|Birth: ||1860, USA|
New Mexico, USA
Emily Jane Sommerville and Benjamin Carroll Johnson were married in 1899, at Prairie Lee, a settlement near Lockhart, Texas. Four children blessed this union: Elmer Vernon, born in 1902, presently a real-estate broker in Conroe, Texas; Evan Phelan, a retired Government surveyor who resides in Arcadia, Galveston County, Texas; a daughter Bernadine, who died at the age of three and is buried in Poth Cemetery, near Floresville; and the youngest Anna Mae, who is married to Roy Coggin. They have one son, David Leroy of Roswell, NM.
Mrs. Johnson, her husband, and two little boys came to New Mexico with a covered wagon, three horses and twenty-five dollars and filed on land northwest of Prairieview. To help make a living Mr. Johnson worked for cattle companies and was away from home much of the time. Mrs. Johnson kept her gun handy in the kitchen for unwelcome guests.
B. C. Johnson died in 1913, and is buried in the King Cemetery, a few miles north of the homesteaded tract. Mrs. Johnson remained a year, then rented the land and with her children returned to South Texas.
They lived for a time among relatives in Wilson County, then for a few years in Lake Charles, Louisiana. In 1917 she married Robert Lee Johnson, a brother of her deceased husband. She inherited his eight children along with hers. They farmed and ranched in the vicinity of Floresville until his death in 1936.
Copied from "Then and Now, Lea County Families" published by Lea County Genealogical Society in 1979, pages 462 to 463.
Cathey A. Cline, daughter of William Edward Weldy & Vera Pauline Coggin Weldy and great-niece of Anna Mae Johnson Coggin and husband Roy Coggin.
Emily Jane Sommerville Johnson (1877 - 1980)*
Anna Mae Johnson Coggin (1909 - 1987)*
New Mexico, USA
Created by: Cathey & Karla
Record added: May 22, 2009
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