Judge G.M. Johnson

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Judge G.M. Johnson, whose prominent connection with the agricultural affairs of Perry County has been of material benefit, dates his residence in Arkansas from 1870. He was born in Spencer County Ind., September 30, 1842, and is a son of Morris Johnson and Elizabeth Martin, the former a son of Solomon Johnson, who moved from Delaware to Kentucky, and from there to Indiana in 1833, being among the first settlers of that State. Solomon Johnson was the father of four sons and one daughter of whom Morris Johnson was the oldest and was born Apri 29, 1806 and died August 14, 1887, his wife preceding him in July 1865. Morris Johnson and his wife were the parents of two children: Sarah A. (who was born in June 1844 and was married to George Youngblood of Warrick County Ind. and died in 1884, leaving two children). G.M. Johnson, the oldest child, spent his boyhood days principally in Indiana and attended the public schools of that State. He was but nineteen years of age at the outbreak of the war, but enlisted in the Twelfth Kentucky Cavalry September 10, 1862 and served until September 7, 1865, being mustered out of Louisville KY. Judge Johnson was present at the siege of Knoxville and with Sherman on the Atlanta campaign after which event he went to Louisville and was remounted, being sent on the Saltville raid in Virginia under Gen. Stoneman and took part in the fights at Marion VA, Wytheville and several others. They then returned and captured the city of Saltville after which they marched to Mount Sterling and from there to Lexington KY. After being mustered out the Judge returned home where he remained until April 1868 when he removed to Polk County MO. He resided in that county two years and then came to Conway County Ark where he lived four or five months and then to Pope County until 1877. In August of that year he moved to Perry County where he has resided ever since. Judge Johnson was married in Indiana to Miss Mary Young in 1865 by whom he has had two children: William M. (born November 24, 1866, and died October 10, 1876) and Samuel E. (born March 1, 1868). He lost his wife August 16, 1870 and on January 3, 1871 he was married to Miss Ruth Womack by whom he has had seven children: Marion A. (born April 1, 1872), Horace C. (born July 27, 1873), Sarah A. (born October 10, 1875, and died in 1884), Evalina (born March 1, 1878 and died October 1880), Jim Morris (born December 26, 1879), Carrie (born August 22, 1883), and Viola (born December 2, 1885). The Judge leases a fine farm of 270 acres all of it under cultivation. He is a Republican in politics and in 1882 was elected county judge for one term and four years previous held the office of justice of the peace. He is also a member of the G.A.R.