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Edward Johnson

Male 1785 - 1872  (86 years)


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  • Name Edward Johnson 
    Born 17 Aug 1785  Armagh, Armagh, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Died 18 Apr 1872  Preparation, Monona, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 6, 7
    Buried Preparation Cemetery, Monona, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Person ID I10768  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of TNH
    Last Modified 2 Jul 2015 

    Father John Johnson 
    Family ID F6554  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah Frances Brown,   b. 7 Sep 1781, Armagh, Armagh, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Apr 1844, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Children 
    +1. Margaret Johnson,   b. 28 Feb 1821, London, Middlesex, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Dec 1900, Driggs, Teton, Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
    Last Modified 31 May 2020 
    Family ID F1726  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • With his wife Sarah Brown, baptized into the LDS church in 1836. Baptism performed by Orson Pratt. [Findagrave.com]

      Membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-1848 has him born 17 Aug 1785 in Armagh, son of John Johnson; living in London, Ontario in 1813; "Baptism Date: 1836, Ordained High Priest." It also has him married to Sarah Brown (no further information about her) and comments that "Edward was listed among the Nauvoo members."

      Early Members of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints says that "Edward Johnson resided at London, Ontario, Canada, in 1813. He joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1836. He was ordained a high priest and was listed among the Nauvoo members. He was baptized and confirmed a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints by E. C. Briggs and G. R. Outhouse." This source also agrees that he was born in Armagh and gives a birthdate of "Aug 1785".

      Sources cited by Early Members of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints:

      Early Reorganization Minutes, 1852-1871, Book A, pp. 85, 141, 351, 507

      Saints' Herald Obituaries, 1872, p. 478

      Black, Membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: 1830-1848, 25:517-18

      Nauvoo Temple Endowment Register, 1845-1846

      Platt, Nauvoo: Early Mormon...Series, 1839-1846

      Smith, Nauvoo Social History Project

      Belvidere, Iowa, RLDS Branch Records

      Note that Seventy Quorum Membership, 1835-1846 is at odds with some of this: it has him born in 1806 in Ireland (no more specific place) and dying in 1873 in Iowa (no more specific place). It does agree that he was baptized in 1836 and notes under "Post-Nauvoo data" that he was "affiliated with RLDS." It also gives "Brown, Sarah" as one of his wives.

      His obituary appears on page 478 of volume 19 (1872) of the Saints' Herald, the magazine of the RLDS. "At his residence at Preparation, Harrison Co., Iowa, April 18, 1872, of old age, Br. EDWARD JOHNSON, in the 87th year of his life. He was an old-time saint, and was faithful to his conceptions of duty to the last. Peaceful be his rest."

      Note that an age of 87 in 1872 is in accord with a birth year of 1785.

      Note also that while the Saints' Herald obituary places the (now-vanished) town of Preparation in Harrison County, Iowa, its site actually was and is in Monona County.

      From the Saints' Herald for 1 Jan 1873 (vol. 20, p. 16), by Joseph Smith III, Prophet-President:

      "The notable departures from this earthly life, so far as the church has been affected thereby, are Bro. William Marks, Sr., Brn. George Bellamy, J. B. Brown, Austin Cowles, N. H. Ditterline, Duty Griffith, Edward Johnson, John Norton, and Alva Smith, all good men. The most of these brethren were old-time Saints, faithful and true. All of them were of very excellent service to the church where they lived. As the New Year comes in we wonder how many that begin it will be left at its close to battle for the right."

      The fact that Edward Johnson died in Preparation naturally makes us wonder if he was one of those who were, for a time, "Baneemyites," followers of Charles B. Thompson:

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_B._Thompson
      http://www.iowadnr.gov/Destinations/StateParksRecAreas/IowasStateParks/ParkDetails.aspx?ParkID=610160
      http://www.wellswooster.com/tommies/cbthompson.htm
      http://iagenweb.org/boards/monona/biographies/index.cgi?read=150652

  • Sources 
    1. [S226] Findagrave.com page for Edward Johnson., full date, but only "Ireland".

    2. [S111] Membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-1848, compiled by Susan Easton Black. Brigham Young University Religious Studies Center, 1989.

    3. [S60] Early Members of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints by Harvey B. Black. 6 vols. Provo, Utah: Infobases, 1996., says "Aug 1785, Armagh, Armagh, Ireland".

    4. [S226] Findagrave.com page for Edward Johnson.

    5. [S33] Harrison County, Iowa, Preparation Cemetery.

    6. [S56] Saints' Herald, volume 19, 1872. Magazine of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-day Saints (now called the Community of Christ)., Page 478.

    7. [S60] Early Members of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints by Harvey B. Black. 6 vols. Provo, Utah: Infobases, 1996., says "Apr 1873" and gives "Apr 1872" as an alternate date.