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Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Samuel Johnson
Born in Lichfield, Staffordshire, Englandmap
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Husband of — married 9 Jul 1735 in St Werburgh, Derby, Englandmap
Died in London, Englandmap
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Samuel Johnson was an English writer, poet, essayist, literary critic, biographer and lexicographer. He published A Dictionary of the English Language in 1755, and it was considered the pre-eminent English dictionary for more than a century.

Christening: Samuell Johnson, 9 September 1709 at Saint Mary, Lichfield, Staffordshire, England. Father: Michael Johnson.[1]

He married Elizabeth Porter, a woman who was more than 20 years his senior [2] and the widow of his friend. There were no children from this union.


  • Essays, pamphlets, periodicals, sermons

1732–33 Birmingham Journal
1747 Plan for a Dictionary of the English Language
1750–52 The Rambler
1753–54 The Adventurer
1756 Universal Visiter
1756- The Literary Magazine, or Universal Review
1758–60 The Idler
1770 The False Alarm
1771 Thoughts on the Late Transactions Respecting Falkland's Islands
1774 The Patriot
1775 A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland
Taxation No Tyranny
1781 The Beauties of Johnson

  • Poetry

1728 Messiah, a translation into Latin of Alexander Pope's Messiah
1738 London
1747 Prologue at the Opening of the Theatre in Drury Lane
1749 The Vanity of Human Wishes
Irene, a Tragedy

  • Biographies, criticism

1735 A Voyage to Abyssinia, by Jerome Lobo, translated from the French
1744 Life of Mr Richard Savage
1745 Miscellaneous Observations on the Tragedy of Macbeth
1756 "Life of Browne" in Thomas Browne's Christian Morals
Proposals for Printing, by Subscription, the Dramatick Works of William Shakespeare
1765 Preface to the Plays of William Shakespeare
The Plays of William Shakespeare
1779–81 Lives of the Poets

  • Dictionary

1755 Preface to a Dictionary of the English Language
A Dictionary of the English Language

  • Novellas

1759 The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia


  1. "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch (Samuell Johnson: accessed 30 August 2015), Michael Johnson in entry for Samuell Johnson, 09 Sep 1709; citing SAINT MARY,LICHFIELD,STAFFORD,ENGLAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 421,567.
  2. "England Marriages, 1538–1973 ," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), Samuell Johnson and Elizabeth Porter, 1735; citing St. Werburgh'S, Derby, Derbyshire, England, reference 2:3CXKF3X, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 496,701.

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posted by Jo Fitz-Henry
Are you sure about wife Porter-4564? She didn't live in England. She looks to be the wife of Johnson-36870 that lived in USA
posted by Teresa Downey
Johnson-36870 and Johnson-16962 do not represent the same person because: There was an American couple with the same names as the English couple; -36870 is the husband of the American couple
posted by S (Hill) Willson
Johnson-36870 and Johnson-16962 appear to represent the same person because: Same birth year. Same spouse (dups will need to be merged), same exact death date. Deathplace and child on -36870 are likely incorrect. 36870 is an orphan. Please merge
posted by S (Hill) Willson
Removed Elizabeth Johnson-4564 as spouse. She did not come from England;
posted by Sheri Havens
DO NOT COMBINE: Please do not combine Samuel Johnson Born 18 Sep 1709 In Scotland and married to Elizabeth Porter to any other Samuel Johnson. Samuel Johnson of Scotland married an Elizabeth Porter who was 26 years older than him. No children.
posted by Sheri Havens