Person:Eliza Unknown (162)

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Name Eliza Unknown
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Eliza Unknown: Biographical Information

Eliza appears in the 1880 Federal Census as the wife of Friday Johnson.

Bowens/Johnson family oral history states that the wife of Friday Johnson was Catherine Bowens, the sister of Caesar Bowens, and that their son was Willis Johnson, Sr. (b. 1878, d. 1943). Caesar Bowens was formerly enslaved on Drayton Hall Plantation on the Ashley River, St. Andrews Parish, Charleston, South Carolina.

We do see a Friday Johnson in the 1880 census who is the father of Willis Johnson, Sr., however; by 1880, Friday is married to Eliza. Their household is:

Name
Color
Gender
Age
Relationship
Birth
Johnson, Friday B M 50 SC
Johnson, Eliza
B
F
40
Wife
SC
Johnson, Elizabeth
B
F
15 Daughter
SC
Johnson, Catherine
B
F
10
Daughter
SC
Johnson, Eliza
B
F
3 Daughter
SC
Jonson, Willis B M 1 Son SC


Are Friday Johnson who was married to Eliza in the 1880 census, and Friday who married Catherine Bowens the same individual? The answer awaits discovery.

We have therefore created two lineages for the parental lines of Willis Johnson, Sr. The first, given here, is based upon records we have discovered so far. The second, Family:Friday Johnson and Catherine Bowens (1) is based upon family oral history.

Is there a document that will join the two lineages?

We would like to learn more about Willis, Sr.'s ancestors. If you have information and/or documents to share, please do let us hear from you! We will gratefully acknowledge your contribution!

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This page is part of a groundbreaking research project to rediscover the family lineages of enslaved people on Drayton family plantations in Barbados and the United States. To read more about this historic research, please visit the article below:

Genealogy of Enslaved Communities on Drayton Family Plantations: A Research Project Sponsored by the Magnolia Plantation Foundation of Charleston, SC