THE FAMILY OF WILLIAM AND NANCY MORGAN JOHNSON
OF MIDDLE CREEK IN GREENE COUNTY, TENNESSEE
THIS FAMILY HISTORY
HAS BEEN COMPILED FROM PRIMARY SOURCE DOCUMENTS IN
TENNESSEE, SOUTH CAROLINA, ILLINOIS AND MISSOURI;
GREENE COUNTY MARRIAGES 1783-1868 BY GOLDENE FILLERS
BURGNER; THE 1842 CHANCERY COURT RECORDS OF THE ESTATE
SETTLEMENT OF WILLIAM JOHNSON AND ASSOCIATED SALE OF HIS
LAND ON MIDDLE CREEK IN CIVIL DISTRICT 1 IN GREENE
COUNTY, TENNESSEE; CIVIL WAR PENSION FILES OF
CHRISTOPHER COOPER JOHNSON AND THE ASSOCIATED ORPHANS’
CUSTODIAL RECORDS TO CHRISTOPHER’S SISTER, ELIZABETH
JANE JOHNS(T)ON JOHNSON; CIVIL WAR SERVICE RECORDS OF
THE SONS OF ROBERT HENRY JOHNSON AND WILLIAM CALVIN
HATLEY, HUSBAND OF NANCY JOHNSON; LETTERS FROM WILLIAM
CALVIN HATLEY TO HIS WIFE, NANCY JOHNSON HATLEY; THE
DIVORCE RECORDS OF NANCY JOHNSON HATLEY; THE BIOGRAPHY
OF WILLIAM L. JOHNSON, GRANDSON OF JOHN KENT JOHNSON, AS
PUBLISHED IN THE BOOK, HISTORY OF SOUTHERN ILLINOIS;
EARLY JOHNSON’S OF HAMILTON COUNTY ILLINOIS BY
REVEREND JAMES WILLIAM DUPREE; THE BOOKS, FRANKLIN
COUNTY, ILLINOIS 1850 AND 1860 CENSUS AND
FRANKLIN COUNTY, ILLINOIS 1870 PLUS, BY JUDITH
WALLEY COUEY; THE HISTORY AND GENEALOGY OF THE ROBERT
AND RACHEL PAGE FAMILY, VOLUME 1, BY DONALD W. PAGE;
THE BOOK, HISTORY OF PULASKI COUNTY, MISSOURI,
PUBLISHED BY THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY; AND FAMILY
INFORMATION FROM THE DESCENDANTS OF WILLIAM AND NANCY
THE FAMILY OF WILLIAM AND
NANCY MORGAN JOHNSON
OF GREENE COUNTY, TENNESSEE
Co-written with W.
and Virginia Cunningham
and submitted by Stevie
William Johnson married Nancy Morgan on 11-8-1811
in Green County, TN, with Ephraim Skyles listed as bondsman.
They continued to live in Greene County the rest of their
lives. Their places of birth and parents’ names cannot be
proven at this time. The only authoritative clue to his age
comes from the 1840 Census of Greene County which enumerates a
William Johnson, age 60-70, with three females in his household,
ages 60-70, 10-15, and 5-10. This places William’s birth date
in the 1770-1780 decade, which would be consistent with the 1811
year of marriage. The female listed as age 60-70 is probably
William’s second wife, Mary (“Polly”) Dameron, whom he married
in March 1840. She is his named widow in 1842.
Glimpses of William and Nancy Morgan Johnson’s lives can be
found by checking Greene County Tax Books, Court records, and
land Deeds. His name appears in the “Chucky” District 1 area in
the tax records starting in 1809 up through 1843. Between
1830-1834, William purchased a total of 450 acres of land on the
south side of the Nolachucky River by the head of Big Spring and
the head of Middle Creek. He sold 100 acres of this land to his
son, Robert, with W. C. Maloney and R. R. Smith, witnesses.
Another 50 acres was sold to Robert in 1841, with H. G. Johnson
and John Johnson, Robert’s brothers, signing as witnesses.
A more intimate portrait of William and Nancy Morgan Johnson
comes from William’s divorce petition of 6-14-1839. In the
petition William stated he and Nancy had been married 28 years
living together until 4-17-1838. At that time he accused
Nancy of deserting him to live with William Morgan. The Court
granted this divorce based on these charges on 2-10-1840.
On 3-5-1840, William Johnson married “Polly”
(Mary) Dameron, bond by Jonathan Prather. William Johnson died
in May 1842. The 1843 Tax List for District 1 (the Middle Creek
area) shows 250 acres in the name of “Johnson, Wm., dcs.
heirs.” William’s son, John, petitioned the Circuit Court on
10-26-1842 to serve as estate administrator to sell real estate
belonging to William Johnson consisting of 400 acres “on the
south side of Chucky River and on headwaters of Middle situate
at the foot of Bear Wallow Mountain some 10 miles from
Greeneville.” This valuable document named all heirs: Robert
H. Johnson, Hiram Johnson, Charlotte Johnson, Elizabeth Johnson,
Anna Johnson, all over 21, and “Laney” Johnson, Nancy Johnson,
and Catherine Johnson, all under the age of 21. The 1842
petition stated the heirs were nonresidents of Greene County.
Another petition requested that George Forte (a representative
of the Greene County Court) be appointed guardian for the minor
heirs and the petition be served on William Johnson’s widow,
Mary Johnson, and William’s son, Hiram Johnson, residents of
William’s ex-wife, Nancy Morgan Johnson, is not
found in the 1840 Greene County census as a head of household.
She was possibly living with one of her many Morgan relatives at
the time of the Census. Nancy Morgan Johnson remarried to
William Morgan, her presumed cousin and correspondent in the
1839 divorce petition, on 2-20-1849 in Greene County. They are
in the l850 Census with no children in the household. Nancy is
age 60 (born c. 1790). Nancy and her second husband are not in
the 1860 Census. A widow, Nancy Morgan, age 80 (born c. 1790),
is in the 1870 Greene County census, once again, living in close
proximity to her numerous Morgan relatives. She is not in the
The children of William Johnson and Nancy Morgan
Johnson Morgan were:
1. Robert Henry,
born c. 1812 in Greene County, TN. Robert married Catherine
Smith. Robert migrated to Macedonia in Hamilton County,
Illinois in the early 1840’s where Robert was a farmer,
merchant, postmaster, and land developer.
For further information, please refer to the
Robert Henry Johnson Family.
2. John Kent, born
11-28-1813 in Greene County, TN. John married Nancy Allison
on 9-4-1834. They removed to Hamilton County, Illinois, about
1848 where John was a shoemaker and farmer in Macedonia.
For further information, please refer to
the John Kent Johnson Family.
3. Hiram Gibbs,
born c. 1816 in Greene County, TN. Hiram married Jane
Johns(t)on in Greene County on 9-7-1837. Jane (born 10-16-1817)
was the daughter of Zopher (Jr.) and Phebe Cooper Johns(t)on.
For further information on Jane’s family, please refer to
the Zopher (Junior) and Phebe Cooper Johns(t)on Family.
Hiram and Jane migrated to Macedonia, Illinois where Hiram
was a farmer in Franklin County. For
further information, please refer to the Hiram Gibbs and Jane
Johns(t)on Johnson Family.
born 2-13-1818 in Greene County, TN. Charlotte migrated to
Hamilton County, IL where she married Silas Messer Page in
December 1841. Silas was a farmer in Hamilton County until
1868, when the family migrated to Pulaski County, Missouri. For
further information, please refer to the Silas and Charlotte
Johnson Page Family.
5. Elizabeth, born
before 1822 in Greene County, TN. No further information is
6. Anna, born c. 1824 in Greene County, TN. On
11-17-1845 Anna Johnson married Allen Morgan in Greene County,
bond by Wylie Kelley. Anna and Allen lived near numerous Morgan
Families in the Middle Creek area in the 1850 and 1860 census.
Their children included: (1) Sarah, born c. 1846;
(2) Margaret, born c. 1847 who may have
died in childhood; (3) Susan A., born c. 1850, a
twin; (4) Thomas, born c. 1850, a twin
who may have died in childhood; (5) Angeline,
born c. 1854; (6) Louisa, born c.
1856; (7) Mary J., born c. 1859; (8) William,
born c. 1861; and (9) Nancy, born c. 1864. By
1880, the family had removed to Unicoi County, Tennessee.
born c. 1827/28 in Greene County, TN. Research indicates that
“Laney” who was named in her Father’s 1842 Estate Settlement is
probably “Leanna” Johnson who married Jonathan Browning in
Hamilton County, Illinois on 8-26-1848. William Johnson’s 1840
TN household included a daughter born c. 1830 who appears
to be Leanna (“Laney”) Johnson Browning, born 5-25-1827. Leanna
Johnson Browning lived in close proximity to her brothers,
Robert Henry Johnson and Hiram Gibbs Johnson. In the 1850
census, she is enumerated under the name of “Leana”; in 1860 she
is enumerated as “Laner”. Leanna Johnson Browning died in
Franklin County, Illinois on 11-25-1865 and is buried in the
Browning Family Cemetery. The children of Jonathan and Leanna
Browning were: (1) Augusta/Augustine, born c.
1849, who married James Martin on 1-7-1869; (2) John
Albion, born c. 1851; (3) James A., born
c. 1853, who may have died in childhood; (4) William R.,
born c. 1855; (5) Andrew P., born c. 1857;
(6) Jonathan H., born c. 1859, who married Ellen C.
Maddox on 8-8-1883; (7) Anna Lenora, born c. 1862,
who married Joseph T. Smith on 11-1-1882; (8) Ellsworth,
born c. 1864; and (9) Martin Sherman, born
3-15-1865, who married Fannie King on 10-3-1888. After their
Mother’s death, Jonathan H. and Ellsworth were raised by their
Uncle Robert Henry Johnson. Jonathan Browning remarried to
Louisa Allen. He died before 1870. In the 1870 census of
Franklin County, most of Jonathan and Leanna Johnson Browning’s
children were in the household of his second wife, Louisa Allen
born after 1822 in Greene County, TN. No further information is
born 12-9-1830 in Greene County, TN.
William Johnson’s 1840 household included a daughter born
1825-1830. She is probably Nancy who married William Calvin
Hatley in Greene County on 9-9-1845, bond by William Ross.
William C. Hatley was the son of Sherwood and Phebe Johnston
Hatley. Nancy and William C. Hatley are in the 1850 Greene
County census. Shortly thereafter, they removed to Missouri.
About 1859, Nancy Johnson Hatley and her children moved to
Hamilton County, IL where they lived between Robert Henry
Johnson (her brother) and Zopher Johnson Jr. (William’s Uncle).
For further information, please
refer to the Family of William Calvin and Nancy Johnston Hatley
and to the Family of Phebe Johns(t)on and Sherwood Hatley of
Greene County, Tennessee.
WILLIAM JOHNSON 1842 ESTATE
GREENE COUNTY, TENNESSEE
TRANSCRIBED BY STEVIE HUGHES
Spelling and punctuation unchanged.
“Chancery Court, Page 477
John Johnson, Admr
Vs Widow & Heirs at law of Wm Johnson decd
(Petition filed 13 Oct. 1842)
To the Hon. Seth J.W. Lucky, Judge of the first Judicial Circuit
in the State of Tennessee – The Petition of John Johnson,
Administrator of all and singular, the goods and chattels,
rights and credits of William Johnson deceased, respectfully
sheweth – That the said William Johnson departed this life
intestate on the ___ day of May in the year 1842 in the County
of Greene and Circuit aforesd, and that your petitioner took out
letters of Adm. Upon the estate of sd Wm on the ____day of _____
in the year 1842 – Petitioner states that previously to the
death of said Wm, he was much involved in debt, that suits were
instituted against him before his sd death and all the personal
estate belonging to said Wm levied on before his sd death, but
sold subsequently thereto for the satisfaction of sd. Debts so
sued upon before sd. Wm’s death – and there was consequently no
personal estate upon which your petitioner could administer –
Your petitioner further states that his said father Wm Johnson
died being much indebted over and independently of the debts
levied on the personal estate as before mentioned – Petitioner
is informed and believes, that there are still out standing
debts against the estate of his intestate, amounting to about
the sum of two hundred and fifty dollars and perhaps more than
that sum, for the payment of which sum of money your petitioner
has no assets – petitioner states further that his said father
died seized and possessed of certain lands situate in the County
of Greene, and within the Circuit aforesd amounting in all to
about four hundred acres on the south side of Chucky river and
on the head waters of middle and bounded as described in the
grants to Wm Johnson, herewith exhibited and a deed from James
Jennings also filed with this petition. Your petitioner states
that said land is situate at the foot of the Bear Wallow
mountain, some ten miles from Greeneville the County seat of
said County – It is mountain land and not considered valuable,
there being only about fifteen acres of cleared land upon the
whole body – Your petitioner thinks it extremely doubtful
whether said land will sell from a sum sufficient to pay the
debts above mentioned – He is well satisfied that it will be
necessary to sell the whole body of said land to discharge said
debts – Your petitioner states that the said Wm Johnson died
having a widow – Mary Johnson, who is still liveing – and Robert
H. Johnson, Hiram Johnson, Charlotte Johnson, Elizabeth Johnson,
Anna Johnson, and Petitioner who are all of full age – Laney
Johnson, Nancy Johnson, Catherine Johnson infants under the age
of twenty one years – all of whom are the children and heirs at
law of Wm Johnson decd. Petitioners intestate.
Your petitioner is advised that in the condition of sd.
Intestate’s estate, it is his duty to ask your Honor to decree a
sale of said land, for the purpose of paying off the said debts
so outstanding and unpaid – And as your petitioner is advised,
that petitions for the sale of real estate by an Executor or
Admr. And the proceedings thereon are to be had according to
rules of the Chancery Court, Petitioner asks that the sd widow
and heirs of sd Wm Johnson, be made parties left to this
proceeding, and that upon final hearing said lands may be
decreed to be sold. Upon such terms as your Honor shall think
best for the interest of sd estate and the proceeds to be
applied as far as necessary, to the payment of sd debts and
expenses of their proceeding and sale of sd land, and that any
residue be accounted for by your petitioner to the Heirs and
distributes of sd estate – And that by virtue of sd decree, the
title to said lands may be divested out of sd heirs and vested
in the purchaser or purchasers of the same – And that process
Sworn in open Court 12 Oct 1842. V. Sevier Clk”
COMMENT: The petitioner is
John Kent Johnson. He would later migrate to Hamilton County,
Illinois to join his brother, Robert Henry Johnson. The third
brother, Hiram Gibbs Johnson, also came to Illinois.
“October Term 1843 Thursday 20th
In this case it is ordered by the Court that publication be made
against Robert H. Johnson, Hiram Johnson, Charlotte Johnson,
Elizabeth Johnson, Anna Johnson who are of full age, Laney
Johnson, Nancy Johnson, Catharine Johnson who are minors under
the age of twenty one years, the Heirs at law of William Johnson
decd and who are now residents, to appear at the next term of
this Court and show cause why the petition of the said
Administrator should not be granted, and an order of sale be
issued to sell the lands of the said William Johnson decd to
satisfy the debts due from his Estate – Said publication to be
made in some public newspaper in the first Judicial Circuit in
this State for the space of sixty days.”
“February Term 1843 – Thursday 23
Upon motion of petitioner’s counsel it is ordered by the Court
that George W. Forte be appointed Guardian ad litem for the
infant heirs of said William Johnson, viz, Laney Johnson, Nancy
Johnson and Catharine Johnson, who are under the age of twenty
one years, with full power and authority, to act for and on
behalf of said infant heirs, to the intent that their interest
in the lands mentioned in the petition may be properly guarded –
And it is further ordered, that copies of the petition and the
ordinary subpoena in Chancery be served upon the widow of the
decedent , viz, Mary Johnson, and upon the infant Heirs
aforesaid and their guardian, and upon Hiram Johnson, who are
residents of the County of Greene and State of Tennessee.”
In the Circuit Court of Greene County
June Term, 1843
John Johnson Admr. Of the Estate of Wm. Johnson, dec’d
Vs The Widow & Heirs at law of Wm Johnson decd.
Pursuant to an order of the Honorable Court, I have proceeded to
take an account of the assets and liabilities of said Estate as
DR the Administrator – For John Eddleman’s note doubtful 200 lbs
Account acknowledged by George Click to be due from him to the
Estate doubtful 309 lbs bar Iron
The following are the claims against the Estate as far as has
come to the knowledge of the Administrator –
To Dr James F. Broyles account
Drury M. Surgen
George Maltsbarger about
Robert Johnson note
John J. Broyles account
Isaac Earnests note
Samuel Snapp & Son
Costs in Circuit Court against Estate
John Johnson’s acct for funeral expenses
McDowell, McGaughey & Co Judgment about
Expenses in County Court
Chas P. Byers for making publication – about -
Proving & Registering Deed for land
Taxes due on land
Johnson claims upon a bond which he holds upon intestate
1693 lbs Iron –
The Administrator reports a
claim set up by George House against the Estate which he
consider unjust – amount not stated –
16th June 1843 V.
By Geo W. Forte Cle”
“February, Term 1846,
The sale of real estate mentioned and described in the pleadings
in this cause coming on this 20th day of February
1846, for confirmation, before the Honorable T. M. Anderson,
Judge upon the report of the administrator, which is in the
words and figures following “Pursuant to the within order of
sale, I sold on the premises on the 5th day of August
1843, two tracts of land of the Estate of William Johnson
deceased, containing four hundred acres, be the same more or
less, lying on the head of Middle Creek, after advertising the
same in the Miscellany published in Greeneville, to Samuel Snapp,
for the sum of one hundred dollars and one cent, he being the
highest, best and last bidder for that sum.
John Johnson Adm – Which report being unexcepted to, is in all
things confirmed –
The Honorable Judge is therefore pleased to order, adjudge and
decree the title to all the lands mentioned in the pleadings in
this cause including fifty acres conveyed by James Jennings to
the said William Johnson, be divested out of the widow and heirs
at law of the said William Johnson, and vested in the said
Samuel Snapp and his heirs forever – And it is further ordered
that one third of the proceeds of said land be paid over to the
Clerk of this Court, for the use of said Mary and to be annually
loaned by said Clerk and the interest arising thereon annually
to be paid over to the said Mary – and out of the remainder of
said sum the costs of this proceeding shall be paid by the said
The answer of Mary Johnson, widow of Wm Johnson decd to the
petition of John Johnson Admr. Of said Wm Johnson, filed in the
Circuit Court of Greene County – Mary Johnson states that she is
willing and desireous that the Hon Court shall render a decree
in this case as she believes it will be for the interest of the
estate of said Wm Johnson decd. She further states that she is
willing to waive her dower right in the land mentioned in said
petition, and that the Court shall decree the sale of the whole
quantity of land aforesaid and that such portion of the proceeds
of said sale be allotted to her, as may be deemed proper by the
Court, the said Mary being anxious to have the debts due against
the estate of her deceased husband paid.
Mary Johnson “X” her mark”
WILLIAM JOHNSON’S LAND ON
Judy Dugan has researched the lands owned by William Johnson
that were sold to settle his Estate.
William Johnson made three major land purchases, all between
1830 and 1834:
1. Nov. 1830 purchase 200 acres on the head waters of Middle
Creek. This looks like forest or very close to forest land near
Green Ridge to the southeast and Horse Creek and Horse Creek
Campground to the east.
2. Jan. 20, 1832 purchase 200 acres on "head" of Middle
Creek. Grey Stone Road and Middle Creek Road run through this
property. Hampton Mill is just to the north (maybe a quarter
mile). Hampton Springs is on the property. Mountain View
Church is to the west and Jennings Creek is several miles south.
3. Feb. 22, 1834 purchase 50 acres from James Jennings. This
land lies directly between William Johnson's other 200 acre
properties. There appears to be an irregular 4-sided property
within the 2nd and 3rd purchases which is surrounded by his
property but does not belong to him.
THE FAMILY OF ROBERT HENRY
OF GREENE COUNTY, TENNESSEE
Co-written with Carleen Schmidt, Virginia Cunningham and Eldora
Robert Henry Johnson, born c. 1812 was the son of William and
Nancy Morgan Johnson. Robert Henry’s wife was Catherine
Smith. There is no marriage in Greene County for them. Robert
was in Hamilton County, Illinois by the early 1840’s. He was
probably the first of the intermarried members of the Zopher
Johnston Family and the William Johnson Family to have migrated
there. Many members of both families would follow.
(For further information please refer to the
Zopher and Phebe Cooper Johnston Family of Greene County,
Robert was a prosperous farmer and merchant in Hamilton County,
Illinois. The area where the family settled is known today as
Macedonia; however, in early years, it was named Johnsontown
because the town was created in 1858 from Robert’s land. Robert
was the Postmaster for several years. He was also interested in
When the Civil War came, Robert Henry formed the 13th
Illinois Cavalry, enlisting men from adjacent Hamilton and
Franklin Counties. Robert Henry Johnson died 2-19-1885. His
1885 obituary named only two surviving children, his daughter
Martha A., and his son, Samuel. Robert Henry Johnson and his
wife, Catherine, are believed to be buried in unmarked graves in
the Macedonia ME Church Cemetery where several of their children
are buried. Other family members are also buried there,
including the children of Robert’s brothers, Hiram Gibbs Johnson
and John Kent Johnson.
Robert Henry and Catherine had nine known children. These
(*Denotes buried at the ME Church
Cemetery in Macedonia, (Franklin County) Illinois)
1. Enoch*, born
July 1835. Enoch married Elizabeth Jane “Lizzie” Johnson, the
daughter of Christopher Cooper and Kathryn Kerbaugh Johnson, who
were also from Greene County and had removed to Illinois about
1853. Both of Elizabeth’s parents died during the Civil War.
Enoch and “Lizzie” raised her younger sisters.
For further information on Elizabeth Jane’s
family, please refer to the Christopher and Kathryn Kerbaugh
Johnson Family of Greene County, TN. For further information,
please refer to the Enoch and Lizzie Johnson Family.
2. Mary Ann*, born
c. 1837. She married William VanCleave*. After his death
during the Civil War on 10-4-1862, Mary Ann remarried to William
3. Samuel T., born
c. 1839. He married Rebecca Jane Fisher. Samuel and his family
were living in Jefferson County, Illinois in the 1880 Census.
Their 1880 household included the following children: (1)
Albert N., born c. 1864, who was named for his Uncle who
died during the Civil War; (2) S. C., born c.
1865; (3) Joseph W., born c. 1868; (4)
Clarence F., born c. 1870; and (5) Sherman E.,
born c. 1879. Samuel’s father, Robert Henry Johnson, died at
Samuel’s home near Mt. Vernon, (Jefferson County) Illinois in
4. Martha A., born
c. 1841. She married Wilson Thompson.
5. Robert J.*,
born April 1842. Robert (Junior) enlisted with the IL 40th
Infantry, Co. A. He died at 20 years of age on 7-1-1862 from
injuries sustained at the battle of Shiloh. He is described in
the Muster Rolls as 5’11” tall, with dark hair, dark complexion
and blue eyes.
6. Albert N.*,
born 1846. Albert enlisted with the 13th Illinois
Cavalry, the Civil War unit formed by his Father. Albert died
of disease at the age of 18 at Camp Butler in Springfield,
Illinois on 1-20-1864. Albert was 5’10” tall, with black hair,
dark complexion and black eyes. He and his brother, Robert J.,
have military markers at the ME Church Cemetery in Macedonia,
Illinois, with the inscription, “They Served Their Country”.
7. Harriet E.*,
born 11-13-1847. She died in childhood on 9-13-1858.
8. Flavius J.,
born c. 1849. He married three times. He first married Frances
Boldin; then to Lizzie Beardon; and thirdly to Elizabeth
Hunter. By 1871, Flavious had removed to Bradley, Van Buren
County, Arkansas. His 1880 household included his third wife,
Elizabeth and their children: (1) Lillie K., born
c. 1871 in Arkansas; (2) Mary E., born c. 1874;
and a stepson, (3) Robert A. Hunter, born c. 1866
9. Isabelle, born
c. 1851. She married B. J. W. Barnett.
Robert Henry Johnson was a prosperous and greatly admired man in
Hamilton County, Illinois. The town that grew-up where the
family settled during the mid-1840’s was called Johnsontown. In
1858, Robert Henry deeded land for the formal creation of the
town, hence forth to be called Macedonia, Illinois. The town
straddled the Hamilton County and Franklin County lines. The
business establishments were in Hamilton County. The Church and
Cemetery were in Franklin County.
Upon the devastating impact of the Civil War on this family, few
family members remained in Macedonia by 1880. Such was the sad
turn of events for Robert Henry’s Family. Robert Henry Johnson
died in 1885 in Jefferson County, Illinois, where he lived with
his son, Samuel.
Today, the town of
Macedonia, Illinois, has only the ME Church and Cemetery and a
handful of houses. The once thriving little village is now only
a fond memory.
ROBERT H. JOHNSON DEED TO THE
TOWN OF MACEDONIA,
TRANSCRIBED BY STEVIE HUGHES
FROM THE LAND ENTRY BOOK OF HAMILTON COUNTY, ILLINOIS:
“Lots Nos. 21 & 22 in Macedonia, Ill
Robert H. Johnson
Certificate of Entry as per Entry book. Dated February
2-5-1851, W/2 NW 31-5-5. 91 65
State of Illinois Hamilton County
I the undersigned Robert H Johnson being the owner of all the
land contained in the following plat to hereby make known to all
persons concerned that the following plat has by due authority
been surveyed and platted by Chester Carpenter Surveyor of said
County – I do herby deed all and set apart the land therein
platted to be a town in said County of Hamilton to be called
Macedonia in witness whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal
this 29 day of January the 1858.
Robert H. Johnson”
THE FAMILY OF ENOCH SANFORD
AND ELIZABETH JANE JOHNS(T)ON JOHNSON
OF HAMILTON COUNTY, ILLINOIS
Co-written with Carleen Schmidt
Enoch Sanford Johnson and Elizabeth “Lizzie” Jane
Johns(t)on were married by James Sneed, M.G., in Hamilton
County, Illinois on 8-18-1857. Enoch was born in Greene County,
Tennessee, in July 1835 to Robert Henry and Catherine Smith
Johnson, of the “Middle Creek” Johnson Family. Enoch came to
Hamilton County, Illinois, with his parents about 1842-1843.
Elizabeth Jane Johns(t)on, born c. 1841 in Greene County,
Tennessee, was the eldest daughter of Christopher Cooper and
Kathryn Kerbaugh Johns(t)on, of the “Roaring Fork” Johns(t)on
Family. Elizabeth came to Hamilton County, Illinois, with her
parents and other family members in late 1853.
Because both Enoch’s family and Elizabeth Jane’s
family originated in Greene County, Tennessee, and had
intermarried prior to both families’ arrival in Illinois,
speculation existed that these two Johnson/Johns(t)on families
of Greene County, Tennessee were related. Recent DNA testing
has confirmed this was not the case. (For comparison of the DNA
on these two Johnson Families, please refer to Appendix 2 on
Enoch and Lizzie settled in Macedonia, Illinois, which straddles
the Hamilton and Franklin County lines. Enoch was a farmer and
a wagon maker. In 1854, Enoch bought 80 acres of land in
Hamilton County. Enoch also owned and sold other property
around Macedonia over the next 20 years. Enoch’s father, Robert
Henry Johnson, was the “town father” of Macedonia, Illinois.
Enoch and Lizzie had at least nine children
according to the Hamilton County, Illinois, birth register which
lists a son, Lawrence (born 1870), as the ninth birth. The
hardships encountered by the early pioneers of the Midwest
prairie is evidenced by the death rate of children. Only two of
Enoch and Lizzie’s nine children reached adulthood. These two
children were a daughter, Frances Louisa (Fannie) born 3
November 1858, and a son, Lawrence Lemuel born 27 August 1870.
The names of the many children who died have been lost through
During the Civil War Elizabeth’s father, mother,
and infant brother, Ellsworth, died in Memphis, Tennessee, in
the Fall of 1862 where her father was in the Union Army with the
Illinois 40th, Company A. These deaths left Lizzie's
youngest three siblings orphaned. In 1864, Enoch and Lizzie
became the guardians for Lizzie’s siblings, Zopher Alexander
Johnson, Pheba Adeline Johnson, and Sarah Ann Johnson until they
married and/or reached legal age. Guardianship petitions and
Civil War pension claims provide the sad details of these
events. (Refer to the article on Christopher Cooper Johnson for
the transcription of the associated affidavits in the settlement
of his Estate, custody of the minor children, and Civil War
pension application for the minor children.)
During this same time two of Enoch’s younger
brothers died serving in the Union Army. These brothers were
Robert J. Johnson (1842-1862), who died at Shiloh serving with
the Illinois 40th Infantry Company A, and Albert N.
Johnson (1846-1864), who died at Camp Butler in Springfield
while serving with the 13th Illinois Cavalry, Company
H. These losses of so many family members coupled with the
deaths of their infant children and the guardianship of Lizzie’s
siblings must have been unbelievably difficult for this family
emotionally and financially.
Elizabeth Jane Johns(t)on Johnson died on 23
April 1882 at the relatively young age of 41. No doubt, the
many unsuccessful pregnancies contributed to her death. Lizzie,
and probably her infants who died in childhood, are buried at
the Methodist Church Cemetery in Macedonia, Illinois. Only one
known picture exists of Lizzie. She is a young woman, tall and
slender. Lizzie had dark hair and dark eyes, thus her physical
characteristics were inherited from her father, Christopher
After Lizzie’s death, Enoch apparently left Macedonia, Illinois
and moved to Mt. Vernon, Illinois in Jefferson County, about
thirty miles north of Macedonia. Enoch’s brother, Samuel T.
Johnson, and his family were living in Mt. Vernon at the time of
the 1880 census; thus, it is possible, that is why Enoch was in
Mt. Vernon. There, Enoch remarried to the widow, Mary Ellen
Edgington Rogers Mayhew on 20 April 1883. He listed his
occupation on the marriage license as a mechanic.
Enoch and his second wife, Mary Ellen, lived in both Jefferson
County and Hamilton County until Enoch died on 21 November 1914
in Mt. Vernon, Jefferson County. Three of Enoch’s
grandchildren, Carl C. Johnson, Ada Johnson Schrum, and Edna
Johnson Perrin recalled attending his funeral at the Methodist
Church in Macedonia, Illinois, and seeing his burial in the
adjacent cemetery. They stated he was buried next to Elizabeth
Jane, but that no marker was ever placed on the graves. Mary
Ellen Mayhew Johnson died on 16 March 1925 in Mt. Vernon,
We do not know how many children Enoch and Lizzie had before
Lizzie’s death in 1882. However, by 1870, Lizzie had born nine
children. Only three of these children are identified:
1. Frances Louisa (“Fannie”),
born on 11-3-1858 in Hamilton County, Illinois. Fannie married
Cornelius “Neal” Burton Carlton. The date of their marriage is
given as 12-10-1878, which appears to be wrong because Neal was
enumerated in the 1880 census as “single” and residing with his
parents. Neal died at the age of 40 on 12-10-1894. Fannie
remarried to Robert Rogers sometime before 1899. Fannie’s known
children with her first husband, Neal Carlton, were: (1)
Nona Carlton, born September 1883, who married William
Bennett; (2) Carson H. Carlton, born December
1889, who married Ida Gibbs; (3) Ray E. Carlton,
born July 1892, who married Pearle Acord; and (4) Gertrude
“Gertie” Carlton, born January 1894, who married Homer
Aikin . Fannie had one known child with her second husband,
Robert Rogers: (5) Earl Rogers, born on
2-7-1899. Earl died at the age of 20 on 1-18-1919 and is buried
at the Methodist Church Cemetery in Macedonia. At the time of
the 1900 census of Knights Prairie, Hamilton County, Fannie
stated she had five children and all lived in her 1900
household. Fannie’s second husband, Robert Rogers, was not in
the 1900 household. In 1910, Fannie stated she was a widow and
had six children, five of whom were living. In 1920, Fannie and
her children still lived in the Knights Prairie Township of
Hamilton County. Fannie’s sons, Carson and Ray Carlton, were
married and listed their occupation as “farmers”. Fannie’s
daughter, Gertie Carlton, still lived with her Mother. In the
1920 census, Fannie was enumerated under her first husband’s
surname of Carlton.
Fannie Johnson Carlton Rogers died on 3-11-1951
in Benton, Franklin County, Illinois. She is buried with her
first husband, Cornelius “Neal” Carlton, in the Methodist Church
Cemetery in Macedonia, Illinois.
2. J. R. A., a son born c. 1869 in Franklin
County, Ilinois, who died in childhood.
3. Lawrence Lemuel,
born on 8-27-1870 in Macedonia, Franklin County, Illinois.
Lawrence married Malissa Caroline Allen in Hamilton County on
11-25-1891. Malissa, born on 6-11-1869, was the daughter of
Calvin Young and Mary Jane Daily Allen. Lawrence Lemuel was a
farmer and a blacksmith in various locations in Hamilton and
Jefferson Counties during his lifetime. Lawrence Lemuel and
Malissa had twelve children. Malissa died on 1-18-1920 in
Pendleton Township in Jefferson County, Illinois and is buried
in Old Union Cemetery in Dahlgren, Hamilton County. Lawrence
Lemuel remarried to Ida Mae Cook Allen, born 9-6-1880; died
9-20-1945. The children of Lawrence Lemuel Johnson and his
first wife, Malissa, were: (1) Elbert, born on
5-19-1893, who died in infancy and is buried in the Old Union
Baptist Cemetery in Hamilton County; (2) Lora Enoch,
born on 6-4-1894. He married Nellie May Gibbs. Lora Enoch
died in Jefferson County on 1-6-1920 and is buried at the Old
Union Baptist cemetery. (3) Mary Elizabeth, born
c. 1896 who died in infancy and is buried at Old Union;
(4) Alma Jane, born on 6-12-1897 and died at the age of
20 on 7-1-1917. She is buried at Old Union. (5) an
unnamed child, born and
died in 1899, buried at Old Union; (6) Ada May,
born on 10-21-1900. Ada May married Ross Schrum. Ada died in
May 1994 and is probably buried with her husband at Memorial
Gardens in Mt. Vernon (Jefferson County). (7) Ira Pearl,
born on 2-6-1902. She married Wayman Hogshead. They died in a
car accident on 9-27-1969 and are
buried in Memorial Gardens in Mt. Vernon. (8) Carl
Calvin, born on 6-9-1903. Carl married Wilma Roberta
Jenkins. Wilma, born 4-19-1920, was the daughter of Floyd
Garrett and Estella Elizabeth Curlock Jenkins. Carl and Wilma
lived in Harvey, Illinois where Carl worked at the steel forging
factory. They had two children, and the family moved to
Beecher, Illinois about 1946 where Carl continued to work at the
factory and also farmed. About 1950, the family sold the farm
and moved to Peotone, Illinois. Carl died on 2-12-1978 in
Kankakee and is buried in Skyline Memorial cemetery in Monee,
Illinois. Their children are: (i) Wilma Carleen.
Carleen graduated from Peotone High School in 1955 and moved to
Chicago, working in various jobs in downtown Chicago while
attending a modeling and fashion career school. In 1957 Carleen
attended the University of Chicago and graduated with a B.A.
Degree in History. Carleen married Dale G. Schmidt of Peotone
and moved back to Peotone. In 1961 Carleen began teaching
elementary school in the Crete-Monee School District. During
this time Carleen taught school, went to school at night,
weekends, and summers, and raised four children. Carleen taught
second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth grade during these years
and also served as a coach for girls' basketball, volleyball,
and track. Carleen received a Master’s Degree in Elementary
Science and a second Master’s Degree in Educational
Administration. She was the Principal at Peotone Elementary
School until her retirement in 2002. Carleen and Dale have four
daughters, Linda Kay Schmidt (Mrs. Jack Robbins); Diane
Elizabeth Schmidt (Mrs. Shaun Gorman); Karen Rebecca Schmidt
(Mrs. Patrick Barry); and Anita Jeannine Schmidt (Mrs. Sean
Becker), and eight grandchildren. Carleen, who is the co-author
of this article, is an avid Johnson and Johns(t)on Family
researcher and contributed much information to the landmark
book, Early Johnsons of Hamilton County, Illinois,
compiled by Rev. James William Dupree. (ii) Lynn
Douglas, (1943-2005). Lynn Douglas Johnson was born in
Harvey (Cook County), Illinois. He graduated from Peotone High
School, then worked as a lift truck mechanic and factory
supervisor. Lynn married Constance Ruth Bachmann from Monee,
Illinois. They adopted one son, Stephen Lynn Johnson. Stephen
graduated from Peotone High School and has an engineering degree
from Southern Illinois University. He works as a factory
manager in Brunswick, Georgia, where he is married and has one
stepdaughter. Lynn had many talents. He enjoyed hunting and
became an avid gun collector and gun restorer. Lynn was a
“tinkerer” who never saw a mechanical problem he couldn't
solve. He and Stephen hand-built cars for drag racing which
Stephen raced at local tracks when he still lived at home. For
a long time Stephen worked as an engineer for a company that
developed parts for stock car racers. Many times Stephen
consulted Lynn to solve engine problems and together they
successfully developed various car parts. Stephen received
several patents for his company based on collaboration that he
did with his father. Lynn Douglas Johnson died on 11-21-2005
in Kankakee, Illinois. Shortly before his death, Lynn provided
DNA for the Johnson DNA Project. This unselfish act at last
allowed us to definitively answer the question: “Were the
Zopher Johns(t) Family of Roaring Fork and the William Johnson
Family of Middle Creek in Greene County, Tennessee, blood kin?”
The answer told from Lynn’s DNA is: “NO”. These two Johnson
Families who intermarried several times, both in Tennessee and
in Illinois, were not related. Lynn Douglas Johnson was the
last surviving male of the Enoch and Elizabeth Jane Johns(t)on
Johnson Family. Lynn’s widow, Constance, and their son,
Stephen, reside in Brunswick, Georgia. (9) Edna Elsie,
born on 3-26-1905. She married Walter Perrin. (10) Odie
Myrtle, born on 8-30-1907. She married Glenn Walter
Swanson. Odie died in Hot Springs, Arkansas in November 1991.
She is buried in Homewood, Illinois. (11) Jewell Ethel,
born on 7-14-1910. She married John Peerbolte. Jewell died on
12-22-1995 in Harvey (Cook County), Illinois and is buried in
Homewood. (12) Judith Ann, born on 7-14-1910,
who died in infancy and is buried at Old Union.
Lawrence Lemuel Johnson died in Harvey, Cook
County, Illinois on 2-19-1953. He is buried in the Johnson
Family Plot at Old Union Baptist Church cemetery near Dahlgren,
THE FAMILY OF JOHN KENT AND
NANCY ALLISON JOHNSON
OF GREENE COUNTY, TENNESSEE
Co-written with Virginia Cunningham
John Kent Johnson was born on 11-28-1813 in Greene County,
Tennessee, to William and Nancy Morgan Johnson. John Kent and
his eight siblings grew up on the family farm south of
Greeneville on Middle Creek. On 9-4-1834, John married Nancy
Allison (born 4-11-1814), bond by William Martin. The marriage
was performed by M. (Mordicai) Lincoln. A Newspaper article in
1918 stated John Kent was married in a “suit of wedding clothes”
made by then tailor, and future President, Andrew Johnson.
The last date John and Nancy Allison Johnson can be placed in
Greene County is October 1842, when John petitioned the Circuit
Court to serve as estate administrator to sell 400 acres of land
owned by his deceased father, William Johnson. John and Nancy
left Greene County, Tennessee about 1847/48 and migrated to
southern Illinois. In 1850, John and Nancy are enumerated in
the census of Hamilton County, Illinois. The brothers, John
Kent Johnson, Robert Henry Johnson and Hiram Gibbs Johnson,
lived only a few households apart in the Knights Prairie
Township, near the town of Macedonia. John Kent was a
shoemaker and a farmer.
John Kent and Nancy Allison Johnson had ten (known) children.
The families’ migration from Tennessee into Illinois can be
assessed by where their children were born. The first six
children were born in Tennessee, between 1836 to 1847. Their 7th
child, William, was born in 1848 in Illinois.
Nancy Allison Johnson died on 11-18-1887. John Kent Johnson
died on 9-2-1892. They are buried in the Macedonia ME Church
Cemetery in Franklin County, Illinois. Several of their
children are also buried there.
The children of John Kent and Nancy Allison Johnson are:
(*Denotes buried at the ME Church Cemetery in
Macedonia (Franklin County), Illinois)
born c. 1836. No information is available for this daughter.
She is not in her parents’ 1860 household. It is possible she
is “Eliza A.”, wife of William Marquis, in the 1860 census of
Hamilton County, but this is only speculation. This family
resides next door to John Kent Johnson and two of his sons in
the 1860 census. Elizabeth’s brother, Alfred E. (child # 4,
below) had a son John K., who named a son Marquis Johnson.
Also, Elizabeth’s sister, Harriett (child #5, below) married
James Reed, and a Marquis Reed lived next door to Marquis
Johnson in the 1900 Franklin County census. Elizabeth and
William Marquis are not found in the 1870 or the 1880 census of
Franklin or Hamilton counties.
2. James M.*, born
5-13-1837. He married Sarah, surname unknown. They are in the
1860 Hamilton County census, with one child: (1) Loretta
P., born c. 1858. In the 1870 Census, James’ occupation
was that of blacksmith. James and Sarah’s first child, Loretta,
was no longer in their 1870 household. A second child (2)
Will E., was born in 1862. James M. Johnson died at the
age of 37 years on 11-11-1874.
3. Margaret J.,
born c. 1839. She married William Cremeens 8-8-1858 in Hamilton
County. William was a Civil War soldier with the Illinois 40th,
Company A, in which several of the intermarried Johnson Family
members served. William was a wagon maker in the 1860 census.
In 1880, he was listed as a physician. Their children
included: (1) Elritta K.; (2) Effie E.;
(3) Major M.; (4) Maude; (5)
Azadora; (6) John D.; and
4. Alfred E.,
born 3-2-1841. He married Margaret A. Kelly 10-17-1859 in
Hamilton County. Alfred and Margaret had nine children, of
whom seven were living at the time of Alfred’s death in 1902.
Their known children were: (1) Chester M.;
(2) Newton Jasper; (3) George W.;
(4) James R.; (5) Oliver P.; (6)
John K. Junior; and (7) Sidney Garfield*.
Alfred E. Johnson died on 11-27-1902 in Belle Rive, Illinois,
5. Harriett*, born
1843. She married James Reed on 2-11-1864 in Hamilton County.
There were no children in their 1870 and 1880 households.
Harriett died on 11-19-1885. James Reed, born 1829; died 1910,
is buried in Knights Prairie Cemetery in Franklin County.
6. Robert H.,
born c. 1847. Robert was a civil war soldier, serving in
Illinois 13th Cavalry, the Unit formed by his Uncle
Robert Henry Johnson. He was mustered out on 8-31-1865. Robert
married Mary Louisa Fisher on 8-9-1869 in Franklin County.
Robert and Mary Louisa had eight children: (1) William
Logan, born 5-6-1869. In 1899, William Logan married
Mattie Gullic. They moved to Thompsonville, Illinois, where he
was a doctor and President of the Thompsonville State Bank.
They had five children. (2) Cora Avilla;
(3) John Wesley; (4) Clara Jane; (5)
Edina; (6) Martha Stella; (7) Sarah
Elsie; and (8) Ita Lulu. In August
1918, Robert and Mary Louisa celebrated their 50th
wedding anniversary with a “big picnic” at Macedonia. A
newspaper article on their anniversary said they had eight
children, all of whom were living. Robert died in March 1925 at
his home in Benton, Franklin County. He is buried in the Benton
Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery with his wife.
7. William R.*,
born 8-27-1848 in Illinois. He died at the age of 21 on
8. Major David*,
born 1851. He is referred to in various censuses as both David
and as Major. He married Harriett Carlton 10-7-1872 in Franklin
County. Major David and Harriett had two children, both of whom
died in childhood: (1) Willie E.* (1875-1881) and
(2) Charlie* (1877-1879). Major David married
a second time on 9-28-1879 to Louisa J. Shipley. The 1900
census states Louisa Shipley Johnson had five children.
Louisa’s first two children were from a prior marriage. They
were Charles Davis and Merta Davis, who are in Louisa and Major
David’s 1880 household. The three children of Louisa and Major
David Johnson were: (3) Loretta; (4) Mary
D.; and (5) Hattie E. Major David
Johnson died in 1925.
9. Mary Catharine*,
born 3-5-1853. She married William A. Fisher 1-7-1872. The
1900 census stated five of their children were living in 1900.
Their children included: (1) John H.*
(1877-1923); (2) Willie G.* (1880-1967); (3)
Minnie L.; (4) Cora M.; (5) Sarah M.;
(6) Ada; and (7) Pender. Mary
Catharine Johnson Fisher died at her home in Macedonia on
12-17-1917. Fisher descendants continue to reside near
10. Sarah Martha*,
born 1-20-1858. She married Daniel Dennis Miller. The 1900
Census states Martha and Daniel had eight children, all of whom
were living. These children were: (1) John;
(2) William; (3) Franky (?);
(4) Flory; (5) Myrtil; (6) Cloe;
(7) Rosa; and (8) Elonzo. Martha
died on 1-29-1902.
11. POSSIBLY an Unnamed
Child*, born 1866; died 7-15-1867
who is buried by the John Kent Johnson Family Plot in the
Macedonia ME Church Cemetery. This baby could be either a child
or a grandchild.
John Kent Johnson and his family left Greene County, Tennessee,
and arrived in Illinois after John Kent settled his Father’s
Estate. The sale of his Father’s land culminated on February
20, 1846. The first child born in Illinois was Robert H.
Johnson, who was born about 1847.
THE FAMILY OF HIRAM G. AND
OF GREENE COUNTY, TENNESSEE
Co-written with Carlene Johnson Schmidt
Hiram Gibbs Johnson, born c. 1816 was the son of
William and Nancy Morgan Johnson, who lived in south Greene
County, Tennessee, on Middle Creek. Jane Johnston, born
10-16-1817, was the daughter of Zopher (Junior) and Phebe Cooper
Johnston, who lived three miles north of the town of Greeneville
in the area known today as the Hardin’s Chapel Community. For
further information on Jane’s Family, please refer to the Family
of Zopher and Phebe Cooper Johnston of Greene County, Tennessee.
Jane and Hiram married on 9-7-1837 in Greene
County, bond by Thomas Jones. Hiram and Jane lived near Jane’s
family in District 12 at the time of the 1840 Census. By the
1850 Census, they were in Bradley County, TN with Jane’s cousin,
Landon Carter Johnson. Jane and Hiram Johnson were in Hamilton
County, Illinois by 1855, where Hiram was a farmer. Hiram’s
brother, Robert Henry Johnson, was the first to migrate from
Greene County, Tennessee to Hamilton County, Illinois. Robert
settled in Illinois in the early 1840’s and founded the small
village of Macedonia.
Jane and Hiram’s first three children were born in Tennessee.
Their last child was born in Illinois. Jane Johnston Johnson
died in Macedonia, Illinois on 9-13-1862. She is buried in the
Macedonia ME Church Cemetery. After Jane’s death, Hiram
remarried in Saline County to Jerusha Paralee Ware Proctor on
1-4-1863. Jerusha was the widow of J. W. Proctor. Hiram and
Jersuha (“Paralee”) had three children. Hiram died in Franklin
County, Illinois on 8-10-1876. Paralee (“Jerusha”) died on
4-6-1891. Hiram and his second wife, Paralee, and two of their
children are buried in the Hebron Cemetery in Hamilton County.
The children of Hiram and his first wife, Jane, were:
(* denotes burial in the Macedonia MA Church
1. Martha, born c.
1838. She married a Mr. Corn and is named in her father’s 1876
2. Margaret Jane*,
born on 10-13-1843. Margaret Jane married Simeon W. Dare* on
9-16-1858. He was a Civil War soldier in the 56th
Illinois Infantry, Company F. By 1870, Margaret Jane and
Simeon lived in Marion County, Illinois, where Simeon worked in
the woolen mill. Three children were in their 1870 household:
(1) Penalope, born c. 1860; (2) Brazillah C.,
born c. 1863, who married Lewis F. Bevis on 6-20-1884 in
Jefferson County; and (3) Harry, born c. 1866.
Margaret Jane Johnson Dare died at age 27 on 10-7-1870. Her
husband, Simeon Dare, appears to have died before the 1880
3. Phebe Caroline*,
born on 2-13-1847. She married Albert
Marion Fisher*. They had three known children: (1) a
daughter (Mrs. John McKay), who was mentioned in Albert
M. Fisher’s obituary; (2) Charlie*, born
c. 1865, who died at age 23; and (3) Louis*,
born on 9-24-1868, who died on 9-9-1948. Phebe Caroline Johnson
Fisher died on 2-12-1935. Fisher descendants continue to live
near Macedonia, Illinois.
4. Tennessee V. I. (“Isabelle”)
, born c. 1855 in Illinois. By the
1880 Census, Isabelle was living in the household of her
stepmother. Nothing further is known about this daughter.
The children of Hiram and his second wife, Paralee, were:
5. Lillie F., born
c. 1865; died 1902. She married William Dudley on 10-20-1885.
Lillie is buried at Hebron Cemetery.
6. Emma C., born
c. 1868. She married Henry F. Wooldridge on 9-18-1884.
7. Anderson H.,
born 10-15-1868; died 6-16-1899. He is buried at Hebron
THE FAMILY OF
SILAS M. AND CHARLOTTE JOHNSON PAGE
OF HAMILTON COUNTY, IL AND PULASKI COUNTY, MO
|Written by Judy
Charlotte Johnson, born on 2-13-1818 in Greene County, Tennessee
was the eldest daughter of William and Nancy Morgan Johnson, of
Middle Creek. Charlotte and siblings were named as heirs of
William Johnson, deceased, in the Estate Settlement brought to
the Greene County Courts in October 1842. As of this date,
Charlotte and probably her brother, Robert Henry Johnson, had
already left Greene County and were residing in Hamilton County,
In December of 1841, Charlotte married Silas Messer Page near
Macedonia in Hamilton County, Illinois. Silas was born 8-22-1820
in Spartanburg County, South Carolina., the son of Robert (Jr.)
and Elizabeth Smith Page. A family story recounts that Silas
first saw Charlotte hanging clothes on the line. Silas, looking
after his grazing farm animals, met and struck up a conversation
with the young woman. The couple got acquainted, fell in love,
and eventually married. Their marriage license, obtained on
12-28-1841, was witnessed by Robert Page.
Charlotte and Silas Messer Page were parents to ten children,
all born in Hamilton County, Illinois. The fact that three of
their children died as babies, one as a teenager, and one at age
twenty is testament to the difficult life of the pioneer family
and to the importance of this particular family’s undying faith.
Shortly after the end of the Civil War, in 1868, the families of
Charlotte and Silas Page, two of Silas’ brothers, and the Sneed
family left Illinois in covered wagons bound for homestead land
available in Missouri. Charlotte and Silas’ son, Ben Page,
remembered crossing the Mississippi River on a ferry boat.
Weather was warm upon their arrival, and the families lived in
the wagons until they could build log houses. Charlotte and
Silas chose 80 acres of land about 1 ½ miles north of Big Piney
on a dry branch of the Big Piney River called McCourtney Hollow
in Pulaski County, Missouri. Here they made their home for the
remainder of their lives. Charlotte’s husband, Silas Page was a
farmer and Baptist minister who also served as a postmaster in
Silas Page died of pneumonia on 2-11-1905 following a bout with
the flu during an epidemic that swept the area. He was 84 years
old. Charlotte Johnson Page died on 11-16-1912 at the age of 94.
Charlotte and Silas are buried in the Hopewell Cemetery in Big
Piney, Pulaski County, Missouri, as are a number of their
The children of Charlotte (Johnson) and Silas Messer Page were
1. Rachel Page, born on 29 Nov. 1843, who
died at the age of 20 on 13 Feb. 1864 in Hamilton County,
Illinois. She married William P. Kelly (born 14 Jun. 1833 in
Greene Co., TN) on 27 Nov. 1862 in Hamilton Co., IL. William
Kelly died 5 Feb. 1885 in Big Piney, MO. They had one son: (1)
Marion Webster Kelly born 2 Dec. 1863 in Hamilton Co., IL.
Rachel died when Marion was only two months old, and he was
raised by his grandparents, Silas and Charlotte Page. Marion
married his first cousin Julia Ann Sneed. Marion Kelly died on
22 Apr. 1914 in Pulaski Co., Missouri and is buried in the
2. Elizabeth Mariah Page, born on 6
Oct. 1845. She married Henry Mitchell Sneed on 19 Apr. 1872 in
Big Piney Township, Pulaski Co., MO. Their children were: (1)
Julia Ann Sneed; (2) William Sneed; (3) Laura
Charlotte Sneed; (4) Silas Benjamin Sneed; (5) Martha Jane
“Mattie” Sneed; and (6) Oliver Newton Sneed.
3. Robert Sanford Page, born on 4 Jan. 1848, who died at
the age of 15 years on 14 Dec. 1863.
4. James Mitchell Page, born on 3 Jul. 1849, who died in
infancy on 24 Jul. 1849.
5. William Merrell Page, born on 28 Dec. 1850, who died
in infancy on 23 Oct. 1853.
6. Lydia Jane Page,
on 17 Jan. 1853. She first married Hosea M. Sneed on 8 May
1872 in Piney Twp., Pulaski Co., MO. Their children were:
(1) Harvey Monroe Sneed; (2) Silas Marion Sneed;
(3) Isaac Newton Sneed.
Lydia remarried to William Walton McDonald on 26 Feb. 1880.
Their children were: (4) Charlotte Sarah McDonald; (5)
William Lee McDonald; (6) Vandover BerryHill McDonald;
Nora Elizabeth McDonald;
and (8) Benjamin Franklin McDonald.
7. Hiram Jasper
born on 15 Feb. 1855, who died in childhood on 21 Aug. 1856.
born on 28 Dec. 1856. He married Mary Francis Vaughn on 25 Aug.
1878 in Piney Twp., Pulaski Co., MO. All of their children were
born in Big Piney, MO: (1) Mattie Effie Page;
Belle Page; (3) William Sherman Page; (4) Ada
Olive Page; (5) Permelia Elizabeth Page;
Vasco Bryan “Boss” Page;
(7) Byron Bramblet Page; and (8) Matilda Marie Page.
Solomon Newton Page
died in Pulaski County, Missouri on 8 Feb 1942.
born on 29 Nov. 1858. He married Charity Dye on 31 Oct. 1880 in
Pulaski Co., MO. Their children were: (1) Loretta Page;
(2) Robert Lee Page; (3) Emma Belle Page;
(5)William Homer Page; (6) Eva Myrtle Page;
(7) Maude Flo Page; and (8) Elmer
Benjamin Franklin Page
died in 1947 and is buried in Crocker Cemetery, Crocker,
10. Sarah Francis
born on 15 Mar. 1861. She married Cornelius Webb Dye on 7 Jan.
1883 in Piney Twp., Pulaski Co., MO. Their children were:
(1) Harley Messer Dye; (2) Harvey Franklin Dye;
(3) Elbert Marion“Pete” Dye; (4) Hattie Ethel Dye;
(5) Burley Austin Dye; (6) George Bryan Dye;
(7) Raymond Bland Dye; and (8) Odessa May Dye.
Sally died on 23 Dec.
1903 in Big Piney, Missouri, where Sally and her husband are
buried in the Hopewell Cemetery.