|JOHNSON FAMILY NOTES|
| According to the 1910 Ohio Federal Census, the John and Elizabeth (Ferguson) Johnson family came to America from Ireland in 1842. Other census records indicate they may have, indeed, came a year or two earlier. This Johnson family settled in Jefferson County, Ohio. The family first appears in the 1850 Census in Jefferson Co., Warren Twp., Ohio. John and Elizabeth have four children listed: Thomas (16), Joseph (14), William (11) and Margaret (7).
In 1860 John and family are still in Warren Twp. and three more children have been added to the family: Sarah (10), John (8) and Mary (5). A small "pause" occurs when Thomas is listed in the household of the parents and also in his own household with a bride (Maria Haythorn). I believe this to be a census-taker error (or possibly a mother not wanting to admit her first son has left the nest).
Thomas married Maria (nickname: Nellie) Haythorn in February of 1860. Maria is the daughter of Richard and Mary (Parkinson) Haythorn (Haythornwaite). The young couple does not fall far from their respective family trees as they set up house-keeping in Warren Township. By 1870 Thomas and Maria have three children listed in the census: John B. (9), Annie (6) and William (1). At this time their post office address is New Alexandria, Cross Creek Twp. New Alexandria is a small town five miles north of Rush Run.
The 1880 Federal Census lists Thomas and family in Warren Township with two more children: Alexander 8 and Lizzie 3. The family is living next door to Thomas' parents, John and Elizabeth. Saddness overwhelms the family when Alexander dies from typhoid fever at the age of 23 in October of 1895. Two months later, his mother, Maria, also dies of typhoid fever in December. Three years later, the patriarch of the family, John Johnson, is laid to rest in November of 1898. To date we have no record of Elizabeth's death date. During our visit to Jefferson County (OH), we were unable to locate headstones for: John, Elizabeth or Thomas. Maria's headstone was graciously restored by a distant cousin of mine, Larry Creamer. It is located not far from the Creamer family plot.
By 1900, Thomas is living with his daughter, Margaret Brown, and her husband (Joseph).
Thomas is laid to rest in April of 1919 at the age of 87 years, 5 months and 3 days. Thomas's death certificate indicates he was buried in Hopewell Cemetery along with his wife Maria.
We have been unable to link John Johnson (and Elizabeth Ferguson) with parentage back in Ireland.