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Johnson Foreman
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Birth: Nov. 22, 1808
Death: Jun. 28, 1872

Husb. of Elizabeth Mann Foreman. Son of John & Ruth (Drumgoole) Foreman.

Johnson Foreman's grandfather Anthony Foreman was a Scotchman that married two full-blooded Cherokees, Susie and Elizabeth. The first born, John Foreman, 1/2 Cherokee married Nannie and Ruth Drumgoole, also 1/2 Cherokee, which would indicate that John Foreman's children would be 1/2 Cherokee, but many records have them as full-bloods.

Nannie and Ruth Drumgoole's father Alexander Drumgoole, a Trader in the Cherokee Nation East, married Nancy Augusta, said to be full-blood Cherokee. Nannie Drumgoole's first husband was Chief Doublehead (assassinated 1807 by Sanders and Major Ridge). This marriage produced a son, Bird Doublehead and a daughter, Margaret Doublehead. Nannie's next marriage was to John Foreman and they also had one son, James Foreman. John Foreman then married Nannie's sister Ruth Drumgoole and they had one son, Johnson Foreman. John Foreman died and Ruth married George Wilson and they had ten children. Nannie then had two sons by her third marriage, Anderson and Isaac Springston, and their father was named Edward or John Springston on early records.

James Foreman and Anderson Springston were arrested in 1834 for the murder of John "Jack" Walker, Jr., an outspoken pro-Treaty advocate, the killing taking place near "Muskrat's" (now called Cedar Springs, Tennessee. At their trial Samuel McJunkin testified that "James Foreman, Anderson Springston, and Johnson Foreman was always combined together and always acted together in every case whatever." James Foreman was a sheriff in the Cherokee Nation, and commander of the Light Horse Company, Anderson Springston was his Deputy. Johnson Foreman was not a suspect and did not take part in the killing of Walker.

While Foreman and Springston had been in jail, Ross' government had raised a large sum of money for their defense. The state of Tennessee later decided that the offense if committed at all, was committed within the limits of the Cherokee Territory, and beyond the rightful jurisdiction of the state of Tennessee. Foreman was later heard to say, "by God sir, I was let out with a silver key."

In the old Georgian nation, Johnson Foreman attended a mission school at Brainard, Georgia, and when twenty-one years of age he married Miss Elizabeth Mann, who belonged to the white race and was a resident of Athens, Georgia. She was in her youth taught how to spin, card and weave, and, although in later life she was well-to-do, she instructed her girls in the same work, so that they became thoroughly familiar with the methods of using carding-machines and spinning-wheels, converting the raw material into the manufactured article. Six "cuts" was a day's work, and her daughters were expected to accomplish that amount each day, while the mother, a woman weighing nearly three hundred pounds, plied the shuttle. Johnson and Elizabeth Mann Foreman were the parents of nine children.

Note: From Milton Stephens,(will continue with this bio later.) Jan 2014

Family links: 
  Ruth Drumgoole Wilson (1792 - 1850)
  Elizabeth Mann Foreman (1810 - 1872)
  Susan F Foreman Lynch (1847 - 1911)*
  Johnson Foreman (1808 - 1872)
  William Wilson (1811 - 1897)*
  Rebecca Wilson Coultrap (1817 - 1893)*
  Alexander Drumgoole Wilson (1817 - 1858)*
  Elizabeth Wilson Hawkins (1818 - 1874)*
  Mary J. Audrain (1822 - 1893)*
  Malinda Wilson Young (1835 - 1924)*
*Calculated relationship
Foreman Cemetery
Muskogee County
Oklahoma, USA
Plot: 2 mi.NW of Webbers Falls
Maintained by: Milton A. Stephens
Originally Created by: Patricia Mechling
Record added: Nov 18, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 5967704
Johnson Foreman
Added by: Milton A. Stephens
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Look well to the East, Most Worshipful Brother! May the GAOTU continue to rule and abide within you.
 Added: Jun. 19, 2015
God bless you ggggrandfather.
- Susan
 Added: Jan. 17, 2014
R.I.P. cousin Johnson, you lived in the days of removal, unrest and the Civil War. You are not forgotten.
- Milton A. Stephens
 Added: Nov. 8, 2012
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