Was born in Wythe county, Virginia, July 13, 1797. His father, Larkin Johnson,
was born in Lincoln county, North Carolina, May, 1776. His vocation was that
of a farmer and carpenter. When thirty years of age he was married to Miss
Mary Davis, daughter of John Davis, Esq., who was also from Wythe county,
Virginia. They had a family of nine children, of whom the subject of this
sketch is the oldest. His Grandfather Johnson lived in North Carolina during
the revolutionary contest, and when Lord Cornwallis made one of his raids
south, he was a forced guest at his house.
The subject of this sketch received a good solid English education at private schools in his native state. At the age of eighteen he left Virginia, and located in Grayson county, Kentucky, where he engaged in farming for several years. Soon after going to Kentucky, he married Miss Sarah, the daughter of Joseph and Margaret Day. The fruits of their union, is a family of nine children, all of whom are now living and married, and well situated in life.
In 1826 he moved to Illinois, locating in Sangamon county, where he still engaged in agricultural pursuits. In 1832 he moved to Perry township, where he carried on farming and stock growing, and by being closely attentive to business succeeded in accumulating considerable money. In 1835 Mr. Johnson was elected county surveyor, filling that office, by re-election, a period of about thirteen years, giving general satisfaction to the people of his county. On the 9th of September, 1865, his wife died, and he remained a widower until September 14th, 1871, when he was married to Mrs. Sarah E. Lucas, of Perry, Pike county, Illinois. Since September, 1870, he has been engaged in mercantile pursuits, in Perry, where he has a fine and extensive stock of goods. Mr. Johnson is among the earliest settlers of the county, but he has, like many others, shown what can be accomplished by untiring perseverence in the development of a new country, and we now find him surrounded by plenty to make life happy, and with a good wife to cheer his declining days. He is now hale and hearty, and bids fair yet for many years of life.
During the darkest periods of the rebellion, when many men faltered, Mr. Johnson showed his patriotism by adhering firmly to the Union's cause, being among those who favored a prompt suppression of the rebellion.