GABRIEL WILLARD JOHNSON, a well known farmer residing in Carlinville township, Macoupin County, was born July 31, 1857, and is a son of R. Z. and Rebecca (Wilson) Johnson, natives of Clark and Sullivan Counties, Indiana, respectively.
After his marriage, R. Z. Johnson came to Macoupin County, Illinois in the spring of 1855, locating on a farm in South Otter township, where he resided until his death. He was a very successful farmer and at the time of his death was the owner of 400 acres of valuable farming land. He was one of the county's substantial citizens, and his death was a loss to the community in which he lived. He took an active part in local politics, and held a number of township offices. He and his wife were parents of eight children, as follows: Gabriel Willard, subject of this sketch; Isabel, who married N. G. Wiggins and has four children, - Truman, Frank, Estella and Roy; Lafayette, who married Emma Marco and has the following children, - Grover, Nellie, Maude, Alma and Florence; Alice, who married James R. Richie and has two children, - Marvel and Gail; Zepheniah, who married Annie Marco; Walter, who married Ida Conlee and has two children, - Mamie and Edna; and Minnie, who married James R. Richie, and has one son, - Jay. Religiously R. Z. Johnson was a Universalist, and his wife a Methodist. He died February 15, 1901, and her death occurred December 28, 1902.
Gabriel Willard Johnson was educated in the common schools of Macoupin County, and remained on the home farm until he reached the age of 24 years. He now owns the home farm, and is successfully engaged in general farming and stock raising. At the present time he has about 50 head of cattle, and about 20 head of horses, and also raises considerable fruit.
In 1882, M. Johnson was united in marriage with Julia C. Conlee, and they are parents of eight children: Oscar, Oliver, Charles, Nettie, Susan, Ada, Alden and Carl. Fraternally, our subject is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America. He is a Democrat in politics but has never sought for political honors. He is a representative of the highest type of manhood, and his sterling qualities have gained him friends wherever he is known.