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Johnson, Robert: Family and Relatives

Robert Johnson, one of the first Kentucky senators, was a white settler from Virginia. He came to Kentucky in 1783 and built Big Crossings Station, a fort near North Elkhorn Creek in Scott County. Johnson, one of the largest land owners in the state, owned slaves, some of whom were also his relatives. Today there are Johnson family members who are African American and those who are white. A biennial family reunion was held in Georgetown, KY, in July 2005. One of Robert Johnson's sons (by his wife Jemima) was Richard M. Johnson, a U. S. Representative and Senator and the ninth Vice President of the United States. Richard Johnson developed a relationship with Julia Chinn, described as a mulatto, whom he acquired from his father's estate. Julia and Richard had two daughters, Imogene and Adaline. Richard publicly acknowledged his relationship and his children and tried to introduce his daughters into white society, all of which cost him his Senate seat in 1836. For more see S. Lannen, "Unearthing their roots-sharing uncommon ancestors a diverse Kentucky family reunites," Lexington Herald-Leader, July 23, 2005; and Life and Times of Colonel Richard M. Johnson of Kentucky, by L. W. Meyer.

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NKAA Source: Lexington herald-leader (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Life and times of Colonel Richard M. Johnson of Kentucky

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NKAA Entry:  Johnson County (KY) Slaves, Free Blacks, and Free Mulattoes, 1850-1870

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“Johnson, Robert: Family and Relatives,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed October 14, 2019, https://nkaa.uky.edu/nkaa/items/show/353.

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