JEFFERSON COUNTY IL 
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Obituary William Fletcher JOHNSON


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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