|Birth: ||Jan. 5, 1843|
|Death: ||Sep. 19, 1858|
" ... J.W. Johns, was born near Des Moines, Iowa, a son of J. C. Johns, who was born in Tennessee. J.C. brought his family across the plains with ox teams in 1852 and settled in Eldorado County, Cal. He farmed there until his removal to Bear Valley, in the Leesville district of Colusa County, where he was one of the first settlers and became a large sheep-raiser. When he sold out he removed to Dixon, Solano County, and retired from active participation in all labor, to enjoy a well-earned rest. He died in that city.
J.W. Johns grew up in California, and for years he was engaged in teaming and freighting from Marysville to the mines about Nevada City. He later located in the Leesville district of Colusa County and engaged in raising horses and cattle on a ranch he had purchased. He sold out and went to Oregon and located in the vicinity of The Dalles, where he was one of the first settlers to plow and raise crops on the uplands; he continued there for ten years and was meeting with good success, when he sold out to good advantage and returned to California and engaged in ranching in Butte County. He sold out and settled in Willows, where he died at the age of fifty-eight years. He married Emily Holmes, a native of New York. She crossed the plains in 1852. Her grandfather was engaged in the hotel business in Sacramento, and then at Brighton, after which he went to Virginia City, Nev., and was engaged in the general merchandise business. Mrs. Johns is now residing in Fresno....Source: "History of Butte County, Cal.," by George C. Mansfield, Pages 1175-1176, Historic Record Co, Los Angeles, CA, 1918.
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Record added: May 16, 2013
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