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Filmore Petre Johnson
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Birth: Mar. 15, 1858
Mississippi, USA
Death: Dec. 13, 1945
Newton County
Mississippi, USA

death certificate and photos provided by
Joyce Salter Johnson, great grand daughter and sister of Robert Johnson.

father Frank Petry and Mary Kirby
informant Isaac Salter

It would seem that the Petre/Petree's may descend from the slaves of Lemuel Weeks Petrie. This family at Frederick Henry Petrie states:
in two different lawsuits filed in Mississippi. Frederick assisted his brother William in the building of a bridge and railroad line. Both brothers owned many slaves; some that were purchased for farming interests, and some purchased to provide the labor necessary to complete the bridge/railroad contract. Frederick owned a plantation (presumably in Mississippi), land in Louisiana and Texas, and various other assets. Just prior to his death it was shown by the court that he had a serious drinking problem and his assets were purchased by his brother, Lemuel, in a transaction that sent all of the siblings to court to settle their differences.

Obtaining these records would most likely reveal the names of slaves. Frank Petre lived on the southern border of Tennessee in Marshall Co Mississippi until he came to live with his son, Frank Jr in his old age. From family stories Filmore walked some distance to come to Newton Co Miss to find his brother, Frank Petre, Jr. It appears that Filmore was sold off to a "Johnson" slaveholder resulting in his surname, but the family knows for sure that Frank Petre, Jr was his brother and his death certificate lists his parents as Frank Petre and Mary Kirby. Although in the 1870 census Filmore is living with Daniel Johnson and his wife, Fanny, they are not his parents, but would seem to be some relative, perhaps a cousin or uncle. Possibly Fanny was a Petre as well.

Filmore's story is featured in new book "Money and Blood" and his great grandson, Robert Louis Johnson, self-made multi-millionaire and owner of Black Entertainment Television (BET) researched by Carolyn Whitaker for the book.

Compiled by Joyce Salter Johnson
July 25,2005

Several yards behind the church, what is known by the black community as the "White Good Hope Church", lays The Colored Cemetery. Where many of the community enslaved ancestors are buried.

In 1855 a group people in the community began worshiping together in fellowship, in a small building which came to be known as Good Hope Baptist Church.

During the time of slavery, at the original site of Good Hope Church, slaves and slave masters worshipped together in some fashion.

In 1904 Good Hope Baptist Church moved to its present location, on Old Fellowship Road in Hickory, MS

After 1904 Blacks and Whites no longer worshiped together at Good Hope Baptist Church.

In about, 1908 Good Hope Black Settlement Church held its first service.

Philmore Johnson and other members of the black settlement were instrumental in establishing Good Hope Baptist church. 
Family links: 
  Frank Petre (1812 - ____)
  Mary Curby (1815 - 1896)
  Bettie Levy Johnson (1863 - 1952)*
  Daniel Spencer Johnson (1880 - 1956)*
  Eliza Johnson (1885 - 1919)*
  Franklin Petre (1844 - ____)*
  Filmore Petre Johnson (1858 - 1945)
*Calculated relationship
Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church (Black)
Newton County
Mississippi, USA
Created by: Carolyn Whitaker
Record added: Jul 29, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 94366483
Filmore <i>Petre</i> Johnson
Added by: Carolyn Whitaker
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- Broken~★~Heart
 Added: May. 23, 2015

- Neil B (John 3:16)
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