JEFFERSON COUNTY IL
PASSING OF ANOTHER PIONEER
Wesley Johnson, died at the family residence, at 115 East Main St.,
at 12:30 this morning of kidney trouble after a protracted illness.Deceased
was one of the pioneers of Mt. Vernon and on account of his kindly and genial
dispostion was universally respected by all who knew him.
Mr. Johnson was born at Maysville, Ky, June 26th, 1825, consequently was in
the seventy fourth year of his age at the time of his death. In 1834 Mr. Johnson
removed with his parents to Illinoins and settled in Mt. Vernon and with the
exception of a few years residence in Kentucky, has lived here ever since.
A short time previous to the Rebellion he was married to Miss Louisa Rice
of Fredonia in his native state and for a period of four or five years made that
city his home. His strong attachment for Mt. Vernon however, caused him to
return to Jefferson county at the close of the war where he has been content
to remain for more than thirty years.
Mr. Johnson leaves a wife and a family of two sons and five daughters to mourn
his death. Of the children Messrs.Thomas, Harry L, Misses Florence, Sally, Emma,
and Lucy are residents of Mt. Vernon. The other daughter, Mrs. Lizzie Coberly
having removed with her husband about ten day ago to Massac County. He leaves
three brothers, Fletcher, Washington and Adam Clark Johnson, the two former
of which live in this city and the latter at Quitman, Ark., where he is a professor in
the faculty of Quitman College.
The funeral will take place at 10:30 tomorrow morning from the First M. E. church.
January 6, 1899 Mt. Vernon Daily Register
Submitted by Sharlet Bigham LaBarbera
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