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[Eastern] Negro Johnson-Indian Puckham Line to 1619 and earlier

My 1992 [rev. 1995] writing, THE FAMILY LEGACY OF ANTHONY JOHNSON: FROM JAMESTOWN, VA TO SOMERSET, MD 1619-1995, is included in the National Park Service's COLONIAL NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK: A STUDY OF VIRGINIA INDIANS AND JAMESTOWN ... that is being used to help celebrate the 400th anniversary of Jamestown.

The genealogical study traces a line of Anthony Johnson's family through his granddaughter, Jone Johnson, who in 1682 married the Indian, John Puckham. The marriage was so historic that a white religious historian, Rev. L.P. Bowen, changed the identity of Jone Johnson, negro, to Jane Johnson, white maiden, in his book THE DAYS OF MAKEMIE: OR THE VINE PLANTED; A.D. 1680-1708; his book was published in 1885. Thus, it took over 100 years before my research and writing corrected the distortion of history. While my writing has never been published for general public distribution, it is catalogued at several major archives and research libraries, and it was from there that living descendants, black, white, and red, have "found proof" of their respective descent through the Puckham line [including 7 deviations of the surname spelling].

Harry Bradshaw Matthews, Associate Dean
and Director, U.S. Pluralism Programs
Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY 13820

[President, United States Colored Troops Institute for Local History and Family Research at Hartwick College

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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