William H. Johnson Ancestry - Johnson/Kearns/Morris/Bisher/Loflin/Hicks

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  Ancestry through parents Joseph and Mary (Newby) Morris

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      Ancestry through parents Johannes and Anna Elisabeth (Kampfer) Bescherer

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Benjamin Morris, Sr.
Much more information is available about this couple by looking at the ancestry of Benjamin Morris. Sarah Elizabeth Bolton  
(Johann) Conrad Bescher(er) (Bischer)
The Bishers immigrated from the Bavarian Palatine region (GERMANY). Click here for details on the Bisher family. Also refer to The Bisher Family in The Heritage of Davidson County Margaretta (also Marie, Maria M., Margaratta, and Margaret T. and possibly Maria Margaretta T________)        
"Davidson was formed in 1822 from Rowan. It is in the central section of the State and is bounded by Randolph, Montgomery, Rowan, Davie, Forsyth, and Guilford counties. Acts to amend the act establishing Davidson County were passed in 1822 and 1835, setting the boundary line between Davidson and Rowan. An act to empower the commissioners of Randolph and Davidson to establish the dividing line was passed in 1871. A part of Davidson was annexed to Forsyth County in 1889 and again in 1921." (Source: Along the way with Benjamin Morris, (1757-1808) and his wife, Sarah, of North Carolina: his forebearers and descendants from before 1680 to 1996 by Lewis Ecroyd Morris, p. 59). b. 10 May 1757
in Pasquotank Co., NC
d. 25 July 1808
in Davidson Co., NC
m. 1786 b. ca. 1759-1763
in Robeson, NC
d. ca. 1850
DeKalb, GA
Hicks/Hix ancestry b. 29 Aug. or Sept. 1784 (Weilburg, Nassau, Germany or Haiger, Germany)
d. 2 April 1846
Salisbury, NC, USA
Burial: The Old Lutheran Cemetery, Salisbury, NC
m. ? b. ca. 1797 in Germany
d. 9 Aug. 1867
Salisbury, NC, USA
       
                                 
      Ancestry through parents James "Jimmie" and Nancy "Charity" (Skeen) Johnson

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  Ancestry through parents Thomas and Rebecca (Ivey) Kearns

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  Ancestry through parents John and Nancy (Hall) Loflin

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Johnson History

A. Harris Johnson was a private in the Civil War (Source: Find A Grave Memorial).


Allen Harris Johnson

("Harris")
Helped found Sexton's Sch. House in 1861, reorganized in 1871 as Mt. Ebal Church (U.M.), Randolph County, NC.
Elizabeth "Betsy" Kearns

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William and Sarah (Hicks) Morris

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"William Nelson (some family members use the initial B, instead of Nelson) Morris was the third born known son of Benjamin and Sarah ? Morris. His birth took place in Old Rowan County, NC, now Davidson County, on 24 June 1792. His death occurred 24 Sept 1873. He is buried in the Siloam Methodist Cemetery beside his wife on the Davidson County line of Randolph County, NC. His wife was Sarah aka Sally, Polly, Hicks (Hix), b. 29 Jan 1791, and d. 26 July 1882. She is also said to be born 3 March 1791, and d. 26 June 1882. She md. at the age of 22 and died at age of 91. William N. Morris is first found in the 1808 will of his father, Benjamin Morris, made in 1808 .... The 1850 census, Davidson County, NC, Census, on page 365, HH #732, lists William Morris, age 58; Sarah, age 55; children: Emily, age 23: Wm N., age 18; Sarah, age 15; Thomas, age 14; and Allen, age 12." (Source: Along the way with Benjamin Morris, (1757-1808) and his wife, Sarah, of North Carolina: his forebearers and descendants from before 1680 to 1996 by Lewis Ecroyd Morris, p. 409, 411).
William Nelson Morris of Lancaster Co., VA

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Children of William and Sarah (Hicks) Morris

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Mary b. 9 May 1813, md. William Sexton
Belinda b. 6 March 1818, md. John Gibson
Reuben b. 5 Jan 1821, md. Sara Sexton Riley.
Priscilla b. 17 Dec 1824, md. Lydon Nance.
John Wesley b. 13 Aug 1828, md. Lena P. Nance.
Nancy b. 31 May 1830, d.John Lanier.
Emily b. 1832, md. Richard Cranford
William N. b. 6 Feb 1833, md. Adeline Riley.
Sarah b. 9 Nov 1834, md. Alfred Thompson
William A b. 1835, d. Civil War
Asa Thomas b. 9 Oct 1836, md. Rebecca Elliott.
Allen G b. 7 Aug 1838, md. Nancy Jane Bacher.

In addition 2 children are said to have died in a house fire. Their names, ages, or date of births and deaths are not remembered Also one member of the family is thought to have drowned, but not remembered who, nor where, nor when.

A special thanks to Mrs Betty Smith Johnson who supplied most of the information on the family. Also to Mrs Pauline Jones, of Kansas, who supplied information on the Nancy (Morris) Lanier family. And to other family members who supplied information.
(Source: Along the way with Benjamin Morris, (1757-1808) and his wife, Sarah, of North Carolina: his forebearers and descendants from before 1680 to 1996 by Lewis Ecroyd Morris, p. 405)
Sarah "Sallie" Hicks
(also seen as "Sally" with surname Hix)
Godfrey W. Bescher (Bischer)

(Confederate veteran of the Civil War
and hero of Gettysburg - details)
Godfrey was born on the ship as his parents sailed from Nassau, Weilburg, GERMANY. He lived on a farm on Skeen Rd. in west Randolph Co., NC. According to http://www.geocities.ws/jetlag78/godfrey, "Godfrey was born on the voyage from Amsterdam to Charleston that brought his parents, Conrad and Margaretha, to America. He married Loucinda Loflin, who bore seven children, two of them twins (William and John)." Also refer to the article "Great" Godfrey Bischer in The Heritage of Davidson County Lucinda (Loucinda) Loflin (Laughlin, Loftin)  

Allen "Harris" Johnson (1817-1905) married Elizabeth "Betsy" Kearns (1821-1899). Among their children were my ancestor Titus "Winbourne" Johnson and Jeremiah W. Johnson. Jeremiah W. Johnson (1846-1922) married Elbie Stokes and they had one daughter: Emma Johnson who married Charlie Thompson and they, in turn, had 9 children. Source: FARMER: Yesterday and Today, p. 118.

Children of Allen "Harris" Johnson and Elizabeth "Betsy" (Kearns) Johnson: Titus Winbourne Johnson (1837-1913), Thomas Clark Johnson (1840-1922), John Hansell Johnson (1842-1919), Jeremiah W. Johnson (1845-1922), Clarinda Ellen Johnson Riley (1851-1904), Milton H. Johnson (1853-1900) and Louise Johnson Diffee (1859-1942) (Source: FindAGrave).

b. 21 March 1817
Davidson Co., NC
d. 30 Sept 1905
Buried in Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery, Martha, Randolph County, NC (Sources: Cemetery Census, Find A Grave).
m. 1836

1860 Census - Randolph Co., NC

1870 Census - Concord Twp., Randolph Co., NC

Both buried in Salem UMC Cemetery, Randolph Co., NC (Sources:
1, 2).

b. 29 Jan. or 21 March 1821
d. 21-22 July 1899
See note on dates.
  b: 24 June 1792 in Old Rowan County now Davidson County, North Carolina
d. 24 September 1873
in North Carolina
Burial: Siloam Cemetery,
Davidson, North Carolina

Tombstone (Source: pp. 406, 719, Along the way with Benjamin Morris, (1757-1808) and his wife, Sarah, of North Carolina: his forebearers and descendants from before 1680 to 1996 by Lewis Ecroyd Morris)
m. 1813

1850 Census - Davidson Co., NC

1860 Census - Davidson Co., NC

"Sarah (Hicks) Morris was ca 22 years of age at the time of her marriage. She lived to be 91 years of age. She gave birth to 14 children between 1813 and 1838, two of whom were lost in a big house fire. Another member of the family is said to have lost his life by drowning. Robert Willard Johnson accounts for the 12 of 14 children by name, and supplies birth dates and who married for ten, but incompletely for two" (Source: Along the way with Benjamin Morris, (1757-1808) and his wife, Sarah, of North Carolina: his forebearers and descendants from before 1680 to 1996 by Lewis Ecroyd Morris, p. 406).

b. 13 or 21 January 1794
or according to FindAGrave and Along the Way..., p. 719:
21 January 1791 in Davidson Co., North Carolina
d. 26 July 1882, Davidson Co., NC

Tombstone (Source: p. 406, Along the way...)
  b. 1 Dec. 1818
Atlantic Ocean
d. 7 Sept. 1897
Burial: Siloam Cemetery, Davidson Co, NC
m. 1838

1850 Census: Randolph Co., NC

b. 21 Oct. 1817
d. 2 Dec. 1881
Burial: Siloam Cemetery, Davidson Co, NC
   
                                   
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1897 Johnson Family Reunion - picture with Harris & Betsy (above) & T. Winbourne Johnson (below) |
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The Campbell Knights of Lochow | Earls and Dukes of ArgyllWhile Malinda Campbell's ancestry is unknown, the Campbells are from Clan Campbell of Scotland. FamilySearch has her mother as Mary Campbell and her brother as Graham Campbell b. 1843 in Randolph Co., North Carolina.

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Titus Winbourne Johnson (went by Winbourne) fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War in Co. B, 48th North Carolina Infantry. He enlisted August 8, 1862. He was wounded near Sharpsburg, MD, Sept. 7, 1862, and captured. He was wounded again Dec. 13, 1862, in Fredericksburg, VA. He was again wounded at Ream's Station, VA, Aug. 25, 1864. He lived at Tom's Creek west of Farmer, NC. He farmed and ran a grist mill. After the war, he returned to Jackson Hill Township.
More information:
Titus Winbourne Johnson
("Winbourne")
Picture of couple
(Note: spots on face due to photo deterioration)
Malinda (Melinda/Linda) Christine Campbell
(Also seen as Christina Malinda Campbell)
Some erroneously have Melinda's surname as Cameron, but evidence supports Campbell, especially with one of her grandsons being named Thomas Campbell Morris Johnson and that my DNA matches point to a Campbell ancestor one generation before her. Further, page 461 of Along the way with Benjamin Morris, (1757-1808) and his wife, Sarah, of North Carolina: his forebearers and descendants from before 1680 to 1996 by Lewis Ecroyd Morris, confirms her maiden name was Melinda Campbell. Allen Gilbert Morris

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"Allen Gilbert Morris, was the twelfth child of William N. and Sarah (Hicks) Morris. He was b. 7 Aug 1838, and d. 24 Aug 1918. He is buried in the Denton Cemetery, Denton, NC. He md. Nancy Jane Bescher, b. 28 March 1849, d. 30 Sept 1924, buried in the Denton Cemetery. Her parents were Godfrey Bescher and Lucinda Loflin. 1880 census Davidson County, NC, Emmons Twp, Reel M620 (coded), Sheet 2, line 45: Morris, Allen G., age 42. Nancy J., age 40, wife. Nancy J., age 18, daughter. Flora, age 15, daughter. Julia, age 13, daughter. Georgia A, age 11, daughter. Lueza, age 8, daughter. Elfleter, age 6, daughter. Born after the 1880 census: Elsie Rosedale." (Source: Along the way with Benjamin Morris, (1757-1808) and his wife, Sarah, of North Carolina: his forebearers and descendants from before 1680 to 1996 by Lewis Ecroyd Morris, p. 460)
The Heritage of Davidson County - "Allen and Nancy Jane Bischer Morris" Nancy Jane Bescher (Bischer)
("Jane")
Nancy "Jane" had large brown eyes and hair that remained dark even into her sixties. She and Allen had seven daughters and no sons. They moved from Randolph Co., NC, to Denton, NC. Allen operated the General Store in 1880 & was one of the original stockholders of Denton Chair Co. - later Biltwell Chair Co. - organized 1913. He continued the grist mill business and was an organizer of the Denton Academy & Methodist's Children's Home. Allen and Jane also helped found Sexton's School House in 1861, reorganized in 1871 as Mt. Ebal Church (United Methodist) in Randolph Co., NC.
Malinda was Winbourne's first wife who died at the age of 28 in 1875, just weeks after their daughter Hattie E. Johnson was born. Hattie was born 20 May 1875 and died in infancy 10 July 1875, less than 2 weeks after her mother's death. Winbourne later married Amanda (Manda) Nance (1851-1927). Between the two marriages, he had 10 or 11 children. SOURCE: Curt Richey.

T. Winbourne Johnson's widow Amanda applied for pension in 1926 for his service in the Civil War.
b. 4 July 1837
d. 17 April 1913
Buried in Randolph County, NC. Additional info: Concord Township Cemeteries, Salem UMC
m. 8 October 1860
Randolph County, North Carolina
Source: Randolph County Marriage Bonds, Vol. 5, no. 1, 1971 (also on FamilySearch)
b. 8 August 1846
d. 29 June 1875
buried at Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery, Randolph County, North Carolina
US Census, 1870, North Carolina, Randolph, Concord, Salem Church Post Office b. 7 Aug. 1838, Davidson County, North Carolina, USA
d. 24 Aug. 1918, Jackson Hill, Davidson County, North Carolina, USA
Burial: Denton Town Cemetery, Denton, Davidson County, North Carolina, USA
m. 23 Dec. 1858

1860 Census Davidson Co., NC

1870 Census Davidson Co., NC

1880 Census Davidson Co., NC

b. 28 March 1840
d. 30 Sept. 1924, North Carolina
Burial: Burial: Denton Town Cemetery, Denton, Davidson County, North Carolina, USA
        North Carolina County Formation Maps
(1664-1965)

Map: NC counties in 1840
Colored NC Map
 
1880 Census information about Titus Winbourne Johnson: Age: 42; Birth Year: abt 1838; Birthplace: North Carolina; Home in 1880: Concord, Randolph, North Carolina; Race: White; Gender: Male; Relation to Head of House: Self (Head); Marital Status: Married; Spouse's Name: Manda Johnson; Father's Birthplace: North Carolina; Mother's Birthplace: North Carolina; Occupation: Grist Miller; Household Members (Name Age): Titus W. Johnson 42, Manda Johnson 29, Mary E. Johnson 18, Norman H. Johnson 13, Nepsie V. Johnson 11, Arther P. Johnson 8, Lona U. Johnson 1. Provided by Thom Cameron.
Titus Winbourne Johnson's grave at Salem Church (Randolph Co., NC): marker, Johnson, inscription. The wives are buried on each side of this marker with their inscriptions on each side of the marker. The marker is about 6-feet tall. The grave of Winbourne's brother Jeremiah is to the left of it (not pictured). SOURCE: Curt Richey.
                           
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  Ancestry through parents Milton and Nancy (Surratt) Hill

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  Ancestry through parents Wenborn and Margaret (Kearns) Cranford

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Click here for notes about Norman and Julia Johnson (Source from Jerrie Lomax and includes the 22 August 1888 marriage date).

Click here for a picture of Norman and Julia.

Norman Johnson's house in Denton, NC, that was passed to his son Tom
(back of photo)

"Norman H. and Julia Morris Johnson" article in The Heritage of Davidson County: page 1 of 2, page 2 of 2

1910 Census - Jackson Hill Twp., Davidson Co., NC

"Julia Priscilla Morris, b. 29 Nov 1866, d. 1 April 1950, buried at Denton Cemetery. She md. 25 Nov 1888, to Norman Harris Johnson, b. 18 April 1867, d. 22 April 1955, buried at Denton Cemetery, Denton, NC. His parents were Titus Winbourne Johnson and Melinda Campbell." (Source: Along the way with Benjamin Morris, (1757-1808) and his wife, Sarah, of North Carolina: his forebearers and descendants from before 1680 to 1996 by Lewis Ecroyd Morris, p. 461)

Norman Harris Johnson   Julia Priscilla Morris  
William Eddie Hill

Hill History
William Eddie Hill's memoir

Mary Addie Cranford
Mary Addie Cranford is listed as Mary Adelaide Cranford on her father's probate record (full probate record).
Much thanks to researcher Cheri Dunaway Smith, a distant cousin, for her work on this part of Mary Addie Cranford's lineage.

Click here for pictures of William Eddie and Mary as well as their children.

Davidson Record article "Max Hill Studies Radio Technique" from June 28, 1945 (Max is the son of William Eddie Hill and Mary Addie Cranford Hill).
In August 2017, I found via 23andMe a second cousin John Shackford, son of Kathryn Virginia Johnson Shackford (d. 2005)

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Kathryn Virginia Johnson Shackford

Kathryn Virginia Johnson Shackford of Oklahoma City passed away in the early morning of July 18, 2005 at the age of 90 surrounded by loved ones. A source of strength and support to her family and friends, she inspired everyone with her southern hospitality and positive outlook on life. She was born near Wilmington, North Carolina, on July 8, 1915. Her parents were Della May Surratt and Allen Starling Johnson. She was reared in Lexington, North Carolina and graduated from Lexington High School in 1932. After high school she attended Duke University and graduated in 1936. While at Duke, Virginia met her future husband, Joseph Temple Shackford. They were married November 20, 1937 and together had four children: Joseph Temple, Jr., John Starling, James Hilliard and Virginia Pauline. The family moved from North Carolina to Oklahoma City in 1958 when Joseph accepted a position at St. Luke's United Methodist Church as Associate Pastor. Virginia taught English in both North Carolina and Oklahoma at Heritage Hall and Deer Creek. Education was a very important part of her life and she was pleased all her children attended Duke. After retirement from teaching she stayed active at St. Luke's and was a member of the board of trustees at Epworth Villa where she had resided since 2000. Virginia was preceded in death by her oldest son, Joseph 'Jody' Temple Shackford, Jr., who died in 1958 in an industrial accident; her husband of 58 years, Joseph Shackford who died in 1996; her brother, Allen Johnson Jr. who died in 1982; and her nephew, Allen Starling Johnson III who died in 1997. She is survived by her three other children and their spouses, John and Melissa Shackford, Hilliard and Diane Shackford, Ginger and David Friedlein; by ten grandchildren and their spouses, Darren and Michele Friedlein, Jeremy and Chiu Yen Friedlein, Heidi and John Hart, Sean and Sarah Shackford, Chad and Jaime Shackford, and Nick, Jody, twins Sophie and Jimmy, and Danny Shackford; by 6 great-grandchildren, Grant and Spencer Friedlein, Dawn and Oscar Friedlein, Casey Hart, and Caleb Shackford, with Ethan Temple Shackford due in September. She is also survived by her brother's wife, Billy Johnson and three nieces Judy, Kathryn and Joanne Johnson. A memorial service will be at 2 pm on Wednesday, July 20, at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City. The graveside service will be given by Bishop Monk Bryan on Friday, July 22, in Waynesville, North Carolina. Gifts may be made to St. Luke's United Methodist Church, designated to the Virginia Shackford Memorial Fund. These gifts will go to the church's endowment fund. SMITH & KERNKE 14624 N. MAY AVE

, daughter of Allen Starling Johnson (his WWI draft card from FamilySearch), son of Norman and Julia (Morris) Johnson to the right, both John's and my great grandparents!
b. 18 April 1867
d. 22 April 1955
Obituary
m. 22 Aug. 1888
60th Anniversary Article
60th Anniversary photo
b. 29 Nov. 1866
d. 1 April 1950
  b. 27 June 1872, Concord, Randolph Co., NC
d. 6 Oct. 1943, Denton, Davidson Co., NC
m. ? b. 21 May 1870, NC
d. Jan. 1963, Denton, Davidson Co., NC
 
                 
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"Herman Edwin Johnson was born Monday, February 17, eleven thirty P.M. AD. 1902. The day was fair and may his life be as pure and spotless as the white ribbon snow that covered the ground on that day" (from Johnson History). He was born at Cameron Place. He was a linotype operator for many newspapers, including The Charlotte Observer (where he was featured in January 28, 1937, photo with the composing room personnel; Zoom-in). He also had a business, Johnson Printing Co. in Hickory, NC, for 3 years in the 1930s. As he worked for different papers in different cities, he was a member of various typographical unions. He retired in 1963 and he and Gertrude moved to Denton, NC, after living in Miami, FL, for 18 years. They were members of Central United Methodist Church.

Picture of Herman Edwin Johnson's siblings

Discovered desendants of H. "Ed" Johnson's siblings
Herman "Ed" Edwin Johnson
(more pictures)
Picture of Val Johnson (Herman's brother) and Nannie Hill (Gertude's sister)

In Denton, the Johnson and Hill families were in competition. Edward Hill ran the Chevrolet dealership and Val Johnson ran the Ford dealership.

Gertrude Leona Hill
(pictures - including siblings, parents)
"I had a wonderful dream last night that included my late Grandma Johnson's house (photo, another photo). I walked the brick walkway in front (where she showed me how to sweep with a broom) to the sprawling gray wooden porch with white posts on brick bases. There were antique-looking wooden chairs on this porch - and memories such as jumping from the porch to an adjacent tree to climb my first tree as a kid. I placed a flower on a wooden chair and said, "This is where my grandma used to sit." I wandered on around the porch that wrapped most of the way around the house. I peaked in windows to see how similar things were to what I remembered. From the back porch of the house, I saw the shed and persimmon tree. Peeking in the kitchen window, I saw the little table by the door was gone. I went in and the expansive dining room (with the organ and dark wooden table) was there. I went to the bathroom and it looked the same with its sink with the two polygonal silver knobs with round tops. I wanted to see if the top of the one still came off and it did! I remember taking it off and on as a child. The front room had wooden floors. When grandma was alive, there also was a woodstove in the middle of the room, a couch back against the wall where the front windows were and a dark wooden bureau in the corner where she kept bags of peanut M&Ms in the upper drawers. What a gift -- these memories."
~ James Arthur Johnson
8 August 2015


Letter to Gertrude from her grandson Jamie Johnson ca. 1980: page 1, page 2
Herman Edwin Johnson with his children: Hilda Mack Johnson on the left, William Herman Johnson is the baby being held and Geraldine Hill Johnson is on the right

Johnson family: Left to Right: Gertrude Leona Hill Johnson, William Herman Johnson, Hilda Mack Johnson, Geraldine Hill Johnson and Herman Edwin Johnson
  b. 17 Feb. 1902, Cameron Place, Davidson Co., NC
d. 6 Aug. 1972, Denton, Davidson Co., NC
Remembrance: 1, 2
m. 15 April 1922

After living separately in the late 1940s, they moved together to Miami, FL, and returned to Denton, NC, in the 1960s.

50th Anniv.
b. 9 May 1902, Randolph Co., NC
Moved to Denton, NC, in 1906, to go to school.
d. 24 Oct. 1991
Obituaries

Remembrance Booklet:
Page 1
Page 2
Page 3

In Memoriam - Central UMC
Gertrude Leona Hill Johnson's persimmon pudding recipe as transcribed by Carolyn Fisher Johnson.
(Recipe Card)
Note: Persimmons are ripe after first frost.

Gertrude Leona Hill Johnson's recipe for strawberry cake
             
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1940 Census data showing H. Edwin Johnson and Gertrude Johnson and their Children: Geraldine (Jerrie), Hilda and William (Bill)

Grown up: Johnson siblings with mother: left to right: Geraldine "Jerrie" Lomax, William "Bill" Herman Johnson, Gertrude Leona Hill Johnson and Hilda "Peg" Cranford
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  H. Ed Johnson family in 1940 Census       R. Neil Sexton (note on back of photo) was Bill Johnson's cousin and boyhood best friend. Neil was the son of Nannie Hill Sexton, sister of Gertrude Leona Hill Johnson. Neil died at age 11 and is the namesake for Bill's firstborn son Neil Fisher Johnson. Tragedy would strike again when Nannie's grandson Hugh Ames Sexton, Jr. would die in the Vietnam War in 1971.
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  Ancestry through parents Otto Woodrow Fisher and Hazel Jane (Eckard) Fisher

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Davidson Record article about Mack Cranford and his brothers serving in the Army, June 28, 1945

Denton Orator articles about John Lomax II and Mack Cranford (written by Buddy Sexton)

Geraldine "Jerrie" Johnson Lomax and her memories of growing up

Central United Methodist Church in Denton, NC, where much of the family worshipped.
  Geraldine "Jerrie" Hill Johnson

(childhood picture)
(with her Father Herman Edwin "Ed" Johnson)
Picture of
John & Jerrie Lomax


another picture
John Haven Lomax II

Photo from Denton 1939-1940

(WWII Photo)
  Hilda Mack Johnson

childhood picture

Photo from Denton 1939-1940
Sept. 1993 picture

Aug. 1997 picture

2005 article

Mack Cranford and Hilda Johnson - Cheerleaders newspaper article
Mack Hurlan Cranford

Photo from Denton 1939-1940

(WWII Photo)

Also see this article.
Video and Pictures
from Denton, NC
1939-1940



Remembering Pop
(William H. Johnson)


Priceless Memories of William H. Johnson (written in his hand):
page 1, page 2, page 3, page 4
William "Bill" Herman Johnson

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Note about William H. Johnson

Photos of William Herman Johnson:

  1. Toddler: cradle roll certificate 1931
    Christmas card to a 2-year-old Billy in 1931: (front, back)
  2. boyhood photo
  3. with mother/sisters
  4. Photos from Denton, NC, 1939-1940, when he was age 10
  5. Picture from school year 1940-1941
  6. Teenager: photo | photo | photo | photo
  7. Denton High School graduation (William H. Johnson is on the back row 2nd from right)
  8. Notes regarding Bill Johnson, Denton High School class of 1946 on 45th reunion in 1989
  9. Denton High School class of 1946 reunion (William H. Johnson is the 2nd man from the left on the back row)
    (Notes from 50th class reunion in 1996)
  10. young man with mother
  11. As a young man: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
  12. 1955 Bowling Tournament - William Herman Johnson is 4th from left
  13. Bill graduated from NCSU in 1954 with a Bachelor Degree in Industrial Engineering from the College of Agriculture and Engineering to launch his professional career: G.E. Engineer ca. 1960 | William "Bill" Herman Johnson | Willliam Herman Johnson, engineer at Walker | As a plant manager in the mid 1960s | With businessmen, 2nd Row, 3rd from right | Bio in his own writing | William Herman Johnson, Walker Plant Manager in NC | On right for Walker groundbreaking plant, Arden, NC, 1969 | Walker plant manager, Arden, NC | Johnson gets a patent on new uncoiler | VP of Engineering at Shenandoah Mfg. | Curriculum Vitae (p. 1, p. 2)
  14. Recreation: Golfing (William Herman Johnson in blue shirt) | William Herman Johnson (in white hat) fishing | William "Bill" Herman Johnson in his easy chair | celebrating a birthday
  15. Older years: Dad (William "Bill" Herman Johnson) making pancakes (with his pastor David Burch in the background)
  16. October 2009: Bill (William Herman Johnson) with grandson Arthur (William Arthur Harrison Johnson)

Carolyn June Fisher
   
Johnson siblings:
• Very young children: Geraldine Hill Johnson, William Herman Johnson and Hilda Mack Johnson
Geraldine Hill Johnson with baby brother William Herman Johnson
As children: Geraldine Hill Johnson, Hilda Mack Johnson and William Herman Johnson
• As young adults: Hilda Mack Johnson, William Herman Johnson and Geraldine Hill Johnson

Denton, NC, History and Photos
William H. Johnson said, "Denton raised me."

Howell Harrison reflected on Denton, NC, and his family in an article from yesteryear: page 1 | page 2

  b. 21 Feb. m. 26 Dec. 1941 b. 30 Oct. 1922
d. 15 Feb. 2011
In Memoriam
  b. 24 Sept. 1924
d. 3 Aug. 2011
In Memoriam
m. 8 July 1944 b. 7 June 1923
d. 22 July 2016
In Memoriam
Denton Feenix 1946 Denton High School Yearbook featuring Bill Johnson
(PDF - 34MB)


The Times, Thomasville, NC, March 29, 1989: "Season of New Beginnings: Students shed Red and White" by Kathy Blostrom, an article about the closing of Denton High School (DHS)


William H. Johnson
in the Navy
b. 17 Aug. 1929
Birthplace in Hickory, NC
(back of photo) - layout of house.
2004 Letter RE: birthplace:
p. 1     p. 2
Baby photo in Hickory, NC
d. 11 May 2010, Harrisonburg, VA
Burial: Eastlawn Cemetery, Harrisonburg, VA
m. 7 June 1964
Wedding Announcement
Wedding Invitation
Fisher-Johnson Pair United
Marriage Certificate
b. 28 May    
Images of Denton by Jerrie Lomax (who is seen above as Geraldine Hill Johnson):

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  Marcia Ellen Lomax
(as a girl)
(as a girl with her mother)
(as a girl with brother Johnnie)
(2013)
Marcia in Denton Rhythm Band ca. 1948, two diagnoal to the right from majorette

Marcia among children in front yard of house on Red Hill in front center
John "Johnny" Haven Lomax III
(as a boy)
(as a boy with sister Marcia)
  Sharon Amanda Cranford
(as a girl with brother Rodney)
(with husband Curtis Beal in 2010)
  Rodney Hurlan Cranford
(as a boy with sister Sharon)
  Descendants from Bill's first marriage to Lorene Thomas in 1953 via their daughter Elizabeth Leigh Johnson

The children of
Bill & Carolyn Johnson

(which includes James Arthur Johnson who researched and developed this site):
William Herman Johnson ("Pop") with granddaughter Leona Mae Johnson in 2005
Pop with granddaughter Leona Mae Johnson in 2005
William "Pop" Johnson reading to grandchildren Leona Mae Johnson and William Addisen Paradzinski
 
      b. 24 April 1940
d. 22 March 2015
obituary

In Memory: 1, 2, 3
m. b. 16 April Mary Lou Fisher at prom with Johnny Lomax

Note: Mary Lou is my aunt on my mother's side. ~ Jamie
b. 20 March   b. 14 Feb.   b. 22 July 1950
d. 17 Dec. 1985
   
Denton 2003: Front: Louise Mae Johnson, Carolyn Fisher Johnson, Hilda Mack Johnson Cranford, Geraldine Johnson Lomax; Back: James Arthur Johnson, William Herman Johnson, Mack Cranford and John Haven Lomax II
 
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(m. Amy Scherer in 2013)
  Mike Conner   Cindy Everhart
Stephanie Lomax
(from father's first marriage)
Haven Lomax
(daughter from second marriage who married Joe Sofia)
Bradley Lomax
(from father's second marriage who married Julia Gyssler 22 July 2017)
They have a son Noah Lomax
b. 14 November.
Amanda Kanoy   David Brookbank, Jr.   Heath Cranford        
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a daughter Carmen Everhart from his first marriage to Jan.
A son (from marriage to Jan)
Andrew Everhart (who married Samantha Lindabery)
  Amber Conner

NOTE: Amber married Zachary Furr on 27 June 2015

  Amy Conner

NOTE: Amy married Roy Mitchell Helms 29 September 2018.

  Nicholas Ares Sofia
b. February 15

Michael Alexander Sofia
b. January 28
   
Madeline "Maddie" Grace Brookbank
b. October 11
 
Leeza Brookbank
           
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Jackson Alexander Everhart
b. 21 October
  b. 1991   b. 1996                      

NOTE: William "Bill" Herman Johnson was born in Hickory, North Carolina. He grew up in Charlotte then Denton, North Carolina (Davidson County). From a marriage to Lorene Thomas in July 1953, William H. Johnson has a daughter who was born 1957 named Elizabeth Leigh Johnson (see tree below). Lorene died when Elizabeth was young. Elizabeth has children from 2 marriages: Jennifer Leigh Weese (b. May 1981, daughter of Richard Weese); and two children from her marriage to Michael Knell (married Nov. 1991): Kyle Knell (b. 7/17/1993) and Katie Knell (b. 9/11/1996). William H. Johnson married Carolyn June Fisher on June 7, 1964. Click here to see their family which includes their third son, James "Jamie" Arthur Johnson, researcher and developer of this online family tree. For William H. Johnson's ancestry, look above.

Descendants of Elizabeth Leigh Johnson, daughter of William Herman Johnson and Lorene Thomas:

      Ancestry through father William Herman Johnson via his first marriage to the late Lorene Thomas

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Leigh
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  Michael Knell  
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Leigh
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b. May 1981
  Kyle Knell
b. 17 July 1993
m. 16 May 2015 to
Montana Paige Jinkins
  Katie Knell
b. 11 September 1995
 
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Caleb Burner
b. 22 December 1999
Ethan Burner
b. 2002
Aurora Burner
b. 15 December 2005
Apollo "Polly" Burner
b. 1 September 2007
                                                The Bishers immigrated from
                                                the Bavarian Palatine region
                                                (GERMANY).

                                                             John
                           Benjamin + Sara      Margaretta + Conrad    
                           Morris   | (of NC) (Also Marie  | Bescher
                          +---------+         Maria M.,    | (Bischer)
                          |b. 10 May|         Margaratta,  | b. 29 Aug. 1784 
                          |1757     |         and Margaret | in Weilburg, 
                          |d. 25    |         T., possibly | Nassau, 
                          |July 1808|         Maria        | Germany
                          +---------+         Margaretta   | d. 2 April 1846
                                    |         T________)   |
                                    |         b. ca. 1797  | Click HERE for
                                    |         d. 9 Aug.    | details on the 
                                    |            1867      | BISHER FAMILY.
                                    |                      |
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                 Elizabeth          |                      |
     Allen       "Betsy"            |                      |
     Harris   +  Kearns    Sarah + William N.   L(o)ucinda  Godfrey (Confederate
     Johnson  |            Hicks | Morris       Laughlin +  Bescher  Veteran of
+-------------+---------+        | (Lancaster   (Loflin, | (Bischer) Civil War)
|Helped found Sexton's  |        |  Co., VA)     Loftin) |          
|Sch. House in 1861,    |        |                       |                
|reorganized in 1871 as |        |                       |
|Mt. Ebal Church (U.M.),|        |                       |
|Randolph County, NC    |        |              +--------+--------+  Click
+---+-----+---+---+-----+ +------+-----+        |b.21 Oct|b.1 Dec |  HERE 
    |b. 21|m.1836|b.21-9| |b. 13 |b. 24|        |1817    |1818    |  for details
    |March|      | Jan. | |Jan.  |June |        |d. 2 Dec|d.7 Sept|  of the
    |1817 |Betsy |1821  | |1794  |1792 |        |1881    |1897    |  BISHERS.
    |d. 30|dates |d.21-2| |d. 26 |d. 24|    +---+--------+--------+-------+
    |Sept.|may be|July  | |July  |Sept.|    |Godfrey was born on the ship |
    |1905 |off.  |1899  | |1882  |1873 |    |as his parents sailed from   |
    +-----+---+--+------+ +------+-----+    |Nassau, Weilburg, GERMANY.   |
              |                  |          |He lived on a farm on Skeen  |
              |                  |          |Rd. in west Randolph Co., NC.|
              |                  |          |Lucinda/Godfrey married 1838.|
              |                  +---+      +----+------------------------+
Click HERE    |                      |           |
for a picture |                      |           |
of the 1897   |                      |           |
Johnson       |                      |           |
Family        |                      |           |
Reunion w/    |                      |           |
Allen & Betsy |                      |           |
(Kearns), as  |                      |           |
well as Titus |                      |           |
Winbourne     |                      |           |
Johnson.      |                      |           |
            Titus       Melinda    Allen     Nancy     She had large brown 
            Winbourne + (Linda)    Gilbert + Jane      eyes and hair that 
            Johnson   | C.         Morris  | Bescher   remained dark into 
                      | Campbell           | (Bischer) her 60s. They had
     +-----+----------+----+ +-------------+-+----------------+ seven 
     |b. 4 | Titus fought  | |b. 7 Aug. 1838 |b.28 Mar. 1840  | daughters,
     |July | w/Confederacy | |d. 24 Aug. 1918|d. 29 Sept. 1924| no sons.
     |1837 | in Civil War, | +---------------+----------------+-----+
     |d. 17| Co. B, 48th NC| |Moved from Randolph Co., NC, to Denton|  
     |April| Infantry. Was | |NC.  Allen operated Gen. Store in 1880|
     |1913 | wounded near  | |& was one of the original stockholders|
     +-----+ Sharpsburg, MD| |Denton Chair Co. -- later Biltwell    |
     |Sept7,1862. Captured.| |Chair Co. -- organized 1913. Continued|
     |Wounded Dec.13 ,1862,| |grist mill business. Was an organizer |
     |Fredericksburg, VA.  | |of the Denton Academy & Methodist's   |
     |Wounded at Ream's    | |Children Home. Married 23 Dec. 1858.  |
     |Station, VA, Aug. 25,| |They also helped found Sexton's School|
     |1864. He had lived at| |House in 1861, reorganized in 1871 as |
     |Tom's Creek west of  | |Mt. Ebal Church (United Methodist) in |
     |Farmer, NC. He farmed| |Randolph County, North Carolina.      |
     |and ran a grist mill.| +-+------------------------------------+
     |After the war, he    |   |
     |returned to Jackson  |   |
     |Hill Township.       |   |
     +-----+---------+-----+   |
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CLICK HERE FOR    Norman    Julia        CLICK HERE     William  Mary
NOTES ABOUT       Harris  + Priscilla    FOR WILLIAM    Eddie + Addie
NORMAN & JULIA.   Johnson | Morris       EDDIE HILL'S   Hill  | Cranford
                  +----+--+-+----+       MEMOIR        +------+-----+             
                  |b.18|m.22|b.29|                     |b. 27 |b. 21|
                  |Apr.|or25|Nov.|  Click HERE for     |June  |May  |
                  |1867|Aug.|1866|  pictures of these  |1872  |1870 |
                  |d.22|1888|d. 1|  two couples.       |d. 6  |d.   |
                  |Apr.|    |Apr.|                     |Oct.  |Jan. |
                  |1955|    |1950|                     |1943  |1963 |
                  +----+--+-+----+                     +------+-----+
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+--------------------+    |                 |
|Herman Edwin Johnson|    Herman     Gertrude
|was a linotype oper-|    "Eddie" +  Leona
|-ator for many news-|    Edwin      Hill
|-papers. He also had|    Johnson
|a business, Johnson |    +-----+----+-----+    Click HERE for a 
|Printing Co.,Hickory|    |b. 17|m.15|b. 9 |    picture of Herman
|for 3 years in the  |    |Feb. |Apr.|May  |    Edwin Johnson.
|1930s. He retired in|    |1902 |1922|1902 |
|1963 & he & Gertrude|    |d. 6 |    |d. 24|
|moved to Denton, NC,|    |Aug. |    |Oct. |
|after living in     |    |1972 |    |1991 |
|Miami, FL, 18 years.|    +-----+--+-+-----+
|Members of Central  |             |
|United Methodist Ch.|             |
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Carolyn  William        Hilda       Mack        Geraldine    John
June  +  "Bill"         "Peg"    +  Cranford    "Jerrie"  +  Haven 
Fisher   Herman          Mack    |               Hill     |  Lomax
         Johnson         Johnson |               Johnson  |   II
      +-----+-----+      +-------+------+       +-----+-----+
boy-  |m.  7|b. 17|      |b. 24  |m. 8  |       |b. 21|m. 26|       Denton Orator articles about 
hood  |June |Aug. |      | Sept. | July |       |Feb. |Dec. |       Mack Cranford and John Lomax 
photo |1964 |     |      |       | 1944 |       |     |1941 |       (written by Buddy Sexton)
      +-----+-----+      +-------+------+       +-----+---+-+
      Their Children             |                        |
   *************         +-------+--+           +---------+-+
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  (See NOTE below     Rodney     Sharon         John    Marcia    Jerry
   or click on        Hurlan     Amanda         Haven   Ellen  +  Everhart
   William's name     Cranford   Cranford       Lomax   Lomax  |
   to see his         +-----+    +-----+         III   +-----+ |
   descendants.)      |b. 22|    |b. 14|       +-----+ |b.16 | |
     /^\              |July |    |Feb. |       |b.20 | |April| |
      |               |1950 |    |     |       |March| |     | |
      |               |d. 17|    +--+--+       |     | +-----+ |
      |               |Dec. |       |          +--+--+         |
      |               |1985 |       |  Children of John        |
      |               +--+--+       |  Lomax III are           |
      |                  |          |  Stephanie from          |
      |               Heath         |  his 1st marriage        |
      |               Cranford      |  and Haven (daughter)    |
      |               b. ca. 1978   |  and Brad both from      |
      |                             |  his 2nd marriage.       |
      |                             |                   +------+
      |                             |                   |
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      |                             |             +-----+-+
      |                             |             |       |
      |  David Brookbank, Jr. + Amanda  Jan +  Doug      Cindy     +  Mike
      |  (m. 21 November 1998)| Kanoy       |  Everhart  Everhart  | Conner
      |                       |             | (b. 1964)  (b. 1968) |
      |    Madeline Grace Brookbank         |                      |
      |      (b. 11 October)           +----+------+         +-----+-+
      |                                |           |         |       |
      |                              Andrew     Carmen   Amber     Amy
      |                              Everhart   Everhart Conner    Conner
     \|/                                                 (b. 1991) (b. 1996)
      '
NOTE:  William "Bill" Herman Johnson was born in Hickory, North Carolina.
He grew up in Charlotte then Denton, North Carolina (Davidson County).
From a marriage to Lorene Thomas in July 1953, William H. Johnson has a
daughter who was born 1957 named Elizabeth Leigh Johnson.
Lorene died when Elizabeth was very young.  Elizabeth has children
from 2 marriages:  Jennifer Leigh Weese (b. May 1981, daughter of
Richard Weese); and two children from her marriage to Michael Knell
(married Nov. 1991):  Kyle Knell (b. 1993) and Katie Knell
(b. 9/11/1995).  William H. Johnson married Carolyn June Fisher
on June 7, 1964.  Click here to see their family which
includes their third son, James "Jamie" Arthur Johnson, researcher and
developer of this online family tree.  For William H. Johnson's
ancestry, LOOK ABOVE.