Article by Eunice Day
August 1, 2007
Parents of the Lohn branch of the Johnson family were James Wesley Johnson,
born in Mississippi and Mary Lucinda Sims. They had six sons and
a daughter and lived in Bastrop County between Jeddo and Rosanky.
The eldest son, Jack, married and moved to Oklahoma to live there all of
his life. Their second son, Taylor, angered by his brother' laughter
after being thrown by a horse, rode off into the sunset and was never seen
again. Bill, John and Robert were the other boys in the family.
After the death of Lucinda, James W. married a lady from the neighboring farm, Sally Jones Short, widow of Major Marshall Henry Short. The Johnson men, Bill, John and Robert, and two of the Shorts, Tom and Henry, came from Jeddo to Lohn. Their sister, Amanda, married John Pleasant Horne. They, too, settled in Lohn.
John Johnson married Lula Petterson. They had one child, Edna. Edna was the young bookkeeper-cashier at the Lohn State Bank when it was robbed.
R. W. (Bob) Johnson married Ora Alice Peacock. Their two children, Delma and Alma, were born in Waelder. After the move to Lohn, Bob married Lula Johnson, and they had 10 children, including two sets of twin girls. The first girls died shortly after birth. The last set of twin girls, Itha and Vida, are the only children still living. Other children were Lola, Elmo, Rawleigh, Omer, R. W., Jr., and Pete. The marriages of Alma to Sidney Coonrod and Omer to Iva Myrtle Amarine united the three families.
James W. (Bill) Johnson married Mollie Johnson, a sister to Bob's wife. They had nine children: Dora, Johnnie, Robert, Pearl, Jesse, Aubrey, Louilla, Edna and Gladys. Dora married Frank Ramsey, and they lived in the Pear Valley area and on the McKnight Ranch. Pearl married Aaron Bray from Waldrip. Bill's son, Robert, married Olive Trewitt, Bob's son Delma married her sister, Tina, daughter of Charley and Maud Trewitt, another early family in the Pear Valley area.
Son Ulysses Samuel Johnson, known as Une remained in Jeddo; his son Howard lived and farmed in Lohn. Members of the Johnson family were in Lohn School for 50 years, the last Johnson to graduate from Lohn High was Une's granddaughter, Kaye Johnson, daughter of Howard and Ozelle, in 1961.