"Johnswell", a village, in the parish of Rathcool and Kilderry, barony of Gowran, county of Kilkenny, and province of Leinster, 4 miles (N.) from Kilkenny, containing 74 houses and 446 inhabitants. It is a contabulary police station, and has a R. C. chapel. Attempts have recently been made to obtain coal at Ballysella, in the neighborhood, with some prospect of success.
[From A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837)]