[NI038] According to the Birth Certificate of Eugene Davis, Kingford was born in Erie County, NY.
[NI039] Ruby holds the record for being married the youngest of any member of the Johnson family as she was not yet 16 years of age.
From the Johnson Family Genealogy compiled by Iva E. Holcomb
"Uncle Charlie " was born in Sweden and came to America when he was 7 years of age. IONE tells of Uncle Charlie going to here to a moving picture show when he was an old man. He wept at seeing a school of porpoises, he said he had not thought of them for years, but that was just the way they looked when he was coming from Sweden, He enlisted at Columbus, PA in the Northern Army and went to Meadville with the company, the 23rd of August 1862, the day he was 18. He was under Captain Baldwin and so was Uncle Olver Elderkin. He was a stone splitter and a timber cruiser, or estimater, and a farmer. When his health filed, Ruby moved home and cared for him until his death. He is buried in Spring Creek, PA cemetary.
[NI085] "Frank as she was called was a teacher and a very fine woman. She was a cousin of Dora Chase Hensdale.
[NI085] "Aunt Almeda" was the daughter of William & Mary Jobes Johnson. She was of extraordinary size weighing 240 lbs. or more.
The following is from the Johnson Family Genealogy Complied by Iva E. Holcomb (IX-2)
"Magnus Peter Johnson was born March 3, 1821 on Sweden, and died August 28, 1888 at his home on Lanning Hill, Farminton township, Warren County, Pa., having suffered a stroke of paralysis some three or four years before. His wife Christina Margaret (Jones) Johnson was born May 11, 1824 on Sweden and died May 12, 1899 at the home of her daughter, Charlotte Robinson in Scranton Hollow, Farmington township, Warren County, PA., her mind failed some years before but the immediate cause of her death was a cold. They are buried in the Swedish Cemetary near Chandler Valley, PA.
[NI094] Grandpa Johnson had one brother, Deloss, whose genealogy appears in this book. Grandpa's father died when Grandpa was twelve years old. He was of the landowner class and Grandpa was of the tenant class. The are distantly related. Grandma Johnson had one sister, older, who never married and died sometime long after Grandma left Sweden.
[NI094] Grandpa and Grandma were married in Sweden and while living there four childern were born to them, namely Charles John, August 23,1844; Albertine Christina, April 8, 1846; Clara Charlotte, Jan. 31, 1848, and Anna Louise, Nov 13,1849. The oldest daughter, Albertine Christine died April 29, 1851. Shortly there after, in June 1851, the parents with the remaining children started for America. Grandpa mother died just before he left Sweden and was not yet buried when he come away, but the passage was engaged so he had to come then we think they lived about 20 miles from Linkokng. They must have sailed on the Baltic Sea and through Kattegat and Skagerak, then on the North Sea to the Atlantic Ocean. It took three months for the trip, three weeks to get to the Atlantic and nine weeks to cross it. They came in a sailing vessel. And contary wind was the cause of taking three weeks to reach the Atlantic Ocean.
[NI094] They brought at least, two large wooden boxes filled with their possessions. One of these is still in the home on the Holcomb Farm in Busti, New York. the other burned in the house of Worthy Standford at Hemlock, PA. They carried their own food with them for the long journey. They had bread of the Swedish kind that was baked and dried and would keep for a long time. In fact it was neccessary to bake it only twice a year. But Grandma liked fresh bread, so she brought some of that too. after a while this molded but it was not thrown away. A family by the name of Fradelious, who, afterwards settled in Youngsville, PA. ran short of bread, and were glad to use the moldy bread.
[NI094] They sailed up the Hudson River to Albany and came over the Erie Canal to Buffalo. Grandma's desire was to go further west to the big wheat fields, but ( reason unknown )
[NI094] From Buffalo, Uncle Charlie, a boy of 7, rode on a wagon or cart to Sugar Grove, PA. Someone said that Grandpa and Grandma each took on of the little girls, Aunt Lottie -- 3 1/2 years old, and Aunt Annie -- not yet 2 years old, and walked to Sugar Grove.
[NI094] The next child, August, was born December 11th, 1851 near Wrighsville, PA. So it is probable that they made their home there for awhile, (Tealie Hill between Sugar Grove and Wrightsville.) For a time they lived on the Dorn farm on Lanning Hill, but had to carry water from the hill, a spring on a farm they afterwards bought for $3 an acre. There they built a log house which stood until recently. The land was covered with forest at the time they bought it, and much of it was cleared by them.
[NI094] The log house had just one large room on the first floor. At first the second floor was reached by way of a ladder, but later stairs were built. Under these stairs were shelves used as a pantry. Grandma and Grandpa had their bed downstairs, with a trundle bed for some of the smaller children. This was kept under the bed in daytime, and pulled out at night to be slept in. The older children slept upstairs.
[NI094] The new house had a kitchen, pantry, and 2 bedrooms downstairs, and 2 bedrooms upstairs. I have a pictue of this house taken in 1915 from the road as we were driving past.
[NI094] I am told that Grandpa was tall and slim and was good in mental arithmetic. He often did butchering for the neighbors. He also shaved shingles to sell, and had a small building especially for this purpose.
[NI094] Grandma was short and fat. She could read but could not write. She could recite page after page of the catechism. I Am told that if she did not know the location of a place she heard mentioned she would look it up in the Atlas. She wovw cloth and carpet for her own family adn also for other people, and thus helped in providing for the family. It is said that she never road a train.
[NI094] We have in our possesion the Swedish catechism with wooden covers. The printed date in the front is 1831. We also have the certificate of Naturalization of Magnus Peter Johnson, dated October 8, 1860. We have three envelopes but no letters from Sweden. They are dated 12/6/1875, or 6/12; 1/1/1879; and 3/28/1880. The first two are postmarked "Ubika", but the third is "Mont----". the third is the only one bering a postage stamp. Mark has a pair of sheep shears which we think came from Sweden.
[NI094] As-many-old--country people do, they told ghost stories, and believed in them. Grandma had a cousin knwn as "Aunt Helen Peterson" who came to America the same time she did. Her husband known as "Little Andrew", claimed to be a witch doctor. Aunt Edith says that he took a film off of her eye, or at least it went away. He told them just what to say. Then he took a stick and begin to whittle, they asked, "What are you doing?" He replied, "I am whittling that film off from Edith Caroline Johnson's eye". Uncle Theodore tells the story the same. At another time the cattle bothered about getting out. He "Little Andrew", crawled along the ground and the cattle would not cross the line. One time one of the oxen had a sore eye and "Little Andrew" cured that. (?) While in Sweden their sheep and goats strayed away. A witch (?) told them they were on a certain ledge and there they found them.
[NI094] Among the small discrepancies of the decendants of the Johnson family is a slight deformity known as club thumbs. In a club thumb the first phalange is shorter and wider. Neither grand pa nor grandma Johnson had club thumbs, nor did their parents but it is said that grandpa had an aunt who had them. They are not prevalent until Tilly Johnson Standford (VI) and Theodore Johnson (XI) had them. In the next generation Avis Lindell Rosendahl (X-6) Lee Jhnson (XI-1) each have one "Johnson thumb". Clara Lindell Venman (X-8) and Jerrold (XI-4) Elmo (XI-6) and Grace (XI-&) Johnson have club thumbs. One of Jerrold's sons also has club thumbs."
Magnus Peter Johnson
Christina Margreta Jones
I Charles John Johnson
II Albertina Christina M. Johnson
III Clara Charlotte Johnson
IV Anna Louisa Johnson
V August F. Johnson
VI Matilda Christina Johnson
VII Emily Johnson
VIII Albert B. Johnson
IX Elizabeth J. Johnson
X Mary Etta Johnson
XI Theodore J. Johnson
XII Edith Caroline Johnson.
[NI270] Re: HIST of Jachens Raymond by Darwin Leach1937
Calvin was rumored to be of the Iroquois Indian Tribe and his 'English' last name was derived from the quality of work that he did, "Well-Done"
Robert Davis Sr.'s Mother Virginia said that her father Bert Weldon told her that it was true.
[NS16231] Comprising the families of Magnus Peter Johnson and DeLoss Johnson.
[NS16233] In the Possesion of Robert E. Davis, Sr