|Birth: ||Apr., 1908|
South Carolina, USA
Edna Victorine Johnson Biography
Edna Victorine Johnson was born in April 1908 in Westminster, Oconee County, South Carolina.
Her parents were Eva Pearl Adams (born on January 25, 1888 in South Carolina or Florida) and John Victor ("Victor") Johnson (born "Johan Vicktor Johansson Bäckman") on April 30, 1881 in the parish of Sideby on the western coast of Finland in the parish of Vasa, a community where schools, language and customs were Swedish. His parents (Johan Gustafsson Bäckman and Wendla Sofia Abrahamsdotter Högback) were Swedish Finns. Five of the seven children in his family who lived to adulthood immigrated to America.
Victor enrolled at the Åland Mercantile Marine office at Vårdö in the Åland Islands at the age of 18 on December 6, 1899. His Fräjdebok [inscription document] lists information about his service, the ports of call, and the names of the large sailing ships on which he served as ship's carpenter, second mate, and constable. His performance evaluations indicated that he was a capable young man. He left his ship (the Asia) at Ship Island (near Biloxi, Mississippi) around 1905, at the end of his first term of service. Ship records indicate that he was a crewmember on the Asia until 1905. After he immigrated to the USA, he Anglicized his name to John Victor Johnson.
Victor married Eva Pearl Adams, who was from the Anthony, Florida area, in 1907. They relocated to South Carolina, where he held various jobs, including presenting a "Magic Lantern" show. Their daughters Edna Victorine (April 1908-1933) and Martha Windla (November 18, 1910-January 4, 2000) were born there. They returned to Florida, where he was hired as the foreman of the Tidewater (Tilghman) Cypress Company in Lukens, near Cedar Key, a coastal community on the Gulf of Mexico, where their son John Victor "Vic" (December 1912-October 13, 1989) was born.
Eva died on March 26, 1915 from a massive infection, possibly uremic poisoning. She is buried in the Anthony Cemetery (Anthony, Marion County), near where she and Victor had owned a farm. Victor was now a 34-year-old man with three young children to raise.
He met Katie Frances DuBose during one of her frequent visits to her sister, Bessie DuBose Davis, in Cedar Key. Katie and Victor married in Worthington Springs at the home of Katie's father, Samuel WILES DuBose, on April 2, 1916. Katie was the daughter of Samuel Wiles ("Wiles") DuBose and Susan Alice Pinkston DuBose. She was born on December 27, 1894 at her parents' home on Olustee Creek, near Providence, Florida.
Katie became the stepmother of the three children from his first marriage, Edna, Martha, and Victor.
Victor and Katie had two children, Elmer Hunter Johnson (born on January 11, 1917 in Lukens, Florida – died on February 27, 2007 in Seminole County, Florida) and Alice Lucille Johnson (born on November 6, 1920 in Sumner).
The family lived in Bridge End (which later became Osceola, in Seminole County) from 1917 to 1918. They moved to Groveland, where Victor worked at the pine mill. They moved to Sumner around 1920, where Victor was the foreman at the Cummer Lumber Company sawmill. The family moved to Sanford, Florida in 1923. Edna graduated from Seminole High School in 1925 and studied nursing at the Orange General Hospital – later named Orange Memorial Hospital - in Orlando.
Edna and her sister Martha became nurses. Unfortunately, Edna contracted tuberculosis from a patient soon after her graduation from nursing school. After a one-year recuperation period, she returned to work but was stricken with "galloping tuberculosis" and died in 1933 in Sanford, Florida. She was buried in the Anthony Cemetery in Anthony, Marion County, Florida, the same cemetery in which her mother was buried.
Her step-mother, Katie DuBose Johnson, died on December 3, 1952 in Jacksonville. Her father Victor died in Jacksonville on November 3, 1960. He is buried in the Arlington Cemetery in Jacksonville.
John Victor Johnson (1881 - 1960)
Eva Pearl Adams Johnson (1888 - 1915)
Edna Victorine Johnson (1908 - 1933)
Martha Windla Johnson DeWitt (1910 - 2000)*
John Victor Johnson (1912 - 1989)*
Elmer Hunter Johnson (1917 - 2007)**
Alice Lucille Johnson Rayburn (1920 - 2012)**
Created by: Sandra Johnson Witt
Record added: Apr 23, 2010
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