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Robert Malone Johnson was my paternal great grandfather. Susan S. Johnson my paternal gg grandmother,
Leah Sikes Johnson my paternal grandmother.
Our Mother

Mrs. Susan S. JOHNSON, a pioneer of Fannin County, died at that homeof her daughter, Mrs. Mineola KING, in Dallas, at 8 a.m., December 25th, 1826. She was born in South Carolina of Irish parentage, March 2nd, 1841, moved with her family from South Carolina to Lawrence County, Alabama, when she was nine years old, where she grew to womanhood. At the age of fifteen years she professed faith in Christ and united with the Missionary Baptist church of which she was a member for a little more than seventy years. She loved her church. On the 26th of February, 1861, she was united in marriage to Stephen D. JOHNSON who died, July 14th 1885. To this union were born ten children, two boys and eight girls, two of whom died in infancy. Five of the ten children were born in Fannin County. The children who survive her are: Mrs. Emma BEAVERS, Mrs. Daisy ROGERS of Kenna, New Mexico; Mrs. Dona PALMER, Mrs. Callie DUNN and Mrs. Mineola KING of Dallas, Texas; Mrs. M.J. NEALE, J.D. and R.M. JOHN!
 SON of Leonard, Texas. All the children were present at the funeral and burial except Mrs. BEAVERS and Mrs. ROGERS. The funeral was held at the home of J.D. JOHNSON, Leonard, Texas, and the body laid to rest in the Leonard Cemetary, Sunday, December 26th, 1926.
Mrs. JOHNSON with her husband, family and other relatives moved from Lawrence County, Alabama to Allcorn County, Mississippi about the year 1868 where they lived nearly two years. From Mississippi they started the latter part of October or the first of November to Texas arriving at Jefferson, Texas the last days of November. From Jefferson they made the journey to Ladonia, Texas, arriving there about dark Christmas Eve Day, having been four weeks making the trip from Jefferson to Ladonia, a distance of about one hundred and twenty-five miles. Mrs. JOHNSON having walked all the way, part of the time carrying a three month old baby in her arms. She was a woman of great courage, energy and determination to get along. Nearly forty two years ago her husband died leaving her the care of the family. She didn't falter, having always been a hard worker it seemed that she redoubled her efforts to keep her family together. For fifteen years she lived in the section of county on North S!
 ulpher, between Ladonia and Dodd City knwon as Oakridge and Providence School community. After the death of her husband, July 14th 1885 she moved Dec. 15th 1885 to the Uncle John C. NEALE farm now owned by Mrs. Howard EDEN, where she lived for several years. Later she bought a fifty acre farm east of Leonard, known at that time as the John JOHNSON farm where she lived for several years afterward, then moving to Leonard where she lived until the children began to scatter off when she broke up housekeeping and went to live with her daughter, Mrs. M.J. NEALE with whom she lived for several years. 
She went to Dallas to live with another daughter, Mrs. KING, in whose home she died. Truly a good woman has gone to be with the angels where all is joy, peace and love, where sorrow, sickness and death never come. -- "All is bright and Shining as the Sun and there is no Night." -- Contributed. 

Surname caps added by transcriber. Transcribed from photocopy of newspaper article. Name of newspaper and date of copy unknown, although the newpaper may have been the Leonard Graphic. The contributor is believed to be Dona PALMER. 

(indecipherable) Former Resident of Leonard

A former pioneer resident of Leonard passed away in Dallas when death took Mrs. Susan S. JOHNSON on Christmas day, at the age of 85 years. Mrs. JOHNSON died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mineola KING, with whom she had made her home the past nine years. The body was brought back to Leonard for burial, the funeral having been held Sunday, December 26, at the home of her son, J.D. JOHNSON, funeral sermon having been preached by the Rev. W.L. CRAIN of Greenville, a former pastor of the First Baptist Church of this place. 
Mrs. JOHNSON was a native of South Carolina, moving to Alabama with her parents when she was a child. There she grew to womanhood and was married in that state. She and her husband came to Texas in 1870, locating first near Ladonia where the family resided for number of years, Mr. JOHNSON having died while the family lived in Ladonia. Mrs. JOHNSON located in this community in 1885 and had made her home here continuously until about nine years ago, when she went to Dallas to make her home with her daughter. She was an outstanding type of the Old South and was loved by all who knew her because of her kindly and generous nature. Mrs. JOHNSON was a member of the Baptist church and lived a faithful and consecrated Christian life. 
Deceased is survived by the following children: R.M. and J. D. JOHNSON, Leonard; Mrs. Dona PALMER, Mrs. Callie DUNN and Mrs. Mineola KING, all of Dallas; Mrs. Emma BEAVERS, Kenna, New Mexico; Mrs. Daisy ROGERS, Elida, New Mexico. All the children except Mrs. ROGERS and Mrs. BEAVERS were present at the funera. 

Surnames in caps added by transcriber. Transcribed from a photocopy of a newspaper article. The name of the newspaper and the date of the article are unknown.

          Mrs. Leah SIKES JOHNSON, 85, of Denver, Colo., died at 5:45 p.m. Friday in Denver. 
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in First United Methodist Church, with burial in Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens directed by JOHNSON's Funeral Home. 
Mrs. JOHNSON had bee a resident of Denver, Colo., since 1978 and was a former San Angelo resident. 

San Angelo Standard
Monday, April 25, 1983

Leah SIKES JOHNSON, 85, of Denver, Colorado, formerly of San Angelo, died at 5:45 p.m. on Friday, April 22, 1983 in Denver. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens under the direction of JOHNSON's Funeral Home. 
Mrs. JOHNSON was born on Nov. 20, 1897 in Fannin County, Texas. She was married to Robert Hersel JOHNSON, Sr. on July 26, 1921 in Leonard, Tx. He preceded her in death on Jan. 12, 1973. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church. She attended San Angelo College and taught school in San Angelo. 
Survivors include three sons, Robert Hersel JOHNSON, Jr.  of Connecticut, Richard SIKES JOHNSON of Colorado, Paul TEFTELLER JOHNSON of Michigan; three brothers, Peter R. SIKES and L.B.T. SIKES both of San Angelo; Harold SIKES of Leonard; two sisters, Irene HASTY of San Angelo, Mrs. L.P. KIRKPATRICK of Commerce; ten grandchildren; several great grandchildren. 

Surnames in caps added by transcriber. Transcribed from a photocopy of a newspaper article.


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