Bradley County, Arkansas Biographies

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EDWARD N. JOHNSON FAMILY HISTORY:

"Zechariah Johnson, a Protestant of Scots decent, was born in Ireland in 1740. By the time he was 19,
he had crossed the ocean, settled in South Carolina, married (name unknown) and in 1759 became the
father of a son, Shadrach Johnson. Shadrach had a son named William L. Johnson, who was born about
1775, in S.C. He married a woman named Johanna (last name unknown), and in his middle to later years
moved to Choctaw County, Mississippi."
(Excerpt from Rufus Norman Johnson and Gerald J. Hickman) 

William L. Johnson born 1801 married Emelia Gentry; she was known as Millie. They and their children 
are listed on the following censuses:

1840 CENSUS
Bibb County, Alabama
William L. Johnson 
2 - Males under 5 - Francis age 4, unknown son Johnson
2 - Males 5 - under 10 - William Johnson age 6, David Johnson age 7
1 - Male 10 - under 15 - Daniel Johnson age 12
1 - Male 30 - under 40 - William L. Johnson age 39
1 - Female under 5 - Susan Johnson age 1
1 - Female 10 - under 15 - unknown daughter Johnson 
1 - Female 15 - under 20 - Jennie A. Johnson  age 16
1 - Female 30 - under 40 - Emilia  Johnson age 39

1850 CENSUS
Household #255, Subdivision #23, Choctaw County, Mississippi
W. L. Johnson age 50 born in SC
Emilia Johnson age 39 born in SC
Daniel Johnson age 22 born in GA
David Johnson age 17 born in GA
William Johnson age 16 born in AL
Francis Johnson age 14 born  in AL
Susan Johnson age 11 born in AL
Tolaver Johnson age 8 born in AL
John Johnson age 6 born in AL
Sarahan Johnson age 4 born in MS
Mary Johnson age 2 born in MS
Edward Johnson age 2 born in MS 
Hannah Johnson age 3 born in MS
Maryann Johnson age 21 born in SC
Sarah Johnson age 2/12 born in MS

1860 CENSUS
Household  #752, Washington, Bradley County, Arkansas
William L Johnson age 63 born in SC
Millie Johnson age 55 born in SC
John Johnson age 19  born in AL
Sarah Johnson age 17 born in MS
Mary Johnson age 16 born in MS  
Hannah Johnson age 14 born in MS  
Edward Johnson age 12 born in MS  

1870 CENSUS
Household #7, Eagle, Bradley County, Arkansas
William Johnson age 69 born 1801 in SC
Millie Johnson age 69 born 1801 in SC
Sarah Johnson age 24 born 1846 in MS
Hannah Johnson age 23 born 1847 in MS
Edward N. Johnson age 22 born 1848 in MS

1880 CENSUS
Household #96, District 18, Washington, Bradley County, Arkansas
William L. Johnson age 79 born 1801 in SC Widower
Sarah Johnson age 36 born 1844 in MS  
Edward N. Johnson age 32 born 1848 in MS
Jane M. Johnson age 29 born 1851 in AL
Harvey F. Johnson age 4 born 1876 in AR
Thomas B. Johnson age 1 born 1879 in AR


William L. Johnson and Emelia "Millie" Gentry had the following children:

	Jennie A. Johnson born ca. 1824 SC (F)
	Daughter Johnson born ca. 1825-1830 SC or GA (F)
	Daniel Johnson born ca. 1828 GA (M)
	David Johnson born ca. 1833 GA (M)
	William Johnson born ca. 1834 AL (M)
	Son Johnson born ca. 1835-1840 AL (M)
	Francis Johnson born ca. 1836 AL (M)
	Susan Johnson born ca. 1839 AL (F)
	Tolaver Johnson born ca. 1842 AL (M)
	John Johnson born ca. 1844 AL (M)
	Mary Johnson born ca. 1845 MS (F)
	Sarah Ann Johnson born ca. 1846 MS (F)
	Hannah Johnson born ca. 1847 MS (F)
	Edward N. Johnson born May 30, 1848 MS (M) 


Edward N. Johnson was born May 30, 1848 and died Dec 18, 1904. 

He enlisted in Company "H" McNair's Brigade Arkansas Infantry serving from 1863 - 1865.
(Military record from Jann Woodard Civil War Records) He received a 120 acre Homestead
in the Jersey area of Bradley County. President Grover Cleveland signed the deed on January 2, 1895. 
 
He married Martha Jane Woodruff on Sept.2, 1875 recorded in Book B, page 185, Bradley County, 
Arkansas. Martha was born June 11, 1849 and died Oct 7, 1915. All their children were born in 
Bradley County. They are enumerated on the 1900 Arkansas Census there:

1900 CENSUS
Household #54, Washington, Bradley County, Arkansas 
Edward Johnson   age 52  head Married 24 years
Martha J. Johnson  age 50  wife Married 24 years 5 children born and living
Harvy F. Johnson  age 23  son Married 1 year (to Nora B. Johnson, below)
Mary A. Johnson  age 19  daughter
William F. Johnson  age 16  son
James S. Johnson  age 11  son
Nora B. Johnson  age 20  daughter-in-law Married 1 year
Jennie A. Childers  age 74  sister Widow 6 children born, 1 child living
Leonardus Childers  age 19  nephew 

Edward N. Johnson and Martha Jane Woodruff Johnson had the following children:

	Harvey F. Johnson born August 1876 and married Nora Belle Brooks on Jan.19, 1899 
                                                                                           in Bradley County; he later remarried.
	Thomas Benjamin Johnson was born 1878 and married Della M. Ferguson, born July 1880
	Mary A. Johnson was born March of 1881
	William Fred Johnson was born May 11, 1884 and died Dec 25, 1918.
	James S. Johnson was born June 1888 and married Alice Haygood.

They are all buried in Union Hill Cemetery. Buried on the left of Edward is his son Harvey F. Johnson; 
only the years are on his headstone, 1876 - 1955. Martha is beside Edward on the right and on the other
side of Martha is their son William Fred Johnson, born May 11, 1884 and died Dec 25, 1918. Beside 
Fred is his wife Ruth Ezell Johnson, born Nov. 19, 1883 and died Aug. 14, 1972. 

William Fred married Ruth Ezell on October 19,1905 recorded in Book F page 8 in Bradley County, AR. 
Ruth Ezell Johnsonís mother, Kate, was Cherokee; married to Cleveland Ezell. They had these children:  
Roxie, Emma, Reedie, Cynthia and Ruth. 

William Fred died from pneumonia leaving his wife with four children: Ilema, Bernice, Edward Mason and
William Doyle Johnson. 

William Doyle was only four years old when his father died. Doyle was born July 30, 1914 and he died 
Oct. 17, 1985. He married Myrtis Arlene Smith on July 25, 1936 in the residence of Rev. Grover Corker
in Vick, AR.; recorded in Book P page 339 in Bradley County, AR. He served as a PFC in the US Army
during World War II. They had only one child, Larry Dale Johnson.


1910 CENSUS
Household #71, Washington, Bradley County, Arkansas 
William F. Johnson age 25  head
Ruth (Ezell) Johnson age 26  wife 3 children born and living
Edward M. Johnson age 3  son
May B. (Bernice) Johnson age 2  daughter
Ilema Johnson age 10/12  daughter
Martha J. Johnson age 60  mother Widow 5 children born and living
James S. Johnson age 21  brother

Household #72, Washington, Bradley County, Arkansas 
Harve F. Johnson age 32  head
Nora B. Johnson age 30  wife no children

Household #115, Ouachita, Bradley County, Arkansas 
Thomas B. Johnson age 32  head
Della M. Johnson age 28  wife  5 children born, 4 children living
Horrace W. Johnson age 6  son
Rubin L. Johnson age 5  son
Marvin T. Johnson age 3  son
Notie F. Johnson age 11/12  daughter
 
1920 CENSUS
Household #2, Washington, Bradley County, Arkansas 
Harvey F Johnson age 44  
Nora B Johnson age 32  

Household #183, Washington, Bradley County, Arkansas  
Ruth Johnson age 36  head Widow
Edward Johnson age 13  son
Bernice Johnson age 11  daughter
Ilema Johnson age 10  daughter
Doyle Johnson age 5  son
James Selim?Selvin? Johnson age 33  brother-in-law

Household #138, District 22, Ouachita, Bradley County, Arkansas 
Thomas B. Johnson age 41  head
Della M. Johnson age 39  wife
Horace W. Johnson age 16  son
Marvin T. Johnson age 13  son
Notie F. Johnson age 11  daughter
Cleatus C. Johnson age 6  daughter
Willie J. Johnson age 4 4/12  son


Bradley County, Arkansas Marriage Records
Book K, Page 15, Nov. 9, 1920 - Race W
Ferguson, A. L. age 49 and Johnson, Mrs. Ruth age 37


1930 CENSUS
Household #93, District 6, Ouachita, Bradley County, Arkansas 
A. L. Ferguson age 60  head (Married  first at age 50)
Ruth Ferguson age 42  wife (Married first at age 18)
Ilema Johnson age 18  step-daughter
Doyle Johnsonage 15  step-son
Craven E. Johnson age 5/12  nephew

Household #95, District 15, River, Bradley County, Arkansas 
Benjaman Johnson age 51  head
Della Johnson age 49  wife
Notie Johnson age 20  daughter
Cleatus Johnson age 16  daughter
Willie J. Johnson age 14  son
Ivans Johnson age 7  son

Household #187, District 6, District 10, Warren, Bradley County, Arkansas 
Edward Johnson age 25  Head Married at age 20
Mary Johnson age 25  Wife Married at age 20
Markalita Johnson age 4 7/12  daughter
Ruth Johnson age  2 7/12  daughter
Mardrell Ferguson age 22  boarder
Vester Johnson age 24  boarder




Researched by Nora May Poole Johnson, wife of Larry D. Johnson
A tribute to the Johnson Family on Fatherís Day June 19, 2005
(Extra Census information added by Barbara Logan, October 2, 2007)


Submitted to the Bradley County Biography pages by Nora Poole Johnson


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