Thomas Richard Johnson

Thomas Richard Johnson

Clinton, Summit County, Ohio, USA
Death 22 Apr 1908 (aged 76)
Woodville, Porter County, Indiana, USA
Burial Chesterton, Porter County, Indiana, USA
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Son of John and Eleanor (Louis) Johnson, both natives of Virginia.

Husband of Emma Tratebas Johnson.

Father of Dora (Justus) Collins 1855-1910, Thomas J 1857, William V 1859-1937, John 1861/62, Franklin J 1865-1938, Emma (Carl J) Rhoda 1867-1946 and Theresa (Charles) Benson c1872-1943.

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This is a biography of Thomas Johnson's brother also buried in the Chesterton cemetery.

JOHN JOHNSON, JR., was born April 8, 1825, in Virginia. He is the eldest of five children born to John and Eleanor (Louis) Johnson, both natives of Virginia. The elder John died when our subject was about eight years old. When about 12 years of age, he went to work for himself, working on the farm until about 24 years of age. This was in Ohio, where the family had come a few years before the father's death.

Our subject was married, October 15, 1849, to Mary A. Fury, a native of Virginia. He had bought his present farm of 80 acres of good, well-improved land and now increased to 160 acres. He has 40 acres also in Michigan. His farm is crossed by the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, one mile west of Woodville Post Office.

He is a member of the United Brethren Church; he has held the office of Justice of the Peace for 12 years, which indicates the satisfaction he has given; he has always been a Democrat in political belief; is a well-informed man and enterprising, influential citizen. His first wife died in November, 1864, of consumption. He married for his second wife Mrs. Susan Hubbard, a native of Ohio. He has five children living - John B., Amanda, Mary A., Andrew and Cora.

Source: Counties of Porter and Lake, Indiana, 1882.

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Thomas Johnson

After a brief illness of 12 days, Thomas Johnson, one of the pioneer settlers of Liberty township, died at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Rhoda, at Woodville, April 22, at 8:15 p.m.

The deceased had been stricken down less than two weeks before with an abscess of the stomach and his condition grew rapidly more critical each hour after the first week until his death.

In the death of Mr. Johnson Porter county loses one of it oldest settlers, the deceased having resided in Liberty township for considerable over half a century, during which time he earned the reputation of being one of the most substantial citizens in the county.

Mr. Johnson was born in Clinton, O., March 7, 1832, where he made his home until after the death of his father, which occurred when the subject of this sketch was yet a small boy.

He was one of seven children, two of whom survive their brother, namely: John Johnson, of Woodville, and James Johnson, residing in Missouri. When Mr. Johnson was yet a small boy his widowed mother moved to Porter county and settled in Liberty township, in which neighborhood the deceased continued to reside for the remainder of his life.

Mr. Johnson was married to Miss Emma Tratebas in 1854, to which union nine children were born, seven of whom survive their father, namely: Mrs. Dora Collins, Frankfort, Ind.; Thomas J. Johnson, Oklahoma; Wm. Z. Johnson, Woodville; John S. Johnson, Kouts; Frank J. Johnson, Woodville; Mrs. Emma A. Rhoda, Woodville; and Mrs. Tessie H. Benson, Chesterton.

Mr. Johnson followed the occupation of farming and operating a sawmill all his life until a few years ago when he retired from business life. For nine years, he held the office of trustee of Liberty township, executing his duties as a public servant with credit to himself and party. For many years, he was affiliated with the Odd Fellow Lodge in Chesterton.

Mrs. Johnson preceded her husband to the grave by over four years. The funeral was held from the First M.E. church Saturday, April 25, at 10:30 a.m., Rev. Ayling conducting the services. Burial took place in the Chesterton cemetery.

Chesterton Tribune - April 30, 1908

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Apparently Thomas Johnson built a sawmill c1873 and it was sold to Thomas Blackwell December 1875. Source: History of Porter and Lake Counties, Indiana, 1882, p 165, 291.

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