The family, descended from George Johnson & Sarah Batchelor, was long established in the Stepney/St George in the East area of London with connections over several generations to the tobacco cutting and rolling trade.
It’s not the easiest name to research as several Johnson families lived in this area during the latter half of the 19th century. We cannot find any common ancestor but there are a couple of Johnson to Johnson marriages. If you have a connection to any individual or family featured on this site, or if you want to leave us your feedback contact us.
Stepney was described in 1868 as “a parish and populous district of the metropolis, in the Tower division of Ossulstone hundred, and borough of the Tower Hamlets, county Middlesex, 2½ miles E. of St. Paul's Cathedral. It is a junction station on the North London, the Blackwall, and Great Eastern railways; it lies chiefly between the Commercial-road and the Great Eastern railway, and includes the populous districts of Mile-End, New and Old Town, and part of Ratcliffe.”
There’s more about the lost riverside hamlet of Ratcliffe here.