Submitted By: Virginia R. Black
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 prarie 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 solomn 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 belessed 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. Submitted
By: Virginia R. Black