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1) (Beard Hall, co. Derby). Az. a chev. ar. betw. three trefoils slipped or.
2) (Beard Hall, co. Derby; the heiresses m. Ashenhurst, Holt, and Yeaveley). Ar. three men’s heads couped sa. within a bordure az.
3) (North Kells, co. Lincoln). Sa. on a chev. betw. ten martlets ar. five ogresses. Crest—A lion’s gamb couped or, grasping a horse’s leg erased above the knee sa.
4) (Aberton and Cowfold, co. Sussex). Erm. on a quarter sa. a saltire or, charged with five fleurs-de-lis gu. Crest—On a chapeau gu. turned up erm., a tiger couchant or, tufted maned and armed sa.
5) Ar. three men’s heads couped ppr.

Origin, Meaning, Family History and Johns Coat of Arms and Family Crest

Meaning, Origin, Etymology
The surname Johns is derived from the given name “John,” which is itself derived from the Hebrew name “Johanan,” meaning “Jehovah has favored.” The name was brought to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066, and was extremely popular throughout Europe in the Middle Ages as a result of the numerous connections between the name John and the Christian Church. From the Old Norse, Jón; from the Frisian, Jan; from the Flemish-Dutch-Danish, Jan, Jans, Jahn, Jahns, Jen, Johan, Johans, John, Johne, Johns, Jons, Jones; from the French, Jean, Jouan, Jouen; personal name Lat. Johannes. Johns, Johnson, Johnes Bapt. ‘the son of John’, originally pronounced and spelt Jone; v. Jones.  It will be well to give a fairly large number of instances.

Spelling Variations
John, Johns, Jon, Jone, Johnes, Johnys, Joan, Joanes, Jones

Early Marriage Records for Johns
Hannah Johns married Richard S. Smith October 19, 1669 in Warwick, Rhode Island
Edward Johnes married Annie Griggs in 1640 in Charlestown, Massachusetts
Nycolas Johns married Annes Smalle in 1564 in Haven-Street, Hampshire, England
Edward Johns married Jane Tindall in 1576 in York, St. Michael Le Belfrey, Yorkshire, England
Lucia Johns married Michaellis Golburne May 13, 1582 in Eccleshall, Stafford, England
Rob Johns married Isbell Hawkins February 1, 1584 in Newton Longville, Buckingham, England
Henricus Johns married Katherina Meryson November 1585 in Kilnwick, York, England
Alse Johns married James Prodney Feburary 22, 1589 in Saint Andrew, Plymouth, Devon, England
Anne Johns married John Weppam on May 2, 1594 in Angmering, Sussex, England
John Johns married Mary Hatton February 17, 1595 in West Tarring, Sussex, England
Katheryn Johns married Charles Siere September 20, 1595 in High Ercall, Shropshire England
Thomas Johns married M. Richorde May 7, 1601 in Woodbury, Devon, England

Popularity & Geographic Distribution
The last name Johns ranks 5,500th  in popularity worldwide as of the 2014 Census and approximately 103,819 people carry the surname worldwide. The name ranks particularly high in the following six states: Florida, California, Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Georgia.  It ranks highest in the following countries: United States (62,457), Australia (12,356), England (12,347), Canada (3,577), New Zealand (2,036), Wales (2,011).

Early Bearers of Surname
Robert Johns, Somerset, 1 Edward III: Kirby’s Quest.
Johannes Webster, 1379: Poll Tax of Yorkshire.
Willelmus Joneson, 1379:Poll Tax of Yorkshire.
Willelmus Johnson, 1379: Poll Tax of Yorkshire.
Robertus Johanson, Poll Tax of Yorkshire.
Juliana Jonesson, 1379:Poll Tax of Yorkshire.
Ricardus Joneson, 1379: Poll Tax of Yorkshire.
Robertas Jonson, 1379: Poll Tax of Yorkshire.
Lewis Johns, prebendary of St. David’s, 1486: History and Ant. St. David’s.
The following represents one of the earliest Puritan Christian names:
Baptised — Evan, s. Evangeliste Johnson: St. Michael, Cornhill. 1583
Lewis Johnes, Monmouthshire: Register of the University of Oxford. 1600
William Johnes, Montgomeryshire: Register of the University of Oxford. 1600
Edward ap-John, archdeacon, County of Caermarthen, 1509: History and Ant. St. David’s.
Robert ap-Edward John, of Bangor, 1599: Wills at Chester.
William ap-Thomas John, of Pulford, 1606:Wills at Chester.
Edward ap-John, of Hanmer, laborer, 1584: Wills at Chester.
Married — Robert Rait and Charity John: St. James, Clerkenwell. 1666
Thomas John and Joanna Russell: St. George’s Chapel, Mayfair. 1751

History, Genealogy & Ancestry
JOHNES OF DOLAU COTHY
The late John Johnes, Esq. of Dolau Cothy, co. Carmarthen, J.P. and D.L., Barrister-at-Law, Recorder of Carmarthen and Chairman of Quarter Sessions of that co., born February 6, 1800 married October 8, 1822, Elizabeth, only daughter of the Rev. John Edwardes of Gileston Manor, co. Glamorgan (a younger branch of the family of Edwardes of Rhyd-y-gors, co. Carmarthen), and had issue, 1) John Frederic died an infant 2) Charlotte Anna Maria married Edward Charles Caesar Cookman, Esq., eldest son of Edward Rogers Cookman, Esq. of Monart House, co. Wexford.  3) Elizabeth Mr. Johnes was murdered in 1876.
Lineage ~ This ancient family derives in a direct male line from the Cumbro-British hero, Urien Reged, who is stated to have been fifth in descent from Coel Godebog, monarch of Britain, and whose valorous exploits and those of his sons have been celebrated by the bards Talicssin and Llywarch Hen.  Urien was Prince of Reged, now co. Dumbartou; Godeu, now Cadyow, or the middle ward of co. Lanark; Catraeth, or co. Dumbarton, in the lifetime of Arthur, who was slain in the battle of Camlan, 537, where also his opponent, Urien’s nephew, Medraut ap Liew, perished. Urien eventually, with his sons and followers, migrated to South Wales, where he became Lord of Kidwelly, Carnownllwn, Iskennin, and by his wife Margaret la Faye, daughter of Gwrleis, Prince of Cornwall and uterine sister of King Arthur, was ancestor of Sir Elyder DDU, Knight of the Holy Sepulchre, Richard I whose great grandson, Gryffydd AP Nicholas AP Philip AP Sir Elydyr DDU, was a great patron of the bardic literature of his day and country, as have ever been his successors, and by his 1st wife, Mably, the daughter of Mareddudd ap Henry Dwn, or Donn, of Kidwelly, had with other children, an heir, Thomas AP Gryffydd, who by his 1st wife, Elinor (or Elizabeth, according to the Dale Castle M.S.), daughter and heir of Sir John Griffith of Llansadwrn and Abermarlais, had, with others, Sir Rhys ap Thomas K.G., ancestor of Rice of Newton, or Dynevor, now Lord Dynevor; and by his 2nd wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Philip, Duke of Burgundy, John AP Thomas, of Abermarlais married Elizabeth the daughter of Thomas Vaughan of Bredwardine and had a son,  Sir Thomas Johnes, Knight of Abermarlais and Haroldston, in co. Pembroke; 1st Knight of the Shire for that co., and Sheriff of cos. Carmarthen and Cardigan in 1541 and 1544 respectively. He married Mary the daughter and heir of Hon. Sir James Berkeley the 2nd son of Maurice the 8th Lord Berkcley and widow of Sir Thomas Perrott, of Haroldston, and by her had four sons and three daughters, Sir Henry from whom Johnes of Abermarlais, Baronets; Richard of Cmgwily, extinct in the male lines.; Samuel; James of whom presently. James Johnes of Llanbadarnvawr the 4th son Sheriff of co. Cardigan 1586 married Anne the daughter and heir of John Thomas Harry, of Cryngae and Dolau Cothy, and widow of James Lewis of Llanbadarnvawr. He left, with a daughter a son, Thomas Johnes, of Llanbadarnvawr and Dolau Cothy, Sheriff of co. Cardigan 1618, whose 1st wife, Elizabeth the daugther of Watkin Thomas, of Llwynyerwarth, died without issue; but by his 2nd wife, Mary the daughter of James Lewis David, of Abernantfychan (she married 2nd Rowland Pugh, of Mathafarn), he was father of a son and heir, James Johnes of Dolau Cothy, Sheriff of co. Carmarthen 1667 and co. Cardigan 1670 married 1st Mary the daughter of the said Rowland Pugh of Mathafarn by his 1st wife Elizabeth the daughter of Sir Richard Pryse of Gogerddan and 2nd her 1st cousin, Mary the daughter of Sir John Pryse of Gogerddan.  By his 1st wife he was father of Thomas Johnes, of Dolau Cothy, Sheriff of co. Cardigan 1673 married Elizabeth the daughter and heir of Thomas LLoyd of Llanfairclydogeu by whom he had with a third son and two daughters 1) Thomas of Llanfairclydogeu Sheriff of co. Cardigan 1705, married Ann the daughter of David Lloyd of Crynfryn and had with two daughters a son i) Thomas Johnes of Llanfairclydogeu, M.P. for co. Cardigan 1713 to 1722. He married 1st Jane the daughter and heir of William Herbert of Hafodychtryd and 2nd Blanche the daughter of David Van, of Llanwern but dying s.p. 1733, left his estates to his cousin, Thomas Johnes of Dolau Cothy. 2) James Johnes of Dolau Cothy married Cornelia the daughter of William Lloyd of Llanllur whose son Thomas inherited his cousin’s estates. Thomas Johnes of Dolau Cothy and Penybont married Mary Anne the daughter and co-heir of Jeremiah Powell of Cwmele, co. Radnor and had with four daughters. 1) Thomas of Llanfairclydogeu and Croft Castle, co. Hereford, M.P. for co. Radnor married Elizabeth the daughter and heir of Richard Knight of Croft Castle and had with two daughters i) Thomas of Hafodychtryd, M.P. and Lord-Lieut. for co. Cardigan. He married 1st Mary Burg of co. Monmouth; and 2nd his cousin Jane the daughter of John Johnes of Dolau Cothy; but died without issue April 13, 1816 aged 67 his only daughter Maria Anne having predeceased him unmarried.  ii) Samuel (Rev.) of Henley Hall, Salop, Fellow of all Souls and Rector of Welwyn, Herts; he took the surname of Knight; his only child Louisa Elizabeth Anne, married the lat Sir John Villiers Shelley, Bart. 2) John of whom presently. The 2nd son, John Johnes, Esq. of Dolan Cothy married Jane the daughter of Hector Rees of Kil-y-maen-llwyd and had, with four daughters a son and heir, John Johnes, Esq. of Dolau Cothy married 1797 Elizabeth the daughter and heir of John Bowen of Maes Llanwrthwl and had 1) John his heir 2) Elizabeth married William Bonville of Bryntowy and has issue. 3) Jane married the late Capt. James Beck, H.E.I.C.S., and had issue. 4) Mary Anne married Jeremiah Walter Lloyd of Pentrathro and had issue. 5) Charlotte died unmarried 1836. 6) Catherine died an infant. Mr. Johnes died September 12, 1815 and was succeeded by his son the present John Johnes, Esq. of Dolau Cothy. Arms~ Arg., a chevron sa. between three ravens ppr., a bordure bezantee invecked gu., quartering among others, Gryffydd AP Cydrich, Hywel of Caerlleon; Dafydd Fras of Kidwelly; Berkeley, Bloet, Rhys AP Hywel of Ragtan, Mowbray, Camvile, Braose of Gower, Segrate, Chaucumbe, Brotherton (Plantagenet), John Thomas Harry of Cwmele; Bowen of Maesllanwrthwl. Crest~ Two battle-axes saltierwise sa. Motto~ Dues pascit corvos. Seat~ Dolau Cothy, Llandeilo, co. Carmarthen.

FREDERICK MEADOWS BELDAM-JOHNS
Frederick Meadows Beldam-Johns, Esquire, J.P. for Cambridgeshire, being the son of the late Wm. Nash Woodham, Esqire, J.P. of Shepreth, Cambridgeshire; assumed names of Beldham-Johns in lieu of Nash-Woodham by Royal License, 1867.  Armorial Bearings ~ Vert, three garbs chevronways between as many dexter hands couped at the wrist or. Mantling ~ vert and or; and for his Crest ~ upon a wreath of the colours, upon a mount vert, a garb banded or, pendent from the band by a ring also or an escutcheon vert, charged with a dexter hand as in the arms.  Motto ~ Dat Deus Incrementum Seat ~ Fowlmere Manor, Royston.

BULKLEY, MRS. ROBERTA E. (nee JOHNS)
Mrs. Roberta E. Bulkley (nee JoHNS), of Cleveland, Ohio (Daughter of Benjamin Johns, born Baltimore, MD, died Mansfield, 1853 married Eliza Dudley – Descended from Richard Johns of The Cliffs, Maryland 1675 married Elizabeth Kensey, widow of Thomas Sparrow from whom was descended Rt. Rev. Johns, Bishop of Maryland).  Born at Springfield, Ohio married December 9, 1874, Charles Henry Bulkley of Cleveland, Ohio. They had issue: 1) Robert Johns born October 8, 1880 married February 17, 1909, Katharine Pope 2) Henry Gordon born July 15, 1882 married June 21, 1903, Lydia Leonard. Arms (Johns) ~ Azure, a lion rampant or, on a chief of the last three crosses pattee of the first.  Crest ~ On a mural crown a serpent nowed vert. Residence ~ 2926 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio.

RICHARD H. JOHNS
A man of kindly heart and lovable nature, Mr. Johns passed his years, sixty-eight, among the friends and acquaintances of a lifetime, and in their love, respect and confidence continued until his latest breath.  At the time of his passing he was president until his latest breath. At the time of his passing he was president of the Board of Fire Commissioners of the city of Baltimore, and in a general order issued to the department the board said: “In the death of Mr. Johns, the Fire Department of Baltimore has lost a most loyal, efficient and painstaking official, whose whole thought was for the welfare of the department generally.” Mr. Johns was a son of Richard H. Johns, of Baltimore, a famed boat builder of former years.  Richard H. Johns was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1848, and died suddenly, being stricken at his home, No. 1303 North Central Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland, November 6, 1916. He exhausted the advantages of the public schools of the city, and after finishing the high school course, began the study of law under the direction of William Sheppard Bryan. He was admitted to the bar, practiced his profession for many years, and was an honor to his profession. He was an active worker in the Democratic party from youthful manhood and during the administration of Governor Carroll, served as magistrate at the Old Central Police Station. When Mr. Preston was first elected Mayor of Baltimore he appointed Mr. Johns president of the Board of Fire Commissioners, and, in 1914, reappointed him to the same position.  He gave himself whole-heartedly to the duties of his office, labored diligently, and fully proved by loyal service the depth of his devotion. He earned the respect of his associates and contemporaries, and no man stood higher in public esteem. Mr. Johns was a member of Holy Innocents Protestant Episcopal Church for many years, and deeply interested in all good works. He married Bessie Leach who survives him, with two daughters: Lily married – Register, and has one child; Rosella, a resident of Baltimore. The city officials paid their fallen associate every honor, and his funeral was largely attended. His burial took place in Greenmount Cemetery.

WILLIAM JOHNS
One of Madison county’s best as well as earliest men, of Union township, I gladly notice in the Pioneer.  Mr. Johns died October 13, 1888. He was married to Catherine Glodfetty. She was born in Somerset County, Pa, October 5, 1819 died November 17, 1876.  The following are the names of their children: Margaret J. born April 9, 1842 married to David B. Sims he died February 23, 1883. William E. born January 17, 1844; married to Nancy Dunham, October 14, 1867.  Thomas A., born July 21, 1853; married to Delphine Sims March 26, 1876. She was born May 13, 1853 in Shelby County, O. Catherine, born August 3, 1855; married to John N. McGriff on the 4th of July 1875. The following is a notice taken from an Anderson paper at the time of Mr. John’s death, and also a eulogy delivered by Hon. W.R. Myers:  Another Landmark Gone. Last Monday, William Johns, who for more than half a century has been a resident of this county, died from the effect of a cancer. For the past eighteen months he has been suffering from the effect of it, but only within the last ten weeks has he been confined to his room. The funeral services were held at the family residence in Richland township.  A large concourse of friends and neighbors, especially of those who struggled and labored with Mr. Johns in the early settlement of this county – the pioneers – were present to pay their last respects to one of the number. Many friends were present from Delaware county. The interment was at the old Bronnenberg cemetery, near Chesterfield. At the grave Mr. W.R. Myers delivered the following eulogy, which we published by request:  My Friends: We are assembled here in the abode of the dead to discharge the last sad rites the living can pay to the departed. I am here at the earnest and last request of the deceased. William Johns was born in Bedford County, Pa. September 10, 1814. His ancestors on his father’s side were Welsh. In 1816 his parents moved to Licking County, Ohio. In 1830 the family moved to Madison county, and settled on what has for many years been known as the McClenehan farm, which is within a mile of this cemetery, at which place his father died in 1833.  He was then apprenticed to the blacksmith trade in Anderson. At the end of his apprenticeship he packed all his worldly goods in a handkerchief and walked to Licking County, O., and spent a year working at his trade. In 1836 he established himself in a blacksmith shop of his own in Chesterfield, where he conducted the business until 1845, when he abandoned the anvil for the plow, and purchased the farm where he has since lived, and where by industry and a corresponding amount of personal property. When he came to Indiana the place we stand was a wilderness, and the Red Men were still disputing for the mastery with their pale-faced foes.  This spot was then on the frontier, far removed from the comforts of civilization. There were no churches, no schools, no highways. His opportunities for an education were meager, and he received but little instruction in the elementary branches. In these days wrestling, foot racing and log rollings, house and barn raisings, were the sport and pastime of the day and be participated in them all with the zeal of a young athlete. He was thrice married. By his second wife, whose maiden name was Catherine Glodfetty, he had four children, two girls and two boys, all of whom survive him. By his first and third marriages he had no issue. He lived to see all his children comfortably and happily situated in life, and was the recipient of their tender care during his long and painful illness.  For more than fifty-five years he has lived in this county. You all know him. Many of you have been the recipients of his kindness. He had his frailties and foibles, and sho of us all have them not? If none but those who are without blemish were permitted to participate in these last offices, this poor tenement of clay that held his immortal spirit until the worms and the fowls of the air had devoured it. Therefore let us wrap the mantle of charity over his weaknesses and remember only the good qualities which he possessed. He was an obliging neighbor, an indulgent, loving father, a good husband, and a generous friend. He paid his debts. He respected and obeyed the laws of the land. A community of such men as William Johns has been for thirty years past would be a poor locality for a lawyer.  The Sheriff and Constable would find their vocation gone. Locks and bolts, window fastenings and watch dogs would be a useless expense. Policemen and night watchmen could sleep without endangering the lives of property of anyone. Their services would not be required. For many years he was a member of the M.E. Church, but for the past twelve years he has not been affiliated with any church. He became what the world is pleased to call a skeptic. What of it! We are not here to discuss theology or approve or disapprove of any man’s religious belief. If all men are to be judged by the rule laid down by many professors of religion, heaven is not yet a very populous locality. Though all that walk the earth to-day are but a handful as compared with the innumerable hosts that slumber in its bosom. I have known the deceased from my earliest recollections.  To me he was always genial, affable and kind, always a gentleman, and as such I shall always remember him. He lived to a ripe old age. He witnessed many solemn and wonderful changes in this county, and the whole country. He is gone. His bright eye is dimmed, his tongue is silenced, and his hands are cold in that mystery of mysteries which we call death. The war heart that throbbed with love for humanity has ceased its vibrations. Should not such scenes as this humble human pride? Should it not arouse our souls to a keener sense of responsibility and our duty to the Creator? Soon, very soon, we too shall follow him. His life work is ended. Whether for weal or woe is not for frail, erring mortals like us to judge. We leave his immortal soul to the God of the universe, to Him who notes the sparrow’s fall and tempers the wind to the shorn lamb, believing it to be impossible for Him to err, and commit his body back to Mother Earth from whence it sprang.  Whatever ay be our individual beliefs, such scenes as this must of necessity impress us of the uncertainty of the tenure of life and the certainty of death. The poet sings in a rhapsody of words, “It is not all of life to live nor all death to die.” This we believe is true, and our own judgement and conscience teach us that it is safest and best to live well. It is ore pleasant to live from day to day with the smiling approval of our own conscience than to be constantly haunted by misgivings and remorse. Let us all strive to live within the compass of the golden rule, doing from day to others as we would have others do unto us. Let us so live that when our summons comes to join the innumerable caravan that moves to the pale realms of shade, where each shall take his chamber in the silent halls of death. We go not like the quarry slave scourged to his dungeon, but, sustained and soothed by an unfaltering trust, approach our grave like one who wraps the drapery of his couch about him and lies down to pleasant dreams.

JOHNS, FRED, F.J.I. (SOUTH AUSTRALIA)
Johns, Fred, F.J.I. (South Australia), journalist, biographer; born March 22, 1868 of Cornish parents temporarily settled at Houghton, Mich., U.S.A.; at an early age taken to England and educated in West Cornwall; arrived in S. Aust. in 1884, and during the next thirty years served on the literary staff of the S.A. Register: in 1914 was appointed chief of the first official Hansard staff of the S.A. Parliament. Hon. Sec. Adelaide branch of the Royal Society of St. George 1919-32; Hon. Sec. of Matthew Flinders National statute for city of Adelaide; Hon. Sec. for the Burnside District War Memorial.  Editor of S.A. Freemason (1920-25). Publications: Notable Australians (1906), Australasia’s Prominent People (1914), Who’s Who in Australia (7th ed. 1927). A Journalist’s Jottings (1922), etc. M. 1894 Florence (d. 1896), daughter of R.D. Renfrey. Mt. Gambier; one daughter (Mrs. E.S. Hockney). An untiring and methodical worker in collecting biographical data dealing with notable Australians. His wide patriotic and charitable outlook exemplified by his generous bequests to the Adelaide University and the Children’s Hospital; died December 3, 1932. (B.S.R.)

ALLEN JOHNS
The agriculturists of Calhoun County wil compare favorably with those of other sections in their enterprising spirit, desire to improve their surroundings and circumstances, and general interest in that which pertains to their calling.  Among the most reliable farmers in Crater Precinct is Allen Johns, who is successfully carrying on his chosen calling on Section 8. He was born in Pendleton County, Va., March 24, 1826, and is of Southern parentage, his father Isaac Johns, having been a native of a Southern State and his mother Anne (Ewing) Johns born in Virginia.  When our subject was about five years old his parents removed to Gallia County, Ohio where the father died soon after. When about eight years old our subject, his mother and other members of the family, took up their residence in coles County, Illinois where young Allen grew to manhood. Since his early childhood he has borne such a part as his increasing strength warranted in farm work, and he therefore had very limited educational advantages.  Desirous of gaining intelligence, he has made use of papers and books and is quite well informed on general topics. Several years before the Civil War Mr. Johns came to Calhoun County with his family, making his first home on the Illinois River, in Crater Precinct. Several years later he removed to Carlin Precinct, where he sojourned a number of years. The next home of Mr. Johns was on his present farm, where he has two hundred and four acres of land, upon which he has made such improvements as befit his circumstances.  In the accumulation of his property he was ably assisted by a faithful and devoted wife who was willing to begin life with him in poverty and aid him in his struggles for a competency. After their marriage Mr. Johns had but ninety-five cents in money, but from that small beginning has grown his present solid financial condition. His companion was removed from him by death, April 6, 1890, leaving behind her a wealth of love and affection. Mrs. Johns was known in her maidenhood as Mary Rogers, and became the wife of our subject March 10, 1849.  She was born in Ohio, but reared in Edgar County, Illinois, where her parents, Peleg and Mary Rogers, settled where Indians were still there. To Mr. and Mrs. Johns seven children were born, of whom the survivors are Isaac, Douglas, Thomas and Elizabeth. The last named is now the wife of James Edwards. Mr. Johns always deposits a Democratic ballot on election day. He has served his fellow-men in the capacity of School Director and enjoys their esteem and confidence.

JOHNES OR JOHNS.
Johnes or Johns. Massachusetts. Edward Johnes, Charlestown, 1630. (Shropshire. Arms granted 1610.) Azure, a lion rampant, between three crosses formee fitchee or, a chief of the last.  Crest ~ A lion rampant or, supporting an anchor azure, flukes of the first. Motto ~ Vince Malum bono.

Early American Immigration and New World Settlers
Johns Settlers in United States in the 17th, 18th, 19th & 20th Centuries
William Johns, who settled in New England in 1634 with his wife
Philip Johns, aged 22, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
Phillip and Mary Johns, who settled in Virginia in 1645
Mary Johns, who arrived in Virginia in 1652
John Johns, who landed in Maryland in 1665
James Johns, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
Lewis Johns, who landed in Virginia in 1707
Francis Johns, who landed in Harford County, Maryland in 1838
R Johns, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
Henry Johns, aged 28, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1860
Daniel Johns, who arrived in New York in 1868
Jacob Johns, who landed in Arkansas in 1906

Johns Settlers in Canada in the 18th & 19th Centuries
Lt. Solomon Johns U.E. (b. 1751) born in Litchfield County, Connecticut, USA from Clarendon, Vermont, USA who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784 he enlisted in 1777 serving in the Queen’s Loyal Rangers and King’s Rangers, he died in 1786 he is listed as being killed by a falling tree, married to Susanna Bucklin they had 5 children
Rebecca Johns, aged 23, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship “Eleanor Gordon” in 1834

Johns Settlers in Australia in the 19th & 20th Century
Samuel Johns, English convict from Devon, who was transported aboard the “Ann” on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
Miss Rebecca Johns, (b. 1807), aged 26 born in Truro, Cornwall, UK convicted in Bodmin on 15th October 1833, sentenced for 7 years for stealing from a person, transported aboard the ship “Edward” in 1834 to Van Diemen’s Land, Tasmania, Australia
Isaac Johns, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship “Buckinghamshire” in 1839
Nicholas Johns, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship “Moffatt” in 1839
Grace Johns, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship “Moffatt” in 1839
Miss Ruth Johns, (b. 1857), aged 49, Cornish settler traveling aboard the ship “Oroya” arriving in Queensland, Australia on 19th January 1906
Miss Jane Grace Johns, (b. 1876), aged 30, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship “Ophir” arriving in Queensland, Australia on 14th February 1906
Mr. Joseph Beare Johns, (b. 1876), aged 30, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship “Ophir” arriving in Queensland, Australia on 14th February 1906
Mrs. Elizabeth I. Johns, (b. 1858), aged 48, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship “Ophir” arriving in Queensland, Australia on 14th February 1906

Johns Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
Silas Johns, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship “Queen of Beauty” in 1863
Charles Johns, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship “Ulcoats” in 1864
Mary Anne Johns, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship “Ulcoats” in 1864
Edward Johns, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship “Ulcoats” in 1864

Mottoes
Dues pascit corvos – Dues feeds the ravens
Vince Malum bono – Conquer evil with good
Dat Deus Incrementum – Given the increase

Grantees
JOHN TO FREKE, Col. (C.B.), of Hannington, Wilts., (1835) Vol. XLI, fol. 128
JOHNS, Richard of Helstone, co. Cornw., 28 Nov, 1775, Vol. XIII, fol. 140.
JOHNS (BELDHAM), late NASH-WOODHAM, Frederick Meadows, of co. Camb. and Hampsh., 1867, Vol. LVI, fol. 232.

Notables
Adrian Johns (born 1951), Royal Navy vice-admiral, former Second Sea Lord and former Governor of Gibraltar
Alfred Johns (1868–1934), Australian cricketer
Andrew Johns (born 1974), Australian former rugby league footballer, brother of Matthew Johns
Andrew Johns (triathlete) (born 1973), British triathlete
Andy Johns (1950–2013), British music engineer
Bobby Johns (born 1932), American former racecar driver
Brian Johns (born 1982), Canadian Olympic swimmer
Brian Johns (businessman) (1936–2016), Australian company director and journalist
Catherine Johns, Museum curator and Roman archaeologist
Charles A. Johns (1857–1932), American lawyer, jurist and politician; justice on the Supreme Court of the Philippines
Charles Alexander Johns (1811–1874), British botanist and author
Charley Eugene Johns (1905–1990), American politician, 32nd governor of Florida
Claude Hermann Walter Johns (1857–1920), English Assyriologist and Church of England clergyman
Daniel Johns (born 1979), Australian musician
David Johns (born 1948), American Navaho painter
Don Johns (born 1937), Canadian retired National Hockey League player
Doug Johns (born 1967), American retired Major League Baseball pitcher
Emmett Johns, Canadian humanitarian
Ethan Johns (born 1969), British music producer
Fred Johns (1868–1932), Australian writer
Gary Johns (born 1952), Australian politician
Geoff Johns (born 1973), American comic book author
George Sibley Johns (1857–1941), American journalist and newspaper editor
Glyn Johns (born 1942), British record producer
Glynis Johns (born 1923), British actress
Harold E. Johns (1915–1998), Canadian medical physicist
Helen Johns (born 1953), Canadian former politician
Helen Johns (swimmer) (1914–2014), American swimmer, Olympic champion and former world record-holder
James Edward Johns (1900–1984), American football player
Jasper Johns (born 1930), American painter and printmaker
John Johns (1796–1876), fourth Episcopal bishop of Virginia, son of Kensey Johns
Johnny Johns, American retired figure skater and ice dancer
Joseph Johns, Amish man who founded Johnstown, Pennsylvania, in 1800
Keith Johns (1902–1979), Australian rules footballer
Kensey Johns (jurist) (1759–1848), American judge
Kensey Johns, Jr. (1791–1857), American politician and lawyer, son of the above
Les Johns (born 1942), Australian rugby league footballer
Margo Johns (1919–2009), British actress
Matthew Johns (born 1971), Australian Rugby League footballer of the 1990s and 2000s and channel 9 host, brother of Andrew Johns
Mervyn Johns (1899–1992), Welsh actor, father of Glynis Johns
Michael Johns (policy analyst) (born 1964), American political commentator, analyst and writer; former White House speechwriter
Milton Johns (born 1938), British television actor
Orrick Glenday Johns (1887–1946), American poet, son of George Sibley Johns
Paddy Johns (born 1968), Irish former rugby union player
Paul Johns (born 1958), American retired National Football League player
Richard Johns (born 1939), British Royal Air Force air chief marshal
Robert J. Johns, Canadian socialist labour organizer in the 1910s
Ronnie Johns (Louisiana politician) (born 1949), American politician
Sammy Johns (1946–2013), American country musician
Sarah Johns, American country music singer
Stratford Johns (1925–2002), British stage, film and television actor
Thomas Johns (minister) (1836-1914), Welsh minister
Tony Johns (born 1960), Canadian football player
Tracy Camilla Johns (born 1963), American film actress
Vere Johns (1893–1966), Jamaican journalist, impresario, radio personality and actor
Vernon Johns (1892–1965), American minister and civil rights leader
Wilbur Johns (1903–1967), American collegiate basketball head coach and athletics director

American Revolution Veterans
Abijah Johns, Connecticut, Rank of Corporal
Benjamin Johns, Virginia, Rank of Private
Geoe Johns, Virginia, Rank of Private
Good Johns, Connecticut, Rank of Sergeant
Isaac Johns, Massachusetts, Rank of Private
James Johns, Virginia, Rank of Private
Jeremiah Johns, Virginia, Rank of Private
Jesse Johns, Virginia, Rank of Private
Joah Johns, Connecticut, Rank of Sergeant
Joel Johns, Connecticut, Rank of Sergeant
John Johns, Pennsylvania, Rank of Private
Jos Smith Johns, Rhode Island, Rank of Private
Moses Johns, Virginia, Rank of Lieutenant
Saml Johns, Pennsylvania, Rank of Private
Selas Johns, New York, Rank of Drummer
Silas Johns, New York, Rank of Drummer
Sporga Johns, Virginia, Rank of Private
Thomas Johns, Virginia, Rank of Private
Thos Johns, Virginia, Rank of Private
William Johns, New York, Rank of Private

Civil War Veterans
Abias Johns, 34th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Union, Illinois
Bluford Johns, 28th Consolidated Regiment, Tennessee Infantry, Confederate, Tennessee
Carl Johns, 7th Regiment, New York Infantry, Union, New York
Damond Johns, 33rd Regiment, United States Colored Infantry, Union, U.S. Colored Troops
Eli Johns, 41st Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Confederate, Alabama
Francis Johns, 2nd Battery, Vermont Light Artillery, Union, Vermont
George Johns, 11th Regiment, United States Colored Heavy Artillery, Union, U.S. Colored Troops
Henry Johns, 1st Regiment, Florida Infantry Reserves, Confederate, Florida
Isaac Johns, 3rd Regiment, Georgia Infantry, Confederate, Georgia
James Johns, 6th Regiment, Delaware Infantry, Union, Delaware
Kersey Johns, General and Staff Officers, Non-Regimental Enlisted Men, CSA, Confederate, Confederate Troops
Levi Johns, 38th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry, Union, U.S. Colored Troops
Morris Johns, 5th Independent Battery, Wisconsin Light Artillery, Union, Wisconsin
Nathan Johns, 1st Regiment, Missouri Engineers, Union, Missouri
Obadiah Johns, 22nd Battalion, Georgia Heavy Artillery, Confederate, Georgia
Patrick Johns, 65th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry, Union, U.S. Colored Troops
Richard Johns, 1st Regiment, Virginia Cavalry, Confederate, Virginia
Samuel Johns, 1st Regiment, Colorado Cavalry, Union, Colorado Territory
Turner Johns, 49th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry, Union, U.S. Colored Troops
Uriah Johns, 16th Regiment, Indiana Infantry, Union, Indiana
Wesley Johns, 1st Regiment, South Carolina Infantry, Confederate, South Carolina
Zenas Johns, 7th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Union, Iowa

Johns Coat of Arms Meaning

See glossary for symbol meaning.

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