Capt. Johnson was born in Abbeville County,
on November 2, 1828. He was an educated man graduating from the
College at South Carolina. After graduation he became a law student and
admitted to the bar.
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He married his first wife, Sallie
1853 in Pickens County, South Carolina. Several years later Sallie
married again on January 17, 1859 to Miss Rachel Shumbert.
marriage was also cut short by Rachel’s untimely death a few
short years later.
Capt. Johnson then married Miss Louisa Jane Pruitt in Abbeville, South
Carolina, September 19, 1865. They had nine children together.
Capt. Johnson came to Florida in 1855
He settled in Ocala and formed a law partnership with Col.
in which he won great distinction as a lawyer. His partnership with
continued until the civil war broke out in 1861. He enlisted in the
Florida Regiment, led by Col. Edwin Badger and was immediately elected
lieutenant of his company, subsequently becoming captain due to his
After the war he returned to Ocala and
farming and was
considered one of the most successful farmers that Marion County ever
Capt. Johnson was an intelligent,
sympathetic man in all deeds; A natural nobleman. He was a kind and
husband, a loving father and an all-around good citizen of excellent
and helpful in every walk of life.
Capt. Johnson died July 31, 1902 on his
north of town (Griner Farm), after a very long and painful illness. He
rallied only A few days before his death and was reported to be
Johnson was buried at the old cemetery in Ocala. He had resided in
over half a century. Six children survived him along with his wife, but
she died also, a mere six months later.