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Deborah A (Shinault) Johnson (abt. 1807 - 1895)

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Deborah A "The Witch of Chestnut Ridge" Johnson formerly Shinault aka Shinall, Chinall, Chinault
Born about in Surry, North Carolinamap
Daughter of and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married in Surry County, NCmap
Descendants descendants
Died in NCmap
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Name: David Johnson Spouse: Deborah A. Shinall Marriage Date: 31 Aug 1845 Marriage County: Surry Marriage State: North Carolina Source: County Court Records at Dobson, NC & Family Histor


1850 Surry Co, NC Westfield District David Johnson 24, Deborah Johnson34, Elizabeth 4, Margaret 2, Matthew < 1, Elizabeth Chinalt 68, Henry 10.


1860 Hollow Springs, Surry, NC Deby Shinault 39, Henry Shinault 20, Eliz Shinault 15, Pegy Shinault 12, Nartha Shinault 9, Heff Shinault 6


1869 Deborah's daughter Elizabeth married John C Bowman of Patrick County, VA. On the marriage license, Elizabeth's parents were given as David Johnson & Debba Johnson.


1870 Westfield, Surry Co, NC. Debby Shinall 60, Jeff Shinall 17, Martha Shinall, 20, Peggy Shinall 23, Again, the family name was reported as Shinall rather than Johnson, although Jeff later identified himselt as Jeffry Johnson in censuses, and he was so listed in his death certificate.


1880 Westfield, Surry, NC Deborah Johnson 60 In 1880 Deborah was living alone, and she gave her occupation as "Fortune Teller"


THE YADKIN VALLEY NEWS, Thursday, March 28, 1895

The Witch of the Chestnut Ridge Dead

A correspondent gives the following account of the death of a noted character in this section. Deborah Johnson, nee Shinault, died at her home on Indian Graves Gap in Chestnut Ridge, a few days ago. she was 88 years old and had practied her craft since a young girl. She has relieved the palpitation of many young hearts in their first experience in courtship by assuring them that their suit would be finally successful. Many people came great distances to ascertain who was the thief when losing property or money, and many are the miraculous stories told of finding things by following her directions, such as bunch cotton burried in a swamp, money hid in hollow stumps, &c &c , One man, not many years ago, rode 18 miles and back to find out which way he should un his smut machine, whether with or against the sun. she advised him to run it with the sun. He returned home, followed her directions and succeeded in getting up a good flouring mill.


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