Notes for Roswell Johnson: From Port Huron Times Herald (no date), "Roswell Johnston of Wales has been insane at the county jail, where he was induced to go Tuesday night. He generally demolished things in his room, turned his bed upside down and otherwise disarranged his surroundings application was made before Judge Black Wednesday to send him to the Pontiac Asylum. It was allowed and Johnston was taken to that institution Friday.
Note: Johnston not Johnson used in spelling of last name. However this is the same person.
Note: Inez Johnson Priestapp his granddaughter, remembered hearing that Roswell was a happy, and loving person, who played several instruments at weddings.
Biographical sketch of ROSWELL JOHNSON from the book entitled, "Biographical Memoirs of Saint Clair County, Michigan," published in 1903 by B. F. Bowen Publishers in Indiana.
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This late lamented farmer of Wales township, St. Clair county, Michigan, was born in the adjoining county of Macomb, in the town of Armada, October 24, 1859. His parents were Abner and Philomena (Plumb) Johnson, the former of whom was a native of New York, born in 1817. He came west in an early day, was a carpenter by trade, but later became a farmer, and settled in Wales township, St. Clair county, in 1860, in which year he purchased one hundred and sixty acres of forest land, which he converted into a farm, and on which he passed the remainder of his life, dying, at seventy-one years of age, in the faith of the Methodist Protestant church. In politics Abner Johnson was first a Democrat, but with the mutations of political affairs died a member of the Republican party.
Roswell Johnson was reared a farmer and was successful in all his agricultural undertakings. In 1880 he married Miss Catherine West, a daughter of John and Isabelle (Holmes) West, the former of whom was born in Yorkshire, England, in 1813, and the latter in Scotland in 1818. John West, on coming to America, first located in Canada, which country he left in 1861 and came to Michigan, engaged in farming at Lenox, Macomb county, but later came to Wales township, St. Clair county, and purchased a tract of one hundred and twenty acres. To the marriage of John and Isabelle West were born eight children, namely: Peter, who was a foreman of a bridge gang in an early day, but is now keeping a hotel at Conroe and is married to Sophia Barton; Hector, a farmer, is the husband of Jennie Tigchon; William is a scaler or land inspector in the woods; John, who was a farmer, married Lizzie Glendenning, but is now deceased; Edward, a merchant at Bay City, is married to Lydia Yarger; Elizabeth is the wife of Franklin Mudge, a farmer; Catherine is the lady who bears the name Mrs. Roswell Johnson. Mrs. Johnson has two hundred and ten acres of land in her own right. To Mr. and Mrs. Johnson were born seven children, of whom the eldest, Lulu, is married to John Lashbrook, a farmer; Abner and Sadie are still with their mother; Johnnie died young, and Letha, Oberd and Clarissa are also under the maternal roof.
In politics Roswell Johnson was a Republican in early life, but later became a Democrat. He never aspired to the holding of public office, however, but devoted his entire interest and attention to the cultivation of his farm, in which he was more than ordinarily successful and was rated by his neighbors as one of the best agriculturists in St. Clair county. He was a popular gentleman and highly respected, and held membership with the Independent Order of Foresters at Smith’s Creek. He was an industrious man and earned by his own efforts the competency he left to his family. He died in full membership with the Methodist Protestant church, beloved and honored by all who knew him, the sad event occurring at his farm residence December 12, 1899. Too much credit cannot be awarded to Mrs. Johnson for the capable manner in which, assisted by her son, she is now conducting the home farm.
More About Roswell Johnson: Burial: 1899, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Wales Township, St. Clair County, Michigan.1293
More About Roswell Johnson and Catherine West: Marriage: Aft. Jun 17, 1880, Wales Township, St. Clair County, Michigan.
Children of Roswell Johnson and Catherine West are:
+Lulu Belle Johnson, b. Jun 12, 1881, Wales Townshiop, St. Clair County, Michigan1293, d. date unknown, St. Clair County, Michigan1293.