Descendants of Benjamin J. Johnson
Submitted by Jan J. Barnes
Benjamin J. Johnson was the son of
Richard Johnson and Lucy Hunter. (See Descendants of
Richard Johnson and Lucy Hunter.) He
was born in Louisa County, Va. abt. 1791. He died in Sumner County, Tn. on
20 May 1868, buried in the Maple Hill Cemetery in Portland. He married
three times and had 12 children. He married 1st in Sumner County in
abt. 1815 - 1817 to Rebecca Turner b 27 Dec 1795 in Amherst County, Va.,
d 5 Aug 1847, buried in the Maple Hill Cemetery, dau of John Turner and Elizabeth
Bailey. Milly Turner Cawley (Corley) was living with Benjamin and Rebecca
at this time. Milly wrote her will in July, 1847 leaving gifts of money
to some of Benjamin's grandchildren, his two youngest sons, and the 5 daughters
of her sister, Elizabeth Phillips. Rebecca is not mentioned in the will.
The relationship of Mildred Turner Corley is unknown to this family, but
Benjamin was the bondsman for her marriage to Austin Corley on 12 April 1823,
and Executor of her will and estate. (Will of
Milly Cawley) (Estate of
Milly Cauly) She is not mentioned as
an heir of Rebecca Turner's father, John, when he wrote his will in 1835.
(See Will of John Turner, 1835).
Benjamin first purchased land in Bethpage in 1816 from James Weathered,
98 acres on the waters of Bledsoe Creek. In 1837, he bought 175 acres
from his father, Richard, in the same area. In 1843, he moved to the
Fountain Head area, purchasing 340 acres of land from T. E. Douthett and
in 1858 he purchased the Alfred McAdams farm located in Fountain Head. His
land in Bethpage was sold beginning in 1846, to Benjamin Mabry, Abner Hanner
and William Gillespie. He gave 1 acre of land to be used for the Van
Buren School House in 1844. When Benjamin died, he still owned the two
tracts of land in Fountain Head. The tract known as the McAdams farm
was left to his 8 children with wife Rebecca Turner. (Will of
Benjamin Johnson) The McAdams farm
was sold in 3 tracts. One tract was purchased by his son, William,
the 2nd parcel by his son Franklin, and the 3rd tract was purchased by William
Strother. Strother was unable to pay for the land, and it
was auctioned again and was purchased by Benjamin's son in law, Richard
W. Bradley. The other tract, that began at the L & N RR Crossing,
southward was left to his widow, Phebe Jane Northam and her children. She
retained her farm and passed it down to her surviving children and heirs.
Portions of this land still remain in the Johnson family today. Benjamin
was a farmer, and he also sold wood to the railroad, stacking it at the crossing.
That crossing was known as "Johnson's Crossing" and is located just east
of Hwy. 109. He was undoubtedly a faithful member of the Methodist
Church and often taught singing classes as evidenced by a letter written
by M. G. Walker in 1905, who had fond remembrances of "Uncle Ben", his family,
and pleasant visits to the Johnson home. See news article -
Hunting Old Friends of Nearly 50 Years Ago.
Photo of Benjamin Johnson.
Children of Benjamin J. Johnson
and Rebecca Turner:
A. Nelson Johnson b abt. 1815
- 1818, d aft 1880, married Mildred "Minnie" Mabry (dau of John Mabry
and Margaret "Peggy" Trigg) in Sumner County, Tn. The marriage bond
was executed on 30 November 1837 by William Barr. Mildred died between
1858 - 1860.
Children of A. Nelson Johnson and Mildred Mabry:
Benjamin Johnson, born abt. 1838. He moved to West Tennessee
and had at least one son. Benjamin was deceased in 1866. (Loose
Amanda M. Johnson probably abt 1839. Amanda M. Johnson married
Albert T. Holmes, 1 February 1855 in Sumner County, Tennessee, by Samuel
Bradley, JP. Amanda and Albert were living in Dade County, Missouri
in 1860. In 1870 they had moved to Jackson County, Missouri. In
1900, Amanda was living with a daughter, Emma Colburn. She said she
was the mother of 6 children, 1 living. Albert is not with this family, although
Amanda indicates that she is still married. Children of Amanda M.
Johnson and Albert T. Holmes:
Mary A. Holmes, b in Tennessee abt. 1856.
William Holmes, b in Missouri abt. 1862.
Alice Holmes, b in Missouri abt. 1864.
Albert S. Holmes, b in Missouri in abt. 1867
Robert Holmes, b in Missouri in abt. 1869
Emma Holmes, b in Missouri in Oct., 1879. Married Harry B.
Mary A. Johnson born 1840. Mary is listed in the 1860 census
and is mentioned in the above lawsuit.
James N. Johnson born abt. 1842, living in 1874. James was
security for George Branon (Branham) as guardian of John and Elizabeth Johnson,
County Clerk's Minutes, January Term, 1874.
Susan Jane Johnson, born bet. 1845 - 1847 and died in 1910, Sumner
County, Tn. Her death certificate has her date of death as 30 August
1910, but the recording date was 26 July 1910. Death date was probably
23 July 1910. She married George Branham in Sumner County, Tn. on 2
June 1862. David Taylor was the bondsman. Known children of Susan
Jane Johnson and George Branham (from census records): 1) Mary, 2)
George, 3) William, 4) Georgia, 5) Maggie, 6) Jessie, 7) Nora, 8) Eligah
(Lidge) See Descendants of John W. Mason,
and 9) Sallie. Nora Branham married James Westly Pryor in Sumner County
on 18 April 1890. Lidge Branham married Lula Mason in Sumner County
on 29 March 1914.
Margaret R. Johnson born abt. 1849. She was living in 1874.
Sarah P. Johnson born abt. 1851. Still living in 1874.
Elijah B. Johnson born in 1853. Living with William and Elizabeth
Jane Johnson in 1870. Elijah was security for George Branon as guardian
of John and Elizabeth Johnson, County Clerk's Minutes, January Term, 1874.
He died 17 September 1929 and is buried in the Dry Fork Cemetery in
John R. Johnson born 31 December 1855 in Sumner County, d 11 December
1939 in Simpson Co, Ky, buried in Greenlawn Cemetery. Married Sarah
Ramsey in Sumner County on 25 January 1881.
(Obit) John was living with
Jesse and Mary Dorris in the Sumner County census for 1870. He was
14 years of age. Children of John R. Johnson and Sarah Ramsey:
James William "Will" Johnson, b 22 August 1884 in Simpson County,
Ky., d 29 November 1954 in Simpson County, Ky. Married Laura Mallisa Turner,
b 1 Oct 1887, d 18 Aug 1949 in Simpson Co., Ky, dau of George Turner
and Ellen Neal. Photo Will and Laura
are buried in the Green Lawn Cemetery, Simpson County, Ky.
Cora Johnson b 31 May 1886, d 16 May 1949 married C. Arthur
Martin, b 31 August 1885, d 31 May 1967 on 10 September 1907 in Sumner County.
Photo Burial Green Lawn Cemetery, Simpson
Elizabeth "Bettie" A. Johnson, born abt. 1858. Living with
Jesse and Mary Dorris in 1870, age 12. Still living in 1874.
A. Nelson Johnson married 2nd to Matilda
Crowder (dau of Harbard Crowder and Nancy Connor) bond executed 24 September
1862 in Sumner County by R. B. Durham, JP. Matilda was born about 1846
and died in May, 1894. Children of A. Nelson Johnson
and Matilda Crowder:
Nancy A. Johnson b abt. 1863, d May, 1894. Nancy had 6 or
7 children born out of wedlock with James "Polk" Martin. Oral history
is that Polk Martin shot Nancy and her mother Matilda, and then killed himself.
Nancy's sister, Ella Johnson (Hodges), was hiding behind the door during
the murders. Nancy's children were admitted to the poor house on May
17, 1894. The following is listed in the Poor House Book, Sumner County:
Brody Johnson, age 13, W. N. Johnson, age 10, Virgil Johnson, age 6,
Febe Johnson, age 4, Casie Johnson age 2, Myrdal Johnson, no age given. In
the remarks section, there is this: "Michel Johnson died 24 August
1896." No age was listed for Michel. Court records show that Brodie
Johnson was apprenticed, and in 1900 he was living with the Wylie Cantrell
family. Children of Nancy Johnson and James "Polk" Martin: (Additional
information provided by Sheila Johnson
Smith) and Rachel Stout.
Photo of Nancy Johnson.
Brodie Johnson, b 8 June 1881, d 18 July 1929. He married
Clara H. Brown, dau of John Brown and Callie Crowder on 26 December 1905
in Sumner County (Marriage Index) They had 6 children.
William Nelson Johnson married Willie Maude Allen in Cheatham County,
Tn. They had 7 children.
James Virgil Johnson, b 3 April 1888, d 10 May 1975 married 1st
Pauline Minnis and 2nd Prillie Faye Huddleston.
Lillian Frances Johnson, (listed as "Febe" in poor house records) b
2 April 1889 or 1890 in Sumner County, d 7 October 1934, Memphis, Shelby
Co., Tn. Lillian married Charles Howard Stinnett on 20 September 1905
in Davidson County, Tn. Charles was b 29 November 1875, Giles
Co., Tn., d 4 August 1963, Shelby County, Memphis, Tn. Charles and
Lillian had the following children: Lottie Irene, Albert (died at birth),
Charles Howard, Mary, Ed, Jesse, David, Ruby, Mitchell, and Betty.
Photo of Lillian Frances
and James Virgil Johnson.
Myrdal Johnson moved to Cookeville and it is believed that she
L. William Johnson, b abt 1866
Roena Johnson, b abt. 1867
Ella Elvira Johnson, b 1 May 1869, d 17 February 1944, buried in
Rock Bridge Cemtery, Sumner Co, Tn. Married Jonathan Wylie Hodges on
20 Feb 1893, ceremony performed by S. T. Reddick. Jonathan Wylie Hodges was
the son of Marcus A. and Susan A. Hodges. He was born in October, 1858,
d 1909. He is buried in the Hodges Cemetery. A deed was registered
in Sumner County, Book 57, page 145, showing that on 10 February 1896, 12
acres of land belonging to "Nelse Johnson" in the 14th District was offerred
for sale because of liens for state and county taxes. Baily Cantrell
purchased the land for $5.33. Elvira Hodges applied for the redemption
of the land and the cancellation of the certificate of purchase issued to
Baily Cantrell. The land was conveyed to Elvira Hodges for "the use
and benefit of the heirs of Nelson Johnson, dated 23 June 1896, registered
4 January 1907.
Martha Johnson born abt. 1872
Matilda Zora Johnson, b 27 April 1879 in Sumner County,
d 26 January 1950 in Smith County. Married abt. 1896 to Jerry Franklin Lewis,
b 11 February 1875, d 11 December 1933. Burial in the McCrary Cemetery.
Known children of Matilda Zora Johnson and Jerry Franklin
Infant Lewis, b abt. 1897
Wealthy Lewis, b 8 May 1898, d 11 August 1962. Never married.
Burial McCrary Cemetery.
Perry W. Lewis, b 1900, d 1955, burial McCrary Cemetery.
Howard Lewis, b abt. 1906
Jessie L. Lewis, b abt 1912
Homer R. Lewis, b 12 March 1916, d 4 March 1978. Burial Smith
County Memorial Gardens.
William Johnson b 2 May 1820, d 30
October 1881, buried in the Maple Hill Cemetery. William married 1st
on 17 April 1845 in Sumner County to Abigail C. Bradley b 28 June 1822, d
October, 1855 burial - Maple Hill, dau of Abram Bradley and Zilphia Dorris.
Children of William Johnson and Abigail
Jane Johnson born abt 1845/1846. Jane was not found on the 1860
Joseph D. Johnson born abt. 1847 in Sumner County, d aft 1920.
He married on 21 December 1876 to Martha E. Freedle, b 9 Feb 1855,
d 21 September 1906, buried in Maple Hill, dau of Orville Houston Freedle
and Martha Ann Roney. Children of Joseph D. Johnson and Martha E.
Willie A. Johnson b 15 May 1879, d 27 March 1957, burial Maple
Hill, married on 19 December 1895 in Sumner County to John P. Turner, b 1
November 1872, d 29 April 1937, burial Maple Hill. Two daughters, Annie
Belle Turner, married a Lancaster and moved to Louisville, and Lela
Turner, married Elias Russell on 20 July 1916 (Marriage Index).
Charles O. Johnson b 30 July 1884, d 30 March 1972, burial Maple
Hill, married on 21 Feb 1918 (Marriage Index) in Sumner County to Maggie
M. Wright, b 7 Jan 1888, d 1 March 1976, burial Maple Hill. Two sons:
Harold W. Johnson, b & d 6 July 1920 and William Talmadge Johnson, b
5 January 1919, d 2 March 1980, burial Green Lawn Cemetery, Simpson County,
Ky. William Talmadge married Marjorie Unknown, probably in Simpson
Sephoria/Sephorin, born abt. 1849. Not listed on the 1860
William Johnson married 2nd to Elizabeth
Jane Dorris in 1857. The marriage listed between William
Johnston and E. J. Dorris, 1 January 1857. Elizabeth Jane Dorris
was the dau of Jesse Dorris and Mary Freeland, b 27 October 1829, d 26 July
1907, and she was a first cousin to William's first wife, Abigail C. Bradley.
She was listed as Jane, age 20, in the 1850 census with her parents.
In 1860, "Bettie" is William's wife, age 30. In later census
records with William, she is listed as Eu Jane and Elizabeth Jane and her
age is consistent. Her daughter's death certificate has her simply as Jane
Johnson. Jesse and Mary Dorris had two of Nelson Johnson's children
living with them in the 1870 census. Elizabeth Jane says on the 1900
census that she was the mother of 4 children, 1 living. Known children
of William Johnson and Elizabeth Jane Dorris:
James M. Johnson was born abt 1825/1826
in Sumner County, Tn. He married on 15 September 1846 in Sumner Co. to Margaret
Beason (bondsman Richard W. Bradley), b 15 June 1827, died 6 May 1881, dau
of Jacob Beason and Martha McKendree.
Descendants of James McKendree
James and Margaret moved to Warren County, Ky. after 1870. They
are listed on the 1880 census, along with their children, Edward, Lafayette,
and Mattie and granddaughter, Ella Mclellan (McLean).
(Additional information on the Lafayette Johnson family provided
Johnson.) Children of James M. Johnson
and Margaret Beason:
William Henry Johnson b 1847, d 27 March 1924. Married
Mary Blake Graves in Sumner County on 13 September 1870 (Marriage Index).
Mary was the dau of Benjamin F. Graves and Harriet C. Young. Her
death certificate states that she was b on 14 May 1841 and d 27 March 1924,
but her sister, Frances Logan Simpson was born b 20 October 1840. If Mary
was born 14 May 1841, that is not even quite 7 months later.
Fannies birth date is on her tombstone, and in the family Bible,
copied by Erick Montgomery. See Letter from
Mary Blake Graves
Johnson. (*William Henry Johnson's death certificate has
his birthdate as September 3, 1845. It lists his age as 78 years, 5
months, 24 days. On the 1900 census, his birth month and year was given
as August, 1846. It's likely that his birth year was 1847 since his
father and mother married in September, 1846. William Henry and Mary did
die on the same day. Daughter Edna Johnson was the informant on both
certificates, and William's certificate has a notation indicating that his
wife had died that same day. Cause of death was different for each of them.
The certificate says they were buried in the Lattimore Cemetery in
White House, Tennesseee. There is no tombstone information for them
in Sumner or Robertson County. However, in 1925, their children, Hugo J.
Johnson and Edna Johnson purchased land from J. W. and Ruth Murray. One
half acre of this land was a small cemetery. Hugo had also earlier
purchased land from J. T. Lattimer. The land ran adjacent to Daniel
Lattimer's property and this is more than likely the "Lattimore" cemetery
(mentioned on the death certificates) in which Mary and William Henry Johnson
were buried - jb) Mary says on census records that she was the mother
of 4 children, 4 living. Children of William Henry Johnson and Mary Blake
Elberta/Bertie Johnson b bet 1873 - 1876. On the 1880 census,
Elbert is a white, male, age 7, son. On the 1900 census, it is Bertie,
white female, age 24, dau and divorced. The 1900 census gives her birth
as June, 1876. Erick Montgomery was given the names of Mary Graves
Johnson's children. Elberta was female.
Edna Johnson, b abt. 1878. In 1930, she was unmarried and residing
with her brother Hugo in District 7 of Sumner County. She was 41 years
old in 1920, 45 years old in 1930. She was the informant for her parents
death certificates. She died before 1958.
James Huger "Hugo" Johnson (listed on all records as Hugo J. Johnson)
b 1881, d 24 March 1958 in Davidson County, Tn. His funeral home record has
his birth as 1883, but his mother, Mary, wrote a letter to her sister in
1881 and writes of her infant son, James Huger, who was 7 months old in November
of that year. Hugo never married.
Benjamin Banister Johnson, b 6 August 1884 in Sumner County, d
19 June 1959 in Davidson County, Tennessee. Married Cornelia Wilson
Wiseman in Sumner County on 18 November 1910 (Marriage Index). Cornelia
was the dau of Jonathan Wiseman and his first wife, Mollie Riddle. Cornelia
was b 12 November 1890, d 5 October 1953. Benjamin and Cornelia are
both buried in the Springhill Cemetery, Nashville. Children of Benjamin B.
Johnson and Cornelia Wiseman (from census records):
Ruby A. Johnson, b abt. 1911, married a Sherrod.
Mary Evelyn Johnson, b abt. 1914
Leon M. Johnson, b abt. 1916
Anna Margaret Johnson, born abt. 1918, married a Fudge.
Benjamin Banister Johnson, Jr., b abt. 1919
Vera Johnson, b abt. 1924
Missouri Ann Johnson, b about 1851.
Samuel B. Johnson, b abt. 1852/1853 in Sumner County, Tn, married
Cornelia Fisher in Warren County, Ky on 28 Feb 1878. Samuel d 23 June
1913, Cornelia in abt. 1907.
Edward "Ned" Johnson, b abt. 1855, married America Savannah White
on 20 September 1880 in Warren County, Ky.
Mattie Johnson, b abt. 1859. Married Albert McLean probably
in Warren County, Ky. in abt 1877. She was living with her parents
in 1880 and had one daughter, Ella, age 3. (Ella is listed on the
birth records for Warren County, Ky. as Elwell, born March 11, 1878, father
- Albert McLean, born in Ohio, mother - Mattie Johnson, born in Tennessee
Lafayette Johnson, b 15 Feb 1864 in Sumner County, Tn., d 11 March
1929, burial at Friendship Methodist Church near Alvaton, Ky. Married
on 16 July 1884 in Warren County, Ky to Rosa A. Thomas b 6 August 1865, d
8 November 1948, burial Friendship Methodist Church. Children of Layfette
Johnson and Rosa Thomas:
Elijah "Lige" Johnson, b 3 Dec 1884, d 14 Dec 1960
Mallie Johnson b 11 November 1892, d 5 March 1972
Gertha Ann Johnson, b 11 Apr 1893, d 14 June 1959, burial Bethany
Baptist Church, Alvaton, Ky
Herschel Bryant Johnson b 14 June 1896, d 14 June 1971, burial
Bethany Baptist Church
Samuel Homer Johnson b 25 September 1899, d 17 March 1982, burial
Bethany Baptist Church
John Johnson b 29 November 1902, d 16 April 1939, burial Friendship
Joe Johnson b 22 May 1905, d 24 August 1954
Mabel Margarett b 16 September 1910, d 5 January 1948
Mary Jane Johnson was b 20 September
1827, d 18 April 1898, burial Maple Hill Cemetery. She married Richard
W. Bradley, son of Abram Bradley and Zilphia Dorris, executed 23 December
1846 in Sumner County, by Thomas Buntin, JP. Richard W. Bradley was b 16
December 1825, d 14 April 1908. (Will of R.
W. Bradley) Children of Mary Jane Johnson
and Richard W. Bradley:
Rebecca Fredonia "Donie" Bradley, b 16 September 1847, d 3 July
1910 married in Sumner Co., Tn. on 5 March 1869 to Job F. Dye, b 6 January
1848, d 12 January 1923. Both are buried in the Maple Hill Cemetery.
Children of Rebecca Fredonia Bradley and Job F. Dye:
Minnie E. Dye b May, 1872, d 1947 married in Sumner County, Tn.
on 23 January 1892 (Marriage Index) to Charles G. Hobdy, b May, 1868,
d 1 June 1929. One daughter, Lillie Hobdy, born July, 1893.
William Bruce Dye b 1 October 1876, d 18 September 1960; Medical
Dr. in Robertson County, Tn. Buried in the Elmwood Cemetery next to
Jennie P., b 8 Mar 1880, d 9 September 1933.
Adelia E. "Delia" Bradley b 28 January 1849, d 12 October
1851, burial Maple Hill Cemetery.
Susan C. Bradley b 14 July 1850, d 4 July 1864, burial Maple Hill
Naomi Bradley b 4 January 1852, d 5 July 1860, burial Maple Hill
William A. "Billie" Bradley b 16 October 1853, d 26 December, 1918.
Married in Sumner County, Tn. on 23 October 1874 to Magnolia "Maggie"
Sarver, b 12 September 1855, d 20 October 1913, dau of E. H. C. Sarver and
Sarah Jane Denning. They had one son, Richard Elmore Bradley, b 17
November 1881, d 25 November 1901. Billie married 2nd in Sumner County,
Tn. on 3 November 1914 to Ellen Groves. They had no children together.
Will of William A. Bradley
Obituary of William A. Bradley.
George W. Bradley b 8 May 1856, d 20 August 1858. Buried
in the Maple Hill Cemetery.
M. Luther Bradley b 3 December 1857 in Sumner County, d 25 June
1935 in Robertson County. He was a medical dr. in the Sadlersville
area. He is buried in the Bradley Family Cemetery in Robertson County,
Tn. (from the WPA book, TSL&A) His wife, Bettie, is buried
next to him, b 21 September 1869, d 8 March 1957. A son is buried there
also, Richard Young Bradley, b 7 October 1900, d 20 January 1904.
John E. Bradley b 6 May 1859, d 9 January 1929. Married in
Sumner County on 2 February1888, (ceremony performed by W. W. Lynch, Minister
of the Gospel) to Queen Elizabeth Perdue, b 5 March 1865, d 27 March 1931.
Both are buried in the Maple Hill Cemetery. His father, Richard
W. Bradley, was living with him in 1900. Child of John E. Bradley and
Queen Perdue: Hattie Mae Bradley b 14 June 1894, d 1 April 1862, married
Brown West on 19 October 1912 (Marriage Index). Brown West was b 7 August
1890, d 22 May 1968. Hattie and Brown are buried in the Maple Hill
J. Abram Bradley born abt. 1861. Living in Green County,
IL in 1910.
Eliza Jane Bradley b 7 April 1864 in Sumner County, d 9 December
1930. Married in Sumner County on 18 July 1882 (Marriage Index) to
James William Dye. Children of Eliza Jane Bradley and James William
Charles L. Dye b 20 January 1886, d 4 February 1974, married in
Sumner County on 23 December 1912 (Marriage Index) to Jonny Marlin, b 24
July 1889, d 23 Octobr 1970, both buried in the Maple Hill Cemetery.
Thurman Dye, b 23 January 1888, d 14 March 1944, buried Maple Hill
Paul Dye b abt February, 1892
Ola Mae Dye, b 5 May 1894, d 30 April 1935, married in Sumner County
on 31 May 1915 (Marriage Index) to William Hampton Caudill, b 8 March 1893,
d 30 March 1974. They are both buried in the Maple Hill Cemetery.
Obituary of William Hampton
Caudill. William Hampton Caudill married 2nd to Zula Groves on 12 March
1936 in Sumner County, Tn. Two sons. Zula was born in 1910 and
died in 1998. She is buried in the Maple Hill Cemetery.
Children of Ola Mae Dye and William Hampton Caudill:
Edith Caudill b 19 May 1916, d 2 August 1991; never married; burial Maple
William Dye Caudill, b 28 March 1918, d 2 March 1997. Burial Maple
Hill Cemetery. Married Marguerite Carter, dau of Newton and Commie Henson
Carter, b 29 November 1916, d 1 December 2005. The Sumner County Marriage
Index gives the date of their marriage as 6 June 1936.
Max Thurman Caudill, b 2 April 1920, d 30 July 1952. Never
Cappie L. Caudill, b abt 1922; lived in Sparta, Tennessee.
Infant Caudill, b 28 December 1924, died 4 January 1925; burial Maple
Paul Patton "Pat" Caudill, b 6 July 1926, d 14 May 1945. Never married.
Died during World War II on Okinawa.
James William Dye, Jr. b 23 October 1896, d 15 May 1976, married
in Sumner County on 24 January 1920 (Marriage Index) to Clara Caudill, b
16 October 1896, d 28 September 1976; both are buried in the Maple Hill Cemetery.
(Miss Clara was one of my favorite school teachers - jb)
They had two children, Sue Dye Keller and James William Dye, III.
Obit of Clara Caudill
Benjamin Franklin Johnson b 4 April 1829 in
Sumner County, d 12 October 1899 in Sumner County. Married Elizabeth Northam,
dau of Eli Northam and Mary McDowell on 23
March 1854 in Simpson County, Ky. Elizabeth was born in Simpson Co.,
Ky on 22 September 1821, d 20 March 1902. Franklin and Elizabeth are
buried in the Maple Hill Cemetery. Children of
Benjamin Franklin Johnson and Elizabeth
John D. Johnson b 4 March 1855, d 29 January 1928; married Mary
Frances Canida/Canada (b 7 May 1857, d 11 March 1922) in Sumner County on
24 January 1887. Both are buried in the Ebenezer Cemetery. Children
of John D. Johnson and Mary Frances Canada:
Lizzie Johnson, b 1886 in Sumner County, Tn. d 1968 in Texola,
Beckham County, Oklahoma. Burial in the Texola Cemetery, Oklahoma. Married
Liter Barnard, son of Henderson Barnard and Amanda Cummings, in Sumner County,
Tn. on 5 April 1906 (Marriage Index). Liter was b in 1886 in Sumner
County, Tn., and d in 1967 in Texola, Beckham County, Oklahoma. Burial
in the Texola Cemetery, Oklahoma. Children of Lizzie Johnson
and Liter Barnard:
Howard T. Barnard, b 21 May 1907, d 20 February 1908. Buried in
the Ebenezer Cemetery, Sumner County, Tn.
Willard W. Barnard, b 12 June 1909, d 24 November 1910. Buried in
the Ebenezer Cemetery, Sumner County, Tn.
Brady V. Barnard, b 1913 in Sumner County, Tn., d 1934 Texola, Beckham
County, Oklahoma. Burial in the Texola Cemetery, Oklahoma.
Ruth Bernice Barnard, b abt 1915 in Sumner County. Was living with
her parents in 1930 in Beckham County, Oklahoma.
William Edgar "Eddie" Barnard, b 1918 in Sumner County. Died 1932
in Beckham County, Oklahoma. Burial in the Texola Cemetery, Oklahoma.
William B. Johnson b 21 October 1888, d 7 August 1955, buried in
Ebenezer Cemetery. Married Lola B. Thomason (b 1893, d 1967, dau of Alfred
Thomason and Laura Alderson) in Sumner County on 30 April 1910. Children
of William B. Johnson and Lola B. Thomason: Wilda Johnson married a Roberts
and was living in Balitmore, MD at the time of her father's death, Paul Johnson,
living in Baltimore, MD in 1955 (Marriage Index has Paul Johnson to Adelle
Ramey, 7 January 1936), Wilson Johnson, living in Nashville, TN. in 1955,
William B. Johnson, Jr. living in Baltimore in 1955, and John D. Johnson,
living in Baltimore, MD in 1955.
Female Infant, b & d 8 March 1890, buried in the Ebenezer
Edgar Johnson, b July, 1893. Was living in 1928.
Georgia Ann Johnson born 26 December 1856, d 18 August 1913, married
(1st) Henry McDowell, b 1 September 1825, d 6 July 1904, son of John
McDowell and Hannah McAllister, in Sumner County on 6 February 1879. Henry
was previously married to Margaret Hinton. That marriage ended in divorce
in 1850. They had no children. Henry was Georgia Ann's mother's first
cousin. Georgia Ann married 2nd to William B. Barnard in Sumner County
on 19 April 1908. Georgia Ann is buried next to Henry McDowell in the Maple
Hill Cemetery. Child of Georgia Ann Johnson and Henry McDowell:
John Henry McDowell, b 12 January 1880, d 20 June 1959, married
in Sumner County on 5 January 1899 to Avis Elizabeth Clark, b 8 July 1880,
d 28 August 1964. Children of John Henry McDowell and Avis Elizabeth
Opie M. McDowell b 13 March 1902, d 9 August 1968.
Erma R. McDowell b abt. 1905/1906. Married first to Ray Heath in
Sumner County, Tn. on 27 July 1925. Ray Heath b 1897, d 1934. Buried
with the McDowells in the Maple Hill Cemetery. Erma remarried and was living
in Adairville, Ky. when her mother died in 1964.
Henry A. McDowell b abt 1907 in Sumner County, Tn. Henry was not
living when his mother died in 1964.
Howard McDowell b abt 1910; married Georgia M. Williams in Sumner County,
Tn. on 29 December 1933 (Marriage Index)
Georgia McDowell, b 7 October 1912 in Sumner County, Tn., d 19 August
2000. Married Harrison A. "Rooster" Williams, b 11 March 1909, d 1
Eli A. Johnson b 1 March 1859, d 14 April 1860. Buried in
the Maple Hill Cemetery.
Susan Johnson, b abt 1831, d aft 1880,
bef 1900. In the book, The Descendants of John Garrison of Sumner
County, Tennessee, by Lloyd Russell Garrison, Jessie Ola Garrison Summers,
states that her grandmother, Susan P. Garrison died at the home of her father,
Stephen Pleasant Garrison. She did not give a death date. Susan
Johnson is sometimes listed as Susan Ann, Susanna and Susan P. (Pleasant).
She was married twice, 1st after 1850 to an Unknown Allen. On
the 1860 census, she is living with her father, Benjamin, and 4 children
with the surname of Allen. Her daughter, Mary Jane, has on her death
certificate that her father's name was John Allen, born in Indiana. Known
children of Susan Johnson and John Allen:
Sarah Rebecca Allen b abt. 1852/1853. Living in 1880.
James Allen b abt 1855, married in Sumner County on 24 December
1877 to Martha Williams, bondsman D. R. Honeycut. Susan Johnson Allen
Garrison was living with James in 1880. James moved to Modesa, Ca and
was still living in 1932.
Mary Jane Allen, b 7 January 1857, d 17 April 1932. Married
John R. Culbreath (b 13 February 1831, d 5 July 1904, buried in the Searcy
Cemetery) in Sumner County, Tn. on 13 January 1877 (Marriage Index)
On Mary Jane's death certificate, she says she was born in Indiana.
Her obituary states that she returned to Tennessee at age 5. See
Descendants of John R. Culbreath.
John Franklin Allen b abt. 1858/1859. Not found on the 1860
Susan Johnson married 2nd to Hampton
Garrison, son of John Garrison and Rhoda Hampton, in Sumner County, Tn. on
15 January 1863, bondsman James. A. Morris. Hampton Garrison was born
2 January 1820, d 28 March 1873 in Sumner County. He was married previously
to Martha Parham in Sumner County 18 September 1841 and had 8 children:
Eliza A., James, Martha A., Alexander Wesley, Rhoda Elizabeth, Hampton
Burrell, Missouri Vandelia, and Rebecca Alice. Children of
Susan Johnson and Hampton Garrison:
William Garrison, born abt 1869, listed in the 1870 census as age
1. Not found with Susan in the 1880 census.
Stephen Pleasant Garrison b 27 April 1865, d 2 April 1930, buried
in the Halltown Cemetery. Stephen Garrison was married twice, 1st to Nancy
Virginia "Jennie" Culbreath in Robertson County, Tn. on 1 June 1891.
Jennie, b 11 October 1873, d 19 February 1910, is buried in
the Halltown Cemetery. (Jennie Culbreath was a half sister to Stephen's
niece, Iva E. Culbreath, dau of Mary Jane Allen Culbreath. Iva married
Stephen's cousin Arthur Edward Garrison). (See Deed -
S. P. Garrison Heirs to S. E. Garrison,
1934) Stephen P. Garrison married 2nd on 23 May 1912 in Sumner County
to Mary Alice Link, dau of Thomas Link and Nancy E. Perdue. Alice died
on 5 May 1942. They had no children together.
Children of Stephen Pleasant Johnson and Nancy Virginia Culbreath:
Jessie Ola Garrison b 21 March 1892, d 3 December 1976, married
in Sumner County on 10 July 1910 to Jacob Andrew "Jake" Summers. Two
children, Granville Uery Summers, b 24 May 1911, d 16 July 1991 and Velma
Utah Summers, b 14 December 1923, d 16 July 1991.
William Vernon Garrison b 30 Jan 1895, d 21 July 1958, married
Lavinia Bernice Creekmore in Sumner County on 19 December 1923 (Marriage
Robert Alton Garrison, b 21 October 1904, d 11 January 1953. Died
in Davidson County (funeral home record). Buried in the Maple Hill
Cemetery. Married on 6 December 1930 (Marriage Index) in Sumner County
to Maude Petty b 28 March 1911, d 1 May 1993. Maude is buried
in the Maple Hill Cemetery.
Stephen Eslie Garrison, b 28 September 1908. Moved to South
Carolina. Died in Camden, Kershaw, South Carolina in October, 1965.
Alonzo Carlos Garrison b 28 March 1873 (death date of his father
according to family history. On the 1900 census, Alonzo Garrison says
that he was born March, 1874), d 12 April 1940 in Davidson County, Tn. Alonzo
Carlos is buried in the Jake Link Cemetery (see Mary Johnson Hester Link's
Diary), although there is no tombstone for him. He married Lizzie Griffin
before 1893. This marriage ended in divorce before 1910. They had 4
children (information from census records):
Walter Garrison, b April, 1893 (1900 census)
Olean Garrison, b October, 1894 (1900 census)
Braznell Garrison, b October 1897 (1900 census)
Lillard A. Garrison May, 1899 (1900 census)
On the 1910 census, Davidson County, Alonzo Garrison was 38 years old,
married to Dora age 45. There was one son living with him that was probably
Dora's child from a previous marriage, another Walter. Carlos and Lizzie's
son, Walter, was living with her in 1910. Another child was listed
with Carlos, Frederick, age 4, that might have belonged to Alonzo and Dora,
based on birth information.
John R. Johnson b abt. 1837, died June,
1869. John R. Johnson was married twice. His first wife is unknown.
There is a bond for John R. Johnson and Mary A. Bradley, dated 22 November
1856, executed by G? T. Brown, JP on 29 November 1856. The bondsman
was Jacob F. Covington. John's first child was born 11 months later, so it
is very likely that this was his first marriage, but nothing has been found
to prove it. Mary A. Bradley was born abt 1837. She is found
in the 1850 census with her father, Samuel, age 65, mother, Nancy, age 54
and she also had a younger sister named Nancy. Samuel and Nancy Bradley
were not found in the 1860 census for Sumner County. Child of
John R. Johnson and Unknown:
Nancy R. Johnson b 17 October 1857, d 15 December 1878, married
in Sumner County on 11 July 1878. Nancy is buried in the Old Fountain
Head Cemetery. Andrew E. McGlothlin, b 12 January 1853, d 12 June 1893,
remarried in 1892. He is buried in the Greenlawn Cemetery in Simpson
Co., Ky. Nancy and her father are on the 1860 census alone. In
1870, she was living with her Uncle William Johnson.
John R. Johnson married 2nd to Emily
A. E. Hodges in Sumner County on 19 March 1866 (Original Bond), ceremony
performed by M. Hodges, MG (Emily's uncle, Meredith Hodges). There
is confusion for Hodges and Johnson researchers as to how many children John
and Emily had together. In the book, The Family of Isham and Betsy
Hodges from Virginia to Tennessee, by Juanita Patton, there is a supplement
that shows a family Bible record written by Ezekiel C. Hodges with his birth
date, his children's birth date, and his grandchildren's birth date. E.
J. Keen supplied copies of these records to Mrs. Patton for her book. (See
Ezekiel Hodges Bible) These pages written
in Ezekiel's Bible read: Isadore Lee Johnson born December 14, 1866,
Penelope Ann Johnson was born July 19, 1868, and J. W. J. Johnson was born
November 29, 1869. On another page, Ezekiel Hodges wrote the names
of nine family members who had departed this life, including J. W. J. Johnson
on March 24, 1874. In records, dated August, 1869 (loose record #12411)
and Chancery Court Records, dated September, 1869 it lists the heirs of John
R. Johnson as Nancy Johnson, Nettie (Nellie) Johnson, and Dora Johnson.
(William Johnson and R. W. Bradley vs
the Heirs of Benjamin Johnson, 1869) There is no mention of a
pregnancy or forthcoming heir. On 12 March 1870, Guardian ad litem
for the minor heirs of John R. Johnson, James W. Blackmore, files an answer
to an amended bill. It states in part: Wm. Johnson & R.
W. Bradley vs. Emily Johnson, et al The joint and separate answers
of Nancy, Dora, and Nellie Johnson by their guardian ad litem, James W. Blackmore
to the Amended Bill of Complaint of Wm Johnson & R. W Bradley Admins.
etc filed in the Sumner Chancery Court against J. W. Spradlin, Admr. of Jno.
R. Johnson, Emily Johnson and themselves as the minor heirs of said Jno R.
Johnson, decd. J. W. J. Johnson may truly have been a child
of Jno. R. Johnson and Emily Hodges, but he is never mentioned in any court
documents or proceedings as an heir during the years 1869 - 1874. Emily is
not found on census records for 1870, which would have been most helpful
in determining the existence of J. W. J. Johnson as her son. In 1880, she
is living with her widowed mother, Rebecca. She is 37 years old, her
daughter Penelope A., age 11, is also living in this household. In
1900, Emily is living in District 12 of Sumner County, she is 57 years old,
a widow, lists her birthdate as May, 1843, and says she is the mother of
3 children, none living. She also says her parents were both born in
Tennessee. A grandson, Marieda, age 7, born in Tennessee
in March of 1893, is living with her. Emily is not found on the
1910 census. There is no record of her death.
Children of John R. Johnson and Emily Hodges:
Isadore Johnson, b 14 December 1866.
Penelope Ann Johnson, b 19 July 1868, died before 1900.
Stephen J. Johnson b abt. 1838/1839.
Date of death unknown, but he was living in 1880. Stephen J.
Johnson married Sarah Marinda Shaw on 13 October 1860, G. B. Allen, bondsman,
John Winn, MG performed the ceremony. Sarah Marinda Shaw b 22 December
1841, died bef 1889, was the daughter of James Logan Shaw and Marinda Harder.
In 1870, Stephen and Sarah were living in Weakley County, Tn. In 1876,
Stephen was living in Stoddard Co., Mo. as evidenced by a Power of Attorney
he sent to his brother in law, R. W. Bradley.
(See S. J. Johnson Power of Attorney to
R. W. Bradley, 1876) Stephen and Sarah were living in Dunklin County,
Mo. in 1880. There are no children living with them on this census.
Loose record # 11379, J. L. Shaw vs. Ann T. Marlin, 1889, tells us
that Sarah M. Johnson is deceased and gives the names of her heirs. They
were paid their portion of inheritance money in 1896, but are listed simply
as the heirs of Sarah M. Johnson. There are no papers in this loose
record to indicate where the money was sent. There is no mention as to whether
Stephen is alive or not.
Children of Stephen J. Johnson and Sarah Marinda
Stephen M. Johnson, b 28 February 1862, d 1 July 1864, buried in
the Shaw Cemetery, Sumner County.
Charles B. Johnson, b abt. 1866 in Sumner County, TN. Living
in Missouri in 1889. The 1870 census has him listed as Charles B. The
loose record above calls him C. B., Carlos, and Collis B. His name might
have been Collins, since Stephen had an Uncle named Richard Collins Johnson.
He was of age in 1889.
Almeda Johnson, b 8 November 1867, d 7 August 1869, buried in the
John Johnson b December, 1869 (according to the 1870 census).
Was living in 1889.
Jasper Johnson, birth unknown, minor child in 1889.
Leona E. Johnson, birth unknown, minor child in 1889.
Benjamin J. Johnson was married 2nd
to Mary "Polly" C. Payne in Sumner County on 10 September 1850. Mary
was b 13 March 1821, dau of Robert Payne and Sarah Beard. She died
bef 1855. Oral history says that she had two children who did not
Benjamin J. Johnson was married 3rd
to Phebe Jane Northam, dau of Eli Northam and Mary McDowell. (Descendants
of Eli Northam) They were married 7 October
1855 in Sumner County. Phebe was born 23 April 1833, d 16 January 1907
in Sumner County. She is buried beside Benjamin in the Maple Hill Cemetery.
Photo of Phebe Jane Northam.
Children of Benjamin J. Johnson and Phebe Jane Northam:
Mary "Minnie" L. Johnson b 2 August 1856,
d 12 January 1872. Buried in the Maple Hill Cemetery.
M. Elizabeth Johnson, b 26 June 1859,
d 10 May 1895. Burial in the Old Brush Cemetery, Sumner County, Tn.
Married James S. Brooks, son of Richard Thompson Brooks and Mahala
Hunter, in Sumner County on 23 December 1880. James married 2nd to
Sally Lusk in Sumner County on 18 January 1900. Sally had been married
previously and had a daughter. (Brooks & Crafton reseacher,
Ed Stone) Children of
Elizabeth Johnson and James S. Brooks:
Bertha Brooks, b 6 March 1882, d 29 September 1916. She married
Robert W. Stewart in Sumner County on 26 October 1902 (Marriage Index).
Bertha is buried in the Old Brush Cemetery, beside her half brother,
W. A. Brooks. She and Robert had one child in the 1910 census, Ruby
M. Stewart, who was born in Indiana. Bertha and Robert were living
next door to her Uncle Davis Johnson in 1910.
Daisy V. Brooks, b 19 June 1884, d 11 May 1972. Married in
Sumner County on 24 December 1910 (Marriage Index) to George R. Crafton,
b 13 December 1873, d 25 January 1952. According to the 1920 and 1930
census records, they had 8 children. Daisy and George are buried
in the Green Lawn Cemetery, Simpson County, Ky.
Davis Bouregard Johnson b 29 November 1861,
d 8 October 1944 in Sumner County. Buried in the Maple Hill Cemetery.
Davis married America Drucilla Short in Sumner County on 20 September 1883.
Photo of Davis and America. America
was the dau of Isaac M. Short and Jennetty White. She was b on 6 October
1865, d 10 February 1960. She is buried in the Maple Hill Cemetery.
Child of Davis B. Johnson and America D. Short:
Martin Luther Johnson b 13 October 1884, d 1 April 1979 in Sumner
County. Married Lela Mae Smart on 2 November 1910 by Rev. G. H. Austin.
Lela was the daughter of James Marion Smart (See Descendants of
John N. Smart) and Nina Adella Belcher (See
Descendants of James McKendree) She
was born on 15 March 1892 in Wilson County, Tn., d 15 April 1989 in Sumner
County, Tn. Luther was a farmer in Portland and farmed his land until he
was well past 80 years of age. He was a member of the McKendree Methodist
Church, joining in 1915 and being a faithful member until his death at age
94. Photo of Luther Johnson and
family. Luther and Lela are buried in the Maple Hill Cemetery.
Will of Martin Luther
Johnson. Children of Martin Luther Johnson and Lela Mae Smart:
Guilford Martin Johnson, b 22 September 1911, d 16 March 1998.
Guilford married Mildred Marie "Tis" Wiseman in Simpson County, Franklin,
Ky. on 26 December 1932. Tis was the daughter of James William
Wiseman, Sr. and Tempie Lane. She was b on 14 October 1915, d 22 March
2002. Guilford and Tis are buried in the Portland Memorial Gardens
Cemetery. Guil and Tis had 4 children. Photo of
Guilford and Tis
Garnett Odell Johnson, b 27 February 1913, d 25 September 1982.
Photo of Garnett. He married Barbara Louise
Harris on 29 May 1946. They divorced in 1971. They had 7 children.
Three children are deceased, Mark Clark Johnson b 22 May 1947, d 28
August 1975; Sandra Johnson Keen, b 24 April 1948, d January, 1991;
and Garnett Ann Johnson, b 14 November 1958, d 31 July 1997.
James Davis Johnson, b 13 October 1918, d 9 July 2001. J.
D. married in Allen County, Ky. on 20 February 1939 to Marie Durrett, dau
of Leslie Davis Durrett and Cora Belle McMurtry. Marie was born in
Robertson County, Tn. on 3 August 1921, d 21 February 2003 in Hillsborough
County, Tampa, FL. J. D. and Marie are buried in the Portland Memorial
Gardens Cemetery. They had two children. Photos of
J. D. and Marie.
Winnie Lucille Johnson, b 15 July 1925, married Kenneth Bryan Lane
in Simpson County, Ky. on 26 June 1943. Photo of
Winnie and Kenneth. They have four
Cornelius S. Johnson b 3 March
1865, d 17 July 1897 in Sumner County, buried in the Maple Hill Cemetery.
Cornelius married in Sumner County on 31 December 1885 to Emeline Frances
Short, elder sister of America Drucilla Short, dau of Isaac M. Short and
Jennetty White. Frances was b 29 October 1863, d 4 July 1928. She
gave birth to her youngest child as her husband was dying of measles in the
same room. She is buried in the Maple Hill Cemetery. Photo of
Emmeline Frances Short Johnson and
Family. Children of Cornelius S. Johnson and Emeline Frances Short:
Belle Johnson, b 1887, d 1938, married in Sumner County to Robert
"Bob" Hudson on 9 June 1906. (Marriage Index)
(Photo of Belle and Bob) Bob
was the son of Irby Hudson and Dorotha Bell. Bob was b in 1881, d 1959.
Belle and Bob are buried in the Old Brush Cemetery. Children
of Belle Johnson and Bob Hudson:
Charlie Richard Hudson, b 2 July 1911, d 21 May 1990. Never
Paul Moor Hudson b 7 June 1915, d 14 September 1915.
Guy Hudson, b 6 May 1920 - 29 May 1969; married Eva Nell Cole.
They had 3 children.
Benjamin Isaac "Bennie" Johnson, b. November 30 1888 Sumner Co.
Tn., d February 19, 1906, buried in Maple Hill Cemetery. Not married
Lovie E. Johnson, b August, 1891, married Joseph H. Whitaker. (Joe
married twice after Lovie died. Photo of
Joe Whitaker) They lived in Indianpolis and had two sons, Martin
Whitaker b 1912, d 5 April 1977 in Grove, Indiana. Martin married first
to Mary Alice Shimer. They had 3 children, Lovie, Nancy, and Richard
"Dickie" Whitaker. He married second, in Indiana, to Estelle Crafton,
dau of Beulah Smart and Millard Austin Crafton. They had no children
together. Martin and Estelle are buried in the Maple Hill Cemetery,
Portland, Sumner County, Tn. The second son was Harry Whitaker who married
Helen Shaubert in Indiana. They had two sons, one is still living,
the other, Robert "Bobbie" Whitaker died in Texas. Harry died in Indianapolis
in the mid-1960's.
Richard Johnson b May, 1894; married Dorothy in Indianpolis, In.
Moved to Arizona in his later years.
Photo of Richard Johnson.
Cornelius Spotswood "Neal" Johnson b b. July 16, 1897, d. 22 June
1981 in Sumner Co., Tn. Married 5 July 1914 by Rev. G. H. Austin in Sumner
Co., Tn. to Della Ray b. 10 Feb 1898, d. 13 Jul 1973.
Photo of Neal Johnson.
Lucy L. Johnson b. February 19, 1868
Sumner Co., TN, died May 16, 1903. Buried in the Maple Hill Cemetery. Married
16 Jan 1888 to Harvey H. Smith. They had one child, Annie, b Sept. 1888.
Photo of Lucy Johnson Smith and
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