Bernice Dezma Johnson

16 June 1919–17 December 2006 (Age 87)
Victoria, Lunenburg, Virginia, United States

The Life of Bernice Dezma

When Bernice Dezma Johnson was born on 16 June 1919, in Victoria, Lunenburg, Virginia, United States, her father, Lawrence Covington Johnston, was 26 and her mother, Mary Lou McLaughlin, was 20. She married James Donald Mattox on 30 August 1941. They were the parents of at least 1 son. She lived in Elk Magisterial District, Kanawha, West Virginia, United States in 1940 and Victoria, Preston, Virginia, United States in 2001. She died on 17 December 2006, in Victoria, Lunenburg, Virginia, United States, at the age of 87.

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Family Time Line

James Donald Mattox
Bernice Dezma Johnson
Marriage: 30 August 1941
James Donald Mattox Jr

Spouse and Children

30 August 1941


Parents and Siblings

    Lawrence Covington Johnston


    Mary Lou McLaughlin




    Ruby Mae Johnson



    Rudolph Johnson


    Geraldine Barbara Johnson


World Events (8)


Age 1

The Prohibition Era. Sale and manufacture of alcoholic liquors outlawed. A mushrooming of illegal drinking joints, home-produced alcohol and gangsterism.
1941 · Pentagon is Built in Arlington

Age 22

The Pentagon was developed as the Department of Defense had outgrown the other buildings were it was previous located.The groundbreaking for the Pentagon was on September 11, 1941. When the Pentagon was being built, it was determined that it could be no taller than four stories high. Colonel Leslie R. Groves was the supervisor of the project, he would later become known for helping on the Manhattan Project.
1942 · The Japanese American internment

Age 23

Caused by the tensions between the United States and the Empire of Japan, the internment of Japanese Americans caused many to be forced out of their homes and forcibly relocated into concentration camps in the western states. More than 110,000 Japanese Americans were forced into these camps in fear that some of them were spies for Japan.

Name Meaning

English and Scottish: patronymic from the personal name John . As an American family name, Johnson has absorbed patronymics and many other derivatives of this name in continental European languages. (For forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988 .)

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

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Sources (3)

  • Bernice Johnson in household of L C Johnson, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Bernice D Johnson in household of Lawrence C Johnson, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Bernice Johnson in household of Lawrence C Johnson, "United States Census, 1940"

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