Melissa Almera Johnson

Female11 December 1843–17 September 1926

Brief Life History of Melissa Almera

When Melissa Almera Johnson was born on 11 December 1843, in Hancock, Illinois, United States, her father, Benjamin Franklin Johnson, was 25 and her mother, Melissa Bloomfield LeBaron, was 22. She married Don Carlos Babbitt on 29 January 1864, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 7 daughters. She lived in Santaquin, Utah, Utah, United States in 1860 and Spring Lake, Utah, Utah, United States in 1880. She died on 17 September 1926, in Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona, United States, at the age of 82, and was buried in City of Mesa Cemetery, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona, United States.

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Family Time Line

Don Carlos Babbitt
Melissa Almera Johnson
Marriage: 29 January 1864
Grace Melissa Babbitt
Clara Adelia Babbitt
Don Carlos Babbitt Jr
Julia Ellise Babbitt
Caroline Nancy Babbitt
Esther Delcina Babbitt
Almon Whiting Babbitt
Ruth Anna Babbitt
Benjamin Franklin Babbitt
Rosemary "Rose" M. Babbitt

Sources (52)

  • Millessa Johnson in entry for Rosemary Babbitt, "Arizona, Birth Certificates and Indexes, 1855-1930"
  • Melissa Johnson in household of Benjamin Johnson, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Melissa A. Babbitt, "Arizona Deaths, 1870-1951"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    29 January 1864Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Children (10)

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    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (9)

    +4 More Children

    World Events (8)


    Age 3

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


    Age 7

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


    Age 22

    Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.

    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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    Melissa Almera Johnson (11 December 1843 – 17 September 1926)

    Marriage: Don Carlos Babbitt - 29 January 1864 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Melissa was 4 years old when she crossed the plains with her family in 1848 in the Willard Richards Company. (http://ww …

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