Ransom’s parents

Notes for Johnson Jones (Ransom’s father)  
  Johnson was sometimes spelled Johnston.  Johnson and his wife Sarah, according to various censuses were both born in Tennessee.  Some undocumented trees list Johnson’s father as Davidson Jones, who is shown on the 1820 census in Overton Co, TN. Davidson was living with his son Fleming at age 84 in 1850, and some speculative trees show Fleming to be Johnson’s brother.  Johnson and Sarah were living near Unitia, Blount County, TN in 1835 when their third child Ransom Jones was born, and were probably still there in 1840 for the census.  Ransom says in a military pension application that he was born 2 miles from Unitia and 8 or 9 miles NW of the county seat of Maryville.  Ransom says when he was 8-9 years old (around 1844), they relocated to Campbell’s Station in Knox County where he lived until just before enlistment.  The 1850 census shows the family enumerated in Subdivision 31 of Knox County.   Johnson’s family shows up on the Morgan County, TN census in 1860, in District 6.
     The Newberry Meeting (congregation) was located in Friendsville, only two or three miles from Johnson’s home where son Ransom was born in 1835.  Interesting facts: Sarah’s mother’s name was Heartsell, the middle name given to her son Isaac.  She had a sister named Temperance, the middle name given to her daughter Mary.  She also had a sister named Ruth, a sister named Delilah and a brother named Isaac, all names given to her children.  Lastly, Sarah’s father was Joshua, a name given by her to a son.
    Son Ransom always told his family that he Ransom went back after the war to find the persons who waylaid his father Johnson during the war, and “settled the score”.  He indicated the attack left his father in bad mental condition and “unable to read or write”.
 
Notes for Sarah Boring Jones (Ransom’s mother)
     Sarah was living at home in Blount County, TN when Johnson married her.  The 1830 Blount County census shows her in the household with younger sisters Temperance, Delilah, Orpha and Elizabeth, younger brother Heartsell, and of course parents Joshua and Mary Heartsell Boring.  Also shown on that census in separate households are Sarah’s older brothers Isaac and Morris with their families.  Her mother’s brother Abraham Heartsell was also living in Blount County at the time.
     Deepening the proof of the Jones/Boring connection; Sarah’s sister Orpha b. 1823 married Ambrose Whittenberg b. 1820 and ended up in the same home town in Illinois as Delilah b. 1844, Ransom Jones’ sister who married Elbert Whittenberg b. 1843, son of Henry.  Henry and Ambrose were probably brothers.  Many Whittenbergs born in Tennessee ended up in Richview, Washington Co, IL and there are several Jones connections.  In other words, all of these families knew each other in Blount County.  These include Boring, Jones and Whittenberg.
 
Notes for Joshua Boring (Ransom’s father-in-law)
      Washington Co, TN, where Joshua Boring’s family arrived in about 1788 from Baltimore, is located in the far northeast tip of TN near Johnson City, and the state of Virginia.  The Boring family name first shows up in northwest Blount County near the Tennessee River as early as 1800.  Even though there are many Borings mentioned in the minutes of the Newberry MM (Quaker church) in Friendsville starting in 1869, it is believed most of these are children of Joshua and Mary.  Joshua and Mary may have been of the Methodist faith since they were buried in the United Methodist Church Cemetery at Middlesettlements, Blount Co, TN.  There were non-Quaker and Quaker Borings in the county.  One source says some of Joshua’s descendants are buried in the Friendsville Quaker cemetery.

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