Elizabeth Johnson

I was drawn to Elizabeth Johnson purely because of the coincidence of surnames, but she does appear to be the only Elizabeth to fit the bill as our ancestor in this line of the family. She was born in a small village outside Retford, the only child of her father Richard that I have been able to find.

Her husband Francis Barker was from another small village in the area and they were married at Sturton le Steeple, an important place in our family history. They settled in Walkeringham about 10 km away and remained there for the rest of their lives. Elizabeth had three children: Barzillai, Amey and Elizabeth junior.

Elizabeth died in 1726 after forty years of marriage, just a few months after the birth of her grand-daughter Zilla, our ancestor. Her life would have been comfortable financially – her husband Francis was a “yeoman” and left property to the value of £40 in his will, about £79,000 in 2020 wage terms.

Mother of Barzilai Barker and daughter of Richard Johnson

Baptised on 10 March 1663 at Clarborough, Nottinghamshire

Married Francis Barker on 6 July 1686

Buried 28 March 1726

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