Texas Family Group Sheet for the Cave JOHNSON Family


Husband: Cave JOHNSON
Birthdate: Abt. 1823
Birthplace: Tennessee
Death date: 1876
Place of death: probably Hardin County, Texas
Father: Dr. Henry Minor JOHNSON
Mother: Sallie GREEN

Marriage date: Bef. 1848
Marriage place: probably Jefferson County, Texas

Wife: Margaret Lillian NETTLES
Birthdate: Abt. 1831
Birthplace: East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana
Death date: 1872
Place of death: probably Hardin County, Texas
Father: James NETTLES
Mother: Elizabeth MCNEELY

CHILDREN

Child No. 1: Seraphine Wilhemena JOHNSTON
Sex: F
Birthdate: 1848
Birthplace: Jefferson County, Texas
Death date:
Place of death:
Marriage date:
Marriage place:
Spouse's name: John ENNIS

Child No. 2: Mary Elizabeth JOHNSON
Sex: F
Birthdate: 1851
Birthplace: Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas
Death date: 1935
Place of death: Hardin County, Texas
Marriage date: 15 September 1870
Marriage place: Hardin County, Texas
Spouse's name: Joseph P. BUMSTEAD

Child No. 3: Cave JOHNSON, Jr.
Sex: M
Birthdate: 4 April 1854
Birthplace: Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas
Death date: 20 March 1941
Place of death: Houston, Harris County, Texas
Marriage date: 27 April 1884
Marriage place: Tyler, Texas
Spouse's name: Maggie PARISH

Child No. 4: Texana JOHNSON
Sex: F
Birthdate: 1856
Birthplace: Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas
Death date: 29 March 1927
Place of death: Texas
Marriage date: 6 July 1876
Marriage place: Jefferson County, Texas
Spouse's name: Samuel Hezekiah WILLIAMS

Child No. 5: Ida K. JOHNSON
Sex:
Birthdate: 20 July 1859
Birthplace: Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas
Death date: 1918
Place of death: Texas
Marriage date: 4 September 1880
Marriage place: Hardin County, Texas
Spouse's name: E.E. SMITH

Child No. 6: Violet JOHNSON
Sex: F
Birthdate: 1861
Birthplace: Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas
Death date: Abt. 1861
Place of death: Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas
Marriage date:
Marriage place:
Spouse's name:

Child No. 7: Florence JOHNSON
Sex: F
Birthdate: 1863
Birthplace: Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas
Death date: 1912
Place of death: Texas
Marriage date: 24 December 1888
Marriage place: Hardin County, Texas
Spouse's name: W. E. LEWIN

Child No. 8: Margaret Lillian JOHNSON
Sex: F
Birthdate: 26 February 1871
Birthplace: Hardin County, Texas
Death date: 23 December 1940
Place of death: Jacksonville, Cherokee County, Texas
Marriage date: 22 September 1886
Marriage place: Giddings, Lee County, Texas
Spouse's name: James Thomas MCKEOWN
 
 
Documentation:
* Texas census records;
* Several books describing the history of early Beaumont;
* Hardin County History;
* Family records;
* Obituary of Cave JOHNSON, Jr. from The Houston Chronicle;
* Jefferson County and Hardin County vital statistics.

Notes:
* Cave JOHNSON was prominent in the early years of Beaumont. He had a store and a hotel and was a riverboat captain. He also served as sheriff of Jefferson County and in other county offices. Cave was a close associate of Captain George O'BRIEN of Beaumont, and they were related by marriage. Cave planted an oak switch in Beaumont that he had brought from Village Creek. The switch grew into a huge tree that was called the "O'BRIEN Oak" because it grew in front of George O'BRIEN's house. O'BRIEN had bought the house from Cave JOHNSON. The tree is no longer standing.
  During the Civil War, Cave JOHNSON and GEORGE O'BRIEN served in "Spaight's Battalion" for the Confederacy. After the war, Cave Johnson was appointed to make sure that freed slaves were being treated fairly. Cave JOHNSON of Beaumont was the nephew of Postmaster General Cave JOHNSON (of Tennessee), who served in the Polk administration. Cave JOHNSON of Beaumont was the grandson of General Thomas JOHNSON of Tennessee, who fought with Andrew Jackson during the Indian Wars and the War of 1812.
  Cave and family were in the Jefferson County census records for 1850 and 1860. By 1870, they were enumerated in Hardin County, so it is assumed that Margaret Lillian was born there, and that Cave and Margaret Elizabeth died there.
 

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