Lewis JOHNSON, one of the pioneers of Jefferson county,
died at his home, two miles north of the city at 5 o'clock this
morning of uremic poisoning after an illness of less than a weeks duration.
Deceased was born in Sumner county, Tenn., near the present city of
Gallatin, March 11th, 1811, consequently his age was 87 years, 9 months
and 27 days at the time of his death. He came to this state with his parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Jas. JOHNSON, in 1818, the year of the admission of Illinois
into the Union.
In December 1831 he was married to Miss Martha H. HOBBS
who died April 23, 1883. Of this union six children were born of whom
Serena H. YOST, Lucretia HOLTSCLAW, Charlotte GOODALE and
Emory FROST are the surviving members. Chloie died when about 10 years
of age and Charlie died while in the service of his country as a soldier during
the war of the Rebellion. Mrs. YOST resides at Bosque, Brazos county, Tex.,
the other members of the family live in the county. Nov. 23, 1887 Mr. Johnson
was married to Minerva Lee who survives to mourn his loss. Deceased man was
of strong religious convictions and united with the M.E.church in 1822. He was
ordained as a minister of the gospel by Bishop SIMPSON in 1850 and labored
for many years as a local preacher in this and adjoining counties.
Deceased was the oldest member of the family of which Abram C. JOHNSON,
William Fletcher JOHNSON, Mrs. John R. SATTERFIELD and Mrs. Jane ARMOUR
are the surviving members.
The funeral services will be held at Union school house at 10 o'clock tomorrow
morning and will be conducted by Rev. J.F. Harmon. The interment will be at
Old Union cemetery. Friends of family invited to the obsequies.
December 1, 1898 Mt. Vernon Register News
SUBMITTED BY: Sharlet Bigham LaBarbera
The obituary of Lewis JOHNSON appears in "The Daily Register" on
December 1, 1898 and also on December 3, 1898.
Some additional notes from December 3.
The Daily Register, Mt. Vernon, IL - Thursday, December 3, 1898, page 4
Lewis JOHNSON came with his parents, James and Clarissa JOHNSON, and his
grandparents, William and Emily MAXEY, along with five other friends from
Gallatin, Sumner County, TN to Jefferson County, IL and settled near LOWERIE'S
Hill in Moore's Prairie Township in 1818. Jefferson County, IL was then a part
of Franklin County, IL.
Submitted By: Mary Zinzilieta