Robert Lemuel Johnson

Brief Life History of Robert Lemuel

When Robert Lemuel Johnson was born on 23 December 1893, in Bennett Township, Fillmore, Nebraska, United States, his father, Charles Lemuel Johnson, was 31 and his mother, Emma Findley, was 30. He married Helen Heineman on 16 June 1915, in Falls City, Richardson, Nebraska, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He lived in Pawnee Township, Pawnee, Nebraska, United States in 1910 and Kearney, Buffalo, Nebraska, United States in 1940. He died on 8 February 1986, in Kearney, Nebraska, United States, at the age of 92, and was buried in Kearney, Buffalo, Nebraska, United States.

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Robert Lemuel Johnson
1893–1986
Helen Heineman
1895–1921
Marriage: 16 June 1915
Helen Ruth Johnson
1916–1967
Thomas Charles Johnson
1920–1993

Sources (11)

  • Robert L Johnson, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Robert L. Johnson - Government record: Military record or discharge: birth-name: Robert Lemuel Johnson
  • Robert Lemuel Johnson, "Nebraska Marriages, 1855-1995"

World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

1913 · The Completion of the Keokuk Dam

The Keokuk Dam was completed in 1913 and began to power the surrounding area. It was the largest single capacity powerhouse in the world at the time. After World War II, the powerhouse was modernized and all the units were converted in 2002. It remains the largest privately owned and operated dam on the Mississippi River.

1918 · Attempting to Stop the War

To end World War I, President Wilson created a list of principles to be used as negotiations for peace among the nations. Known as The Fourteen Points, the principles were outlined in a speech on war aimed toward the idea of peace but most of the Allied forces were skeptical of this Wilsonian idealism.

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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