1. Thomas JOHNSON
was born between 1800 and 1810 (location unknown); died in Fayette
in 1838. I
do not know where he is buried. He
married Sarah R.
unknown place. She was born in 1812 and, according to census
listed Georgia as her birthplace. She died in 1876 in Hardin
Return to Fayette County Family Records
the following known children:
||James M. JOHNSON, b. 1824
in AL; md. (Unknown)
and had the following known children: William
and Mary JOHNSON.
||Mary Ann (Polly) JOHNSON,
b. 1825 in AL; md. Joseph S.
PHILLIPS and had the following known
children: John M.
Rufus PHILLIPS, Foster
L. PHILLIPS, Sarah
C. PHILLIPS, Mary
J. PHILLIPS, and William H. PHILLIPS.
|Frederick JOHNSON, b.
1828 in AL; md. Caroline
BERRY (who d. in
|Thomas Howard JOHNSON,
1830–1881; md. Frances
|Matilda Jane JOHNSON, b.
1832 in Fayette Co., AL; last
known to be residing in Jefferson Co., AR, in 1876;
P. BERRY (son? of William S. BERRY & Sarah
They moved to Arkansas before 1850.
|George Washington JOHNSON,
b. 1834 in Fayette Co., AL; d. 1865; md. Millie
|Sarah JOHNSON, b. 1836 in
Fayette Co., AL; md. Sylvester
BERRY (son of William S. BERRY & Sarah
Fayette County to Texas.
|Nancy C. JOHNSON, b. 1843
in Fayette Co., AL; md. a Mr.
HALL and moved to
Co., TN, before 1870.
Thomas JOHNSON was recorded in Fayette County on the 1830 U.S.
Census. Grief, Matthew, William, George, and Frederick
1831, Thomas and a Hezekiah JOHNSON received a joint land patent
County, described as the east half of the southeast quarter
(E½SE) of Section 17, Township 15 South, Range 10
Thomas received a land patent for 39 acres (SWSE S20-T15S-R10W) in
for a total of 118 acres. Both of these tracts were located
miles west of what is now Pea Ridge, AL (see map).
died in 1838, probably on the home place. His wife and
children were not on
1840 Census, but in 1850 Sarah and the children were listed.
Thomas had only one known wife — Sarah R. (nee REDMAN?) — but she
not have been his first. His wife on the 1830 Census was
between 1800 and 1810. Yet Sarah was born in 1812 according
the 1850 Census, and even later on subsequent censuses. More
research is needed to determine if she were the mother of all of
Thomas' children. Sarah received a land patent for 79 acres
her own name in 1858; it was
located in Section 19, less than a mile west of her husband's 1834
was recorded as a farmer in the East District of Fayette County in
with $1,800 of real and personal property. She and
her daughter Nancy later moved to Hardin Co., TN, where they
Upon Sarah's death in 1876, Thomas
JOHNSON's estate was admitted to probate in Fayette County (see below). His real property included the
patent, as well as 80 acres in Section 19 (adjoining his wife's
property) that had been patented to a George JOHNSTON (sic) in
1824. The estate records list Sarah as Sarah R. ROSS, which
suggests that she remarried in Tennessee in the early 1870s.
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born on April 28, 1830, probably in Fayette Co., AL; died on May
1881, in Fayette County and is buried in Zion
Methodist Church Cemetery. He
married Frances COTTON
in 1856 in
neighboring Tuscaloosa Co., AL.
She was born in 1838 or 1840 (conflicting dates in census
data) in Alabama; died on January 15, 1925, and is buried in
Point Cemetery, Wilburton, Latimer Co., OK.
and Frances COTTON
had the following known children:
|Foster Columbus JOHNSON ,
b. 1858 in Fayette Co., AL; d. March
1939, in Booneville, Prentiss Co., MS; md. Rebecca
J. HISAW and had the following
children: James Thomas
JOHNSON, and Samuel
|H. Marion JOHNSON, b.
1859 in Fayette Co., AL.
|William JOHNSON, b. 1860
in Fayette Co., AL.
|Emily JOHNSON, b. Mar
1863 in Fayette Co., AL.
|Rufus T. (Tall) JOHNSON,
b. 1870 in Fayette Co., AL; d. 1926 in Wilburton, OK.
|James Mack JOHNSON,
1871–1950; md. Ida
|George JOHNSON, b. 1876
in Fayette Co., AL; md. Ella
RISENER and had one son: Urel
|Royal Bascumb (Bass) JOHNSON,
b. 1877 in Fayette Co., AL.
|Susan JOHNSON, b. 1880
in Fayette Co., AL; md. Jack
RIDER and had
children: Robert RIDER,
Dexter RIDER, Buster RIDER, and Annabelle RIDER.
Thomas H. JOHNSON received two land
patents for 120 acres in Fayette County in 1858 and 1860.
property was located in S35-T15S-R11W,
just north of the Cleveland community. On May 29, 1862, at
age of 32, Thomas enlisted in the
Confederate army, Co. I, 41st Alabama Infantry. Also in that
regiment were his brother Frederick (Co. F) and two
Sylvester BERRY and Cicero GREGORY.
On October 26, 1884, just three years after Thomas H. JOHNSON's
Fayette County. There is a gap in the family history from
do not know where they were living during these years. The
official record of the family is the 1900 census of Polk Co.,
were living near Mena, AR. In this census, Frances is listed
Frances MEADOWS, and she is head of household. In her home
Rufus, James M., George, Susan, Emily, and Roy B. JOHNSON.
living in Booneville, MS.
The family moved to Oklahoma around 1910. On the 1920
of Sequoyah Co., OK, Frances was living in the home of her
daughter, Susan RIDER, in the McKey community.
Frances later moved to the home of her son Rufus T. near
Latimer Co., OK.
She died of pneumonia on January 15, 1925, and was buried at the
Point Cemetery in Wilburton. Her son Rufus was the informant
death certificate. He listed her father as John COTTON, and
of mother as “unknown.” I have not been able to find any
this John COTTON. The information on the death certificate
as well because it lists Frances' date of birth as 1828.
Rufus died one year later in 1926. He worked in the coal
in his sleep of a heart attack at the age of 56. He is also
the Center Point Cemetery in Wilburton, OK. He was first
to Arlie COLE and may have later been married to Helen
searched for their headstones, but could not find them. The
was damaged by a tornado in the 1930s, so their headstones may
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146. James Mack
JOHNSON (pictured above)
was born 1871 in Fayette Co., AL; died on September 15,
1950, in Bunch, Adair Co., OK, and is buried in Bunch
Cemetery. He married Ida
MARKHAM, daughter of Carter MARKHAM and Tennessee GREEN,
Mena, Polk Co., AR. She was born on September 1, 1882, in
AR; died on March
29, 1969, in Bunch, OK, and is buried in Bunch Cemetery.
and Ida MARKHAM had the following children:
1461. James Rex JOHNSON,
1902, in Norman, AR.
1462. William Fredrick JOHNSON,
b. 1906 in AR.
1463. Ruby JOHNSON, b.
1464. John E. JOHNSON, b.
near Marble City, Sequoyah Co., OK.
1465. Roscoe JOHNSON, b.
near Marble City, OK.
1466. Raymond JOHNSON, b.
near Marble City, OK.
1467. Quincy Leroy JOHNSON,
1922 near Marble City, OK.
It is believed
Ida's brother Carter was a friend of James Mack, and that is how
met. The family left Arkansas and moved to the McKey
Sequoyah Co., OK, in
and later to Marble City in Sequoyah County. They then moved
Adair County and made a permanent home in Bunch, OK. James
and Ida JOHNSON, along with all of their children, are buried in
This document is a work in progress to be added to as time allows
as new information is found.
comments, corrections, additions to
Thomas Johnson Estate Records ~
Fayette County, Alabama
Vol. 2, Pg. 178
Letters of Administration – Thomas JOHNSON Estate
July 29, 1876
“... The petition of Thomas [H.]
respectfully represents that his
mother Sarah R. ROSS
this life intestate in Hardin County,
Tennessee, leaving in this County a tract of land hereinafter
worth perhaps four or five hundred dollars. Said Land was
Estate of Thomas JOHNSON,
petitioner’s Father, who died in this County
thirty-eight years since and has never been sold or
dower and the heirs of said Thomas JOHNSON are as follows: James M. JOHNSON, last heard
resided in Talahatchie [sic] County, Miss., Mary A. PHILLIPS resides with
her husband in this County, Frederick
JOHNSON resides in this County and Petitioner he resides
county, Matilda J. BERRY
resides last heard from in Jefferson County,
Arkansas, G.W. JOHNSON, a
is dead leaving the following children,
viz., Syndey [sic], George W. and Caroline JOHNSON. They
in Franklin County in this State are all minors. Sarah BERRY,
wife of Sylvester BERRY,
reside in Texas. Nancy
lives in Hardin County, Tennessee, all of full age except the
of G.W. JOHNSON, deceased. They alone are the heirs of
as petitioner understands.”
~ Thomas / his (X) mark
Order for appraisal of
Bill for appraisal of land
[This is a division of 120 acres,
located SWSE and NWSE S19-T15S-R10W and SWSE S20-T15S-R10W,
which could not be divided
equally so had to be sold]
Notice to heirs:
JOHNSON, Mary Ann PHILLIPS and her
husband Joseph S. PHILLIPS.
Notice to Guardian ad litem
(attorney for minor children):
“John B. SANFORD, Esq., be
he is appointed Guardian ad litem for
Sydney, George W. and Caroline JOHNSON, minor children of said
W. JOHNSON, deceased, and grandchildren of said deceased Thomas
JOHNSON, deceased, and heirs of their deceased Father’s portion of
~ August 22, 1876
[from the men who surveyed the land]
Interrogatory 1st: [list
heirs:] “Polly A. PHILLIPS, James and
Frederick JOHNSON, Mrs. Jane BERRY, T.J. [sic] JOHNSON, Mrs. Sarah
George JOHNSON, Nancy HALL. Frederick & Thomas JOHNSON,
and Mrs. Polly A. PHILLIPS are living in this County [Fayette] /
unknown except the heirs of George JOHNSON who is in this state.”
* * * * *
Fayette County, Alabama
Vol. 4, Pg. 308
March 25, 1886
The letters of administration to Thomas JOHNSON, deceased, are
to Thos. D. ENIS:
and it appearing from the allegations contained
in said petition
from other good and sufficient evidence that Thos. H. JOHNSON, who
the administrator in chief of said estate died leaving his said
administration unfinished ... assets worth about two hundred
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Fayette County, Alabama
Vol. 5, Pg. 512
March 16, 1888
[Notice published in the Fayette
Sentinel for three successive weeks –
I have never looked for this – jch]
“R.F. PETERS be and he is
hereby appointed Guardian ad litem for and
to represent the interest of Maxy JOHNSON, Bass JOHNSON, and Susan
JOHNSON, the only minors interested in this Settlement.”
Settlement of $359.13.
“... And said account being full and correct: It is decreed
the Court that said accounts be and the same are hereby in all
passed and allowed as above stated. And it further appearing
the Court that such decedent left him surviving seven [sic]
whom have since died, leaving children who are grandchildren &
heirs of said decedent, to-wit – first children: Fred JOHNSON, Sarah BERRY wife of Sil BERRY, Nancy HALL, wife of [ ] HALL,
Grandchildren – 1st children of Polly
PHILLIPS, dec’d – J.R.
PHILLIPS, F.L. PHILLIPS,
W.H. PHILLIPS, Sarah SOCKWELL, wife of E.W.
SOCKWELL and Mary
wife of [
McCOLLUM, (2) children of George
JOHNSON, dec’d, Sidney
JOHNSON, and Caroline
and (3) only child of Jane BERRY,
dec’d, George W. BERRY,
children of Thos. H. JOHNSON,
dec’d, to-wit Foster C. JOHNSON,
Lolly JOHNSON, Sissey JOHNSON, Maxey JOHNSON, Bas
JOHNSON and Susan
all of said over 21 years of age except 3
“It further appearing to the court that Thos. H. JOHNSON was
to the said estate of Thos. JOHNSON, dec’d, in an amount greater
his distribution share in this settlement would be, it is
considered by this Court that his said share be offset by his said
indebtedness and that the said balance be distributed among the
“And it further appearing that certain of the said heirs had
received a portion of their share of said estate, it is therefore
considered by this court that Fred JOHNSON, James JOHNSON, and the
children of George JOHNSON received each out of said balance for
distribution thirty-five & 44/100 dollars first and then an
share with others of the balance making the distributive shares of
of those entitled to share in this distribution as follows,
Fred JOHNSON — $71.53
Sarah BERRY — $36.00
Nancy HALL — $36.00
Jas JOHNSON — $71.53
G.W. BERRY — $36.00
Sidney JOHNSON — $23.85
George JOHNSON — $23.85
Caroline JOHNSON — $23.85
J.R. PHILLIPS — $7.22
F.L. PHILLIPS — $7.22
W.H. PHILLIPS — $7.22
Sarah SOCKWELL and Mary McCOLLUM — $7.22
The land belonging to the JOHNSON estate was sold to E.A. HAMNER and W.R. ENIS.
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