Calvin H. Johnson

Brief Life History of Calvin H.

When Calvin H. Johnson was born on 1 August 1819, in North East, Erie, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, Friend Johnson, was 31 and his mother, Mary E. "Polly" Perry, was 23. He married Sarah Lewis on 9 November 1849, in Prairie du Sac, Sauk, Wisconsin, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Greenfield, Monroe, Wisconsin, United States in 1870 and Tunnel City, Monroe, Wisconsin, United States in 1880. He died on 4 May 1899, in Riverside, Riverside, California, United States, at the age of 79, and was buried in Riverside, Riverside, California, United States.

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Family Time Line

Calvin H. Johnson
1819–1899
Sarah Lewis
1833–1890
Marriage: 9 November 1849
Albert Raymond Johnson
1851–1927
Francis "Frank" Lewis Johnson
1853–1890
Byron Thomas Johnson
1855–1938
Mary Caroline Johnson
1862–1936

Sources (12)

  • Calvin Johnson, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Calvin Johnson, "California Deaths and Burials, 1776-2000"
  • Calvin Johnson, "United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011"

World Events (8)

1820 · Making States Equal

The Missouri Compromise helped provide the entrance of Maine as a free state and Missouri as a slave state into the United States. As part of the compromise, slavery was prohibited north of the 36°30′ parallel, excluding Missouri.

1829

American settlers began mining the Wisconsin Territory in the early 1800's. The lead ore in the territory had largely been mined previously by American Indians. By 1829, nearly 4,000 miners had moved to Wisconsin Territory. The miners became known as badgers as they burrowed into hillsides for shelter. The name eventually represented the state and Wisconsin is now known as the Badger State. (Wisconsin Historical Society: Lead Mining in Southwestern Wisconsin)

1846

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

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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