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John K. Johnson

Male 1824 - 1909  (85 years)


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  • Name John K. Johnson 
    Born 31 Jan 1824  Cooper County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 16 Dec 1909  St Joseph, Buchanan, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I4046  Ramage | Lee Lines
    Last Modified 16 May 2012 

    Father Samuel M. Johnson,   b. 5 Jul 1797, Knoxville, Knox Co., Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sept 1850, lost at sea Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Mother Sara "Sally" Ellen Travis,   b. 19 Jan 1798, Lexington, Fayette Co., Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Nov 1874, St. Joseph, Buchanan Co., MO. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 10 Nov 1795  Platte Co, MO. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1435  Group Sheet

    Family Mary E. Stephens,   b. 20 Jan 1824, Garrett County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Nov 1915, Saint Joseph Buchanan County Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 1845  Andrew County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. John F. Johnson,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +2. Martha Ann Johnson,   b. Abt 1850, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Feb 16 After 1882  (Age ~ 33 years)
    Last Modified 28 Mar 2011 
    Family ID F1432  Group Sheet

  • Headstones
    John K. Johnson and Mary E Johnson Headstone
    John K. Johnson and Mary E Johnson Headstone
    John K. Johnson
    Jan. 31, 1824 - Dec. 16, 1909
    Mary E. his wife
    Jan. 20, 1824 - Nov. 14, 1915
    Gone but not forgotten.

  • Notes 
    • JOHN K JOHNSON occupies the honored position of the oldest settler in Township 58 I Range 85 Buchanan County. He is the fortunate possessor of a quarter section of fine land on Section 35 which is devoted to the raising of mixed farming and the ordinary amount of stock both grain and animals being of good quality. A home like dwelling and the various outbuildings indicate to the passer by that the land is occupied by a family of enterprise and good judgment.

      Mr Johnson is the son of Samuel and Sally Travis Johnson natives respectively of Tennessee and Kentucky. The parents were married after coming to this state and made their first home in Cooper County. Later they took up their abode in Jackson County in 1825 and settled upon a farm which is the site of the old Exposition Building in what is now Kansas City. He cleared and improved the property making it his home for thirteen years before such a place as Kansas City was ever dreamed of.

      In 1888 Samuel Johnson removed to Andrew County and pre empted the farm now known as the Green farm. He occupied a prominent and influential place among his fellows and such was his popularity that he was often chosen by his neighbors as a referee in trying cases. Seated on a log under the shade of a tree, he held his court and would listen to the pleas of lawyers and from his decision there was no appeal. He was later elected Territorial Judge which position he held until the organization of the county. William B Johnson the son of Samuel Johnson went to California in 1847 and took part in the Indian Wars in the Golden State. He was later murdered in Aurora Cal by Three-fingered Jack and his gang.

      Samuel Johnson in 1849 in company with his son Alexander crossed the plains with a pack outfit and entering the mines remained until the following year. Desiring to return home at the expiration of that time he embarked on a steamer bound for Panama and was never heard of again. His good wife who survived him many years died in St Joseph in 1874.

      They were the parents of seven children of whom three are still living In his political relations the father was an old line Whig the principles of which party he upheld upon every occasion John K Johnson had his birth January 31 1824 in Cooper County this state and as soon as he was of proper age was sent to the primitive schools of his neighborhood thus obtaining a fair education in the ordinary branches taught at that time When starting out in life on his own account he was married in 1845 to Miss Mary E daughter of William and Ellen McCubbins Stephens natives of North Carolina The parents of Mrs Johnson came to Missouri as early as 1834 making their home in Callaway County the father dying at the home of our subject at the advanced age of ninety six years.
      Mrs Johnson was born January 20 1824 in Kentucky and after her marriage with our subject which took place in Andrew County they located on what is now their present beautiful estate The land was not improved in the least at that time but by industrious and well directed efforts Mr Johnson has made of it one of the most valuable tracts in Township 58 of Range 35. He has occupied the place for forty eight years and by his upright life and many excellencies of character has won the high regard of the best and most representative people of the county Of the nine children born to our subject and his estimable wife two are deceased Those living are William D Elijah A Mary Alice Samuel Nannie John F and Emma B They have all been given good educations and Mr Johnson has served as a member of the School Board for many years representing District No 3 In religious affairs with his wife he is a member in good standing of the old regular Baptist Church Socially he is connected with the Grange and in politics is a strong Democrat During the Civil War he entered the ranks becoming a member of a company commanded by Capt Claggett of the Paw Paw Militia Besides their own large family of children which Mr and Mrs Johnson have so well reared they have performed the part of parents to six orphans who bear the respective names of Lizzie Gibbons, William H Lee, Mary Maud Lee, John J Lee, Myra E Lee, and Roger S Lee .

      Source: Portrait and Biographical Record of Buchanan and Clinton Counties, Missouri: Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, Together with Biographies and Portraits of All the Presidents of the United States
      By Chapman Brothers, Chapman Brothers
      Published by Chapman bros., 1893
      Original from the New York Public Library
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      After checking out the Portrait and Biographical Record of Buchanan and
      Clinton Counties, Missouri on-line and reading the story about John K.
      Johnson, which mentions that he raised six orphans, I am convinced that
      John and Mary raised his five children. Martha's obituary says she left five small children,
      and from the 1880 census, we know that the first three were William, Mary
      and John. I think it's pretty conclusive that the other two (younger)
      would have been Myra and Roger, especially since the Lee orphans,
      mentioned in the Biographical Record, are in order: William H. Lee, Mary
      Maud Lee, John J. Lee, Myra E. Lee and Roger S. Lee.
      Source: Monica Eshelman
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      The 1870 (2 Sep 1870) Easton P.O., Washington Twp, Buchanan Co., Missouri
      census; line 15 494/498 census shows a
      John K. Johnson age 46 Farmer b. MO
      Mary E age 46 b. MO
      William B age 22 b. Mo
      Mary age 17
      Samuel age 10
      Nancy age 13
      Emma B. age 6
      Ellijah age 23 Farmer b. MO (probably older son)
      and Newly weds living with the Johnsons (married in Feb.)
      Roger S. Lee age 23 (Roger Lee was born in Illinois) about 1847
      Martha age 20
    • John K. Johnson (father of Martha Lee) is the grandfather of William H. Lee who is the son of Roger and Martha Lee. Johnson raised William and his brothers and sisters who were Roger?s and Martha?s orphaned children. This also makes the Stephens and McCubbins as great grandparents on the maternal side. The following record gives background on the Johnson family as well as describing the Johnson family connection to the Lee family
      William Henry Lee was the first child born to Roger S. and Martha Jane (Johnson) Lee, 17 July 1871 in Jefferson Twp., Andrew Co., Missouri. Here he was educated and grew into manhood.
      He was married in Buchanan Co., Missouri, on 20 Jan 1892, to Miss Lessarah (?Lessie?) Ellen Bigham. Lessie was born 12 July 1872, in Doniphan Co., Kansas, daughter of Robert N. and Amanda J. (Miller) Bigham. Lessarah had many other brothers and sisters including Margaret Cornelius "Maggie" Bigham, and twin brothers, Robert and William Bigham. The twin boys died as toddlers as did others. The listing of Lessie?s other siblings include:
      1. John 1869
      2. Beulah 1870
      3. Lessarah 1872
      4. Charles 1874
      5. Sterling 1877 Twin
      6. Stellah 1877 Twin
      7. Margaret 1878
      8. 1880 missing child?
      9. James 1881
      10. 1883 Missing child?
      11. William 28 Sep 1885 Twin
      12. Robert 28 Sep 1885 Twin
      13. Minnie 1886



      Lessarah Ellen Bigham Lee was the daughter of Robert and Amanda Bigham. Amanda is the daughter of the Rev. Fleming Mitchell Miller and his wife Nancy McDonald Miller. Amanda Bigham was the granddaughter of Agness Chelly Mitchell and her husband William A. Miller (Fleming Mitchell Miller?s parents).
    • Obituary
      John K. Johnson, a Northwest Missouri Pioneer, died at his residence 2409 Angelique Street, at 3 o'clock Thursday afternoon. He was a retired farmer and had made his home in St. Joseph about 10 years. Prior to removing to the city he lived on farm three miles north East of town, upon which he settled 65 years ago, in which he owned at the time of his death.

      Mr. Johnson was born in this state 85 years ago. In 1837 he moved with his parents to what is known as green place, north of St. Joseph, just across the Andrew County line. It was upon his marriage to Miss Mary E. Stephens, who survives him, that he located upon the farm in this County.

      He was a member of the old "hard shell" Baptist congregation, which worships at Jamestown, Andrew County, ? in the cemetery at Fairview, Andrew County, five miles northeast of St. Joseph, Sunday. Services will be conducted at the house by the Rev. Mr. Thomas, at 10:00 a.m., immediately after which the body will be taken to Fairview. Mr. Johnson is also survived by the following named children: E. Johnson of Nodaway County, this state; Mrs. Mary A. Poteet, of St. Joseph; Samuel, of Wyoming; Mrs. Nannie Lewis, of Oklahoma; and John F. Johnson, of Nevada, Mo.

      The last named formerly was comptroller of St. Joseph, and subsequently was a member of the board of public works. John K. Johnson was respected throughout his long life for his honesty, his industry and his intelligence. His word, as the old saying goes, was as good as his bond, and he was looked upon as one of the community's most useful citizens.