Farmer, Palmyra, was born in Bainbridge, Chenango county, New York, on February 11, 1819. His parents were Seth and Mary (Hough) Johnson, both of whom were natives of Connecticut. Until he was twenty-six years of age Mr. Johnson resided in Chenango county, having acquired his education there, and having assisted his father in carrying on the farm.

In 1845, however, he came west, and purchased a farm in Palmyra township, which he still owns, and on which he resides. He was married December 31, 1848, to Miss Mary J. Wheat, a daughter of Josiah Wheat, one of the earliest settlers of what is now China township.

They have four children living, the oldest being Deforest J. who was born April 13, 1850. He married Miss Emma Bovey on December 24, 1872, and resides in Palmyra township. Florence R., born October 8, 1851 married Jacob Baker, December 25, 1873 and resides in Ogle county; Franklin F., born December 19, 1855, and married to Miss Ida Rand, December 1, 1876; he is a resident of Palmyra township. Addie A. born December 25, 1866, and resides with her parents.

Mr. Johnson's political affiliations are with the republican part, and he is a member of the Baptist church.

Contributed by Patricia Peters - From the 1881 History of Lee Co.
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