Name: Harry Clifford JOHNSON
Given Name: Harry Clifford
Birth: 14 Sep 1834 in Cortland Co., NY
Death: 13 Feb 1913 in German Hospital, Kansas City, KS
Burial: Prescott Cemetery, Linn Co., KS.
According to Harry's son Laclede, Harry and his father had an argument. He left home after h e finished school and never saw his family again.
Change Date: 18 Feb 2016 at 09:23:05
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Title: Harry Clifford Johnson, c. 1865
At the call to arms for the Civil War Harry enlisted as a Private on 15 Aug 1862 and mustere d in 20 Sept 1862 in the Grand Army of the Republic, Company G, 112th Illinois Infantry. A t the time his residence was listed as Weatherfield, IL. He served the entire war, being fir st under fire at Monticello, KY in the Spring of 1863. The Company raided over the mountain s into East TN, returning in July to pursue and capture 500 Confederates at Danville. Many b loody campaigns in TN were culminated by the battle for Nashville. The Company was transferr ed to NC for the assault on Fort Anderson. Harry was mustered out on 20 June 1865 at Greens boro, NC and the Company returned to Chicago. At the time of discharge Harry had not been pa id since 31 Aug 1864. Harry applied for a pension on 14 Aug 1890 (App. #863941, Cert. #97098 8). His widow Susan applied for a continuation of payments to her on 27 Mar 1913 (App. #1004 695, Cert. #758931).
In Harry's Civil War records he is described at light complexion, blue eyes, and black hair . He was a farmer who lived for one year after the war in IL and then moved to KS.
In 1870 Harry lived in Liberty Township in Linn Co., KS. In 1870 the population of Liberty T ownship was 480, and in 1880 it had doubled to 994. In 1880 he farmed in Liberty Township (pa ge 29) with his wife Susan C, children Wallace, Laclide C., Nettie M., and Ernest V., servan t Lydia Sherwood (18 IA), and farm worker Otis Huff (13 KS). In 1900 Harry lived in Sherida n Township, Linn County; at home were Susan and children Ernest, Essie, and Gladys. In 191 0 Harry and Susan lived on West 2nd Street in Prescott, Sheridan Township, Linn County; the y listed having 7 children with 6 living.
Harry and Susan are reported to have had a daughter Lydia, but in the 1900 census they report ed having 7 children with 6 living. Those 7 are accounted for without a Lydia. They did hav e an unmarried servant Lydia Sherwood living with them in 1880.
Obituary, Pleasanton Observer Enterprise, 6 March 1913:
"Eulogy, Prescott, Kans., Feb 1913. It is fitting that I should say something as I was int imately acquainted and closely associate with Harry C. Johnson who passed out of life Feb. 13 , 1913 at Kansas City, being there for treatment. He was an honored citizen, a devoted Christ ian, a loving husband, a kind and tender father, highly respected by all in the community. H e was a man of perseverance and integrity; he crowned man-hood with the dignity of honor an d the spirit of loyalty. The ineffable kindness of his smiles and the courtesy of his manne r one could never forget. He was honest because it was his nature; he was congenial and foun d pleasure in making others happy.
He was an advocate of peace in its broadest significance; he was optomistic - it was the m ost conspicuous trait in his combination. He was at all times hopeful and lived on the sunn y side. He had a chance to test his patriotism when he was a young man. He loved his countr y and was a soldier in the Civil war. He kissed his young wife and went to the field of battl e leaving her to mourn his absence, while he would defend his country's flag. When the war en ded he returned to again meet his companion in hopes of remaining. He at once planned a prosp erous life and succeeded admirably. Politically he was a true republican. He was a devouted m ember of the M. E. Church, was a faithful attendant and was liberal with money in its support .
He was responsive to the wants of the poor. He owned a beautiful residence in Prescott whe re he lived several years and was happy in his home. As he was afflicted it was considered a n operation was necessary. With a manly quality of courage and in the tenderness of his heart , he bade us a very affectionate farewell. In a few days he was returned, prepared for burial . We gathered around the casket; the once smiling face was now cold in death. He had fough t a good fight; he had finished his course; he had kept the faith and was worthy of the crown . The town and church have lost one of the best citizens.
A. L. Johnson"
Father: Justus B. JOHNSON b: 28 Feb 1802 in Schoharie Co., NY
Mother: Malinda A. b: 26 Jul 1805 in NY
Susan Cevelah TODD b: 8 Mar 1843 in Carroll Co., MD
12 Sep 1861
in LaFayette, Stark Co., IL
- Note: They were married by A. J. Wright.
- Lewis Wallace (Lew) JOHNSON b: 2 Jul 1862 in IL
- Eliza May JOHNSON b: ABT 1864
- Laclede Todd JOHNSON b: 9 May 1868 in Pleasanton, Linn Co., KS
- Nettie Maude JOHNSON b: 10 Feb 1876 in KS
- Ernest V. JOHNSON b: 9 Aug 1879 in KS
- Essie P. JOHNSON b: 1 Aug 1882 in KS
- Gladys Ethel JOHNSON b: 8 Dec 1890 in KS