WILL THE REAL ISREAL JOHNSON PLEASE STAND UP?
When I first began researching this line I thought perhaps the hardest thing about the research would be the fact that it was the surname Johnson. Then I started to research in Georgia and I found out that no, the surname wasn't really the problem either.
The real problem is that in the state of Georgia, in the span of 100 years there are no less than eight or ten men living at any given time, all wearing the name of
Alot of that time, the only thing you can use to distinguish between them is their ages, but some seem to be in the same age groups for multiple years. Toss in all the many ways you can misspell the name Isreal... Well you get the idea.
Finally the census comes into play with family names and you think AHHHHHH at last! I can compare children & wives & certainly that will straighten things out a bit. Really? You might think that but....
That would make things WAY too easy. I descend from Isreal Johnson (1859-1942), then his son, Isreal Johnson (1808-1885). He has a son Isreal too, but I don't descend from him.
Did I mention that I have a strong suspicion that I believe Isreal Johnson(1859-1942) is the son of an Isreal as well?
Proving the generations of Isreals can be a challenge but then if it wasn't a challenge it would not be much fun eh? So I'll keep searching & documenting. After all, I can't really be related to ALL OF THEM CAN I?