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Emma Sansom Johnson
Birth: Jun. 2, 1847
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Walton County
Georgia, USA
Death: Aug. 9, 1900
Upshur County
Texas, USA

Civil War Folk Figure. At age 16, on May 2, 1863, Union soldiers burned a bridge near her family home in order to flee Confederate soldiers. Emma rode with Rebel General Nathan Bedford Forrest showing him a way for his men to cross the river. In Gadsden, Alabama there is a monument to her memory, as well as a park and a school named after her. A historical marker at the Gilmer, Texas, courthouse lawn honors her as the 'Sunbonnet Heroine' of East Texas. (bio by: Stephanie) 
 
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 Parents:
  Micajah Sansom (1799 - 1859)
  Permelia Barfield Vann Sansom (1802 - 1895)
 
 Spouse:
  Christopher B. Johnson (1832 - 1887)
 
 Children:
  Joseph Bivens Johnson (1868 - 1948)*
  Chester Lu "Ches" Johnson Burgin (1874 - 1958)*
  Jennie Maude Johnson Pond (1884 - 1951)*
 
 Siblings:
  James Lafayette Sansom (1832 - 1908)*
  Nancy Jane Sansom Cain (1834 - 1912)*
  Emma Sansom Johnson (1847 - 1900)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Little Mound Cemetery
Gilmer
Upshur County
Texas, USA
 
Created by: Russ Dodge
Record added: Apr 15, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 10788038
Emma <i>Sansom</i> Johnson
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Emma <i>Sansom</i> Johnson
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Emma <i>Sansom</i> Johnson
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- Dixie Home Georgia
 Added: Apr. 3, 2015

- Dixie Home Georgia
 Added: Apr. 3, 2015
A true Heroine that should never be forgotten! May she rest in Peace.
- Denise
 Added: Feb. 14, 2015
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