Celeste Johnson

Female6 April 1859–5 March 1905

Brief Life History of Celeste

When Celeste Johnson was born on 6 April 1859, in Lebanon Township, Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States, her father, Benjamin Johnson, was 29 and her mother, Mary Ann Vosler, was 27. She married Peter Bowlby on 11 November 1875, in Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons. She lived in Bethlehem Township, Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States for about 5 years. She died on 5 March 1905, in Junction, Lebanon, Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States, at the age of 45, and was buried in Musconetcong Valley Cemetery, Hampton, Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States.

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Peter Bowlby
Celeste Johnson
Marriage: 11 November 1875
Leigh Rodenbaugh Bowlby
Harvey Bowlby
Judson Hogerman Bowlby
Alvah Bowlby

Sources (18)

  • Lesse Bowlley in household of Peter Bowlley, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Alexandria Township. Christening Records 1850–1867, Birth Records 1850–1867 | Frenchtown. Christening Records 1866–1867, Birth Records 1866–1867 | North Kingstown. Christening Records 1770–1876, Birth Records 1770–1876 | Kingwood Township. Christening ...
  • Celestia C Johnson, "New Jersey, County Marriages, 1682-1956"

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  • Marriage
    11 November 1875Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States
  • Children (4)

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    World Events (8)


    Age 2

    No Civil War battles took place within the state boundaries of New Jersey, but its citizens participated extensively in the war. Volunteers that were turned away ended up serving in the militias of nearby states like Pennsylvania and New York. Whenever President Lincoln requested more troops, New Jersey responded quickly. In total, the state contributed over 88,000 soldiers (6,000 of which died).


    Age 4

    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

    1872 · The First National Park

    Age 13

    Yellowstone National Park was given the title of the first national park by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant. It is also believed to be the first national park in the world.

    Name Meaning

    English and Scottish: patronymic from the Middle English and Older Scots personal name Johan, Jo(h)n (see John ) + -son. It was often interchanged with Jenson and Janson . In North America, this surname has absorbed cognates from other languages, e.g. Norwegian, Danish, or North German Johnsen , Johannesen , Johannsen , Johansen , Jansen , Jantzen , and Jensen , Swedish Johnsson (see below), Johansson , Jonsson , and Jansson , Dutch Janssen , German Janz , Czech Jansa 1, and Slovenian Janša (see Jansa 2) and Janežič (see Janezic ). Johnson (including in the sense 2 below) is the second most frequent surname in the US. It is also the second most common surname among Native Americans and a very common surname among African Americans.

    Americanized form (and a less common Swedish variant) of Swedish Johnsson: patronymic from the personal name John, a variant of Jon (see John ). Compare 1 above.

    History: Surname Johnson was brought independently to North America by many different bearers from the 17th and 18th centuries onward. Andrew Johnson (1808–75), 17th president of the US, was born in Raleigh, NC, the younger son of Jacob Johnson and Mary (or Polly) McDonough. Little is known of his ancestors. The 36th president, Lyndon B. Johnson, dates his American forebears back seven generations to James Johnston (sic) (born c. 1662) who lived at Currowaugh, Nansemond, and Isle of Wight counties, VA. — Noted early bearers also include Marmaduke Johnson (died 1674), a printer who came from England to MA in 1660; Edward Johnson (1598–1672), a colonial chronicler who was baptized at St. George's parish, Canterbury, England, and emigrated to Boston in 1630; and Sir Nathaniel Johnson (c. 1645–1713), a colonial governor of Carolina, who came from County Durham, England.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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