I went to the library today, and found quite a bit of information concerning the Johnson family.
First of all, Andrew Johnson was buried at Stice Cemetery, located in the North East 1/4 of Section 29 in Swan Township.The cemetery was platted in 1899 by A. D. Stice, but was previously used as a burial grounds.It is reported to be approximately 3 acres in size, with few recent burials.It is on private land, and reportedly overgrown with weeds and brush.Andrew's wife was probably buried with him, but didn't have a marker at the time the cemetery was read by the local society (circa 1980).There were markers with him for two of his four children who died as young adults.The readings are:
Andrew Johnson, Co. F 65th N.Y. Inf.
Henry C. Johnson, died Aug. 15, 1882, 23 Yrs. 3 Mo. 15 Dys.
Alice Johnson, died July 30, 1893, 18 Yrs. 11 Mo. 23 Dys., Dau. of A. S. & M. Johnson
The Civil War marker for Andrew Johnson lead me to look up the following service information on the Internet -
Civil War Pension Index
Name of Soldier: Andrew Johnson
Name of Dependent: Mary Johnson
Service: Co. C 121st NY Infantry, Co. F 65th NY Infantry, Co. F 120th NY Infantry.
Filed for Invalid Pension on 24 September 1891
Filed for Widow Pension on 6 July 1915
Enlisted as a Private on 28 March 1865 at the age of 29
Enlisted in Company C, 121st Infantry Regiment New York on 28 March 1865.
Transferred to Company F, 65th Infantry Regiment New York on 24 June 1865.
(Veterans and recruits of the 121st not transferred to the 65th were mustered 25 June 1865.)
Mustered out Company F, 65th Infantry Regiment New York on 17 July 1865 at Hall's Hill, Virginia
I found nothing on his service in Company F of the 120th NY Infantry, even though it was shown on his
pension card.It was probably for service earlier in the war.If you are interested, you can order copies of his pension file from the National Archives.Cost depends on whether you want a partial file with the bare minimum of information, or his full file.I've received some files that were hundreds of pages long, full of all kinds of neat information - details of battles, doctors reports, avidavits signed by family members, etc.
I also found the obituaries for Andrew, his wife, and son Romane/Main/Mayne -
Obituary - The Monmouth Atlas - 1 June 1904 - MAYNE B. JOHNSON
Mayne Johnson committed suicide in Youngstown last night.It is supposed the act was
prompted by despondency over his ill health, as he had been ailing for some time and had
only recently returned from a trip to Hot Springs in hopes of regaining his health.
The scene of the unfortunate affair was the home of his father, Andrew Johnson in Youngstown.
The young man was standing in the front door of the home about 8 o'clock, when a shot was
heard and friends coming found him with a hole in the head and a bullet in his brain.Death
was not instantaneous, but the victim lingered until about 1 o'clock this morning.Johnson
was about 35 years old and single.
A week or so ago, Mayne had said to his parents that they would not be burdened with him
very much longer, as he was going to die.This is the only intimation that can be recalled
as to his having contemplated the act.A brother of the deceased some years ago took his
Coroner Ebersole was notified of the death this morning and went to Youngstown to hold
Obituary - The Monmouth Atlas - 19 June 1915
Funeral services for the late Andrew Johnson of Swan township were held (unreadable)
Christian church at Youngstown, the Rev. D. E. Hughes officiating.The interment was
made in the Stice cemetery.
Mr. Johnson was born in New York state in 1836 and had been a resident of Youngstown
for more than forty years.He had a record as a Civil War veteran, being discharged from
the Sixty Fifth New York Infantry at the end of the struggle.
Mr. Johnson was married sixty years ago and is survived by his wife and the following four
children; George Johnson of Youngstown, Gilbert Johnson of Iowa, Mrs. C. H. Bollman of
Roseville and Frank Johnson of Brereton, Ill.
In the cyclone that swept Swan township, May 22, 1873, the members of the family barely
escaped with their lives.Earlier in the year Mr. Johnson had almost completed a home
for his family and they were gathered in the house when the storm broke.The children
took refuge under a bed, but the wind lifted the house from its foundations and two of the
children were later found pinned beneath a large cupboard unhurt.The house was about
the only thing seriously damaged by the big storm.
Obituary - The Monmouth Daily Review-Atlas - Thursday 15 January 1925 - Page 3
Mrs. Mary Johnson
Mrs. Mary Johnson, who passed away at her home in Youngstown yesterday, was born
in Parksville, N. Y., January 6, 1828.The funeral will be held at 11 o'clock Friday morning
at the family home in Youngstown.
Mrs. Johnson was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Palmatier and was married to Andrew
Johnson, Jan. 30, 1858 at Parksville, N. Y.Mr. Johnson passed away about 10 years ago.
Eight children were born to the union, four of whom preceded their mother in death.Those
living are Gilbert of Chariton, Ia., George at home, Hattie of Monmouth and Frank of Brereton.
Mrs. Johnson is also survived by sixteen grand children, forty-four great grand children and
two great great grand children.
This leads me to a casual observation - no headstone was found for Romane.It was also mentioned that another brother had taken his own life, but didn't say which one.The clues from the 1900 and 1910 census shows would show that William died between 1900 and 1910 (Mary listed she was the mother of 8 children in each; 6 living in 1900, and just the 4 mentioned in the obituaries by 1910.Alice and Henry died before 1900, so William and Romane were the two who died between 1900 and 1910).Therefore, it's possible that William died 1900 to 1905, before Romane.I did not have time to check for obituaries for Alice or Henry C. Johnson today, but will keep it on my to-do list.
Although Mary's obituary states that she was born on 6 January 1828 and born in Parksville, N.Y., that information is in conflict with another record.She obviously did not write her own obituary, but she did give the information for the following record.Even that does not agree with her date of birth as given in the 1900 US census, which was given as January 1838 there -
DECLARATION OF LOYALTY, 1918 - Swan Township, Warren County, Illinois
Mrs. Mary Johnson "X", Housewife
Born 6 January 1837 in New Paltz, N.Y.
(Witnessing her mark "X" was P. Shawler)
George Johnson, Laborer
Born 29 June 1861 in Green Co., NY
Employer: Mrs. Mary Johnson
Warren County still has copies of older death certificates and marriage licenses available for 50 cents each if you are interested.I looked up members of the family in the death index, listing them here with dates, book numbers and certificates.For books that bear letters (A, B, C, etc.), the page number is given that lists the certificate number, which are in turn filed in cabinets.In the books that are numbered (1, 2, 3, etc.) the second number is the actual certificate in a binder.Both Andrew and Mary's death certificates are late enough that they should give their parents' names and parents' places of birth listed - that is, if the family knew that information.That might be the easiest way to find Andrew's parents' names, as they weren't mentioned in the obituary.Mary probably supplied the information for Andrew, as she was living, and may have actually known her in-laws, whereas her children may or may not have remembered their grandparents when she passed away.Then again, it might be the easiest way to find the names of Mary's parents, and confirm where she was buried.Those that I found listed were:
Henry C. Johnson - 15 Aug 1882, Book A, Page 76
Main "Johnston" - 1 June 1904, Book B, Page 131
Andrew Johnson - 17 June 1915, Book C, Page 355
Mary Johnson - 14 January 1925, Book 5, Cert. 2424
Although death certificates begin in 1878, it was not fully enforced by the State of Illinois until 1916 (the reason that the official online state death index begins with 1916).I did not find a matching entry for daughter Alice.She may have died elsewhere, especially if she was taken to a hospital for treatment.If she had an obituary, it might provide those details.
Another family member that I found nothing on was Hattie (Johnson) Bollman.It's possible she and her husband left the area at some point.I found a listing for only one George E. Johnson, assuming that the middle initial given in the 1900 census was correct, which was not a match for the son of Andrew and Mary.
There was one last index entry that I found.Andrew Johnson had a will probated in 1915.It is in Will Book # 8, page 413.The last time I got a copy of a will from the courthouse, I was charged 15 cents per page for the copies.
I also tried to find Mary with her parents, listed in the 1850 US Census.With such variables as her date of birth being 1828, 1837, or 1838, possibly in either Sullivan or Ulster County, and with all the possible spelling errors that could be made for the name Palmatier, I couldn't find any positive match.Parksville, New York is in Sullivan County, while the children were born in Green County.Either of those might or might not be where Andrew and Mary were wed.There is an IGI record which might concern the couple, but it is terribly vague.It lists an Andrew J. Johnson who married a Mary/Polly R. Palmatier in "New York about 1855", and that Andrew died in 1890.It gave Andrew's parents as Harvey and Rosella.IGI records are usually untraceable to their original source, and are often times full of errors.However, Rosella "might" be the mysterious name given with Henry Johnson in the 1850 census of Green County, New York, as mentioned previously.
If you have questions, let me know.I threw a lot of this together, and might not have explained some of it well enough.