Johnson Family History & Genealogy
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Johnson Last Name History & Origin
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These are the earliest records we have of the Johnson family.
Johnson Death Records & Life Expectancy
According to our database of 713,840 people with the last name Johnson that have a birth and death date listed:
These are the longest-lived members of the Johnson family on AncientFaces.
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Josephus Johnson is on the 1880 Iowa City, Iowa census as a young, single man. He is listed with his brother, Jahu, and his mother, Vernelius. Also in the household is a housekeeper, Orpha Crippen and her two children, John M. and Mary M. Some census transcriptions show Orpha in an adjoining household, but if one looks at the actual census record, it is clear they are all in the same home.
I first recorded this census in my own notes about 25 years ago. It contained the only Josephus I could find in Iowa City, but it did not make sense. He was supposed to have been married at that time with two small children. His wife was a Varner, not a Crippen If he was indeed related to Governor Hiram W. Johnson of California as family tradition indicated, he would have been born in New England or New York. His ancestry would not head to Tennessee as this record indicated!
Sometimes it takes an awful long time for simple things to sink in! After 25 years of following false leads, I looked at the census record again. Thank goodness, the light finally dawned! Orpha Crippen, the housekeeper, was Orpha Violindy Varner and Josephus's future wife; they were not even married yet!
We knew that Orpha had been married before. We also knew that she had worked as a housekeeper for the Johnson family before marrying Josephus. However, the family did not know the name of her first husband, nor did they believe there had been any living children from the first marriage. For this reason, we assumed that Orpha and Josephus had married before the birth of "their" first child, Mary. This confused the search.
The 1880 census record indicated that her first husband was a Crippen and that her first two children - Mary and John - long accepted as full brothers and sisters by the rest of the siblings were probably also Crippens and adopted by Josephus at his union with Orpha.
What a bombshell! Why? Because my husband and those of two cousins, Cynthia Allington and Pauline Ellis, who were also involved in this research, were descendants of this John who may never have been a Johnson at all, but a Crippen!
Was my husband, Terry D. Johnson in reality Terry D. Crippen? This family had yielded surprises before. Some years ago, Cynthia first contacted me. She was a descendant of John Milton Johnson through an illegitimate line - one unknown to the Johnson family until her contact. This relationship came through a Crippen cousin and John Milton Johnson. I do think that this knowledge helped me look at the Crippen name on the census record of Josephus Johnson with new understanding.
Crippens were "family." Therefore, Orpha Crippen was "family."
A-h-h--h Orpha Crippen was Orpha Varner - The future Orpha Johnson.
Viola! Revelation! Double relationships! New knowledge!
When I was looking through Greene county Pennsylvania records for the surname, Varner, Crippen, and Wildman, I stumbled across Josephus once again in 1850. He is there with his father, John or Jahu; his mother, Permelia (who we think was a Wildman. She was also called Vernelius in 1880.); his brothers, Jair and Jahu and a married brother, John, with John's wife.
Additional information! Additional leads to follow!
I then almost immediately found a quaker Johnson family with records going back to New Jersey who had descendants living in Greene County, Pennsylvania. Their founding father was Robert Johnson, who came to American with William Penn.
I also almost immediately found another researcher on the genforum, Eddene Hightower Thompson, who was interested in Jair Johnson. She sent me information from the 1860 and 1870 census records of Greene County. She also sent me a family register of the Jair Johnson family.
Now I want to connect John or Jehu Johnson, father of Josephus, to the Quaker, Robert Johnson. I am certain that he is a descendant of this man. I need the connecting link. If you have any information, please contact me. Thank you.
Pamela C. Johnson
Growing up in the hills of Scott County, Virginia provided little opportunity for economic advancement. With little education, Robert found working in the coal mines his only means of livlihood.
Robert married Eura Estelle Sproles June 2, 1917 in Wise County, Virginia. Together they had seven children and growing up poor was a way of life. As related by Robert's son, Donnie, "My dad was not a nice man and liked to tell stories." "I don't remember anything good about him and I hardly ever saw him." "I only remember him beating my mother and moving another woman into our house and having a baby with her at the same time my mother was having a baby."
Robert spent much of his time away from home working in the coal mines and binge drinking on the weekends. Much of the money made was drank away in moonshine. He managed to afford a brand new car and a gun collection. His family was left to fend for themselves and often went hungry.
The crime is said to have happened in Clintwood about 1936. Robert, while out with a couple of drinking buddies was assisted into the back seat of his new car. He was about to be driven home in a drunken state. Reaching for his favorite gun he kept under the driver's seat, it went off and shot and killed the passenger. He was struck through the seat and into the back killing him instantly.
It is said to have been an accident while under the influence. Another story relates that possibly Robert, while lying in his back seat about to be driven home, thought his new car was about to be stolen when coming to. Reaching for his gun, shot his passenger, killing him instantly. Whichever story is correct, Robert was sentenced to what was then known as "The Virginia State Farm", in Richmond, Virginia, for a term of ten years.
While serving his time, Robert became ill. It is believed that he suffered from stomach cancer from all the rot gut whiskey he drank. It is said that he was released early due to his illness. Eura was at his side when he died one day after his fiftieth birthday. Robert left a wife and six children along with possibly two or more illegitamate children.
Robert Lee Johnson is buried in Holston View Cemetery, Webber City, Scott County, Virginia and is next to his father, Dock J. Johnson with wife, Myrtle.
I must follow up for particulars and research Clintwood newspapers and court proceedings to find evidence of this crime. I would also like to research "The Virginia State Farm", and possibly prison records. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
Submitted By Holly Banks, granddaughter to Robert Lee Johnson
I have been researching the Johnson line from Kentucky. Counties - Floyd, Morgan, Cumberland, Russell and Wayne. The oldest Johnson I have found is John Johnson born about 1819-20 in Floyd Co. He married Almena Elliott in Morgan Co., 2 April 1840. I have information on all their children but would really like some help finding his siblings and ancestry. Be happy to share what I have.
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my family? Thanks to a couple of you: I have a copy of James Francis Johnson's death certificate and a copy of a census here in Utah. I can't find any
information on his parents or when his father arrived here in the USA. I know he didn't just fall from the sky! I have family that says he served and rode with Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders. But they don't know what years he served. My gr- grandmother received a pension when he passed. He was a tailor at Fort Douglas,Utah..
Name: James Francis Johnson
Date of birth: March 19,1871-72
Place:, New York
Date of death: December 16,1927
Place of death: Salt Lake City, Utah
Place of birth: Ireland
Date of birth: ?
Place of birth: New York
Date of birth: ?
Spouse: Viola Delta Moore
Date of birth: December 18,1880
Place of birth: Seven Mile, Ohio
Married: 1902 in Salt Lake City, Utah
Date of death:August 17,1961
Place of death: California
Harry Devon Johnson Is writing this for the brief proposal to change the name of the City Of Dayton Ohio, to the city of Devon Ohio - Also To change the park in High-view hills, called Highview Hills Park in Dayton Ohio To Regardless Park.
This Notice also makes it to Dayton Ohio Commissioners. And other high Dayton Figures.
Also In proposal Belief is - HDJ Elementary School - and HDJ High School Also HDJ Career College: Which would be in Dayton Ohio.
(Harry Devon Johnson)
This Press Release is to let the public Know, in this press release and online about these belief of changes:
The city Name Is In Jonathan Dayton's name who didn't live in Dayton Ohio and never stepped foot on the land according to Wikipedia:
- Harry Devon Johnson stated that the city would be better off in His name, because he lived there and accomplished things that Jonathan Dayton has.
He also feel's that it's because of the positive changes, he will em-burst over the city population. And also deals with what he has accomplished in his life.
He wants to make Street Maintenance better - Crime Maintenance better -School Maintenance better. And Structural Maintenance better.
Harry Devon Johnson want's to have Super Arcades Built In downtown Dayton - Harry Devon Johnson Fills that there, need's to be more attractions, for more people to be willing to travel to Dayton Ohio.
This Is Brief Bio:Of Harry Devon Johnson
Harry Devon Johnson is 28 years old, his birth day is 7-9-1983. He was born at Miami Valley Hospital In Dayton Ohio. Harry Devon Johnson, grew up in Trotwood Ohio Suburbs; Summit Square Apartment. Where He went to school @ Olive Hill Elementary : Trotwood Madison School District;Where he first learned his shapes and colors and basic mathematics.
He also Lived in Highview hills where Mayor Rhine McLin, who took office in January of 2002, lived with her family when she was a girl in a McArthur Avenue house at Highview's border. The 53-year-old graduated from Highview Elementary School. According To a Dayton Daily news paper Highview hill's story.
Brief History Of Dayton:
Dayton is situated with-in the Miami Valley region of Ohio just north of the Cincinnati Northern Kentucky Metropolitan area. People who have lived in Dayton Ohio, created the first Airplane, also created the first electronic car switch. And have created major hot songs;in the past.
The city was incorporated in 1805 and was named after Jonathan Dayton, who owned the land. Nancy Cartwright is from Dayton Ohio: she plays the voice of Bart Simpson on the cartoon show called the Simpson's. Which was one of Harry Devon's favorite shows,growing up.
The year Of February 25, 2008 - Harry Devon Johnson;Birth Name - accomplished Publishing A book Of Poetry with Publish America. This Book called Reading Virginity 1.1 was Published that year.
Publish America has offered him hundred's of events; even if he didn't except. He states That Publisher America Is no Scam,and that it takes time,concentration and money to succeed,even if it's an advanced fee in millions from A major publisher;This money has to be paid back. For some that thinks that being published is a free ride;when it comes to large amounts of money.
After publishing multiple books with Poetry Anthology's,from starting the year 1998 to this year 2012. One Of these Anthology companies known as International Society Of Poets:
Gained Him Invitations to take a tour of the White House in 2003,And Honorary - Co - Chairman For the RNC. He has paid to have his poetry read and for them to except the awards as in via satellite @ some of these events by International Society Of Poets; unlike some poets, that goes with strictly scams when it comes to paying moeny;
Harry Devon Johnson States in reality they was supposed to pay for they bills and food and everything else in-between in they life and be independent;before they started calling this companies scams on getting money from the public and charging them for a hotel.
They was only supposed to continue paying and, add high achievements to they life.(18 or older or Parent or Guardian)
That's why some people never go to some events and or pay because they are not ready for the real worlds financial obligations.( In This Way)
Reading Virginity 1.1 : ISBN: 1604748087 Publish America (February 25, 2008)
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: # has made it to the 1.000.000's the year of 2012 from 15 million, and has left the 1.000.000's seller rank and moved up to A lower position to the 5.000.000's area and stayed in the 5 millions for at least three months so far to this date 5-8-2012.
The year of 2011 Publish America (May 2, 2011) Allowed Regardless Devon Victory: Pen name Of Harry Devon Johnson - to Publish an autobiography about his life.
Three years after the first publishing The book was called The Bridge Of Destruction And Terror - A Reflection Of A Human In The World.This book goes into the authors life, more on his feelings about life,than what he went threw. Though It displays some ways he lived and feels.
Publish America wrote him asking him to publish The book about his life. He was plotting on writing another book with them in-between time;though they preferred a biography - I was Happy with the decision - and They had no hate values,between them on which way the second book was released. The ISBN To This book is: 145600736X.
The year of 2003 Harry Devon Johnson was claimed, Honorary - Co - Chairman Of the USA President Dinner. He was head over a census sent to 55,000,000 citizens;threw out the whole world.
Which gave him the written right from; The Republican National committee and the USA House Of representatives to be a member of the USA House Of Representatives. ( They wrote this to Harry And It's true.)
The Links Is the Remarks From The president dinner, that Harry Devon Johnson Served Honorary-co-chairman for. The remarks are in written,video and audio form.
Brief Bio: Harry Devon Johnson went to Ruskin Elementary,Magnet school in Dayton Ohio where he studied Japanese.
He Also went to Stiver's middle school where he took dance class's and went to school with Ericka Neal - Idotha Bootsie Neal's daughter : which was Dayton Ohio, City commissionaire and with Celebrity Toccara Jones - "who" both girls attended school and had a popular aspect. That's How Harry Devon Johnson remembered them by their name popularity.