Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - J.P. Johnson

Tombstone of JP and Hannah Johnson

This is the tombstone of J.P. and Hannah (Branshus) Johnson at Blair Cemetery, Blair, Washington County, Nebraska. They are my third great grand parents and the parents of Jennie (Johnson) Hunt (1878-1914). According to the 1900 census, they had 17 children, 9 of which were still living as of 1900.
A transcription of the tombstone and more info after the jump...

The tombstone is very reflective and a little difficult to photograph as a result. It is transcribed as follows:
J.P. Johnson
Born Mar. 27, 1851,
Died Feb. 2, 1945.
Hannah His Wife
Born Nov. 19, 1854
Died Sept. 24, 1908
Born in Danmark

I wrote a bit about them last year when I looked at some census information. Here's that info again:
I don't have much information on Jorgon Johnson, in fact I'm not even sure his name is spelled that way, it could be Jorgan or Jørgen. His tombstone simply says JP Johnson. One census lists him as John, and another as JP.

He was born in Denmark March 27, 1851. He married Hannah G. Branshus July 4, 1873 in Denmark. He was naturalized October 6, 1877 in Cuming County, Nebraska. He died February 2, 1945 and was buried with his wife Hannah in Blair, Nebraska.

As far as the US Census is concerned, in 1920, he was listed as J P Johnson, living in Blair township, Washington County, Nebraska with his wife Elizabeth. His wife Hannah had died in 1908.

In 1910, he was listed as John P Johnson, living in the city of Blair with two daughters, Myrtle and Della O. and two sons, Vivian M. and Nathan L. Yes, that's not a typo, Vivian is listed as a 17 year old son, white male on the form.

In 1900, he was listed as John P Johnson, living in the city of Blair, Nebraska with his family. His wife Hannah, 3 daughters and 2 sons. The extra daughter's name was Hannah. Beside JP's wife's name is the number 17, meaning she had 17 children and the number 9, meaning 9 were alive as of 1900.

Group of tombstones surrounding JP Johnson
Group of tombstones surrounding the Johnson tombstones

JP Johnson, 1944

JP Johnson, 1910s