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JOHNSON, Albert A.


Posted By: Karon Velau (email)
Date: 6/12/2021 at 20:08:49

Albert A. Johnson
born Aug 31, 1842, Pennsylvania

Albert A. Johnson, who resides on a farm of eighty acres in section 22, Battle Township, has been identified with the farming interest of Ida County, Iowa, since 1884. Following is a brief sketch of his life;

Mr. Johnson was born in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, August 31,1842. His father, John Johnson, was born in Pennsylvania, son of Robert Johnson, a native of Ireland, and the mother of Albert A., Mary C. Johnson was also born in Westmoreland County, daughter of Robert Johnson, a native of Pennsylvania. His mother died in her native state at the age of sixty-four years, and his father departed this life in Wayne County, Ohio, aged eighty-four. The latter was a farmer, a democrat, and a member of the Seceders Church. They had six children, four of whome died young. Those living are Albert A. and Oliver F. The latter served all through the war as a member of the Two Hundred and Eleventh Pennsylvania Infantry, and is now a resident of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

During the war Albert A. enlisted in June, 1864, in Company E, Two Hundred and Eleventh Pennsylvania Infantry, and was in the battle of Fort Steadman and the last battle before Petersburg. While in the service he had the misfortune to lose his hearing and has never fully recovered from it. He was honorably discharged at Camp Randall, Virginia, and returned to Pennsylvania.

In 1867 Mr. Johnson removed to Wayne County, Ohio, where he lived twelve years. His next move was to Jefferson County, Kansas, at which place he made his home until 1884, when, on account of hot winds and drouth, he bade good-bye to Kansas and took up his abode in the Hawkeye State. He has a comfortable farm house, 18x26 feet, a story and a half, and has four acres in grove and orchard.

At the age of twenty-seven Mr. Johnson was married in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, to Christena Brougher, a native of that county and a daughter of Benjamin and Hannah (Beashley) Brougher. Her parents still reside in Westmoreland County. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson have six children, namely: John Benjamin; Emma M., wife of John Knox; Nancy Hannah, Jennie S., Ida Belle, and Bertha E. They have three deceased: Oliver and Mary, who died in Ohio: and Franklin, in Ida County.

Mr. Johnson has always taken an active interest in the cause of education and temperance. He and his wife are members of the United Presbyertian Church at Battle Creek. Politically he is a republican, and is a member of teh William Baker Post, No. 298, G.A.R. Correctionville.


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