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Johnson Family of Hants County, Nova Scotia.
Family File Report, April 2001 by Diane Jameson

Andrew Johnson Family
of Hants County, Nova Scotia


1 Andrew Johnson

Birth: abt 1830, England
Death: Nova Scotia, Canada
Father: ? Johnson

Married twice, had another son Blake, granddaughter Jessie

"Our people on Dad's side (i.e. Johnson) were on the stage: singers, acrobats, dancers, etc."

Spouse: Bridget Borgoine
Birth: abt 1840, Nova Scotia, Canada ?
Father: ? Borgoine


Ernest Andrew (1869-1946)

Other spouses: Elmira Hudgins

1.1a Ernest Andrew Johnson*

Birth: 1869, Berwick, King's County, Nova Scotia, Canada
Death: 1946, Payzant Memorial Hospital, Windsor, Nova Scotia
Burial: St. Paul's Anglican Cemetery, Rawdon, Hants Co., Nova Scotia
Occupation: Fir Trader, Hunter, Trapper, Owned General Store In Clarksville, Hants Co., Sports Store In Windsor On The Main Street.

"For a living, Ernest hunted ( bear, moose, deer, wildcats, foxes, mink, weasel or ermine, muskrats, etc., He bought and sold furs also. He was a licensed guide. Five years after his wife, Leila, died he remarried. He "got rid of" daughter, Vera. She did not like him."

"Leila and Ernest lived in Waterville several years after their marriage. They moved to Rawdon, Nova Scotia, and then to Clarksville, N.S. where Liela died. After leaving Clarksville the family lived in Windsor, N.S."

50 Years Ago (1977 Newspaper)
Ernest Johnson, Windsor, dealer in raw furs and sporting goods, informed the Journal on Monday that he had shipped the Canadina Fur Sales, Montreal, during December, furs to the value of over $5,000. Shipments from Trappers from all over Nova Scotia are reaching Mr. Johnson, six shipments arriving from Cape Breton in a single day. Mr. Johnson predicts a much larger fur business next year, as he plans to increase his purchases by many thousands of dollars.

"Ernest lived with his son Orrin and family in his later years. " (Dorothy Johnson Page 2/4/01 Telephone)

Spouse: Leila Marie Banks
Birth: 1879, Berwick, Nova Scotia, Canada
Death: 14 Aug 1919, Clarksville, Nova Scotia, Canada
Father: John Banks (~1860->1919)
Mother: Alfreda Sanford (1864->1919)
Married: abt 1897, Waterville, King's County, Nova Scotia, Canada

Children: Atwood Andrew (1897-1923)
Vera Wilma (1899-1984)
Orrin Ingrahm (1902-1972)
Chester Albertus (1904-1970)
Esther Irene (1907-1984)
Grace Iola (1909-1993)
Agnes May (1913-2000)

Other spouses: Mrs. Purdy

1.1a.1 Atwood Andrew Johnson

Birth: 28 Oct 1897
Death: 27 Mar 1923
Burial: St. Paul's Anglican Cemetery, Centre Rawdon, Hants Co., Nova Scotia

"Never married. He joined the army and served overseas during the first World War. He was gassed while on active duty, sent home where he died a few years later (age 26)."

1.1a.2a Vera Wilma Johnson*

Birth: 18 Mar 1899, Waterville, Kings Co., Nova Scotia, Canada
Death: 8 or 12 Jul 1984, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Burial: 17 Jul 1984, St. Paul's Anglican Cemetery At Centre Rawdon, Hants Co., Nova Scotia
Baptized: 4 Jul 1906, Anglican Church Of Canada, St. Paul's Parish, Rawdon, Nova Scotia, Diocese Of Nova Scotia
Occupation: Doctor's Office, Artist: Oil Paintings, Art Teacher-Adult Classes For 25 Years
Education: Studied Art At Acadia University, Also Studied Under Famous Nova
Scotian Artist William DeGarthe At Peggy's Cove.
Religion: Anglican Church

Certificate of Baptism: Vera Wilma Johnson DOB March 18, 1899, Anglican Church of Canada, St Paul's Parish, Rawdon, Diocese of Nova Scotia
Date July 4, 1906 Parents: Earnest [Ernest] Johnson and Leila [Leilah] Johnson - Godparents [Blank] Address: Greenfield, Nova Scotia Baptized by I.E. Fraser Records kept in Parish of St. Paul, Center Rawdon, Hants County, Nova Scotia - Copy dated 26th of Oct. 1966, signed David S. Myles.

Certificate of Marriage: This is to certify that on the 30th of Oct. 1921 Vena [Vera] (Johnson) and Borden Jameson were by me united in marriage at Halifax according to the laws of Canada Witnesses: Winifred Green and Thomas Wen [?] by Rev. Ch. [?] Harris

Executor of Will: Atwood E. Johnson, Hantsport, Nova Scotia, Canada, BOP, PO.
Vera and Marjorie Johnson took painting lessons from William DeGarthe, Sculpture on Peggy's Cove. Nova Scotia¹s Most Famous Artist (Oil and Sculpture).

U.S. Department of Labor Immigration Service Alien Visitor's Head Tax Certificate Form 569 (Photocopy of) Original No. 422725 Port of Halifax, N.S. Oct. 16, 1923 This is to Certify that Verna (Vera) Jameson, a citizen of Can. of Irish race; age 24 Height, 5'5", color of eyes, Blue: color of hair, Brn,; claiming to be entering the United States for brief temporary sojourn only, has this day deposited head tax on his behalf with the D.A., R.R. Co., S.S. Line presented Head tax Guaranty Certificate 8686, and upon examination been duly admitted P.E. Gee, U.S. Immigration Inspector. Refund on this certificate will be allowed only when alien departs from the United States within six months from date of entry, and claim for such refund is made within seven months from day certificate was issued. To secure refund, Follow carefully instructions on reverse side of this certificate.

State of New Hampshire, Certificate of Marriage: This Certifies that on this the 26th day of June, 1948, at Hudson, New Hampshire. I joined in marriage, in the presence of witnesses, Edwin A. Rowlings of Wellesley Hills, Mass. and Vera Johnson Jameson, Wellesley Hills, Mass. Certificate of Intention of Marriage issued by the Clerk of Hudson, New Hampshire. I also certify that I am a Justice of the Peace residing in the town of Hudson, New Hampshire and am legally qualified to perform the marriage ceremony. Witnesses: Frances S. Baker, Roger Desjardins (?) Signed: John E. Baker

July 12, 1984
Mrs. Vera Rowlings, 85, Hantsport, died Sunday in Camp Hill Hospital, Halifax. Born in Waterville, Kings County, she was a daughter of the late Earnest and Lila (Banks) Johnson. She spent 35 years in Massachusetts working as an LTN nurse. After returning to Nova Scotia, she studied art at Acadia University and also with William De Garthe at Peggy's Cove. She then taught painting in schools for more than 20 years and sold a number of oil paintings in Nova Scotia. She is survived by her son, Sergeant Ivan D. Jameson, Florida; two sisters Grace Matthes, Nateck, Mass.; Agness Choon (Agnes Cohoon); a step-daughter Leon MacLean, Dartmouth, three stepsons, Kenneth Rowlings, Dartmouth; William Rowlings, Boston; Edwin Laurence Rowlings, Toronto. She was predeceased by her husband, Edwin, a sister, Esther; three brothers Atwood, Orrin and Chester. The body was cremated with burial of ashes in St. Paul¹s Anglican Cemetery, Centre Rawdon. A memorial service will be 3 pm Thursday, July 12, in St. Paul's Anglican Church, Centre Rawdon. Rev. Arthur Cuzner and Rev. Gary Thorne officiating. No flowers by request. Memorial donations may be made to St. Paul's Anglican Church.

Spouse: Boardman "Borden" "Red" Jameson
Birth: abt 1900, Kentville, Kings County, Nova Scotia, Canada
Death: Dec 1923, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Father: Joseph Jameson (~1870-~1940)
Mother: Ida (~1880-~1940)
Marr: 30 Oct 1921, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Sep: Dec 1923, Nova Scotia, Canada

Children: Ivan Donald (Family Blood Line) (1922-1985)

Other spouses: Edwin Rowlings

1.1a.2a.1a Ivan Donald Jameson*

Birth: 8 Jul 1922, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Bapt: 1937
Reside: Nov 1942, 20 Upstown, Wellelsey, Mass.
Reside: 18 Jan 1943, Wayside Trailer Park, Westboro, Massachusetts
Census: 1950, 12058 Greyford St. Whittier, CA 90606
Reside: 1950-1955, 12058 Greyford St. Whittier, CA 90606
Death: 18 Jan 1985, West Palm Beach, Florida
Occupation: Soldier, Insurance Adjuster in California (1949-1959), Traveling Salesman, Truck Driver
Education: High School
Religion: Anglican Church

"Ivan led a troubled life. From early childhood, he was deprived of a normal family life when his Canadian-born father died young and his mother boarded him with to an elderly couple (Lived with old couple Mr. and Mrs. Edwards) so she could go to work. Service in the U.S. Army during World War II added to his challenges as he was shipped to Japan to "clean up" after the United States dropped nuclear bombs in two major cities. Marriage to Natalie produced four intelligent, handsome children but ended in divorce after 12 years. Ivan's search for happiness and fulfillment took him through two more marriages, and finally ended with a series of debilitating strokes at 62 years old. Ivan had three wives."

Certificate of Birth
Ivan Donald Jameson, Male, July 8, 1922, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Father: Borden Jameson, Kentville, Kings Co., N.S. Occupation: Fireman
Mother: Verna (Vera) Johnson, Kentville, Kings Co., Nova Scotia
Racial Origin: Irish, Attending Physician: Dr. C. Woodbury.
Name of Person making return: Verna (Vera) Jameson, July 17, 1922
I Clarence Knight, Division Registrar for Registration Division No. 17 in the County of Halifax, Province of Nova Scotia, hereby certify that the above particulars of the birth of Ivan Donald Jameson are duly registered in my office at Halifax in compliance with the Vital Statistics Act and are not included in any M.... Return of births made to the Deputy Registrar-General. Dated at Halifax this 2nd day of August 1937, Register of Births.

"Ivan was boarded with Sexton of Edwards Anglican Church in Newton Centre, Massachusetts (14+ years)."

U.S. Social Security Act, Application for Account Number, Form #88-5,
home address 20 Upson Rd. Overbrook, Wellesley, Mass.,
Employer: Newton Centre Market.
Date of birth July 8, 1920* Halifax, N.S. Can.
Father Wardman S. Jameson, Vera Johnson

Spouse: Living
4 living children
Other spouses: Living
2 living children ?

1.1a.3 Orrin Ingrahm Johnson

Birth: 11 Apr 1902, Waterville, Nova Scotia, Canada
Death: 22 Aug 1972, Nova Scotia, Canada
Burial: St. Paul's Anglican Cemetery, Centre Rawdon, Hants Co., Nova Scotia
Occupation: Farmer, Later in life a salesman for farm equipment.

Orrin and Marion moved to Centre Rawdon, Nova Scotia around 1925 and in late 1926 moved to Massachusetts where they lived until 1930. They then moved back to Nova Scotia to the Rawdon area. They lived a few years in Woodville, Nova Scotia and then moved to Hantsport, N.S. around 1954.

Spouse: Marion Marjorie Mitchell
Birth: 26 Dec 1905, Weymouth, Nova Scotia
Death: 7 Jan 1997, Hantsport, Hants Co., Nova Scotia
Father: Howard Sabastian Mitchell (1878-1966)
Mother: Jerusha Ann Frost (1878-1956)
Married: 22 Feb 1924, Windsor, Hants Co., Nova Scotia

Children: 7 Living 2001
Phillip Ingram (1928-1983)

1.1a.4a Chester Albertus Johnson*

Birth: 12 May 1904, Rawdon, Hants Co. Nova Scotia
Death: 2 Jun 1970, Needem, Massachusetts
Burial: 5 Jun 1970, Neehoiden Cemetery, Needham, Mass.
Occupation: At sea in his early years, operated a service station until he retired.

"Chester went to the USA as a young man."

Obituary: 1970 Chester A. Johnson
Chester A. Johnson 66, of Needham, Mass., died June 2nd. Born in Rawdon, N.S. he was the son of the late Ernest and Lila Johnson. Surviving are his wife Anna L. (Wood); two daughters, Dorothy (Mrs. Ralph Bittrolff), Conn., USA; and Joyce (Mrs. George Powell) Penn., USA; one brother, Orrin, Hantsport, N.S.; four sisters, Vera (Mrs. E. Rowlings), and Agnes (Mrs., Bud Cohoon), Hantsport; Esther (Mrs. Leadley Kefley), Picton, Ontario; Grace (Mrs. George Matthes), Natick, Mass. Funeral service was held June 5th at eaton Funeral Home and burial was in Neehoiden Cemetery, Needham, Mass.

Spouse: Nora Haggerty
Death: 1948, Massachusetts

Children: Dorothy

Other spouses: Anna L. Wood

1.1a.5 Esther Irene Johnson

Birth: 21 Mar 1907
Death: Nov 1984
Occupation: Grocery Store in Hantsport.

Esther and Leadley lived in Hantsport, Nova Scotia running a grocery store for many years. When they retired they moved to Ontario, N.S. to be near their son.

Spouse: Leadley Kewley

Children: 2 living 2001

1.1a.6 Grace Iola Johnson

Birth: 17 Jul 1909, Rawdon, Hants Co., Nova Scotia, Canada
Death: 16 Jul 1993, Florida

"Grace went to the USA as a young girl and married there. She spent her last days on Cape Cod.
In 1977 Grace was recovering from an accident. She was a tidy housekeeper."

Application for Social Security Account Number
Grace I. Matthes xxx-ss-xxxx
24 Dunedin Road
Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts
Father: Ernest Johnson
Mother: Lila Banks
female, white race
Employer: Belcher's Caterer
Worchester St., Wellsley Hills, Mass.
Today's Date Aug 17, 1953

Spouse: George Solomon Matthes
Birth: 19 Jul 1908, Needem, Massachusetts
Death: 1995, Florida

Children: Carole (-~1995)
1 living 2001

1.1a.7 Agnes May Johnson

Birth: 10 Sep 1913, Clarksville, Hants Co., Nova Scotia
Death: 15 Sep 2000, Hantsport, Hants Co., Nova Scotia
Burial: Hantsport, Hants Co., Nova Scotia (Beside Her Husband Bud)
Occupation: Clerked At Sears In Hantsport
Reli: Anglican

Agnes May (Johnson) Cohoon Age 87, Hantsport, died September 15, 2000, in the Hants Community Hospital, Windsor. Born in Clarksville, Hants Co., Sept. 10, 1913, she was a daughter of the late Earnest (Ernest) and Lila (Banks) Johnson. Agnes was a member of St. Andrew's Anglican Church and the Anglican Women's Guild, past member of the Sanctuary Guild and a volunteer for the Red Cross Society. She is survived by daughter, Gayle (Ronald) Mac Donald, Hantsport; sons Laurence "Dick" Dickson (Eileen), Windsor; Peter William (Joanne), Hantsport; nine grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren. She is predeceased by husband, Harry "Bud" Dickson Cohoon, a son in infancy, sisters, Vera, Ester, Grace; brothers, Atwood, Orrin, Chester. Visitation 2-4, 7-9 pm Sunday in Lohnes-Beazley Funeral Home.

Spouse: Harry "Bud" Cohoon
Death: bef 15 Sep 2000

Children: 3 living 2001


1.1b Ernest Andrew Johnson* (See above)

Spouse: Mrs. Purdy

Children: Etta

Other spouses: Leila Marie Banks

1.1b.1 Etta Johnson

Married and went to British Columbia, Canada

Spouse: Rafuse



1.1b.1.1 Freeman Rafuse

Birth: British Columbia Or Saskatchewan, Canada

1.1b.1.2 Raymond Rafuse

1.1b.1.3 Max Rafuse

1.1b.1.4 Oscar Rafuse

1.1b.2 Louise Johnson

She went west.

Spouse: Sawler



1.2 Albert Johnson

Spouse: Unknown



1.2.1 Arva Johnson

1.2.2 Son Johnson

He and a brother drown before Arva could remember (Westboro, ?)

1.2.3 Son Johnson

He and a brother drown before Arva could remember (Westboro, ?)

1.2.4 Alta Johnson

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