Sioux County, Iowa

Alexander Johnson family --

Alexander Johnson and his 2nd wife, Hannah Winters Johnson (photo below)

Hawarden Centennial Book 1887-1987 “One Hundred Years On The Right Track”
Page 671

Family of Alexander Johnson 1798 and wives Almeda Root and Hannah Winters Tibbels

Alexander Johnson was born in 1798 in Washington County Ohio. He died May 1891 in Calliope, IA. He was one of the earliest settlers of Calliope, as he helped plat the town. He was first married to Almedia Root, who died in 1858. He then married Mrs. Hannah Winters Tibbels in 1962

(Sarah Johnson Mrs. Leander Stort’s family)
The Storts family moved into the Dakota Territory in 1871 when Lettie was born. Sarah Johnson Storts was the daughter of Alexander and the mother of Lettie. They moved into Callipoe in 1879. Lettie’s father was Leander Storts. Other children in the family included Net Storts, and Dave Storts. Walter Schlueter Jr. was a grandchild of Leander and Sarah Storts. Lettie Storts died in Hawarden Oct 19. 1966.

Addition by the submitter.
Page 369 The Lett Stort’s home is said to be the first wooden frame home in Calliope and to be built 1883 by Alexander Johnson, the grandfather of Lett Storts and a prominent Citizen during the early history of Calliope.

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Obituary of Alexander Johnson 1798-1891
Hawarden Independent of May,7, 1891
Died: JOHNSON – At the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Storts, in Calliope, on Monday, May 4, 1891, from heart failure, Alexander Johnson, at the advanced age of 93 years.
He has been a sufferer from rheumatism for years and during the past 10 -15 years he has been an almost helpless invalid. On the morning of his death he felt as well as usual, was assisted to hi easy chair and ate a rather hearty breakfast. Shortly after breakfast he fell into a light sleep, as was supposed, and passed peacefully away, the members of the family not discovering his death until some little time after life was extinct.

Alexander Johnson was born in Washington County, Ohio in 1798. In 1833 he married Miss Root, who died in 1858. In 1862 he again married , to Mrs. Hannah Tibbles, her maiden name was Winters. He was the father of eleven children eight of whom survive him.
(submitter’s note - actually 14 children were noted as fathered by Alexander Johnson with two wives.)

In 1869 he moved to Calliope where he has since resided. He was founder of the town and sill retained large property interests at the time of his death.

He was ever ready to assist those in need, and in this particular was rather eccentric in his ways. A poor man, who could not get a dollar from anyone else, seldom left his door empty handed, while those who could have furnished him ample security, were refused.

The funeral services took place Tuesday and were conducted by Rev. J. C. Gilkerson. A large concourse of relatives, friends and old neighbors assembled to pay a deep tribute of respect and followed the remains to their last resting place.


Research note: From a report on (by others)
Alexander Johnson was born 11 May 1799 Washington County Ohio

Died 4 May 1891 Calliope Sioux County Iowa.

He was the son of Thomas Henry Johnson abt 1780 – 1850 and Sarah Parker abt 1780

Wife: Sarah Almeda Root born 14 Aug 1812 Sharon, Windsor Co. Vermont.

Died 30 Aug 1858 Washington County Ohio. Married 8 May 1833 Washington Co. OH.

1. Boxy Johnson born 1833 died 12 Apr 1863
2. Rebecca Elizabeth Johnson born 1834 Decatur Washington OH
Died 1858 Randolph IL, husband John William Doyle 1828-1898
3. Elias Johnson born 25 Jun 1835 Decatur OH
Died Dec 1908 LosAngeles CA
4. Sarah Cathryn Johnson born 23 May 1836 Decatur Tsp Washington Co. OH
Died 28 Dec 1897 Hawarden IA
No obit was found paper issue was missing.

Storts, Sarah born 1836 died 1897 buried in Grace Hill Cemetery Hawarden IA
The Jan 6, 1898 of the Hawarden Independent is missing from the digital issues on line.
Find a Grave lists Sarah Cathryn Storts born 23 May 1836 Decaturville, Ohio died 28 Dec 1897 Hawarden IA. Buried in Grace Hill cemetery. Her husband was Leander Storts, children listed were Mary Ann McGuire, Lettie Leora Storts, Nathaniel Leander Storts, David Seldon Storts, May Storts, Caroline Fidelis Belcher, and John Alexander Storts.

Source: Sioux County Herald (10-21-1886)
Leander Storts obituary.
Born: April 21, 1833
Died: October 21, 1886
Mr. Leander Storts was born in 1883, in Washington County, Ohio, where he always resided until he moved to Calliope --16 years ago. He remained here a short time when he took a homestead two miles northwest of here in Dakota. He remained on his farm for several years, but the continued raids of the grasshoppers and other bad luck compelled him to dispose of it and he returned to Calliope.
He was a man of good disposition and had a warm heart for any one in trouble. These traits made him many friends everywhere.
The funeral services were conducted by Reverend Gilkerson, and it was one of the largest funeral processions ever had in Calliope followed the remains to the cemetery.
Mr. Storts left a loving wife, Sarah (Johnson) Storts and a large family of children to mourn his death. A large circle of friends truly sympathize with the bereaved ones in their hour of trial and sorrow.

5. Candace Johnson born 20 Jan 1839 Decatur Tsp. Washington Co. OH
Died 24 Apr 1912 Decatur Tsp. Washington Co. OH. She married ‘

Samuel John Welch 1836-1898 Two children listed Harvey 1858 and Anice 1860
6. Annis Louisa Johnson born 23 Jan 1842 Decatur Washington Co. OH
Died 11 Feb 1880 Calliope Sioux IA
7. Amos Johnson born Aug 1845 Decatur Washington Co. OH
Died 1934 Jefferson Greene IA.
8. Alexander Johnson born Aug 1846 Decatur Tsp. Washington OH
Died after 1910 Decatur Tsp. Washington Co. OH
9. Caroline Johnson born 16 Feb 1847 Decatur Washington OH
Died 23 Aug 1921 Newport Lincoln OR
10. Andera Johnson born 1849 died 23 Aug 1921 Newport Lincoln OR
11. Phylis Johnson born 1850 Marietta, Washington OH
12. Samuel Fremont Johnson born 3 Jun 1856 Washington Tsp OH
Died 13 May 1845 Edgemont Fall River SD.
Wife #2. Hannah Ann Winters Tibbels born 1826 Carthage, Athens OH
died after 15 Sep1886 Raccine OH
13. Samuel Fremont Johnson 3 Jun 1856 Marietta Washington Tsp OH
Died 12 May 1935 Edgmont, Fall River SD -1935
14. Stokley A. Johnson born Jun 1868 Ohio died 1916 Oregon.

The early New England Ancestry of Alexander Johnson from an report by Joan Igley –Ballard Marquis.

Alexander Johnson’s father was:

Thomas Henry Johnson born 1780 Newark New Jersey died Jun 1850 Ocean City, New Jersey.

His parents were – Jotham E. Johnson 1746-1796 and Hannah Beach 1751-1834

His wife was Sarah Parker born about 1780

Jotham E. Johnson born 10 May 1746 Newark NJ died 30 Jun 1796,
His parents were David Johnson 1721-1776 and Eunice Crane 1720-1776

David Johnson born 11 Aug 1721 Newark NJ died 22 Oct 1776

His parents were Nathaniel Johnson 1698-1765 and Sarah Ogden 1699-1777

Nathaniel Johnson born Feb 6, 1698 Newark NJ died 6 Apr 1765 Newark NJ

His parents were Eliphalet Johnson 1658-1718 and Deborah Ward. 1667-1700

Eliphalet Johnson born 1658 Newark NJ died 20 Apr 1718 Newark NJ

His parents were Thomas Johnson 1630-1694 and Ellen Bostwick 1633-1694

Thomas Johnson was born 1630 Kingston Yorkshire England died 5 Nov 1695


~Research & Transcription done by Wilma VandeBerg, GSCGS - April 2020


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