William Riley Johns
1816 - 1876
William Riley Johns was born in Camden Co. GA in 1816, a son of George and Anna Johns and a nephew of Jeremiah Johns. He grew up in Camden County, and
was married there 21 Feb 1839 to Sarah Leigh. They had nine children. Riley lived in that part of Camden County that was made into Charlton in 1854, and
settled in that part of Ware County that became Charlton after his marriage. After about fifteen years they moved to Baker Co. Fla, where he lived until
his death in 1876. His wife died a few years later. Mr. Johns was a member of the Board of Commissioners of Baker Co, 1864-1866.
Census ref: 1840, 1850 Ware; 1860 New River, 1870 Baker Co FL.
Riley Johns died intestate in Baker Co Fla abt 1876. His heirs above except wife and son Riley made deed to William J. Raulerson 13 Dec 1881 for estate
lands in Baker Co. of 162 acres. Also deed to William H. Johns 14 Nov 1877 for 80 acres. He was County Commissioner of Baker Co 21 May 1864-1865.
Baker County tax rolls 1861 show Riley with 560 acres/1 slave. His wife, Sarah Leigh, is found in 1880 Baker Co Fl census living at age 61 with John
D., Dowling and her daughter Sarah. She became agent for estate of husband Riley in 1875, also for Wm. Hardy, James A., Joseph Madison and Emma Johns.
She must have done a good job because in 1876 she became agent for Dixson and Author (sic) Raulerson as well.
Riley Johns, third child, born 1844 in Camden Co., GA, married Lenora Hodge 21 Dec 1873 in Nassau Co FL. He is buried in the Veterans Cemetery, Baker Co FL
with the inscription, "Company O, 1st FL Cav, died 1890". He is in plot 23, grave 1.
Complete list of children is:
Sarah Dowling Johns, b. 17 Dec 1839
Anna Davis Johns, b. 1842
Riley Johns, b. 1844
Martha Johns, b. 22 Feb 1846
Elizabeth Raulerson Johns, b. 1851
Amy Raulerson Johns, b. 1853
Nancy Altman Johns, b. 1855 (all born Camden Co Ga)
James L. Johns, b. 1858/60 Baker Fl, died 1921, buried North Prong Cem., Baker
William Hardy Johns, b. 3 Feb 1861 Baker FL, died 1 Feb 1923, buried Oak Grove Cem.
Submitted by: Cliff Johns. Source: Judge Huxford's notes, IGI 1994, Census returns as cited.