Patricia Miller Givens Johnson was born in Newport, Virginia, on March 9, 1932. She graduated from Christiansburg High School in 1949, later obtaining her bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin (1956) and master's from the College of William and Mary (1963).
Patricia Johnson taught history and social studies in various schools as the family moved frequently--to Texas, Japan, England, Atlanta and Washington, D.C. Around 1980, the Johnsons returned to the New River Valley area. Like her mother, Johnson maintained a lifetime interest in the history of Southwest Virginia; she eventually published 15 books and numerous articles related to the subject and became one of the foremost authorities on local history.
Johnson's papers (held in the Virginia Tech Special
Collections) of Patricia Givens Johnson, New River Valley local historian, consist primarily of materials which arose from her research
publication of--books on local pioneers Andrew Lewis, Jacob Miller, James Patton, William Preston, and the early settlement of the New River Valley.