Emma Marie Johnson

13 September 1836–18 October 1897 (Age 61)
Haddam, Middlesex, Connecticut, United States

The Life Summary of Emma Marie

When Emma Marie Johnson was born on 13 September 1836, in Haddam, Middlesex, Connecticut, United States, her father, Aaron Johnson, was 30 and her mother, Polly Zerviah Kelsey, was 27. She married William Nelson Spafford Sr. on 13 March 1851, in Springville, Utah, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 7 daughters. She lived in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States in 1839 and Springville, Utah, Utah, United States for about 10 years. She died on 18 October 1897, in Annabella, Sevier, Utah, United States, at the age of 61, and was buried in Annabella Cemetery, Annabella, Sevier, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Nelson Spafford Sr.
1827–1903
Emma Marie Johnson
1836–1897
Marriage: 13 March 1851
Minerva Zerviah Spafford
1852–1933
Emma Maria Spafford
1854–1932
Azalia Marilla Spafford
1857–1919
William Nelson Spafford Jr.
1859–1918
Lillian Theresa Spafford
1861–1889
Horace Spafford
1864–1865
Willis Kelsey Spafford
1866–1936
Laura Spafford
1868–1873
Wealtha Spafford
1872–1920
Don Carlos Spafford
1875–1947
Ida Laprelle Spafford
1878–1951

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    13 March 1851Springville, Utah, Utah, United States
  • Children

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    World Events (8)

    1839 · Nauvoo is Settled
    Age 3
    After the Saints had been chased out of Missouri they moved to a swampy area located next to the Mississippi River. Here they settled and named the place Nauvoo which translates into the city beautiful.
    1846
    Age 10
    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
    1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World
    Age 20
    William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

    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.

    Possible Related Names

    Jantzen
    John
    Jeansonne
    Jonson

    Sources (26)

    • Emma Johnson in entry for Minerva Thompson, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
    • Emma Spafford in household of William Spafford, "United States Census, 1870"
    • Maria Johnson in entry for William N. Spafford, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"

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