William Grant Johnson

Brief Life History of William Grant

When William Grant Johnson was born on 8 March 1885, in Nova Scotia, Canada, his father, Jacob Alfred Johnson, was 24 and his mother, Isabella Alice Leitch, was 25. He married Edith Lillian Maclean on 7 June 1911, in Dartmouth, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He lived in Halifax, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1901 and Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1911. He died on 5 January 1966, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, at the age of 80.

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William Grant Johnson
1885–1966
Edith Lillian Maclean
1888–1952
Marriage: 7 June 1911

Sources (6)

  • William Johnson in household of Jacob Johnson, "Canada Census, 1901"
  • William G Johnson, "Canada, Nova Scotia Marriages, 1864-1918"
  • William Garnet Johnson, "British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993"

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World Events (4)

1909 · First Canadian Flight

The Silver Dart was the first recorded flight in Canada. It took off from Baddeck, Nova Scotia, on February 23, 1909, and was piloted by John Alexander Douglas McCurdy.

1921 · Racing Schooner Launched

The Bluenose racing schooner was launched on March 26, 1921, in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. It was evident that the ship was nothing like other ships that had been launched.

1945 · HMCS Esquimalt Torpedoed

On April 16, 1945, the HMCS Esquimalt was torpedoed by German U-Boats. Thirty-nine men died, some due to the attack others to exposure to cold. Those that survived were rescued by the Sarnia.

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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