My Johnson family was in the same area as yours and I wonder if we have a connection.
My Band Rowland also known as Barbara Ann Rolen married an unknown Johnson in Arkansas . The couple either divorced or Mr Johnson died , as they have 2 children dau born 1867 & son born 1868 and by 1870 Band Rowland Johnson has remarried and is found on the Osage , Benton Co., Arkansas with her second husband Alexander Patterson.
I found a marriage record for Barbara Ann Roland and William Johnson in Franklin Co., Arkansas Nov 3, 1867.Don't know if this record belongs to my Band Barbary Ann Rowland,but her parents and siblings are enumerated in Crawford Co., Arkansas in 1870.
Her parents Samuel L. Rowland and wife Hannah Unknown :
Year: 1870; Census Place: Lee Creek, Crawford, Arkansas; Roll: M593_51; Page: 213B; Image: 204; Family History Library Film: 545550.
S L Rolen54 NC Hanner Rolen43 Oh Mary J Rolen18 Mo Milly Rolen14 Mo William W Rolen15 Mo Sousen Rolen10 Mo John Rolen8Mo Robbert Rolen5Mo James Rolen3Tx Elisabeth Rolen1Ar
Franklin co was created out of Crawford County Ar.
Barbara Rolen Johnson married second time to Alex Patterson on Jan 3, 1870 in Benton Co., Arkansas .
Name: Barbra Patterson Birth Year: abt 1849 Home in 1870: Osage, Benton, Arkansas Household Members:
Alex Patterson21 Tennessee Barber Barbra Patterson21 TennesseeKeeping House Cassa Johnson3 Arkansas Thomas Johnson2 Arkansas
Barbara Rolen Johnson and Alex Patterson will have 4 children, sons Francis M. Patterson and Alexander Patterson Jr.and two daughters Rosie Rose Ellen Patterson and Jessie Patterson.
By 1880 Band Barbara Rowland Johnson Patterson is enumerated as a widow in Fannin Co., Texas . Her bro in law and 6 children from both her marriages are found in the household:
1880 United States Federal Census Name: B. A. Patterson Home in 1880: Precinct 1, Fannin, Texas Estimated Birth Year: abt 1848 Birthplace: Missouri Relation to Head of Household: Self (Head) Father's birthplace: North Carolina Mother's birthplace: Ohio Occupation: Keeping House Marital Status: Widowed Household Members:
B. A. Patterson32 Keeping house WidowedMo NC Oh Hannah C. Johnson14 Dauat HomeAR KY Mo Thomas Johnson12 Sonworks at grist mill Ar Ky Mo Francis Patterson10 SonCotten Gin,Farm Labor Ar Tn Mo Alexander Patterson 5SonAt HomeTx Tn Mo Rosella Patterson4DauTx Tn Mo Jesse Patterson1DauTx Tn Mo Mcdaniel Patterson31 Bro in Law Mo Tn Tn works Grist Mill
Circa 1886 Band Rolen Johnson Patterson will marry for the 3rd time to a much younger man Elijah Hendrix. Lige H. Hendrix and Band Barbara Rowland have no kids. They are found living in the Chickasaw Nation ,Indian Territory (Kemp Town) in the 1900 Census.
Home in 1900: Twp.9,Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory Married 14 years
Household Members: Elijah Hendrix 39 Mar 1861 Ind Ind Ind Farmer Barbara A Hendrix 52 Nov 1848 7/5 MO Ky Ohio
Living next door is her son Thomas Johnson and his first wife Ada Addie Covington :
1900 United States Federal Census
Home in 1900: Township 9, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory Kemp Town, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory Married 8 years
Thomas Johnson30Armarried 8 years Ada Johnson24Tx5 / 1 child living Ludy Johnson6/12
Tom and his first wife Ada Covington married Sept 4, 1891 in Grayson Co., Texas and have lost 4 children by the 1900 census. They will have one more son named George Johnson in 1902. About 1906-1907 Ada dies in a buggy accident . The two boys Ludie Johnson (Ludy Johnson ) and brother George Johnson are sent to live with relativesafter the death of their mother. By 1910 their Father has re- married widow Ettie Harris nee Blackmon and they are living with their blended familiesand their new son Jessie H. Johnson in Bryan Co., Oklahoma :( no other records on Jessie located )
Thena Johnson38 Etta F Johnson27 Luda L Johnson10 George A Johnson7 Jessie H Johnson9/12 Dora B Harris9 Viola L Harris5
Tom's mother Band Rowland Johnson Patterson Hendrix died in 1910 and is buried at Bloomfield Cemetery ,in Hendrix , Oklahoma .
Kemp ,called Kemp City or Kemp Town, Oklahoma name was changed to Hendrix Oklahoma sometime close to or after the tornado that flattened the town in 1914.
Something happens to Tom Johnson Sr. and he died about 1912. Etta or Ettie , his widow places all their children in an orphanage . His hers and theirs . Tom Johnson Sr and Etta Blackmanhave a son born 1912 in Oklahoma, he too is placed in the orphanage.
Ludie Johnson , the oldest son must be released from the orphanage first as his descendants state he married a girl from Okla and had one child.( nothing else known abt 1st wife & child ) . The marriage does not last . Ludy Johnson and his brother George Johnson run away from the orphanage abt 1918 according to their descendants. The youngest brother Tom Johnson Jr. is in the house hold of his half sister Dora Beatrice Morris ( nee Harris ) in Oklahoma City , Okla by the 1920 Census. Dora's husband Walter Morris and their son Walter Jr.The census taker has written orphan by Dora's name then crossed it out.
1920; Census Place: Oklahoma City Ward 4, Oklahoma, Oklahoma; Roll: T625_1475; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 164; Image: 517. Enumerated 13 & 14 Jan 1920
Walter A Morris 27 Dora B Morris 20 Walter D Morris 28/12 Thomas Johnson 8 Brother in Law
Ludie Johnson and his brother George Albert Johnson running from the orphanage take jobs followingthe harvesting crews and work their way towards Nebraska , then Sioux City Iowa. The brothers marry Crane Sisters . Ludie's wife Pearl Crane has a son that dies shortly after birth and the tragic event marks the end of their marriage. Ludie Johnson married a 3rd time to Eva Burge and had 2 daughters Claudet Carol Johnson and Jeannie or Janene Johnson. This marriage will also end in divorce. George Johnson and wife Ollie Crane will raise a family of 5 boys and one daughter in Sioux City , Iowa.
Tom Johnson Jr. came to California during the war to see his real mother Etta Blackmon . Ettie married a 3rd time to Will Akins and after 1940 moved to California and is buried there . Other than Tom Jrs visit , no one seems to have any more info on him.
I have hunted for Tom Johnson Jr. for a decade now. He most likely has already passed away but am hoping he had a family and to one day locate his descendants.
Two households down form Barbara ( Band ) and her 3rd husband Lige H. Hendrix we find a James & Nannie Johnson household . James Johnson was born Aug 1879,wifeNannie born march 1872, no kids . Our families have very similar migration patterns . Could we possibly have a connection ?