Obituary William Fletcher JOHNSON
JEFFERSON COUNTY IL
William Fletcher JOHNSON, was born of very pious parents,
James and Clarissa MAXEY JOHNSON, in Sumner Co. Tennessee where the present
city of Gallatin,
now stands, on the 17th day of November 1817. It is a pleasurable duty
to write the obituary of such a man as this.
When an infant his parents brought him to this county, settling in what
is now Moore's Prairie township, near Lowery's Hill.
In the fall of 1818, his parents moved from Moore's prairie and settled
on the farm where the only surviving brother,
Abraham T JOHNSON has ever lived. Here the subject of this obituary grew
to manhood. He was the third son of a
family of sixteen children. Eight sons and eight daughters, all of whom
are dead but two, Mrs. Jane ARMOUR and
Abraham T JOHNSON. He was married to Lucretia H HOBBS, December 13, 1836,
and in the following spring
settled on the farm where he ever afterwards lived. Here their children
were born. John F. who died when about one
year old, Martha E, Permelia C., James T., Druscilla J., William Henry,
George D., and Mary C. In early life he
professed religion. As a class leader he was careful and admonishing, as
an exhorter he was especially fervent, instructive
and upbuilding. He loved to sing the old Methodist hymns. As a Sunday school
teacher and officer, he was ever at his post.
As a citizen, he was loyal and true, a neighbor, kind and obliging; as
a husband loving and kind. He loved his family and home.
When he and Aunt Cretia moved into their humble pole cabin sixty-six years
ago, they dedicated it in solemn prayer to Almighty God.
As their children, eight in number, were born they dedicated them to God
in Holy Baptism. As a steward of the church he was diligent
and kind, often paying to the support of the ministry beyond his means,
yet God blessed him and he was happy. His house was ever
the home of the weary itinerant minister. He sweetly fell asleep in
Jesus, at one thirty o'clock, December 8, 1902, aged eighty-five
years and twenty one days. A good man has fallen, Peace to his blessed
memory. Aunt Cretia, the wife of his youth, preceded
him to the better land, May 4 1894.
They were the last of the founders of Hopewell church.
Virginia R. Black
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