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William Thomas "Tom" Johnson, Sr
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Birth: Apr. 15, 1858
Death: Jun. 16, 1917

He was called "Tom" and was born 17 April 1859 at Antioch, Troup Co, GA. It is assumed that his mother Mary (Milly) King Johnson moved her fatherless family from Troup County in the spring of 1877. Tom, only 18 years of age at that time, lost no time in selecting a bride shortly after arriving in Bowdon. He proposed to Miss Sallie Beatrice Colquitt, six years his senior, and they married in December of that year. Six years later, Sallie died an untimely death March 5, 1883.

Within six months, Tom married the second daughter of William Terry Colquitt, Miss Susan Isabella (Belle) Colquitt September 6, 1883. Belle was 35 years old, a spinster school teacher, and despite being 11 years older than her new husband, Belle bore him three healthy children:

On April 10, 1892, Belle died at age 44 of breast cancer. With young children to care for, Tom soon married again. This time he chose Miss Charlsie Edna Vance, another Bowdon native, 24 years old. On August 4, 1892, she became step-mother to his first family and in time presented him with five more children.

Tom died suddenly 16 June 1917 in Carroll County, GA and is buried at City Cemetery in Bowdon. It is thought he had a burst aneurysm. His three wives and infant daughter, Lola, are also buried at Bowdon City Cemetery, the land for which he had donated to the City. 
 
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 Parents:
  Thomas P. Johnson (1808 - 1872)
  Mildred Ann King Johnson (1828 - 1919)
 
 Spouses:
  Susan Isabella Colquitt Johnson (1848 - 1892)*
  Sarah Beatrice Colquitt Johnson (1853 - 1883)*
  Charlsie Edna Vance Johnson (1868 - 1922)*
 
 Children:
  William Thomas Johnson (1884 - 1948)*
  Henry Colquitt Johnson (1887 - 1966)*
  Nelah Belle Johnson Alsobrook (1889 - 1981)*
  Lola Johnson (1893 - 1893)*
  Nell Witt Johnson Waller (1894 - 1964)*
  Ruth Johnson Landers (1897 - 1983)*
  Dorothy Johnson (1901 - 1989)*
  Maude Johnson Trammell (1903 - 1986)*
 
 Siblings:
  Frances Johnson Johnson (1852 - 1873)*
  William Thomas Johnson (1858 - 1917)
  Carrie M. Johnson Lovvorn (1866 - 1959)*
  James Nicholas Johnson (1872 - 1956)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
"This is the gate - beyond is life."
 
Burial:
Bowdon City Cemetery
Bowdon
Carroll County
Georgia, USA
Plot: The W. T. Johnson, Sr. Family Plot, Section B2, Lot 123.
 
Created by: EleanorB
Record added: Nov 18, 2008
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William Thomas Tom Johnson, Sr
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William Thomas Tom Johnson, Sr
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William Thomas Tom Johnson, Sr
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In memory of my great-grandfather and all you tried to do for Bowdon.
- EleanorB
 Added: Jul. 21, 2013
In respectful memory from a great-granddaughter.
- EleanorB
 Added: Oct. 2, 2011

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