HISTORY
OF
MENARD & MASON COUNTIES, ILLINOIS
1879

Chicago: O.L. Baskin & Co., Historical Publishers
186 Dearborn Street
Chicago

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JEFF JOHNSON, farmer; P.O. Athens; is the son of William and Cynthia (Williams) Johnson, and was born where he now resides Oct. 3, 1828; his parents located here in 1823, coming from Bath Co., Ky.; they entered a large amount of land, and, at his death, had quite a tract improved; he died Sept. 8,1843; she still survives, and, at the ripe old age of 75, lives to see the prosperity and usefulness of her children; she well remembers when this country was inhabited by roving bands of Indians, with but now and then an adventurous settler, and they experienced the hardships and privations of pioneer life. The subject of this ketch has made the old homestead his home thus far through life; he is one of a family of seven, but four of whom are now living; the subject of our sketch has followed stock-dealing and farming thus far through life; he is looked upon as a practical farmer and a good financier; his farm consists of some six hundred acres of as fine land as may be founding the county. His wife is Mary, daughter of Nathan P. Riley; they were married Dec. 30, 1858; she was born in Miami Co., Ohio, Sept. 21, 1836; they have one child - Anna, born July 7, 1867.


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