GEORGE JOHNSON, retired from active life, though
still residing on his large estate comprising over seven hundred acres
of land in Jackson township, has made his home in Benton county since
1867. He was born in Greene county, Pennsylvania, October 20, 1842, and
is a son of Zephaniah and Rachel (Ulery) Johnson, both natives of the
Keystone state, where they lived on a farm. Both died at the old home
in Greene county, Pennsylvania, she in 1851 and he in 1895, at the age
of nearly eighty-three.
George Johnson has two brothers and a half-sister living, namely:
Stephen, of Idaho; Silas, also of Idaho, and Miss Ellen, of
Pennsylvania. He was reared in his native state and attended the public
schools. He enlisted en August 30, 1862, first in Company E, Ringgold
Battalion, which was later recruited in the Twenty-second Pennsylvania
Cavalry, in which Mr. Johnson was a member of Company F. He served
until the close of the war, serving nearly three years and
participating in all the engagements with his company. They spent some
time under Sheridan's command in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. Mr.
Johnson was mustered out July 19, 1865, at New Creek Station, West
Virginia. He took part in many battles but never received a wound.
At the close of the war Mr. Johnson visited a short time in
Pennsylvania, and then moved to Benton county, where his aunt, Mrs.
Edminster, was living. He was favorably impressed with the land and
surroundings, and decided to remain permanently. He had little capital
to begin with and worked ten years at the carpenter's trade, but for
the past forty-two years has made his home in Jackson township. His
first purchase of land consisted of one hundred and twenty acres, which
has since been his home, and he has added to it as his capital
increased. He has always carried on general farming, and latterly dealt
largely in cattle and hogs, buying, selling, breeding and feeding them.
He is one of the most successful, prominent and substantial farmers of
Benton county, well known and universally esteemed. He earned his
success by his industry and enterprise, and always paid close attention
to his business interests. Politically Mr. Johnson is a Supporter of
the Democratic party.
Mr. Johnson married, in Benton county, Ellen Robertson, who died in
November, 1904, in her fifty-fifth year, leaving three daughters and
five sons, all born in Benton county and all living here with the
exception of one. They are Silas W., a farmer of Jackson township,
married; G. W., also married and residing in Jackson township; Sarah
J., Mrs. Edminster, living on a farm in Jackson township; Etta, Mrs.
Scott, of Jackson township; Pearl, Mrs. Bolenbaugh; Clark L., a farmer
of Jackson township, unmarried; and John, who drew a claim in the
reservation of South Dakota, also married. Mr. Johnson has eleven