally known as William MacShane, but changed his surname to Johnson, the English translation of the Gaelic Mac Seáin. Some early biographers portrayed William Johnson as living in poverty in Ireland, but modern studies reveal that his family lived a comfortable, if modest, lifestyle. Although the Johnson family had a history of Jacobitism, William Johnson's uncle Peter Warren was raised as a Protestant to enable him to pursue a career in the British Royal Navy, which proved to be highly successful and lucrative.



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