Help with Joseph Johnson, Please

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I have been struggling with finding his parents for what seems like forever.  These are the facts:  Born abt 1807, Leicester, England.  Married Rosetta M Dear in 1829, All Saints, Leicester, Leicestershire,  Died 12 Jul 1870 in Phila., PA.  I found a list on Family Search, but there are several  possibilities.  The most likely seems to be a christening record from 15 Sep 1806 At All Saints, Leicester listing Edward and Mary Johnson as parents.  If someone more experienced at this could try to verify this or tell me how, I would be very grateful.  Meanwhile I will plug away...

Thanks,

Linda Steiner
in Genealogy Help by Linda Steiner G2G5 (5.4k points)

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If he married Rosetta M Dear in 1829 how was he married to Susan Johnson?

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=76329564

Joseph Johnson

Birth:  unknown
Death:  Jul. 12, 1870
image
JOHNSON.-On the 12th inst., Mr. JOSEPH JOHNSON, Sr., in the 63d year of his age. The relatives and friends of the family; also the members of the Anglo-American Circle, B. of U., are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, from the residence of his son, Alfred Johnson, No. 1528 N. Fourth street, this (Friday) afternoon, at 1 o'clock. Interment at Mount Moriah Cemetery.
Philadelphia Inquirer, July 15, 1870 Page 5

http://www.phillygenweb.org/ObituariesJ.htm 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Susan Johnson (1837 - 1902)*
 
 Children:
  Alfred Johnson (1833 - 1890)*
  Joseph Johnson (1837 - 1870)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Mount Moriah Cemetery 
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Section 59 Lot 20
 
Created by: dianna 
Record added: Sep 11, 2011 
Find A Grave Memorial# 76329564
by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.1m points)
Death Record photo:

https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/find-a-grave-prod/photos/2012/21/76329564_132724349583.jpg

Joseph Johnson was in his 63rd year On July 12, 1870. If he was born in 1837, he could not have been christened in the previous year, 15 September 1806.
Frank, I can't explain the Susan thing.  I do know the sons listed belong to him and Rosetta and all other facts fit.  Maybe there was a divorce I haven't discovered.   Obviously, Susan can't be the mother of Joseph, jr, born the same year as she was, as seems to be listed in her Find A Grave entry.  Joseph's birth year is uncertain.  Joseph, jr was born abt 1837.  I propose Joseph may have been born in late 1806 rather than 1807.
That Joseph of 1837 birth was his son!

https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NPC6-JMF

My guess is Rosanna died and Joseph remarried - Susan
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Whilst there are three Joseph Johnson around 1806-1808.Two are distinct possibilities

https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JMVH-3HW (your favoured one)

https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NPZX-1ZB

The third  https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NPC6-JMF I think can be discounted as he appears living in Shepshed with spouse Sarah in 1851.

I have not been able to replicate the marriage, as often, hidden in the image of the record are the names of the bride & grooms fathers.

Review the names of the Joseph & Rosetta's children as in those days there parents names were often given to eldest boy & girl. If there was a Moses, or Edward that would tend toward the most likelyJoseph
by R W G2G6 Pilot (259k points)
Thanks, Ron.  I just found marriage info today and am not sure of the source right now, but it was somewhere on Family Search.  Alas, no older children named Edward, though there is an Edwin--my 2nd gr-grandfather.  Definitely no Moses!  I do know several children were born in Leicester and the remainder in Philly.  I am leaning toward Edward and Mary.  There's a Rosetta Mary, but I think that's totally from her mother...
I now think Susan was not his wife, rather daughter in law. Rosetta Mary died in 1869:

 http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=25700943
That is exactly what I thought!  Though they seem to have screwed up Susan's info on her Find A Grave entry, also...

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