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The Allen-Johnson Family Papers

Scope and Contents - Series Descriptions - Access - Container Listing

Historical Sketch

The Johnson family is one of the oldest families in New England. The progenitor of this branch of the Johnson family was James Johnson, who was one of eighty men who came to this country with Sir Fernando Gorges in 1621. This group settled on the Isle of Shoals, later to be known as the town of Rye, New Hampshire. His daughter, Mary Johnson, married John Ordiorne, who settled on what is now known as Ordiorne's Point in the town of Newcastle, N.H.. A few generations later, Daniel Johnson married Jane Ordiorne furthering the tie between the Johnson and Ordiorne families. Jotham Ordiorne, son of John and Mary Ordiorne, was the first judge of the Superior Court in the Province of New Hampshire.

The Johnson family had a part in every war on the continent, with the exception of the war with Mexico, a war that was waged to obtain more slave territory, and which was not popular in New England. Philip Johnson was with Sir William Pepperel at the capture of Louisburg, C.B. in 1690. Lewis Johnson was with DeWolf at the capture of Quebec from the French. Daniel Johnson was a soldier in the Revolutionary war. Another Johnson was a member of General Ulmer's Regiment in the war of 1812. The brothers, John and Ralph Johnson served in the Civil War. Ralph was killed at the battle of the Wilderness. John served as an officer in the Navy, and was promoted twice for his gallant conduct in action.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of mostly personal correspondence between the members of the Johnson and Allen families of Maine, who were related by marriage. The letters date from 1838 to 1947. In addition to the correspondence other items included in the collection are photographs of an ice storm, postcard, genealogical information, receipts and accounts. Aside from its insight into the lives of members of the Johnson and Allen families, this collection has some information that may be of interest to someone researching the genealogy of the Johnson and Allen families, as well as the Tracy's of Maine who are also related.

Series Descriptions

The collection is organized into three series: I. Personal Correspondence; II Business Papers; III Miscellaneous.

Series I: Personal Correspondence - This series contains personal correspondence among the Johnson, Allen, and Tracy families between 1838 and 1947.

Series II: Business Papers - This series includes receipts made out to Franklin Johnson in the 1870's and to Henry Tracy in the 1930's. The receipts are for printing, coal, and taxes. Also included are account statements for John A. Johnson for 1859.

Series III: Miscellaneous - This series includes photographs, cards, newspaper clippings (mainly obituaries and historical articles), and a list of births in the Johnson family from 188 to 1849. Also included are a Knox County Consumer's Sugar Card (for rationing during the war) and "The Mainiacs: Kora Temple Shrine Song".


The collection is arranged chronologically.


On loan from Mrs. Patricia Shaw, August 1980


Open to researchers without restriction. Questions on copyright should be directed to the Special Collections Librarian.


1 Document Case

Container Listing


Series I: Personal Correspondence

Folder 1 Correspondence, 1838-1859
Folder 2 Correspondence, 1860-1864
Folder 3 Correspondence, 1865-1870
Folder 4 Correspondence, 1871-1947
Folder 5 Correspondence, not dated

Series II: Business Papers

Folder 6 Receipts
Folder 7 Statements of account

Series III: Miscellaneous

Folder 8 Photographs and cards
Folder 9 Newspaper clippings
Folder 10 List of births and deaths, Johnson family, 1788-1849
Folder 11 Essay "History of the Flag"