Joseph Sylvester Johnson

12 September 1839–24 January 1918 (Age 78)
Malaga, Monroe, Ohio, United States

The Life Summary of Joseph Sylvester

When Joseph Sylvester Johnson was born on 12 September 1839, in Malaga, Monroe, Ohio, United States, his father, Ezra Johnson Jr., was 34 and his mother, Catherine Carter, was 29. He married Rebecca A. Durnal on 12 August 1862, in Barnesville, Warren Township, Belmont, Ohio, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 7 daughters. He lived in Branch Township, Marion, Kansas, United States in 1900 and Catlin Township, Marion, Kansas, United States for about 5 years. He died on 24 January 1918, in Peabody Township, Marion, Kansas, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Peabody, Marion, Kansas, United States.

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Family Time Line

Joseph Sylvester Johnson
Rebecca A. Durnal
Marriage: 12 August 1862
Ralph Abner Silas Johnson
Wilburn B. Johnson
Louisa Ellen Johnson
Alice Mary Johnson
Elma Lucille Johnson
May Belle Johnson
Franklin C. Johnson
Nina Delilah Catherine Johnson
Alfarata Ethel Johnson
Thomas Leonard Johnson
Francis Johnson

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    12 August 1862Barnesville, Warren Township, Belmont, Ohio, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    Age 7
    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
    Age 16
    Historical Boundaries: 1855: Marion, Kansas Territory, United States 1861: Marion, Kansas, United States
    Age 24
    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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    Story Highlight

    Civil War Soilder

    Joseph Sylvester Johnson fought in the Civil War and was wounded in hip when a soldier stabbed him while he was lying on the ground. Due to this wound he was discharged according to my mother.

    Sources (21)

    • Jos Sylvester Johnson in entry for Alfarata Ethel Whitham, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
    • J S Johnson in household of G W Snyder, "Kansas State Census, 1915"
    • Joseph Johnson in entry for Walter Eaton and Alice N Johnson, "Kansas County Marriages, 1855-1911"

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