Isaac Johnson

Johnson, Isaac (bap. 1601, d. 1630), colonist in America, was baptized at St John’s, Stamford, Lincolnshire, the eldest son of Abraham Johnson (1577-1649), gentleman, of South Luffenham, Rutland, and Anne (née Meadows) (c.1583-c.1602).

via Johnson, Isaac (bap. 1601, d. 1630), colonist in America : Oxford Dictionary of National Biography – oi.

On his marriage in 1623 to Arbella, a daughter of Thomas, 3rd Earl of Lincoln, his grandfather settled on him the manor of Clipsham.

Isaac was the largest shareholder of the Massachusetts Bay Company and was one of the twelve men to sign the Cambridge Agreement on 29 August 1629. In 1630 he sailed in the Winthrop Fleet to America, arriving at Salem on 12 June, and was one of the four who founded the first church at Charlestown on 30 July. The want of good water at Charlestown obliged them, on 7 September, to move to Shawmut, now Boston, which was settled under Johnson’s supervision. He died at Boston on 30 September 1630, the richest man in the colony.

Isaac was grandson of Robert Johnson (1540/1541-1625), a Puritan rector of North Luffenham, Rutland, for 51 years, from 1574 until his death. Robert Johnson enjoyed the patronage of William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley and was a Canon of Windsor (1572 to 1625) and Archdeacon of Leicester (1591 to 1625).

Using the income from these and other church posts, Robert founded free grammar schools in Oakham and Uppingham in 1584, as well as other charitable institutions. He placed great importance on education, because of his Puritan beliefs. The grammar schools taught Hebrew, Greek and Latin in to those who were too poor to pay for schooling.

Among other endowments and foundations, Archdeacon Johnson founded Hospitals of Christ in Oakham and Uppingham, and re-founded and endowed the old hospital of Saint John the Evangelist and Saint Anne in Oakham. The schools and hospitals received their charter from Queen Elizabeth I in 1587. He was also one of the eight founding fellows of Jesus College, Oxford.

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Fröbel wappen from 1605

On the red shield of Franconia is displayed a silver axe. The red and silver buffalo horns mean strength and fortitude, while the three crossed banderoles are a reward for valiant service.

This Adel family from Franconia is associated with Arnstadt, which according to legend was foundered by Merovech guided by two eagles. Merovech (Latin: Meroveus or Merovius) was a leader of the Salian Franks, who fought with the Roman general Aetius to defeat the Huns under Attila on the Catalaunian fields in 451 in Gaul. Arnstadt was the garrison that protected this ancient trade route across Europe for centuries and became known the Gateway to the Thuringian Forest, Das Tor zum Thüringer Wald.

The first Frankish royal dynasty called themselves Merovingians, descendants of Meroveus, which is a Latinization of the Old High German given name Marwig, which means “famed fight” (cf. māri “famous” + wīg “fight”)

In 726, Arnstadt passed to the Abbey of Echternach, which was later known as the Abbey Hersfeld. The Holy Roman Emperor Otto I decided on 17 December 954 that the Liebfrauenkirche (Church of our Lady) would be built after he made peace in Arnstadt with his rebellious sons, one of whom he appointed archbishop of Mainz.

By the 12th century a part of Arnstadt was under the rule of the Counts of Kevernburg and later passed to the counts of Schwarzburg.

Zach Braff and Mitt Romney ‘related through a witch’

The link between Braff and Romney was discovered when a family history expert made the discovery “sort of by accident” when he looked into Braff’s background

via Zach Braff and Mitt Romney ‘related through a witch’ – Storyful.

Rebecca Nurse, the shared ancestor in question, was executed for witchcraft by the government of the Province of Massachusetts Bay in New England in 1692, during the Salem witch trials. Nurse’s story inspired the 1952 play ‘The Crucible’, written by Jewish playwright Arthur Miller.