Selected Families and Individuals


John William JOHNSON [Parents] [scrapbook] 1, 2, 3 was born on 25 Dec 1807 2, 3 in Tennessee 2. He died in Nov 1876 4. John married Nancy DICKFORD on 5 Nov 1854 5 in Ashley Co., Arkansas 5.

Other marriages:
SMITH, Emily

    An account of John William Johnson is given in a biography featuring his son, William Monroe Johnson, in the 1890 publication by Goodspeed, "Biographical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas", page 908.
  "...(He) was left an orphan in early boyhood, but being of a very enterprising and energetic disposition he succeeded in accumulating a handsome fortune, which was subsequently swept away by security debts which he was compelled to pay.  During this time he was a resident of Yalobusha County, Mississippi, and the men for whom he went security were Magic & Skipper, wealthy men of Western Texas at the present time, who were then cotton and general merchants of Grenada, Mississippi.  They saw a chance to take advantage of Mr. Johnson for a debt of $41,000, did so, and the magnificent estate which the latter owned, together with eighteen slaves and other valuable property went to satisfy the creditors of the notorious firm of Magic & Skipper.  Mr. Johnson then took up a timber claim, and he and his family lived in a rude board structure throughout one winter, then sold out and moved to Warren Countyk, near Vicksburg, Mississippi, where they made their home for seven years."
   Note that the Goodspeed publication also attributed Mississippi as John William Johnson's birth state, which conflicts with other sources stating Tennessee.

Nancy DICKFORD 1, 2 was born about 1821 1 in Mississippi 1. Nancy married John William JOHNSON 3, 4, 5 on 5 Nov 1854 2 in Ashley Co., Arkansas 2.

They had the following children.

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Elizabeth JOHNSON 1 was born about 1858 1 in Arkansas 1.

James RIDGELL 1 was born about 1840 2. James married Martha Ann JOHNSON 1, 3 on 8 Mar 1862 1 in Ashley Co., Arkansas 1.

Martha Ann JOHNSON [Parents] 1, 2 was born on 11 Aug 1842 1, 3 in Mississippi 1. She died on 3 Mar 1914 3. She was buried in Mt. Olive Baptist Church Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas 3. Martha married James RIDGELL 2 on 8 Mar 1862 2 in Ashley Co., Arkansas 2.

Other marriages:
COLE, William
BAIN, John Jackson

They had the following children.

  M i James Valentine "Vollie" RIDGELL was born on 22 Dec 1863.

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They had the following children.

  M i Dale Wesley RODEN was born on 18 Feb 1926. He died on 26 Nov 2003.
  M ii Harvey Wilburn RODEN was born on 26 Sep 1922. He died in Jun 1985.

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