Sicion of the majority of the Johnsons who reside in White House Fork and Crossroads, located in Baldwin County, Alabama. Richardson "Dick" Johnson came to Baldwin County, Alabama in 1850s from the west and settled near the Blakeley/Bay Minette area
Born in Georgia, he was residing in Conecuh County, Alabama in 1840. His son Christopher was born there in 1841 in the Gravella (Old Town) community. It appears that his first wife was named Effie (Johnson) as she shows up husbandless in the 1850 census with children.
Richardson seemed to move out westward. His son James was born (1850) in Mississippi and son Monroe was born (1851) in Arkansas. He was in Baldwin County, Alabama by 1853 where he married Malinday Sorrels that year. In the 1855 cenus, there is a Effie Johnson living in Mobile County, Alabama (possibly his first wife, that he possibly was seperated from). Richardson Johnson was residing in Baldwin County, Alabama in 1855 according to census.
Richardson's second wife, Malinday Sorrels, died between 1858-1863 (possibly due to child birth or from the yellow fever outbreak in the area at that time). In 1863 he then married his third wife, Mary Ann LaBonte.
In a taped conversation between Sarah Jane "Candy" (Rider) Johnson and Ralph Johnson in 1984, Candy has these memories of her husband Walter's grandfather, Richardson "Dick" Johnson: "I have a faint remembrance of that old man. I don't ever remember talking to him because I was always scared of him. He was blind and wore dark glasses and a big old black hat and used a walking stick. Walter's people lived at the Mixon place, up above the [Johnson] cemetery where the Murphy's live now. We use to come to visit Mama's family [Julia Hurley Rider] in Bromley and I would get Papa [Jim Rider] to stop there on the way to get some water from the bored well that belonged to Walter's family. I would pretend that I wanted water. They had crepe myrtle trees there that were in bloom and I was always crazy about flowers. I would want a bouquet of those flowers and Walter's mama [Mary Jane Curry Johnson] would always tell one of the boys to go up a tree and get me some flowers, and they would. I can remember him [Walter's grandpa] sitting on that porch. He was a big old man, not fat, but strong. He was blind and some say he dressed like an Indian. I think he had about three wives. He married an Indian girl. They said she was wild and he caught her. That was Walter's grandmother...They said he hid buttermilk in a jug and drank it like water and he hung it up in a tree where the Johnson Cemetery is. You know he owned all that land, from that creek down there nearly back to Bay Minette. That's how all them Johnson's got there tracts of land, it was left to them by him...They said he went meet the boat down here for a bale of flour and they made a mistake and gave him sugar instead. He put it over his shoulders and walked back to Whitehouse. When he got home he discovered it was sugar, not flour, so he put it back over his shoulders and took it all the way back to the boat. They say he was a mighty man and strong."
In the same conversation Ralph Johnson says, "I can't remember if Papa [Andrew Jackson Johnson] told me this or not, but somebody told me that Grandpa Dick Johnson was a cow rustler over about Orange, Texas. The law got after him and he had to run so he came down here to Old Blakeley."
Malinday J. Sorrels Johnson (1829 - ____)
Mary Ann Toler Johnson (1834 - ____)
Christopher Johnson (1841 - 1919)*
Olive Johnson Price (1846 - ____)*
Mary Frances Johnson Purvis (1847 - 1914)*
Abram S. Johnson (1849 - 1881)*
James Johnson (1850 - ____)*
William Monroe Johnson (1851 - 1908)*
Thomas Edward Johnson (1855 - 1942)*
Mary Catherine Johnson Quinley (1857 - 1924)*
Annette Johnson (1858 - ____)*
Joel M. Johnson (1864 - 1924)*
Willis Norman Johnson (1868 - 1926)*
John Richardson Johnson (1872 - 1953)*
Mary Aline Johnson Wilson (1875 - 1942)*
Created by: BamaGuy0324
Record added: Mar 08, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6243928
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