These six families came together from Tennessee
in 1818 to Jefferson County, Illinois: James C. DAVIS; James WILKERSON;
Nathan PARKER; James JOHNSON; William MAXEY (James Johnson's father-in-law);
Henry Burchett MAXEY (James Johnson's brother-in-law). James JOHNSON was
born in 1778 in Louisa County, Virginia which is about 40 miles from Richmond.
He was the second son of John and Betsy Tyler JOHNSON who was a descendant
of President TYLER. In 1803, four years after the death of John JOHNSON,
the family consisting of the mother and ten children moved to Sumner County,
Tennessee. James married a beautiful young lady, Clarissa MAXEY, in Tennessee.
They were the parents of 16 children, five of whom were born in Tennessee.
Clarissa's parents, William and Mary Emily ALLEN MAXEY, were Jefferson
County pioneers as were her grandparents Rhoda ALLEN and family. Rhoda
ALLEN was the first person buried in the Old Union Cemetery and William
MAXEY built the first mill here in 1820. He was also the Justice of the
Peace in 1821. Clarissa died 29 years after coming to Illinois. She was
a devout Christian, a loving wife and mother, and loved by family and friends.
And James was the same. He cleared his land and built his home, a story-and-a-half
log cabin, a mansion in its day, was their home until their deaths. They
had 16 children, most of whom married and scattered over many states. Children
of James and Clarissa JOHNSON were: John N. who married Sarah HOBBS; Lewis
who married Patsy HOBBS and later Susan LEE; William who married Lucretia
HOBBS; George died at the age of 19; Herbert died at the age of 8; Henry
died at the age of 2; Thomas Casey married Sarah Jane FROST: Madonna L.;
Abraham C. married Francis CRISWELL; Emily married Anthony WHITE; Betsy
married John SATTERFIELD; Malinda married Owen WARD; Jane married Arnold
ARMOUR: Katie married John WAITE; Sallie who married James BURGE; and Clarissa.
(Dorothy M. Hogue)
SOURCE: FACTS AND FOLKS, JEFFERSON CO, IL 1978
SUBMITTED BY: Misty Flannigan
Dec 15, 1997