A Dr Johnson Chronology
1709 Wed 18 Sep [7 Sep Old Style] SJ is born at about 4 p.m. at his father’s house in the Market Square, Lichfield, Staffordshire. He is the first child of Michael Johnson, bookseller and stationer, and his wife Sarah (née Ford), who had married on 19th June 1706; in the year of his birth his father is 53 and his mother 40. The birth, a difficult one, is assisted by George Hector, man midwife: ‘I was born almost dead, and could not cry for some time. When he had me in his arms, he said, “Here is a brave boy” (Annals). SJ is baptised at home on the same evening and is named after his maternal uncle, Samuel Ford; his godfathers are Dr Samuel Swynfen, physician, and Richard Wakefield, Town Clerk and Coroner.
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