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
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