|Birth: ||Oct. 27, 1837|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Dec. 7, 1920|
("The Journal-Herald" newspaper of Avoca, Iowa dated December 9, 1920 on page 1)
Death of Alonzo Johnson
Word was received in Avoca Tuesday morning announcing the death of Alonzo Johnson at the soldiers home at Marshalltown, Iowa, Tuesday morning.
Alonzo Johnson had been at the Soldiers Home at Marshalltown for the past six months. He was 84 years old. The funeral services were held at the Congregational church in Avoca, Thursday, at 2 o'clock p.m. and the remains laid to rest in the Avoca cemetery.
Alonzo Johnson was born in Ontario county, New York, October 27, 1837, where he lived until he was 18 years of age, when his parents moved to Sheawassce county, Michigan. He was married to Martha A. Host of Owasco, Michigan, July 3, 1861, to this union seven children were born, three of which are living, Mrs. Emma C. Cook, Mrs. Carrie B. Longwell and Hugh Johnson all of Avoca; Mrs. Johnson and four children preceeded him to the beyond several years ago.
In February 1863 Mr. Johnson enlisted in the fifteenth volunteer infantry, Company I. He was in several noted battles, was captured in April 1863. After being discharged from the services he returned to Michigan. He moved his family to Pottawattamie county in December 1865 and since made this his home. Mr. Johnson was court bailiff in the Avoca courts for eighteen years, which position he held with credit to himself and the county. On account of his declining years he was compelled to resign.
Mr. Johnson was a member of the U. S. Grant Post at Avoca, and always took an active part in all grand army doings. During his fifty years residence in Avoca he made many friends. He was always found willing to assist and help those in need as far as it was possible for him to do so. In his departure Avoca has lost a good citizen and neighbor and the community extends sympathy to the bereaved family.
(An Iowa county history book adds the following information:)
Alonzo Johnson was the son of Eli and Bethania (Yates) Johnson. His wife was the daughter of William and Sarah (Barnes) Hart. In February, 1863, he enlisted in the Fifteenth Michigan Volunteer Infantry, Company I, for nine months. He was in the battles of Grand Junction, Tennessee, Snyder's Bluffs, Vicksburg, Chattanooga and Bridgeport, Alabama. He was taken prisoner in April, 1863, and was paroled by J. B. Montgomery, of Captain Sweet's company, S. C., approved by General Chalmer. He was exchanged in three months. He was honorably discharged at the expiration of his term of enlistment.
Martha Ann Hart Johnson (1843 - 1914)*
Oct. 27, 1837
Dec. 7, 1920
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Record added: Jan 21, 2012
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