Biography

Lee County Illinois

MARY S. JOHNSON

Mrs. Mary S. Johnson is a representative of a family whose members have been well known in Lee county since pioneer times, and she likewise has made substantial contributions to the agricultural development of this locality through her able management of her farm of two hundred and forty acres on section 9, Brooklyn township. She is a native of Lee county, born in 1851, a daughter of Edwin and Harriet (Mayo) Morey, the former of whom died in 1888 and is buried at Inlet, Lee Center township. His wife survives him and makes her home with her daughter, having reached the age of eighty-four. Representatives of the Morey family came to Lee county in the early '40s, and the name has been an honored one in this community since that time.

Mrs. Mary S. Johnson acquired her education in the public schools of Lee Center and laid aside her books at the age of seventeen, afterward remaining at home until her marriage. In 1871 she wedded Oliver P. Johnson, Jr., a son of Oliver P. and Elizabeth (Ross) Johnson, both of whom have passed away. The father died in 1891 and the mother in 1895 and both are buried in West Brooklyn. Oliver P. Johnson, Jr., was connected for many years with agricultural interests of this locality, owning and operating two hundred and forty acres on section 9, Brooklyn township.

He brought this place to a high state of cultivation and became well known as a progressive and substantial agriculturist. He passed away in June. 1905, and his death was deeply and widely regretted, depriving Lee county of one of its most valued and representative citizens.

Mr. and Mrs. Oliver P. Johnson, Jr., became the parents of eight children: Carrie, the wife of Dr. E. C. White; Hattie, who married Harry Haskell, of Pasadena, California; Charles, a mail clerk at Omaha, Nebraska; Oliver P., who resides at Pasadena, California; Edwin M., a painter and decorator; Ruby, at home; Daisy, who died in 1880 and is buried in West Brooklyn, and Minnie, who passed away in 190G and was laid to rest in the same locality Mrs. Johnson makes her home in West Brooklyn and since her husband's death has supervised the operation of the farm. She is well and favorably known in this part of Lee county, where she has spent her entire life and where her many excellent characteristics have gained her an extensive circle of friends.

Transcribed by Karen Holt - 1914 History of Lee County Illinois Vol 2 by Frank E. Stevens. .

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