An American Family History

The Johnson Family


Tennessee was admitted to the Union on June 1, 1796. It was initially part of North Carolina.

William Wallace Johnson and Katherine Cliff Barnes married about 1852 in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

William Wallace Johnson was an engineer/machinist and was born in March 30, 1829 in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA

Katherine Cliff Barnes was born on June 6, 1838 in Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee.

They had at least seven children who were born in Fort Smith:
Mary Johnson (1853),
Eliza Johnson (1860), 
Francis M. Johnson (1866), 
William Greenwood Johnson (1869),
Nellie Johnson Powers Robinson (1878),
June Johnson Van Dusen (1883, married Miles Van Dusen),
Ira Malin Johnson (1885).

On April 2, 1897 Frances M. Johnson was murdered and robbed in San Diego.

Will's sister Nell, her daughter Nan, granddaughter, Melba and great-granddaughter, Bonnie Jean.

Nellie Johnson (Nan) Powers Robinson married James Powers (July 1844) and they had at least 5 children:
William Powers (1888),
Laura Powers (1897),
Ezra Powers (1899),
Katherine Powers Snow (1902), and
Irene Powers Pettigrew (1905). She married Charles T. Robinsons and they had a son Charles Robinson (1916).

June Johnson married Miles Van Dusen. June was born in June, 1883 in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Ira Malin Johnson was born April 23, 1885. He married Verna Ivy Miller (Kate). Ira and Kate divorced before 1930. After they divorced, Ira married at least twice more to Luella Hepner and Thelma Fish. In the 1940 census, his wife is named Grace. He was buried with Luella at Oak Hill Memorial Park in Escondido, California.

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Hester Johnson wrote on the back:
"Will and Hester Johnson, Will's sister, Nan, her son Charles and Mr. Robinson, unknown and unknown. Note the expression on Uncle Will's face.  Nan looks like she expected to be shot."
Ira Johnson


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