|Death: ||Jan. 29, 1876|
Rock Island County
Swan J. Johnson, deceased, was a prominent farmer and stock-raiser, residing on Big Island, section 15, Black Hawk Township. He was born Dec. 2, 1825, in Neff Stadt, Sweden, where he was reared and educated. His father, John Swanson, was a Swedish farmer. Our subject married at the place of his birth, April 22, 1849, to Miss Hannah S.,
daughter of George and Christiana Pearson, natives of Sweden, where they were farmers by occupation, and where they died. Mrs. Johnson was educated in the common schools.
Immediately after their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Johnson prepared to set out for America, where they duly arrived and located in the city of Rock Island.
Here Mr. Johnson was engaged by Capt. Wilson to act as pilot for the ferry-boat crossing the river between Rock Island and Davenport. He was thus engaged for 15 years. He then went to Big Island and purchased 210 acres of land, on sections 22 and 15. It was partly improved at the time, but he subsequently made considerable improvement, and built upon it a splendid residence and good farm buildings. He served the community as Commissioner of Highways and School Director. Politically, he is a stanch and reliable Republican. He died at his home, Jan. 29, 1876, and was interred in the Chippiannock Cemetery.
Mrs. Johnson, who survives her husband, is the; mother of eight children, all of whom are living save two. Albert was married to Tillie Muse, and resides at Washington, Kan. They have one child, Stella. Mary C. is the wife of John P. Soderstrom, and resides at Moline, and they are the parents of two children, Llewella and James W. : Emma is the wife of Lawrence Martin and resides on the homestead, and he is a grocery dealer at Milan ; Edward S. resides at home and is completing a course of civil engineering at Champaign, 111. ; Charlie S. and Fred. W. reside at home.
Mrs. Johnson is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which Mr. J. was also a member and Trustee. He was a prominent and well esteemed citizen of the community, known for his honesty and integrity of purpose, and was a kind and generous father and noble husband.
Portrait and biographical album of Rock Island County, Illinois : containing full-page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county ...Chicago: Biographical Pub. Co., 1885, page 644-645
Emma Johnson Martin (1858 - 1945)*
Rock Island County
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Record added: Nov 06, 2011
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