Descendants of Alvah Johnson



First Generation


1. Alvah Johnson was born on 4 May 1804 in , Otsego, NY, died on 2 Oct 1888 in Orleans, Ionia, MI and was buried in Greens Cemetery, Belding, Ionia, MI.

General Notes: Death record, State of Michigan, State Office Number 1-359, Registered Number 924; Death record of son Francis Olin Johnson gives birth at Otsego, NY; 1850 U.S. Census, Leon, Cattaraugus, NY, 152 (Alva Johnson, age 49, farmer, born NY); Index of Greens Cemetery, Ionia County, MI; 1870 census Orleans, Ionia, MI 595-58; IGI 861780427-1396214

According to Thelma Louise Rugg: Alvah lived on a diary farm near Jamestown, NY, made cheese. Moved to Belding after Civil War. According to Verna Lu Marie Johnson Alvah was from Leon, NY, Northwest near Buffalo. Also the name Johnson is Swedish. Did not find Alvah Johnson in 1860 census, Orleans, Ionia, MI or 1880 MI Soundex or 1860 census, Leon, Cattaraugus, NY (about 1/3 is unreadable). In 1870 census value of real estate $400 and personal property $300. It is uncertain which children were from Alvah's wife Lucretia Nichols, and which children are from Alvah's earlier marriage.

L. H. Everts, "History of Cattaraugus County, New York", 1879, page 486, 487, 489, 492:
"The second regular tavern was open by Amasa Green about 1830, in a frame house on lot 42, near the Leon Mills. In an enlarge condition this house is yet standing, though used as a dwelling, the last tavern having been kept, in 1868 ... Alvah Johnson ... and others were the keepers."
"In 1833 [In Leon] there were 11 principal roads and 22 districts. The overseers were: ... #5 Alvah Johnson"
"John Johnson, lot 42, value $25; Alvah Johnson lot 49, value $25"
"In the war of 1812 a great many had participated ... Daniel Johnson"

notes of Earl Wilbur Rugg: "shoemaker"

The years 1883-1894 are missing from the Belding, MI newspaper so could not find an obituary. The following years do exist: 13 Nov 1877 - 20 Nov 1877, 19 Jun 1879 - 4 May 1882, 2 May 1895 - 11 May 1887, 26 Mar 1878, 25 Jun 1878, 18 Mar 1897 - 1974+.

NOTES: 8617804-27-1396214 ('Alvah_ Horatio Johnson', born: 4 May 1804, 'Leon, Cattaraugus, NY')

Alvah married Mrs Johnson in , Of, NY. Mrs was born in 1800-1810 and died after 1840.

General Notes: 1840 Census, Dayton, Cattaraugus, NY 118, Alvin Johnson (do not known if Romanzo was born before or after 1840)


Children from this marriage were:

   2 F    i. Johnson was born in 1825-1830 in Of Dayton, Cattaraugus, NY.

General Notes: 1840 census Dayton, Cattaraugus, NY, 118, Alvin Johnson

   3 M    ii. Johnson was born in 1830-1835 in Of Dayton, Cattaraugus, NY.

General Notes: 1840 census Dayton, Cattaraugus, NY, 118, Alvin Johnson; notes of Thelma Lousie Rugg

   4 F    iii. Johnson was born in 1830-1835 in Of Dayton, Cattaraugus, NY.

General Notes: 1840 census, Dayton, Cattaraugus, NY, 118, Alvin Johnson

   5 M    iv. Johnson was born in 1835-1840 in Of Dayton, Cattaraugus, NY.

General Notes: 1840 census, Dayton, Cattaraugus, NY, 118, Alvin Johnson; notes of Thelma Louise Rugg

   6 M    v. Romanzo Johnson was born in 1830-1845 in , , NY and died in 1860-1865.

General Notes: notes of Thelma Louise Rugg; notes of Verna Lu Marie Johnson (died Civil War); may be one of two sons listed in 1840 census, Dayton, Cattaraugus, NY 118, Alvin Johnson

+ 7 M    vi. George A. S. Johnson was born on 27 Apr 1843 in Of Leon, Cattaraugus, NY, died on 13 Aug 1877 in Orleans Twp., Ionia, MI and was buried in Hurd Cemetary, Orleans Twp., Ionia, MI.

Lucretia Nichols 
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Alvah next married Lucretia M. Nichols, daughter of Stephen Nichols and Catharine Runhauge, in 1848-1849 in , Cattaraugus, NY. Lucretia was born on 25 Mar 1827 in Middlebury Twp., Wyoming, NY, died on 28 Feb 1903 in Belding, Ionia, MI and was buried on 2 Mar 1903 in Greens Cemetery, Belding, Ionia, MI.

General Notes: Death record, State of Michigan, Number 335, Registered Number 6; Cemetery index, Greens cemetery, Ionia County, MI [(L. or C.) H. Gretia]; IGI 8617804-27-1396214 (birth location); 1850 Census, Leon, Cattaraugus, NY, 152; death record of son Francis Olin Johnson (mother born Middleberry, NY); Tombstone (Lucret), also age 75 years, 11 months, 3 or 23 days at time of death; 1870 census, Orleans, Ionia, MI 595-58

The Belding Banner, Belding, MI, 5 Mar 1903:
"Lucretia M. Johnson passed away last Saturday at 2:30 p.m., from her home on Bridge street in this city, after about a week's illness of erysipelas, in the 76th year of her age. Lucretia M. Nichols was born in Middleberry, Wyoming county, N. Y., on March 25, 1827. When about three years old, she removed with her parents to New Albion, Cattaraugus county, N. Y., where she resided until 21 years old, when she was married to Alvah Johnson. A few years later, they removed to Waupun, Fond du Lac county, Wis., where they resided about four years. They then returned to Cattaraugus county, N. Y., where they remained about nine years. About 36 years ago they came to Michigan and located on a farm in Orleans township, Ionia county. Her husband, Alvah Johnson, died in 1888, aged 84 years, and his remains were buried in the Green's church cemetery. About four years ago, she purchased a house and lot on Bridge street in this city where she has since resided. Six children were born to this union, four of whom are now living as follows: Francis O. Johnson, of Rapid City, Mich.; Hattie D. Hall of Chadwick; Sophia Bates, of Belding, and Andrew Johnson, of Orleans township. Mrs. Johnson has been a devoted christian for more than half a century and her noble traits of character and sterling worth have won for her love and esteem of all who have had the pleasure of her acquaintance. Funeral services were held at Green's church in Orleans last Monday at 2:00 p.m. conducted by Mrs. J.W. Ayling. Burial in the family lot in the Green's church cemetery."

From death record: parent of 6 children, 4 living at time of death.

NOTES: LDS IGI 8617804-27-1396214 ('Lucretia M. Nichols' to father 'Stephen Nichols' and mother 'Catherine', 'Middlebury Twp., Wyoming, NY')

Marriage Notes: from Lucretia obituaary married age 21


Children from this marriage were:

   8 F    i. Armaiza Johnson was born in 1846-1847 in Of Leon, Cattaraugus, NY and died before 1903.

General Notes: 1850 census, Leon, Cattaraugus, NY, 152. (or Arnraiza, or Arniaiza, or Arnianza); IGI 820371-721451130

in mother's obituary already died, but name not given

   9 F    ii. Catharine Johnson was born in 1850 in Of Leon, Cattaraugus, NY and died before 1903.

General Notes: 1850 census, Leon, Cattaraugus, NY, 152. (age 2 months); IGI 820371-721451130

from mother's obituary already died, name not listed

+ 10 M    iii. Francis Olin Johnson was born on 5 Nov 1851 in Leon, Cattaraugus, NY, died on 2 Jan 1928 in Clearwater Twp., Kalkaska, MI and was buried on 5 Jan 1928 in Clearwater Cem., Rapid City, Kalkaska, MI.
+ 11 F    iv. Harriet D. Johnson was born in 1854-1855 in , , NY and died after 1927 in Of Belding, Ionia, MI.
   12 F    v. Sophia Johnson was born in 1859-1860 in , , NY and died after 1927 in Of Ionia, Ionia, MI.

General Notes: notes of Thelma Louise Rugg, notes of Verna Lu Marie Johnson; 1870 census, Orleans, Ionia, MI 595-58; obituary of brother's Frank & Andrew Johnson

notes of Verna Lu Marie Johnson sourced from her father Alvah Horatio Johnson (Dorat McPherson, Packerd are listed but can't tell if another spouse or her children. Leo and Eva also listed which may be kids of Sophia's brother Andrew, or Sophia's kids, or kids of Packerd)

Cemetery index, North Plains Cemetery, Olmstead Road, Ionia County, MI (Adelia Johnson, 348-7; Alma Johnson, 348-6; Anthony Raymond Johnson, 60 years, 20 Dec 1959, 348-1; George Alfred Johnson, 348-2; John Johnson, 348-8; Sophia Johnson, 67 years, 16 Nov 1925, 348-3)

Sophia married Bates.

General Notes: obituary of father in-law Andrew Johnson

+ 13 M    vi. Andrew Johnson was born in 1865 in , , NY, died on 5 Mar 1926 in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw, MI and was buried in Greens Cemetery, Belding, Ionia, MI.

Second Generation (Children)


7. George A. S. Johnson (Alvah1) was born on 27 Apr 1843 in Of Leon, Cattaraugus, NY, died on 13 Aug 1877 in Orleans Twp., Ionia, MI and was buried in Hurd Cemetary, Orleans Twp., Ionia, MI.

General Notes: 1850 U.S. Census, Leon, Cattaraugus, NY, dwelling 152; notes of Verna Lu Marie Johnson; 1870 census Orleans, Ionia, MI 595-58; IGI 820371-721451130 (age 5 in 1850); Tombstone; Death record, Ionia Co, MI A-125-55; (initial A. S. from wifes Tombstone); death record 256-54 ("softening of the brain")

In 1875 Plate map owned 40 acres in NW corner of section 9 and the adjacent 40 acres in NE corner of section 8. The home was still occupied in 1995 with barns that date from the 1800's.

Marriage record, Ionia county, MI, 374, LDS film #0960508 (not sure if this is the same person) George Johnson married Anna Miner on 1 Jan 1867 at Ronald, Ionia, MI

Cemetery index, Hurd Cemetery, Orleans Twp, Ionia Cty, MI (Geo. A. Johnson, 15 Aug 1877, lot 146, 35 years; Sarah Johnson, 18 Sep 1898, lot 146, 56 years); cemetery index, North Plains Cemetery, Olmstead Road, Ionia Cty, MI (George Johnson, 156-5; George Alfred Johnson, 348-2); cemetery index, River Ridge Cemetery, Belding, Ionia County, MI (George M. Johnson, 1865 - 26 Nov 1930, lot 33, sec 4; Clara A. Johnson, 1865 - 12 Dec 1970, lot 33, sec 4); cemetery index, Wheeler Cemetery Annex, Orleans Twp., Ionia Cty, MI (George Johnson, 2 Jan 1869, lot 142, 14 years; Robert P. Johnson, 6 Sep 1908, lot 142, 78 years)

George married Sarah Ruby. Sarah was born on 9 Jun 1841, died on 16 Sep 1898 and was buried in Hurd Cemetary, Orleans Twp., Ionia, MI.

General Notes: tombstone, death record of daughter Sylvia, Ionia Co, MI


Children from this marriage were:

+ 14 F    i. Sylvia L. Johnson was born in 1878 in Orleans Twp., Ionia, MI, died in 1959 and was buried in Hurd Cemetary, Orleans Twp., Ionia, MI.

Frank Olin Johnson 
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10. Francis Olin Johnson (Alvah1) was born on 5 Nov 1851 in Leon, Cattaraugus, NY, died on 2 Jan 1928 in Clearwater Twp., Kalkaska, MI and was buried on 5 Jan 1928 in Clearwater Cem., Rapid City, Kalkaska, MI. Another name for Francis was Frank Johnson.

General Notes: Death record, State of Michigan, Number 40-429. (Information provided by son Guy V. Johnson.); 1870 census, Orleans, Ionia, MI 595-58; 1880 census, Orleans, Ionia, MI 33-342; IGI 861780427-1396214; IGI M518463-960509

The Belding, Michigan Banner News, Belding, MI, 12 Jan 1928 and
The Leader and the Kalkaskian, Kalkaska, MI, 12 Jan 1928:
"Francis Olin Johnson, better known as Frank, or F.O., was born at Leon, Cattaraugus county, New York, on November 5, 1851, and passed away at Rapid City, Michigan, January 2, 1928 at the age of 76 years, 1 month, and 29 days. He married Augusta F. Chapin on March 29, 1875. At an early age he learned the carpenter trade, which occupation he hollowed principally through life, contracting and building in counties of Ionia and Montcalm, Michigan. He was a resident of Belding, Michigan, 18 years, and in 1902 moved to Clearwater township, Kalkaska county, where he engaged in farming some. He always led a very active industrious life, having built and improved five homes for himself and family, sharing his homes with others, proving himself a good husband, a good father, a good grandfather, a good brother and a good citizen. He has been a member of Silk City Lodge No. 447 I.O.O.F., Belding, Michigan, for over 25 years. He leaves a widow, Augusta F., one son, Guy V., of Rapid City, Michigan; three grand children, Cecil T. Johnson, Greenville, Michigan; Mrs. Marguerite M. Rugg, Grand Rapids, Michigan; Alvah H. Johnson, Rapid City, Michigan; two sister. Mrs. Hattie H. Hall, Belding, Michigan; Mrs. Sophia Bates, Ionia, Michigan; and many relatives and friends, to mourn their loss. His many kind deeds will live in memory."

1880 Census listed as carpenter. According to Thelma Louise Rugg, Frank was a carpenter, contractor, and farmer. He was also an unfailing source of song & good humor. His son Guy (born 1875) owned a 80 acre farm in the SW corner of section 2 in Rapid River Twp, Kalkaska County, MI. It is located on the east side of Manley Road, 1/4 of mile south of Zimmerman Road. Guy's father, Frank, built the large barn located on the farm. The farm was latter owned by Guy's son Alvah (born 1908). The farm was a vacation home for Alvah who lived in Royal Oak, MI during the 1940's. In August 1948 Alvah broke his back as a result of sliding off the house roof while working on it. He latter fully recovered, but it prevented him from returning to work in Royal Oak. As a result, he was forced to live on the farm. He remained their until his death in 1971, at which time the farm was sold by his spouse Thelma. The farm was a favorite place to spend the weekends by Alvah's grandchildren, including myself, Richard Moran. As of 1991 the red barn, with white trim still stands in excellent shape. In 1991 I had the chance to walk through the back woods of the farm. Many of the pine stumps from the 1850/1870's logging still stand. The roads from the logging era still remain, but now have large trees in the middle of them. They are identifiable by the 6 inch deep wheel ruts that sometimes have a tiny stream flowing down them fed by springs. He had worked on the construction of the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, MI.

notes of Earl Wilbur Rugg: "born in Jamestown, N.Y., silkmill employee, Belding farmer, carpenter"

on the 1899 county map of Kalkaska is P. Smith owned the farm. Oral Johson family history stated that Mrs. Smith was buried on the farm.

NOTES: IGI M518463-960509 ('Francis O. Johnson' to 'Augusta Chapin'); IGI 8617804-27-1396214 ('Francis Olin Johnson' father 'Alvah_ Johnson' mother 'Lucretia Nichols'); personal notes of Thelma Louise Rugg says he was born near Jamestown, NY

Francis married Augusta Fidelia Chapin, daughter of Horatio E. Chapin and Elizabeth R. Lindsley, on 29 Mar 1875 in , Ionia, MI. Augusta was born on 12 May 1854 in Grattan Twp., Kent, MI, died on 13 Oct 1945 in Belding, Ionia, MI and was buried on 15 Oct 1945 in Greene Cem., Belding, Ionia, MI.

General Notes: Death record Ionia County, MI, #18337, page 187; Birth record of son Guy Victor Johnson, Montcalm County, MI number 59-11348; Obituary in Belding MI, newspaper; 1880 census Orleans, Ionia, MI 33-342

The Michigan web online index: 1870 US census, Augusta Chapin, Cannon township, Kent, MI, page 127

Verna Lu Marie Johnson has a oil lamp that she had electrified that was owned by Augusta.

Belding, MI newspaper article: "Plans Birthday Open House. Mrs. Augusta Johnson, who has been seriously ill for past week at her home on Lewis street, is considerably improved and had as her guest several days this week her grandson, Alvah Johnson, of Royal Oak and a cousin, Mrs. Rev. Amos Wagley of Burnips, who is visting for several days. Mrs. Johnson is being cared for by her granddaughter, Mrs. Earl Rugg of Grand Rapids, who is assisting another grandson's wife, Mrs. Cecil Johnson, who has spent the winter months with the aged lady. Mrs. Johnson will be 91 years old on May 12th and is eagerly looking forward to the birthday anniversary which she hopes to celebrate at an open house, her health permitting the party plans. With her for the anniversary celebration this year will be her three grandchildren and five great grandchildren if all goes well and Mrs. Johnson continues to improve as she has in the past few days." Belding, MI newspaper article: "Many Greet Lady On 91th Birthday. With her bed banked by gifts, groups of floral plants and other remembrances, Mrs. Augusta Johnson smiled happily on Saturday, May 12 and stated "My 91st birthday was the biggest and happiest of them all." Her day was cheered when she felt able to sit up long enough to officiate at the cutting of her birthday cake, and enjoy the "Happy Birthday" song of her son Guy and her three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. [Article 12 May 1945] The day was made even more happy by a host of relatives and friends who filed in and out of her residence at 314 Lewis street to greet and cheer her with their thoughtful words and remembrances." Belding, Mi newspaper article: "Final Rites For Local Nonagenarian. Mrs. Augusta Johnson, aged 91 years, passed away Saturday at her home at 314 Lewis St. following an illness of several months and she had been cared for by her loving son and grandchildren. She was born in Grattan township, the daughter of Orantis Chaffan and had lived in this vicinity the greater part of her life. She is survived by her son, Guy; three grandchildren and five great grandchildren . Funeral services were held at the Fitzjohn Funeral Home Monday at 2 o'clock, Rev. Amos Wagley of Potterville officiating and burial was in Greene cemetery. Pallbearers were Leo McPherson, Henry Slocum, Ben Donovan, Leo Weiller, Frank Rowley and H. S. Rowley." According to death record died from valvular heart regurgitation and old age.

notes of Earl Wilbur Rugg: "born 12 May 1853"

NOTES: submitted by Jeanne Johnson, 'Augusta Fidelia Chaplin, born May 1853'; Bapt, endw, seal: cleared


Children from this marriage were:

+ 15 M    i. Guy Victor Johnson was born on 21 Dec 1875 in Fairplains Twp., Montcalm, MI, died on 14 Jan 1954 in Belmont, Kent, MI and was buried in Greens Cemetery, Belding, Ionia, MI.
11. Harriet D. Johnson (Alvah1) was born in 1854-1855 in , , NY and died after 1927 in Of Belding, Ionia, MI. Another name for Harriet was Hattie H. Johnson.

General Notes: notes of Verna Lu Marie Johnson (Hattie Hall Johnson) (Hall may be husband's last name); 1870 census, Orleans, Ionia, MI 595-58; obituary of brother's Andrew & Frank Johnson and mother Lucretia.

Harriet married Hall.

General Notes: obituary of father in-law Andrew Johnson


Children from this marriage were:

   16 F    i. Bertha Hall .

General Notes: notes of Verna Lu Marie Johnson sourced from her father Alvah Horatio Johnson

   17 F    ii. Ella Hall .

General Notes: notes of Verna Lu Marie Johnson sourced her father Alvah Horatio Johnson

   18 U    iii. Hall

General Notes: notes of Verna Lu Marie Johnson sourced from her father Alvah Horatio Johnson

13. Andrew Johnson (Alvah1) was born in 1865 in , , NY, died on 5 Mar 1926 in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw, MI and was buried in Greens Cemetery, Belding, Ionia, MI.

General Notes: notes of Thelma Louise Rugg; notes Verna Lu Marie Johnson; 1870 census, Orleans, Ionia, MI 595-58

notes of Verna Lu Marie Johnson sourced from her father Alvah Horatio Johnson (Leo, Eva are listed which are probably children. Could also be the children or grandchildren of sister Sophia)

Belding Banner newspaper, Belding, Ionia, MI, 10 Mar 1926:
"Andrew Johnson, aged 60 years, died at a hospital at Ann Arbor, Friday morning at about three o'clock, following an operation for ulcers of the stomach. Undertaker Bruce Fales was called and went down and brought the body home and prepared it for burial. The funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon under the auspices of the Masonic order, of which Mr. Johnson was a member, with Rev. H.S. Ellis officiating and the remains were placed in the mausoleum at River Ridge cemetery. Mr. Johnson was for many years a resident of Orleans township and this city and he is very well known here where his many friends were deeply grieved to hear of his untimely death. Several years ago, together with Mrs. Johnson, he made a trip to Johannesburg, South Africa, where they made an extended visit with their daughter, Mrs. Edward Denhart. Returning to this city he bought the Hetherington home at the corner of Hanover and Washington streets and has resided there since that time. Surviving are the widow, a daughter, Mrs. Denhart, living in South Africa, a brother, Frank Johnson, of Rapid City; two sisters, Mrs. Hattie Hall, of this city, and Mrs. Isaac Bates, of Ionia."

From notes of Thelma Louise Rugg: He made money in the Stock Market. He had one daughter. Hunted big game in South Africa. Cemetery index, Greens Cemetery, Ionia County, MI (Andrew Johnson, 1865-1926); cemetery index, Hurd Cemetery, Orleans Twp., Ionia City, MI (ci-1) (Andrew Johnson, 3 Oct 1897, lot 103, 69 years; Benjamin Johnson, 1891, lot 103; Earl Johnson (child of), 9 Mar 1883, lot 104; Jane Johnson, 10 Feb 1910, lot 103, 77 years) Tombstone.

Andrew married Belle.

General Notes: notes of Verna Lu Marie Johnson sourced from her father (this could be possibly the daughter of Andrew instead of his wife)


Children from this marriage were:

   19 F    i. Johnson was born in 1885-1920 in , , , USA and died after 1926.

General Notes: notes of Thelma Louise Rugg; obituary of father Andrew Johnson

living in South Africa in 1926

notes of Verna Lu Marie Johnson sourced from her father (hard to read name, could be Ovay, Onag, Oray, Onug, listed as college grad)

Johnson married Edward Denhart.

General Notes: obituary of father in-law Andrew Johnson


Third Generation (Grandchildren)


14. Sylvia L. Johnson (George A. S.7, Alvah1) was born in 1878 in Orleans Twp., Ionia, MI, died in 1959 and was buried in Hurd Cemetary, Orleans Twp., Ionia, MI.

General Notes: tombstone, marriage record Ionia Co, MI A226-397

Sylvia married Edward D. Canfield on 30 Mar 1898 in , Ionia, MI. Edward was born in 1870-1871 in , , MI.

General Notes: marriage record, Ionia Co, MI A226-397

parents: Newell H. Canfield & Francis Van Vaukenburg


Children from this marriage were:

   20 M    i. Sylvester N. Canfield was born on 28 Oct 1901, died on 19 Oct 1967 in Belding, Ionia, MI and was buried in Hurd Cemetary, Orleans Twp., Ionia, MI.

General Notes: tombstone; obituary

The Belding Banner - News, Belding, MI, 19 Oct 1967:
"Sylvester N. Canfield, 65, of 7986 Canfield Road died Thursday at Belding Community Hospital. A lifetime resident of the Orleans area, Mr. Canfield was born October 28, 1901, the son of Edward and Sylvia Canfield. He married Pearl Dorm December 19, 1921 in Belding. He was employed by Metal Glass as a machinist. Surviving besides his wife are one son, Kenneth, at home, two stepsons, Robert Stanton of Ionia and Roy Stanton of Los Angeles, California; one sister, Mrs. Rush (Mildred) Clark of Lansing; one brother, Ronald Canfield of Battle Creek; and two step-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Saturday from the Huffman Funeral Home. Paster Kenneth Harger of Shiloh Community Church officiated. Interment was in Orleans cemetery, Ionia county. Pallbearers were Sylvester Wells, Bob Treynor, Clyde Verick, Virgil Hones, Sherman Jackson, and Ted Whitford."

Sylvester married Pearl Dorm on 19 Dec 1921 in Belding, Ionia, MI. Pearl was born in 1902, died in 1983 and was buried in Hurd Cemetary, Orleans Twp., Ionia, MI.

General Notes: tombstone; obituary of husband Sylvester N. Canfield

   21 F    ii. Mildred Canfield , died after 1967.

General Notes: obituary of brother Sylvester N. Canfield

Mildred married Rush Clark.

General Notes: obituary of brother in-law Sylvester N. Canfield

   22 M    iii. Ronald Canfield .

General Notes: obituary of brother Sylvester N. Canfield


Guy Victor Johnson 
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15. Guy Victor Johnson (Francis Olin10, Alvah1) was born on 21 Dec 1875 in Fairplains Twp., Montcalm, MI, died on 14 Jan 1954 in Belmont, Kent, MI and was buried in Greens Cemetery, Belding, Ionia, MI.

General Notes: Birth record, State of Michigan, State Office Number 59-11348; death personal knowledge of Thelma Louise Rugg; 1880 census Orleans, Ionia, MI 33-342

Leader and Kalkaskian, Kalkaska, MI, 28 Jan 1954:
"Former Rapid City Man dies at Belmont. Guy V. Johnson, former resident of Rapid City, died January 14, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Earl Rugg, of Belmont. He was 78 years old.
Surviving besides the daughter are two sons, Cecil of Union City, and Alvah of Alden. Services were held in Belding Sunday, Jan. 17, at 2:30 with burial in Green cemetery."

The Belding and Banner News, Belding, MI, 21 Jan 1954:
"Former Resident Succumbs Thursday at Daughter's Home. Guy V. Johnson, 78, passed away very suddenly late Thursday night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Earl Rugg, following a heart attack, which he has suffered earlier in the day. Mr. Johnson had been a resident of this city most of his life making his home here with his mother, Mrs. Augusta F. Johnson at 314 Lewis until her death several years ago. Last April he went to live with his daughter, Mrs. Rugg in Plainfield township. He was born Dec 21., 1875 in Montcalm county. Survivors include the daughter, Mrs. Rugg; two sons, Cecil Johnson of Union City and Alvah Johnson, Rapid City; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. from the Fitzjohn Funeral Home with Rev. Wilbur Kirby officiating. Pall bearers were Leo McPherson, Frank Rowley, Bert Cummings, H. S. Dowley, Stanley Middlebrook and Sim Donovan. Burial was in Green cemetery."

From Joylene Rugg the grave is unmarked, but once had a stone marking the site.

According to Verna Lu Marie Johnson: Divorced about 1916. From Daughter Marguerite purchased farm on Manley road after hearing about it from a friend.

notes of Earl Wilbur Rugg: "born in Grattan twp, Kent, MI, farmer, cabinet worker, Ford's in Detroit (tested first liberty plane motors)"

NOTES: IGI 8617804-32-1396214 ('Guy Victor Johnson' father 'Francis Olan Johnson' mother 'Augusta Fidelia Chaplin', '21 Dec 1875', 'Fairplain Twp, Montcalm, MI')


Verna Isabelle McLaughlin 
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Guy married Verna Isabelle McLaughlin, daughter of Albert McLaughlin and Mary Elizabeth Burns, in , , MI. The marriage ended in divorce. Verna was born on 1 Jan 1883 in Rowland Twp., Isabelle, MI, died on 17 Nov 1966 in Mt. Clemens, Macomb, MI and was buried on 21 Nov 1966 in White Chapel Cem, Troy, Oakland, MI Another name for Verna was Puss McLaughlin.

General Notes: Death record, State of Michigan, State File Number 67059, Local File Number 926; Beatrice McLaughlin bible (also called Vernie); personal knowledge of Albert Irving McLaughlin; IGI 1553470-8600012

notes of Earl Wilbur Rugg: "born in Blanchard, MI, homemaker"

NOTES: death record indicates born in Blanchard, MI; IGI 'born 1 Jan 1885, Blanchard, Isabella, MI'


Children from this marriage were:

   23 F    i. Marguerite Merry Johnson was born on 25 Dec 1905 in Clearwater Twp., Kalkaska, MI, died on 25 Apr 1996 in Plainwell, Allegan, MI and was buried on 28 Apr 1996 in Plainwell Cem, Plainwell, Allegan, MI.

General Notes: birth record of child Joylene May Rugg; photo as child; Verna Lu Marie Johnson visit with Marguerite Aug 1994 and attended funeral latter; Life history by Marguerite Merry Johnson

School teacher. Born at farm on Manley Rd, section 2. Living in Plainwell, MI (1994)

"My life history by Marguerite Merry Johnson:
I was born December 25th, 1905 in Kalkaska County on my grandfathers farm, I had a two year old older brother Cecil and two years after my birth another brother Alvah was born. When I was ten, another brother Clifford was born, who lived only six months. Soon my parents divorced and we went to live with my grandparents in Rapid City. I helped cook for eight people. Sometimes I placed a lesson for the day on the warming oven of the wood stovewhile I baked pancakes. I was on the girls basketball team and was in school plays. I always had the comedy part. While I lived with my grandparents they built a new stone house which is still a landmark in Rapid City today. After high school I enrolled in Detroit Business College, and afterwards gained employment in the office of Detroit Cleveland Navigation Company on the Detroit river for the travel agent. I then went to county Normal in Kalkaska and then on to Michigan State College in Ypsilanti to obtain a teaching certificate. One summer when home from teaching I was invited to conduct a young peoples meeting at the Methodist church. As the meeting was about to begin, I saw Earl Rugg walk in. He asked me for a date that night. This was the beginning of our courtship and we were married 6 months later May 30, 1927. (Daughter Note: Mother and Dad Eloped.) We moved to Grand Rapids, this is where we raised our family Merlyn and Joylene. These were the depression years but Earl always had work. I returned to teaching when the children were older to help out. We had been a family of Witnesses' for many years as the truth was brought to us in Grand Rapids when Merlyn was three years old. As a family, we were active in Jehovah's service. In fact we were part of the original congregation of 13 Witnesses. It has been a privilege to announce an incoming Kingdom that would bring many blessings to all mankind. We sold our home to move where the need was greater. We were in Tennessee for there years, and Arizona for 6 years. We moved back to Michigan because of Dads health. He died Jan 24, 1979. He was a kind and devoted husband and father and I look forward to seeing him again as Jehovah's faithful servant in the resurrection. I am proud of my six grandsons and twelve great grandchildren, and of course my children. It has been as varied life but very rewarding. Jehovah has always been my strength and refuge. I hope to serve him faithfully as long as I can."

notes of Earl Wilbur Rugg: "secretary, teacher, homemaker"

Marguerite married Earl Wilbur Rugg, son of Edward Daniel Rugg and Lulu Belle Van Buren, on 30 May 1927 in , , , USA. Earl was born on 21 Jan 1903 in Rapid River Twp., Kalkaska, MI, died on 24 Jan 1979 in Plainwell, Allegan, MI and was buried in Hillside Cemetery, Plainwell, Allegan, MI.

General Notes: Birth record, State of Michigan, Sate Office Number 40-3487 (affidavit of his mother recorded in 1949); correspondence from Thelma Louise Rugg; obituary

The Leader and Kalkaskian, Kalkaska, MI, 8 Feb 1979:
"Kalkaska - Mr. Earl Rugg, former Kalkaska resident and descendent of two Kalkaska County pioneer families, passed away Jan. 24, in Plainwell, Mich., after a lingering illness. Mr. Rugg was born Jan 21, 1903, in Clearwater Twp., Kalkaska County, son of Edward and Lulu Van Buren Rugg. A dedicated member of the Jehovah Witness, for forty years he served congregations in souther Mich, Tenn, and Ariz. At his death, he was a beloved member of the Plainwell Congregation. Surviving are his wife, Marguerite; one daughter, Mrs. Joylene O'Neill of Grand Rapids; one son, Merlyn of Kalamazoo; 3 sisters, Mrs. Thelma Johnson of Florida, Mrs. Helen Kizer of Morley, Mich, Mrs. Maxine Ryckman of Kalkaska; 6 grandsons; 5 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Donovan. Services were held Jan 27, at the Marshall-Gren Chapel, Plainwell, Mr. Terry La Fountain, officiating. He was laid to rest in Hillside Cemetery, Plainwell."

Earl Wilbur Rugg notes: "baker, minister, born Rugg, Kalkaska, MI"

   24 M    ii. Cecil T. Johnson was born in 1906-1907 in , , MI and died after 1970.

General Notes: notes of Thelma Louise Rugg; photo as child; obituary of father Frank Johnson

from niece Joylene Rugg: Cecil hit a tree while sledding in the snow as a child. He was unconscious for several hours. As a result of the accident he was somewhat mentally limited but was able to support himself latter in life by winding wire on motors.

listed as living in brother Alvah's 1971 obituary


Thelma and Alvah Johnson 
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   25 M    iii. Alvah Horatio Johnson was born on 23 Feb 1908 in Clearwater Twp., Kalkaska, MI, died on 28 Jul 1971 in Clearwater Twp., Kalkaska, MI and was buried on 31 Jul 1971 in Evergreen Cem., Kalkaska, Kalkaska, MI.

General Notes: Birth record, State of Michigan, Registered Number 7; Death record, State of Michigan, number 42148-28; Marriage from notes of Thelma Louise Rugg; Tombstone

Leader and Kalkaskian, Kalkaska, MI, 5 Aug 1971:
"Life-Long Kalkaska Resident Passes: Alvah H. Johnson, 63, a life-long resident of Kalkaska county, died Wednesday, July 28, 1971 at his home on Manley Road near Alden. Mr. Johnson was born February 23, 1908 in Clearwater township. He retired from the Post Office department in 1966. He is survived by his wife, Thelma Rugg Johnson, whom he married May 24, 1930 in Toledo, Ohio. Also surviving are two sons, Alvah Jr. of Altamonte Springs, Florida and Glen of Clare; one daughter Mrs. Robert (Verna Lu) Moran of Maitland, Florida; one brother Cecil of Athens, one sister, Mrs. Earl Rugg of Vickenburg, Arizona; 11 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Funeral service were held Saturday, July 31, 1971 at 1 p.m. at the Schwartz-Wolfe Funeral Home in Kalkaska with the Rev. Geary Bird of St. Paul's Lutheran Church officiating. Burial was made in Evergreen cemetery, Kalkaska."

NOTES: personal notes of Thelma Louise Rugg (pk9) ('Baptized 11 Jun 1916 - First Methodist, Highland Park, MI. Member of First Methodist, Royal Oak, MI)

From daughter Verna: born and died in house on farm at Manley Rd, section 2. Eloped to Thelma since her parents objected to a marriage.


Thelma Louise Rugg 
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Alvah married Thelma Louise Rugg, daughter of Edward Daniel Rugg and Lulu Belle Van Buren, on 24 May 1930 in , , MI. Thelma was born on 31 Jul 1908 in Rapid River Twp., Kalkaska, MI, died on 17 Dec 1990 in Fern Park, Seminole, FL and was buried in Evergreen Cem., Kalkaska, Kalkaska, MI.

General Notes: Notes of Thelma Louise Rugg; personal knowledge of Jeanne Johnson one day after death; Tombstone

Verna Lu Marie Johnson has a green tea pot & cake set that was Thelma's.

NOTES: notes of Thelma Louise Rugg ('Baptized 1921 in Peoples Church - Kalkaska. Member of First Methodist Royal Oak, MI. At present, 1976, member Asbury United Methodist of Maitland, FL.')

   26 M    iv. Clifford Johnson was born in 1903-1920 in , , MI, died in 1903-1920 and was buried in Clearwater, Rapid City, Kalkaska, MI.

General Notes: notes of Thelma Louise Rugg (died an infant)

Found a G. Johnson with small white cross #113 on back at cemetary at Rapid City, Rapid City, Kalkaska, MI

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