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More About Lilly Lee McKinney:
Buried: 1954, Bonita Springs, Collier Co., Florida
Cause of Death: heart attack
Medical Information: Ft. Myers - Lee Memorial Hospital
Notes for Charles Christopher Johnson:
HAWKINSVILLE, FL was in Lake County along the St. Johns River, 1858it was knownas Ledworth Camp, changed to OSCEOLA by EH Crow, but freight shipments intended for Osceola County were being sent to Ledworth Camp so in 1870 it was changed to Hawkinsville and in 1888 to Crow's Bluff.(per Reference Dest @ Florida State Archives - 1/28/97).
There is a discrepancy as to the year of birth for Charles Christopher Johnson - the Draft cards from Lee County of 1917 show his date of birth as 2/22/1874
C.G. McKinney's column in the American Eagle on October 12, 1909 mentions "Charley Johnson slaughtered his hogs and sold the meat for .15 a lb."
He is mentioned several times in Peter Mattiessen's "KILLING MISTER WATSON" and was one of the islanders that took part in the shooting of E.J. Watson in October 1910.
One of Charlie Johnnson relatives - Hub Johnson was steamboat captain,very notorious...was being hunted down by KKK, they tried to sneak up on him at his homestead, he saw them coming, shot all of them,ran out of Jacksonville with a Barber daughter,they put hex on him or cattle.
Dennis remembers that Charlie Johnson was living in Arcadia for awhile...but shot a man and went on the run to Chocoloskee (which is where alot of men went who wanted to be forgotten).Freddie recalls that Charlie Johnson's father was a railroad engineer and when they moved to Arcadia he brought with him a governess (school marm) that continue to educate the Johnson children.Young Charlie seemed to take to alchemy and was a tinker/inventor his entire life.The family tale seems to be that Charlie figured out how to goldplate silver dollars and would pass them off at the railroad stations and the Sheriff at Sandhill figured out that the counterfeit gold dollars appeared at the same time the train came through town.Charlie heard that the were waiting for him, skipped town and headed to parts unknown which seemed to be Ft. Myers/Punta Rassa and them by boat to Chocoloskee.In a book about the Florida cattlemen it mentions that The Lykes Brothers had driven their cattle to Punta Rassa (which was now where Ft. Myers Beach seems to be...there was a natural deep harbor that could accomodate the larger boats to ship the cattle to Key West and Cuba) and that the mosquitos were so bad that they slept at the end of the docks and that the only good night's sleep was had when a "Charley Johnson kept watch on the herd while they slept".
He married Lily McKinney and they had 8 children (only 4 lived to adult-hood).
Lily McKinney's bible shows that Charlie was from Fakahatchee and that they were married on Russell Island.
4/30/1910 Lee Co Census shows:
Charley Johnson age 35 married 5 yrs
father born GA,mother born GA
Lillie age 22 married 5 yrs 4 children - none living
Mack age 22mother born GAFather Ala
Charlie Johnson lived all over Southwestern Florida and no one can ever remember him working for another man.He brought land on speculation and then sold it year later and lived off the proceeds, he would farm land that he leased or had an agreement with someone to split profits.He lived on a piece of land in Naples that was on a bay and that bay was named after him - Johnson Bay.
He always had "gold fever" and prospected all over Peace River for the gold that the pirates from Captiva supposedly buried up the river.As a child I can remember going with Momma to camp sites way up near Arcadia, that you had to drive through the cow pastures to get to.Grandpa would get a group of men (investors) together and they would front the money to get the pumps, gear and whatever Grandpa needed and Grandpa would stay at the camp all the time and the other men would come and go, waiting to find the buried treasures.
He became well-known for his knowledge of all the shipwrecks around Florida and all information about bills of lading, destination, which storms they sank in and where they should be located.Mel Fisher came to our home many times to talk to Grandpa about the different ships.
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Buried: Bonita Springs, Collier Co., Florida