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The Johnson Family

Submitted by:  Melvin F. Wilson

William Johnson1, William was one of three brothers, reputed to be from Wales. One of his brothers may have been a Robert Johnson. In 1742 he married Elizabeth Cave.  William and Elizabeth resided in Orange County, Virginia.


William wrote his will on March 16, 1766 and was described as "being sick and weak." He owned property in both Orange and Culpeper Counties, Virginia.  Elizabeth was still living when William wrote his will. 


An inventory made pursuant to order of May 22, 1766 assessed William's total valuation of f642.6.5, including nine slaves valued at f280.  William died between March and May of 1765.



        1. Robert Johnson, Sr.2 Born July 17, 1745 in Orange          County, Virginia.

        2. William Cave Johnson2 on July 15, 1785 was granted 175        acres of land on the Ohio River in Military and             Fayette Counties, Virginia(Kentucky). On December 2,         1785 granted in Fayette County 800 and 1940 acres on       the Licking, 200 acres on the Main Fork Licking, 300        acres on the Ohio, 500 acres on the Hingston            Fork Licking, 155 acres not on any watercource, and         3000 acres on unknown watercources.  On March 16, 1786            granted 625 acres on Glen Creek in Fayette County.  On         September 6, 1787 granted 230 acres on the Licking.             On March 18, 1790 granted 225 acres on the North Fork            Elkhorn.  On March 16, 1791 granted 2000 acres on the        Ohio River and Eagle Creek in Fayette County.  With            Benjamin Johnson on December 2, 1785 granted 4500            acres on an un known creek in Fayette County.

        3. Benjamin Johnson2 In Fayette County was granted on         July 23, 1785 3140 acres of land on the Elkhorn River           and 215 acres on the North Fork Elkhorn.  Granted on         September 20, 1786 1000 acres on the Johnston Fork            Licking River in Military and Fayette Counties.             Granted on August 11, 1789 663 acres on the West Fork      Jessamine and 312 acres on Hickman Creek in Fayette         County.  With Thomas Moore granted on May 21, 1790 911        acres on Mill Creek in  Fayette County.

        4. Valentine Johnson2 Married Elizabeth Cave.

        5. Anne Johnson2 Married a Rogers.





Robert Johnson, Sr.2, (William1) Robert, brother to Thomas was born on July 17, 1745 in Orange County, Virginia. He Married Jemima Suggett in 1770, in Orange County, Virginia. They lived in Blue Run, Orange County, and were Baptists.


On April 1, 1779 Robert Johnson, Cave Johnson and William Tomlinson set out from Orange County to visit Kentucky. (Kentucky actually became a state in 1792.)  In the fall of 1779 Robert moved his family from Orange County, Virginia to Beargrass Creek(now Louisville), Kentucky. Robert was a captain during the Revolutionary War.


In the late fall of 1780 Robert and Jemima moved to Bryant's Station Kentucky on the North Elkhorn River. In August of 1782 Robert was a captain of the militia and commander of the stockade at Bryant's Station. However, he was not present during the Indian attack in early August of 1782 because he was at the capital of Virginia during the siege as a representative of Fayette County(present day Kentucky) in the Virginia House of Burgesses.


In 1782 Robert was a member of the Board of Trustees for Transylvania Seminary, and also in this year he settled in nearby Great Crossings on the Elkhorn.  From 1783 to 1812 Robert owned one-third of Scott County, Kentucky.  He surveyed land with Daniel Boone in 1784.


On May 23 of 1785 Robert met at Danville as a representative of Fayette County for the convention to petition the Virginia Legislature for permission to become the independent state of Kentucky. In 1792 he was again a representative, only from Woodford County.


On May 29, 1785 Robert Johnson founded Great Crossings Baptist Church. 


On September 1, 1790 Robert was Lieutenant Colonel of the 12th Regiment of the state militia. In 1794 he purchased land at Great Crossings from Patrick Henry.  In 1796 Robert became a member of the Kentucky State Legislature, and in 1797 he was appointed commissioner to determine the boundary between Virginia and Kentucky.


Robert was a candidate for Congress in May of 1799, but was defeated.  Robert, however, was a member of the state legislature in 1802 and from 1810 to 1814.


In July of 1814 Jemima Suggett Johnson Robert's wife died. Shortly thereafter in 1815 he moved to Gallatin County, Kentucky and laid out the town of Warsaw.  On March 18, 1815 the 70 year old Robert married a 17 year old girl named Jemima Bledsoe.


Robert died on October 15, 1815 in Warsaw, Gallatin County, Kentucky.  He was buried next to his first wife in Great Crossings, Kentucky.



        7. Elizabeth (Betsy) Johnson3 Born in 1772 in Orange          County, Virginia. She married John Payne. Betsy died            in 1847

        8. James Johnson3 Born January 1, 1774 in Orange,

           County, Virginia.  He moved with his family to

           Kentucky in 1779. He pursued preparatory studies and        married Nancy Payne.  James was a member of the State           Senate in 1808 and served as a lieutenant colonel            under his brother Richard in the War of 1812                 commanding the right wing of the Battle of the Thames.        In 1819 and 1820 he was a contractor for furnishing          supplies to the troops on the western frontier. He         served as a Kentucky State legislature and was a           Presidential elector on the Democratic ticket of         Monroe and Tomkins in 1820.  James later  was elected         as a Democrat to the 19th Congress and served from            March 4, 1825 until his death at his residence in         Scott County, Kentucky on August 18, 1826.  James was            buried in the family cemetery in Great Crossings,          Kentucky.


       9. William Johnson3 Born in 1775 in Kentucky. He married        Betsy Payne. William Died in the spring of 1814.

      10. Sally Johnson3 Born in 1778 in Kentucky. She married

          General William Ward.

      11. Richard Mentor Johnson3 Born October 17, 1781 in             Beargrass,(now Louisville)Kentucky, and educated at

          Transylvania University. He was admitted to the bar in         1802,practiced law, and in 1804 became a member of the      Kentucky Legislature.  He later served in the United         States House of Representatives from 1807 to 1819.            Richard was a colonel in the War of 1812 and, according           to traditional accounts, killed the Indian chief               Tecumseh. This was at the Battle of the Thames, where,         Richard, himself, was severely wounded.  Richard was a          U.S.Senator from 1819 to 1829, when he again became a      member of the House, serving until 1837.  In the            presidential election of 1836  he was the running mate           on the Democratic ticket with nominee Martin Van Buren.         Because no vice-presidential candidate won a majority      in the     electoral college that year, the contest was      thrown into the Senate, which elected Richard to             the vice-presidency in March of 1837.  With Van Buren

          he unsuccessfully sought re-election in 1840. In 1841        Richard returned to Kentucky and again became a member         of the state Legislature on November 8, 1850, while he      was suffering from attacks of dementia.  A few days           later Richard indured a paralytic stroke. At 4:00 A.M.           on November 19, 1850 Richard died at the home of

          House member Mr. Desha in Frankfort, Kentucky.


          The following is part of an inscription on a monument      raised to the memory of Colonel Richard Mentor Johnson.


                         "To the memory of

                    COLONEL RICHARD M. JOHNSON

                    A faithful public servant for

                    nearly half a century, as a member

                    of the Kentucky Legislature and

                    representative and senator in

                    congress; author of the Sunday

                    mail report and of the laws

                    abolishing imprisonment for debt

                    in Kentucky and in the

                    United States;  distinguished

                    by his valour as Colonel of a

                    Kentucky regiment in the Battle

                    of the Thames: for four years as

                    vice-president of the

                    United States.


                    Kentucky his native state,

                    to mark the sense of his eminent

                    services in the cabinet and in

                    the field, has erected this

                    monument in the resting place

                    of her illustrious dead".


       12. Benjamin Johnson3 Born January 22, 1784 in Scott

           County, Kentucky.  Married Matilda Williams in 1811 he         was a Federal Judge of the Arkansas Territory Superior       Court in 1821.  Benjamin was a member of the "Arkansas            Political Dynasty" of Johnson-Sevier-Conway.  His        plantation home was 6 miles south of Little Rock,           Pulaski County, Arkansas.  He was appointed to office            by President Monroe. In 1834 he bought Robert               Crittenden's brick house at 219 E. 7th Street in            Little Rock. Benjamin was appointed U.S.District Judge            in 1836 when Arkansas became a state.  Benjamin died            in 1849 in Little Rock. He was buried with his wife in         Mt. Holly Cemetery in Little Rock, Arkansas.

       13. Robert Johnson, Jr.3 Born in 1786.

       14. John Telemachus Johnson3 Born October 5, 1788 at

           Great Crossings, Scott County, Kentucky. John pursued         preparatory studies and attended Transylvania             University, studied law, and was admitted to the bar        in 1809, and commenced practice in Georgetown,              Kentucky.  John married Sophie E. Lewis. He served in            the War of 1812 as an aide to General William H.         Harrison.  He was a member of the State House of       Representatives and served five terms.  John served as            a Jackson Democrat in Congress from March 4, 1821 to         March 3, 1825. He was appointed Judge of the Court of         Appeals April 20, 1826, and served until December 30,        1826.John was then a Minister of the Christian                 Church for a number of years and then became editor of            the Christian Messenger in 1832, the Gospel Advocate       in 1835, and the Christian in 1837. He was                    instrumental in establishing the old Bacon College at         Georgetown, Kentucky in 1836.  John died in Lexington,          Kentucky while engaged in evangelistic work there on       December 17, 1856.

      15. Joel Johnson3 Born in 1790. Married Verlinda Offutt. He        moved to Chicot County, Arkansas.

      16. George W. Johnson3 Born in 1792.

      17. Henry Johnson3 Born in 1794. Married Betsy J. Flournoy      in 1816.  George was one of Kentucky's largest land           owners.


(It has been said that my 5th. gr. grandfather Thomas Jefferson Johnson was a son of William, but the information I have does not confirm this suggestion, however, according to the following information taken from a copyrighted transcript of a radio broadcast  (Broadcast No. 26, Quarter Hour Narratives of Phelps County, History, broadcasted by radio station KTTR, Rolla, Missouri. By Clair V. and Bonita H. Mann. July 9, 1950). The probability that certainly some kinship between the two families has to be considered). see note(1)  The broadcast in part is as follows.


"BONITA: The family of Johnson with which we are concerned was of English ancestry, although some of the early colonist Johnsons were from Ireland.  In England, prior to the American Revolution of 1776, the Johnson family was one of much prominence and culture. They had power in government, and through royal ties of some sort had titles of nobility.  Some of these who had such titles invested much in property and slaves in early American colonies. Several who had such connections came to America early in the 1700's.  One such was a Thomas Johnson who became Deleware's first governor. He lived between the years 1732 and 1819 and, being a contemporary of George Washington, was a member of the Continental Congress.  Another family of Johnsons settled in North Carolina, Near Raleigh, where they became the parents of Andrew Johnson, the future United States president.

By the year 1796 the Johnson family had become very prominent in eastern Tennessee. The name "JOHNSON" was then affixed to Tennessee's north-eastern most county of Johnson, and to Johnson City, the county seat of Washington County thirty miles west.

In the year 1796 a Thomas Johnson, captain of militia forces in Tennessee, joined with colleagues in writing the "Constitution" for the old "County of Tennessee". They met at Knoxville, and from their efforts Tennessee was soon admitted as a State of the Union.  Having reached young manhood, Andrew Johnson the future president, moved to Tennessee where he mingled among the Tennessee Johnsons, and came to serve his adopted state as a legislator, governor, and national congressman.  Tennessee then gave him to the nation as United States President succeeding Abraham Lincoln.


CLAIR:  Our present narrative is particularly concerned with the doings of two Johnson brothers..Thomas and Robert.. who came to America shortly before the outbreak of the American Revolution.

As we have to mention him from time to time, we shall call this particular brother THOMAS JOHNSON(the 1st). In a great many ways, the experiences of these two boys have paralleled those of the Harrison and Lenox brothers, who likewise came from England just prior to the Revolutionary War. seems that Robert at once joined the destinies of the American Colonists, and fought with them through the war. Thomas(1st), on the other hand, remained loyal to the British Crown, although he seems not to have actively fought against the Colonists. ....That much we know of the early colonial life of these two brothers-but that is all we yet know of Robert. ....The next we know of Thomas(1st) is that, after having journeyed into and through Virginia-where he may have been married - he was living at or near Rutledge, in Grainger County, Tennessee.  That is where so very many Phelps County settlers came from, on their way from Virginia to Missouri. ....Rutledge is about 40 miles in a direction south 15 degrees East from Cumberland Gap, through which the Johnsons must have later passed on their way west.  Rutledge is 33 miles due northeast from Knoxville, and the Tennessee river lies some 20 miles to the southeast.  It was here in Rutledge that the Thomas Johnsons(1st) became parents of a son, whom we call Thomas Johnson(2nd). There were other sons, and daughters also, born to Thomas(1st) and his wife, but we do not yet have all their names. Two sons seem to have been named James and John. A daughter Elizabeth, later became Mrs. Elijah Jones of Lanes Prairie, Maries County, Missouri. ....In the period between 1782 and 1815, the family moved from Grainger County, Tennessee, to Hazel Green, Kentucky. This is in Magoffin County, on the headwaters of the Licking River, which flows into the Ohio River at Covington, opposite Cincinnati, Ohio. From Hazel Green the family moved to Crab Orchard, in Lincoln County, which is some fifty miles due south of Lexington, Kentucky. ....During this period Andrew Jackson, the future president, led Kentucky and Tennessee forces against the recalcitrant Shawnee, Creek and other southern Indian tribes.  Several scions of the family of "Johnson" rendered distinguished service with General Jackson in such battles as that of "Horseshoe Bend" on the Tennessee river.  An American officer named Richard Johnson fought the British and Indian allies near Detroit, and fired the shot that killed the mighty Shawnee Chief, Tecumseh. Lt. Col. James Johnson, a son of a Robert Johnson, migrated to Kentucky during the Revolutionary War, and under his brother, Colonel Richard Mentor Johnson - who later was later Vice President of the United States - attained prominence as a Kentucky Indian fighter. "Such family names as John Milton Johnson, Thomas Johnson, James Johnson, and others seem to identify these early Kentuckians as close relatives, perhaps even cousins, to the line of William Johnson(1st)". Enquote.




In February of 1775 Captain William Twetty, Samuel Coburn, James Bridges, Thomas Johnson, John Hart, William Hicks, James Pecke, and Felix Walker left Rutherford County, North Carolina "to explore a country by the name of Leowvisay," (Louisa, or Levisa, now Kentucky). They proceeded to the Watawgo (Wataga) River, a tributary of the Holston River, at a point now in the State of Tennessee. They remained there a few days while Colonel Henderson was negotiating a treaty with the Cherokees, which acquired the territory between the Ohio, Kentucky and Cumberland rivers as far east as the Cumberland Mountains, for f10,000. From the Wataga River the group traveled to the Long Island, in Holston River, to join Colonel Daniel Boone, his brother Squire Boone, Colonel Richard Callaway, John Kennedy and their associates-in all 30 people-with Daniel Boone as pilot.


On March 10, 1775 marking their track with their hatchets, they left Long Island, crossed Clinch River, crossed Powell River, crossed over Cumberland Mountain, entered Kentucky, crossed the Cumberland River, and camped on Rockcastle River.


On March 25, 12 miles from Boonesborough, in camp asleep, they just before daybreak, were fired upon by Indians. Captain Twetty was mortally wounded, his negro man servant was killed, and Felix Walker was badly wounded. As a result, the company dispersed, and some men abandoned their companions and went back.


The possibility that the Thomas Johnson of this company was in fact the correct man is circumstantial. If this Thomas is the correct man, and he was one of the men who went back the way the company came, it is very easy to see how he ended up in Grainger County, Tennessee, where he is married and has a child seven years later. (Grainger County is only a few miles south of where he traveled with his company seven years earlier.) also, in 1786 Thomas is living only a few miles away from where he had penetrated the furthest into Kentucky with his company. Again, the fact that our Thomas Johnson was the one who was in this company with Daniel Boone is only conjecture.  We do, however, know that this theory fits the right time frame, fits the age of Thomas, and fits the right part of Tennessee and Kentucky at the right time.  (see note(2))



Thomas Jefferson Johnson Sr., Thomas, brother of a Robert, was born c. 1760 probably in Orange County, Virginia.  Thomas did not serve in the Revolutionary War because he had taken the oath of allegiance to England. Sometime before 1782 Thomas was married and moved to Grainger County, Tennessee.  The name of his wife,  at this time, is unknown.  In 1786 Thomas moved to Kentucky, in the Lincoln County vicinity, residing at Hazel Green.


There is strong support for the fact that Thomas Johnson was a poet. He was familiarly known in the latter part of the 1700's as the "Drunken Poet of Danville." His little pamphlet of doggerel satires, entitled "The Kentucky Miscellany,"-of which the only copy known of was in the collection of Rev. L. W. Seely, D.D, of Frankfort, Kentucky, of the fourth edition, 36 pages, 24 mo., and was published at Lexington in 1821-bears internal evidence that some of the familiar and personal pieces were indited in 1786-87, one probably as early as 1776, but how much later does not appear. The only copy of the phamplet to have been seen was mouse eaten at one corner, and some of the best pieces were partially lost. In an anthology, "All That's Kentucky" published by John P. Morton & company of Louisville, Kentucky, appears a poem entitled "Kentucky" by Thomas Johnson, and the anthologist states that the poem was by Kentucky's first poet, who was born in Virginia, about 1760; settled in Danville, Kentucky, about 1785, and died there about 1820. This poem was first published in 1796.


Thomas is buried at Crab Orchard, Lincoln County, Kentucky.


The following are some of Thomas Johnson's poems (Taken from The Poets and Poetry of Kentucky):

                         ON  PARSON R--E


               Who refused to perform Divine Services

                    Till his Arrears were Paid.



               YE fools I told you once or twice,

               You'd hear no more from canting R--e;

               He cannot settle his affairs,

               Nor pay attention to prayers,

               Unless you pay up your arrears.

               Oh, how he could in pulpit storm,

               And fill all hell with dire alarm!

               Vengeance pronounced against each vice,

               And, More than all, cursed avarice;

               Preached money was the root of ill;

               Consigned each rich man unto hell;

               But since he finds you will not pay,

               Both rich and poor may go that way.

               It is no more than I expected-

               The meeting house is now neglected.

               All trades are subject to this chance,

               No longer pipe, no longer dance.


*Note-Rev. David Rice, the preacher in the above poem, generally called "Father Rice", "Had purchased land on the faith of his congregation guaranteeing the payment; but this was deferred, until the sons had forgotten the promises of their fathers, and the sheriff held up before his eyes the terror of imprisonment for debt. while in this morbid state he refused, on a certain communion occasion, to administer the sacrament at Danville-on the ground it was not right to admit to the holy table persons who were unfaithful to their engagements. A great sensation was the consequence; dissatisfaction vented itself in loud murmurs; he became the song of the drunkard; and pasquinades were affixed to the church door, whose doggerel rhymes were remembered and repeated for many years... Mr. Rice often was in great straits, like many of his brethren, for want of an adequate support; and his family would have been reduced to a crust of bread, had it not been for the seasonable friendship of one man."-Davidson's History of Church in Kentucky.








               OH, could I reach the true sublime!

               With energy of thought, in rhyme,

               My verse should far inscribe thy name,

               In standing monuments of fame;

               Long as my life its course should run,

               Till all the fatal thread be spun;

               Each morning early as I rise,

               Each evening ere I close my eyes;

               When I adore the Unseen Above

               In whom I live and whom I love,

               And pay the reverential praise

               For all the blessings of my days,-

               In that memorial first shall stand

               His mercy by thy saving hand;

               'Bove all the joys that fortune yields,

               I bless my God for Doctor FIELDS.



                   THE AUTHOR'S OWN EPITAPH.


               UNDERNEATH this marble tomb,

               In endless shades lies drunken TOM;

               Here safely moor'd, dead as a log,

               Who got his death by drinking grog.

               By whiskey grog he lost his breath-

               Who would not die so sweet a death!



               On Col. William Christian, killed

               by Indians,  1786


               To great and noble things, a transient date

               And sudden dounfall is decreed by fate!

               Witness the man who here in silence lies,

               Whom monarchs might have viewed

               with envious eyes.






       1. Thomas Jefferson Johnson Jr.3 Born in 1782 in Grainger       or Knox County, Tennessee.

       2. James Johnson3 Born in 1780. Died in 1860 in St. Louis            County, Missouri.

       3. William Johnson3 Killed c.1813 by Indians shortley

           after arriving in Missouri.

       4. John Johnson3 Killed c. 1813 by Indians shortley after           arriving in Missouri.

       5. Nancy Johnson3 Born in Tennessee. Married George W.            Snodgrass.




Thomas Jefferson Johnson Jr.2,(Thomas sr.1), Thomas was born in 1783 in Grainger or Knox County, Tennessee.(see note(3) Sometime around 1805 Thomas married Elizabeth Hasten (or Hastings) in White County, Tennessee. Elizabeth was born c. 1783 in South Carolina.


In 1811 Thomas' family and his brother James, and his family left White County, Tennessee and appeared at the mouth of the Gasconade River in Gasconade County, Missouri.  The two families then moved to St. Louis County, Missouri in 1812. In 1814 Thomas and James were back in Kentucky.


Later that year Thomas and James served with Gen. Andrew Jackson in the War of 1812. at the "Battle of Horseshoe Bend" against the Creek Indians.  Thomas was a private in the company of the Mounted Gunman, First Regiment of western Tennessee.


Late in 1814 the brothers were summoned again to fight the British General Packenham at New Orleans.  They had returned home by early summer.  In the fall of 1815 Thomas and James and their families, along with George Snodgrass and his two oldest sons, James and Arch, traveled to St. Louis, Missouri.  Finding it too crowded there, they moved on Wild Horse Creek in St. Louis County, Missouri, where Thomas and likely James, had lived when they were there before.


George found the area too crowded still and with his two sons, followed the Illinois Trace to Lanes Prairie and onward to Cedar Creek in present-day Maries County, Missouri.  After securing crops and a small cabin for his sons, George immediately left that winter to join his wife and remaining children in Kentucky.  In the spring of 1816, George and his family joined his two sons in Missouri and remained there.  The Snodgrass family was Maries County's first permanent settlers.


By 1818 Thomas moved to the Gasconade River at Indian Ford in present-day Maries County, Missouri with his brothers James, William, and John and their cousins, Thomas and James Johnson, sons of Robert Johnson.  It may be that Thomas' two other brothers and cousins also traveled with him before coming to Maries County.  The brothers William and John were murdered by Indians shortly after their arrival in Maries County, while they were out hunting somewhere near where the old Lindell store was located.  Despite this incident, the Johnson's enjoyed peaceful relations with the Shawnees and Delawares, whose villiages were near Thomas' farm.


James moved to Indian Creek near its mouth, somewhat closer to Snodgrass but only a few miles from Thomas.  He stayed there one season then moved to the Dry Fork of the Bourbeuse on Lane Prairie, due to frost, fog, and Mosquitoes.  His home was known as the Johnson Place, and later as the Brittain Place.


In 1819 Thomas moved back to St. Louis County, to or near his old home on Wild Horse Creek.  Then in 1823 Thomas got another urge to move and returned to his home in Maries County-and this time he stayed.  Some years later he moved his residence to "Bloomgarden Plantation"(there is evidence that indicates in the early days Bloomgarden was two words Bloom Garden, *Phelps County Historical Society, Rolla, Missouri) several miles down river on the west side, where he was a planter.


Around 1833 C.F.L. Durand, a surveyor, was teaching school at Thomas' place.


In 1840 Thomas moved again to Lanes Prairie, and in 1843 he joined the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.  His wife Elizabeth had joined the church one year earlier, because she was convinced that "soon her span of life would be o'er," so "she turned her attention to the subject of salvation, sought the redeemer, and found peace and pardon in His name."


On July 2, 1852 Elizabeth Johnson died of the flux at the residence of her son, Isaac, on the Gasconade River.  It is said that she was not afraid to die during her sickness, but was happy, because she hoped "for a better home beyond the confines of the tomb."


On November 1, 1885 Thomas Johnson caught pneumonia.  According to his son, Abraham, "his last illness was long and heavy; all of which he bore without complaint, declaring to the writer that he was willing to go." With faith in God, Thomas died peacefully on November 15, 1885.



       6. William S. Johnson3 Born August 4, 1809 in White                           County, Tennessee. Married Sara Ellen Clements in

          1825 in Maries County, Missouri. He was a County

          Assessor. He moved to Madison County, Arkansas in

          1840 and Tecumseh, Shawnee County, Kansas in 1860.

          William died January 15, 1865 of pneumonia.

       7. Mary Pauline Johnson3 Born September 16, 1806 in

          White County, Tennessee. Married John Coyle in                1824. Mary died August 16, 1860 of the flux.

       8. Lucinda Johnson3 Born March 8, 1815 probably in

          St. Louis County, Missouri. She was married July                     11, 1829 to Thomas Bowen and later Hiram Hughes,

          July 22, 1838.Moved to California in 1848 and died

          there in June of 1910.

       9. James M. Johnson3 Born December 25, 1813 in

          St. Louis County, Missouri. He was a colonel for

          the C. S. A. James married Elvira Hughes Jan. 28,

          1836, in Gasconade County, Missouri. Elvira died

          October 29, 1844. Married Harriet Matlock,                         September 10, 1846, in Crawford County, Missouri.

          died November 23, 1870. James died April 20, 1873

          of congestion of the lungs at his home in Bloom-

          garden, Maries County, Missouri. All buried at

          old Bloomgarden Cemetery.

      10. Abraham Johnson3 born January 18, 1817 in

          St. Louis County, Missouri. He was a school teacher

          and was an ordained minister in the Cumberland

          Presbyterian Church in 1844. The vote to divide the

          church was at his house in 1846. Now part of

          Methodist southern branch.  Abraham married Emeline

          Avery April 16, 1840, Nancy McGee May 19, 1853,

          and Didamia E. Dunivin January 8, 1857.  He was

          admitted to the bar in 1855. Abraham entered the

          Civil War as Captain of A Company, 63 Missouri

          Volunteers, Union Army, organized in Rolla, Mo.

          June, 1862 with about 120 men. In the fall, it

          merged into Maries County Battalion of General

          Warmoth's regiment, organized by Brevet-Major

          Abraham Johnson. (Reorganized each year for home

          guard duty.)  He was still holding his military

          commission while he served in the Missouri

          Legislature in 1863 and 1864, succeeding his

          cousin Thomas Jefferson Johnson.  Abraham served as

          postmaster at Bloomgarden. He made his home at

          Clifty Dale, Dry Creek Township, Maries County.

          Abraham Died March 21, 1890 at his place in

          Maries County.

      11. Isaac Johnson3Born June 20, 1819 in St. Louis

          County, Missouri.

      12. Sarah Johnson3Born December 11, 1822 in

          St. Louis County, Missouri.  She married John

          McGee(McGhee)February 15, 1838. Sarah died

          March 21, 1890 in Maries County.

      13. Elizabeth Hastings Johnson3 Born February 24,

          1824 in Maries County, Missouri. She married

          Zion(Zenas) R Hawkins, who died in 1866. Elizabeth

          died October 6, 1920.

      14. John Milton Johnson3 Born August 7, 1827 in

          Maries County, Missouri. He was ordained a minister

          of the southern branch of the Cumberland Presby-

          terian(Methodist)Church after 1846.  He joined in

          the California Gold Rush, but became discouraged

          and returned after crossing the Continental Divide.

          John acquired Bloomgarden and lived there after he

          married Zilpha Ann Hawkins by 1850. He was admitted

          to the bar in the 1850's. The Bloomgarden post

          office was established October 2, 1856, with John           as Postmaster. The post office discontinued on

          October 8, 1861 as John became a captain for the

          Confederate States of America.  He was in Command

          of southern forces at the Battle of Bloomington,

          He also fought on Lanes Prairie in 1862, after the

          company was secretly organized.  His territory was

          mostly west of the Mississippi River, extending as

          far south as the Red River.  John returned home and

          married Mary Clements, after the death of his first

          wife.  In 1869 he was a financial agent for the

          county in the handling of bonds issued for the new

          courthouse to replace the one destroyed by fire in

          November of 1868.  In 1872, in partnership with

          A. P. Rittenhouse of Ohio, he began at Vienna,

          publication of The Banner of Liberty, the ancestor

          the present day Maries County Gazette.  John died

          on January 30, 1874 of pneumonia.

          John was better known by his nickname Myscal)




Isaac Johnson3,(Thomas2,Thomas1), Isaac was born on June 20, 1819 in St. Louis County, Missouri.  In 1823 he moved with his father back to Maries County, Missouri. Sometime before 1843,.Isaac married Mary Burchard, who was born in Missouri c. 1820 Isaac was a farmer.


Mary died sometime before 1858 and Isaac married Solemma Cox,  daughter of Amon Cox b. 1830 in Alabama or Tenn. and Elizabeth Sheets b. 1798 in Georgia or South Carolina. Isaac and Solemma were married sometime prior to 1857. Isaac Johnson died October 2, 1879.



     Children;(With Mary)

       15. Eliza Ann Johnson4 Born c. 1843 in Maries                            County, Missouri.

       16. James Henry Johnson4 Born c. 1844 in Dixon,

           Pulaski County, Missouri. James died December            15, 1888.

       17. Abraham Johnson4 Born c. 1846 in Maries

           County, Missouri.



     (with Solemma)


       18. Robert Johnson4 Born c. 1858 in Maries

           County, Missouri.

       19. Charles M. Johnson4 Born October 9, 1861 in

           Maries County, Missouri. Died January 9, 1928.

       20. David C. Johnson4 Born March 18, 1865 in

           Maries County, Missouri. David died October 8,

           1914 of cancer of stomach.

       21. Sarah E. Johnson4 Born c. 1868 in Maries

           County, Missouri.




James Henry Johnson4,(Isaac3,Thomas2,Thomas1) James was born about 1845 in Maries County, Missouri. Sometime before 1869 he married Lydia B. Spratley, who was born in September of 1848 in St. Louis, Missouri. They lived in Maries County, Missouri, and James was a farmer. James Henry apparently went by the name of Henry. He died December 15, 1888.


Lydia, after Henry's death moved to St. Louis, and in 1890 she was residing in the right rear of 608 Argyle Avenue. In 1891 Lydia was living in the rear at 1716 Austin, and in 1893 she lived in the rear at 2132 Gratiot.


Around 1894 Lydia married a Frederick Riesbeck, who, from 1900 to 1909, lived at 6418 Michigan Avenue. Frederick was born in January of 1860 in Louisiana.


In 1910 Lydia was living at 6708 Minnesota Avenue as head of the household. Living with her as borders were three female teens,

Rosie W. Weldon,17 years old, Katie M. Weldon 13 and 10 year old Clara W. Weldon. Also residing there was Lydia's sister the widow Octavia Johnson Turner and her children, Joseph 13, John 8, Henry 6, and Lydia, 10 years old. There is no mention of Frederick residing at this place, at this time. However, other information shows him living in the rear of this address. In 1913 Frederick was living in the rear at 7309 So. Broadway, and in 1915 and 1916 he was employed as a janitor and living in the rear of 6006 Virginia Avenue.  In 1919 Lydia and Frederick were residing in the rear at 312 Dover, in St. Louis. In 1920 Lydia was living with her nephew Charles Spratley, in Maries County, Missouri.  Before she died Lydia must have been living with relatives in Moberly, Missouri as records show that she died died November 26, 1929 at the home of W. R. Kinworthy in Moberly.  She is interred in the Turner Family burial plot at the New Saint Marcus Cemetery, In St. Louis, Missouri.



       22. Mary E. Johnson6 Born October 24, 1869 in Maries                          County, Missouri. Married Arthur Enright Kelly,                    around 1896.  (See The Kelley Wilson Family).

       23. Cornelia Johnson6 Born c. 1872 in Maries County,


       24. Missouri Johnson6 Born c. 1874 In Maries County,


       25. Clara Johnson6 Born c. 1876 in Maries County,

           Missouri. Married Phillip Yaggee c. 1899. Died

           May 21, 1960 in St. Louis, Missouri.

       26. Octavia Johnson6 Born c. 1879 In Maries County,


       27. Lucretia Garfield Johnson6 Born February 24, 1881

           in Vienna, Maries County, Missouri. Married John

           Kinworthy. Died January 14, 1963.

       28. Albert Louis Johnson6 Born November 10, 1885 in

           Vienna, Maries County, Missouri. Married Clara

           Mary Ammer, born July 27, 1893 in Ferndale,

           Humbolt County, California. Died September 8, 1949

           at Caronado, San Diego, California.




Mary E. Johnson,5 (James Henry4, Isaac3 Thomas2 Thomas1),(Some members of the family claim Mary's middle name was Elizabeth, others say it was Ellen. Her gravestone and the St. Louis Post Dispatch newspaper has it as Elizabeth).

Born October 24, 1869 in Maries County, Missouri. Married

Arthur Enright Kelly about 1889, divorced and married Henry Wilson in 1896.                  

(See The Kelly Wilson Family)            

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