Catalogue of the papers of Jane Johnson of Olney, Buckinghamshire (1706-59) and of her family, 17th-19th cent.

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

2003

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Table of Contents

Introduction
A    Papers of Jane Johnson, 1732-59
B    Papers of Barbara Johnson, daughter of Jane Johnson, 1759-1816
C    Journal of Robert Augustus Johnson of Kenilworth, 1771-7
D    Papers of other members of the Johnson family, 17th-19th cent.


Papers of Jane Johnson of Olney, Buckinghamshire (1706-59) and of her family, 17th-19th cent.

Abstract:
Correspondence and papers of Jane Johnson of Olney, Buckinghamshire (1706-59) and of her family, 17th-19th cent.

Shelfmarks: MSS. Don. b. 39-40, c. 190-6, d. 202, e. 193-200

Extent: 18 shelfmarks

Biographical History

Jane Johnson (1706-59) was the wife of Woolsey Johnson, Vicar of Olney, Buckinghamshire. She was the author of the earliest known (to date) example of an English fairy story for children (MS. Don. d. 198 - see 'Related Material' below). For further details see the Bodleian Library Record, vol. XVI, no. 2, Oct. 1997, pp. 165-70.

Robert Augustus Johnson (1745-99) was the son of Jane Johnson. He married Anna Rebecca Ludford Taylor, née Craven, sister of the 6th Lord Craven. He was at one time Rector of Wistanstow in Shropshire, in the patronage of the Earls of Craven, and was Rector of Hamstall Ridware, Staffordshire, 1791-9. At the time the journals described in section C were written he was living in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, close to the Craven seat at Combe Abbey where he seems to have been a frequent visitor.

Acquisition

Bought, with the help of the Friends of the Bodleian, from W. J. Blois Johnson, 1996.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. b. 2070, fols. 1-2].

Related Material

The fairy story which Jane wrote for her children in 1744 is MS. Don. d. 198 - see the on-line catalogue of Literary Manuscripts.

Family names (NCA Rules)

Johnson | family

Personal names (NCA Rules)

Johnson | Jane | 1706-1759 | of Witham on the Hill, Lincolnshire
Johnson | Robert Augustus | 1745-1799 | Rector of Hamstall Ridware

Subjects (LCSH)

Diaries

A   Papers of Jane Johnson, 1732-59

Shelfmarks: MSS. Don. c. 190, e. 193


Correspondence and papers of Jane Johnson, 1732-59
Shelfmark: MS. Don. c. 190
Extent: 118 leaves

Scope and Content:

Including

  • (fol. 1) 'Invitation to Miss Barbara Johnson to come into the country, 1 May 1747', in verse
  • (fols. 2-4) two letters to her son George, 1750-5
  • (fols. 5-6) paper cut-outs made for George, n.d.
  • (fols. 7-10) two letters to her son Robert, 1753-5
  • (fols. 11-24) copies and drafts of letters to friends, 1739-55
  • (fols. 25-33) verses by or copied by her, 1742-52
  • (fols. 34-5) record of the baptisms of her husband and his siblings and of the births of her own children
  • (fols. 47-9) three letters from Ralph Abercrombie at Rugby School, n.d.
  • (fols. 56-9) two letters from Henry Cantrell to her husband, Woolsey Johnson, Vicar of Olney, 1739
  • (fols. 62-3) letter of Henrietta Ingram on Jane's death, 1759
  • (fols. 64-9) marriage licence, 1735, and will, 1758
  • (fols. 72-102) extracts from books read, 1755-6 (originally roughly stitched into fols. 70-1 as wrapper)
  • (fols. 103-18) recipe book, begun before her marriage
  • two wooden boards with the arms of Johnson of Clipsham, Rutland, and of Olney, Buckinghamshire, painted by her, 1756

Pocket book of Jane Johnson, containing prayers and devotional writings, n. d.
Shelfmark: MS. Don. e. 193
Extent: 22 leaves; decorated paper wrappers

B   Papers of Barbara Johnson, daughter of Jane Johnson, 1759-1816

Shelfmarks: MS. Don. c. 191


Letters to Barbara, 1762-1816, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Don. c. 191
Extent: 125 leaves

Scope and Content:

From

  • (fols. 1-54) her brother Robert Augustus, 1776-98, n.d.
  • (fols. 55-6) her brother George William, 1803
  • (fols. 57-8) her brother Charles Woolsey, 1814
  • (fols. 59-83) her nieces and nephews, 1783-1816
  • (fols. 84-125) friends, arranged alphabetically, Bathurst - Inglis, 1762-1805, n.d.

Papers of Barbara Johnson, 1759-1816, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Don. c. 192
Extent: 117 leaves

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • (fols. 1-86) letters from friends, arranged alphabetically, Inglis - Wodhull, 1762-1816, including
    • (fols. 64-70) Christopher Smyth of Christ Church, Oxford, 1794, describing tours in the Midlands and Wales
    • (fols. 81-5) Catherine and Michael Wodhull, 1759, 1774, 1803
  • (fols. 87-107) miscellaneous notes, including
    • (fols. 87-8) account of her brother George's character, [1814]
    • (fol. 91) verses on her brother Robert's marriage, 1773
    • (fol. 92) verse letter to Catherine Wodhull, 1778
  • (fols. 108-17) notes on the history of the Johnson family, n.d.

C   Journal of Robert Augustus Johnson of Kenilworth, 1771-7

Shelfmarks: MSS. Don. e. 194-8

Binding: Limp calf wrappers

Scope and Content:

Notebooks containing journal of Robert Augustus Johnson, mainly of tours in England, with some extracts from books read; e. 195-8 interleaved with blotting paper.


5 Mar. -31 Dec. 1771
Shelfmark: MS. Don. e. 194
Extent: 23 leaves

1 Jan. 1772-31 Dec. 1773
Shelfmark: MS. Don. e. 195
Extent: 56 leaves

1 Jan. -16 Oct. 1775
Shelfmark: MS. Don. e. 196
Extent: 57 leaves

14 Nov. -31 Dec. 1776
Shelfmark: MS. Don. e. 197
Extent: 37 leaves

1 Jan. -29 July 1777
Shelfmark: MS. Don. e. 198
Extent: 58 leaves

D   Papers of other members of the Johnson family, 17th-19th cent.

Shelfmarks: MSS. Don. b. 39-40, c. 191-6, d. 202, e. 194-200


Letters to George William Johnson of Witham on the Hill, Lincolnshire
Shelfmark: MS. Don. c. 193
Extent: 117 leaves

Scope and Content:

From

  • (fols. 1-41) his sister Barbara, 1773-84, 1803, n.d.
  • (fols. 42-117) his brother Robert, 1772-85, n.d.

Letters to G.W. Johnson
Shelfmark: MS. Don. c. 194
Extent: 107 leaves

Scope and Content:

From

  • (fols. 1-8) his brother Charles, 1773-9
  • (fols. 9-80) others, on local affairs, 1772-1812, including (fols. 17-18) the topographer Thomas Blore, 1803 and (fol. 26) the bookseller Peter Elmsley, 1773
  • (fols. 83-94) miscellaneous family papers, 18th-19th cent.
  • (fols. 95-105) pedigrees of ancient kings, by Thomas Seaton, for his patron Daniel Finch, 6th Earl of Winchilsea, early 18th cent.

Correspondence and papers of members of the Johnson and Craven families, 18th-19th cent.
Shelfmark: MS. Don. c. 195
Extent: 136 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • (fols. 1-2) copy of the will of R. A. Johnson, 1797
  • (fols. 3-4) record of births of his children with notes on their god-parents, by Barbara Johnson, n.d.
  • (fols. 5-46) letters to William Augustus, son of R. A. Johnson, from his mother Anna Rebecca (née Craven), 1805-6, 1816
  • (fols. 50-1) letter to him from Bertie Greatheed on his mother's death, 1816
  • (fols. 70-1) agreement between W. A. Johnson and his nephew William Henry Johnson on the latter's presentation to the vicarage of Witham on the Hill, 1835
  • (fols. 74-85) copies of wills of members of the Johnson family, 1797-1852, all except fols. 80-1 in the hand of W. A. Johnson
  • (fols. 86-9) two letters from Harriet Dalrymple (née Johnson) to her sister Maria, with sketches of London fashions, 1802, n.d.
  • (fols. 90-3) silhouettes of figures, n.d., watermark 1827
  • (fols. 97-136) Craven family papers, 1793-1838

Journal of W.A. Johnson of the 32nd (Cornwall) Regiment of Foot, 1 Jan. 1811-29 June 1812
Shelfmark: MS. Don. e. 199
Extent: i + 67 leaves
Binding: Vellum over boards

Papers of members of the Johnson family, 17th-18th cent.
Shelfmark: MS. Don. c. 196
Extent: 91 leaves

Scope and Content:

Many annotated by Jane Johnson in 1756, including

  • (fols. 1-10) copy of the will of Isaac Johnson, proved in 1631
  • (fols. 11-16) letters to Ezekiel Johnson, 1664-86, with related papers, 1659, 1664
  • (fols. 24-35) papers of Thomas Woolsey, Archdeacon of Northampton, 1693-1705
  • (fols. 36-78) papers of William Johnson, 1685-1719, including (fol. 76) his appointment as deputy lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, 1701

Notebook containing 'a private Expostulation' of William Johnson (1665-1736), n. d.
Shelfmark: MS. Don. e. 200
Extent: 10 leaves
Binding: Paper wrappers

Estate accounts of William Johnson, 1693-4, 1694-8
Shelfmark: MS. Don. b. 39
Extent: 20 leaves

Scope and Content:

Endorsed (fols. 10v, 20v) by Jane Johnson with an account of the characters of William and his father, Thomas Johnson, 1756


Two pedigrees of the Johnson family, 19th cent.
Shelfmark: MS. Don. b. 40/1-2
Extent: 26 pages; 6 leaves

Copy by Arthur Hawley, 1901, of 'the Abraham Johnson manuscript' of 1638, containing queries about his ancestry to establish his coat of arms
Shelfmark: MS. Don. d. 202
Extent: ii + 19 leaves

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