Sixtus Ellis Johnson

Brief Life History of Sixtus Ellis

When Sixtus Ellis Johnson was born on 8 October 1829, in Pomfret, Chautauqua, New York, United States, his father, Joel Hills Johnson, was 27 and his mother, Anna Pixley Johnson, was 29. He married Editha Melissa Merrill on 3 August 1851, in Cottonwood, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 8 daughters. He lived in Utah State Hospital, Provo, Utah, Utah, United States in 1850 and Saint Johns, Apache, Arizona, United States in 1880. He died on 4 June 1916, in Benson, Cochise, Arizona, United States, at the age of 86, and was buried in Pomerene, Cochise, Arizona, United States.

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Sixtus Ellis Johnson
Mary Ann Haslam
Marriage: 18 April 1863
Sixtus Ellis Johnson
Infant Johnson
Infant Johnson
William Henry Johnson
Mariah Virgin Johnson
Eugene Johnson
Ellis Alvin Johnson
Elizabeth Margaret Johnson
Nora Ann Johnson
Wallace France Johnson
Phoebe Earston Johnson
Editha Mandana Johnson
Joseph Hills Johnson

Sources (69)

  • Sixtus S Johnson in household of Joel H Johnson, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Family Data Collection - Births
  • Sixtus Ellis Johnson, "United States Western States Marriage Index"

World Events (8)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.


Historical Boundaries: 1848: Mexican Cession, United States 1850: Utah Territory, United States 1851: Great Salt Lake, Utah Territory, United States 1868: Salt Lake, Utah Territory, United States 1896: Salt Lake, Utah, United States


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

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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Notes from Joel Hills Johnson's Journal - Sixtus

March 23, 1850 Having been selected by G.A. Smith to assist in forming a settlement at the Little Salt Lake Valley, in the fall of 1850, I sent out with the expedition of my eldest sons, Sixtus and Ne …

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