Capt William Brooke Johns

Capt William Brooke Johns

Birth
Georgetown, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Death 18 Oct 1894 (aged 73–74)
Burial Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Plot North Hill, Lot 306.
Memorial ID 45433718 · View Source
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From A Portrait of Old Georgetown
The next house on Congress (31st) Street has another fine oak tree in front of it and used to have a companion even larger on the other side of the walk. This property also came through Mrs. Harriot Beall Williams to Mrs. Brooke Williams, senior, and her daughter, Mrs. Johns, who lived there with her family.

A romantic story is told of how Captain William Brooke Johns, of the United States Army, one day saw at a picnic the beautiful Miss Leonora de la Roche and fell in love with her immediately. But, since it was not considered good form in those days to be presented to a lady at a picnic, he watched her from a distance all day. The next afternoon he went to call. It was a case of love at first sight for both, and the wedding soon followed with all the military splendor. As was told before, when the Civil War came he left the Union Army. Captain Johns had quite a talent for carving and did a very good medallion of General Grant, who continued always to be a true friend to him. He also invented a tent which was used during the Civil War by the Northern Army.

Courtesy of contributor, Bill Thayer:
This is almost certainly William B. Johns, United States Miliary Academy, Class of 1840, Cullum #1055 (death date reported in Cullum as October 19, but Cullum is often a day or even two later than the death date, relying on newspaper accounts of interments).


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  • Created by: SLGMSD
  • Added: 14 Dec 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial 45433718
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Capt William Brooke Johns (1820–18 Oct 1894), Find a Grave Memorial no. 45433718, citing Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA ; Maintained by SLGMSD (contributor 46825959) .