Ringgold County Biographical Sketches
Biographical and Historical Record of Ringgold and Decatur Counties, Iowa
Lewis Publishing Company, 1887. pp. 346 - 347.
"Abraham JOHNSON, one of the pioneers of Ringgold County, located in Roscoe Township in 1856.
He was born in Rock Castle County, Kentucky, August 2, 1818, and when he was about seven years of age
his parents, Robert and Anna Johnson, settled in Putnam County, Indiana, where he grew to manhood,
and was there married, in 1839, to Lucinda Woods, a native of Kentucky, born in 1819.
They lived in
Putnam County ten years after their marriage, and then moved to Champaign County, Illinois, where
they lived five years, and in 1854 moved to Iowa, and lived about eighteen months in Monroe County,
moving thence to Ringgold County. He located on the farm where he now lives, on section 20, Riley
Township, in 1862. His homestead contains ninety-five acres of choice land, and he also owns thirty
acres of timber land in Missouri, near the State line.
Mr. And Mrs. Johnson have had a family of
eight children, of whom six are living - James, of Mt. Ayr; Mrs. Mary J. McClurg; John H., of
Nebraska; Mrs. Sarah E. Draper; Jeptha S. and Mrs. Martha A. Bayless. William died in childhood,
and Mrs. Kittie Ann Walter, aged twenty-three years. Mr. Johnson and his family are members of the
Methodist Episcopal church.
In politics he is a Republican. Mr. Johnson's father died in Putnam
County, Indiana, in 1837, and in 1849 his mother accompanied her sons, Adam and William, to Union
County, Iowa, where she died in 1875. Mrs. Johnson's mother died when she was ten months old, and she
was reared by an older sister, Mrs. Nancy Wass, of Indiana. Her father married a second time, and
moved to Louisville, Kentucky, where he spent the last days of his life."
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