Hondorus Dow Johnson1

#1988, (6 January 1814 - 7 February 1881)
RelationshipGreat-granduncle of William David Lewis
Father*Rufus Johnson1 (1779 - 1842)
Mother*Ruth Phillips1 (1779 - 1842)

Family 1

Hannah Burlison b. 1814, d. 1866
Children 1.Livia Johnson+17 (1834 - b 1910)
 2.Aaron B Johnson18 (1836 - 1864)
 3.Ruth Johnson17 (1838 - 1838)
 4.Nelson Johnson17 (1840 - 1841)
 5.Rufus R Johnson+18 (1842 - b 1900)
 6.Andrew Hampton Johnson+18 (1844 - 1926)
 7.Elizabeth J Johnson18 (1846 - 1866)
 8.Mary E Johnson18 (1848 - 1865)
 9.Volley Ann Johnson18 (1850 - 1866)
 10.Margaret Johnson18 (1857 - 1865)

Family 2

Nancy E Carter b. 1819, d. 1896
Birth*6 January 1814He was born on 6 January 1814 at Sempronius, Cayuga Co., New YorkG.1 
7 August 1820He appeared on the census of 7 August 1820 in the household of Rufus Johnson and Ruth Phillips at Sempronius, Cayuga Co., New YorkG; (nei. Samuel Phillips.)2
circa 1822He removed with Rufus Johnson and Ruth Phillips to Farmersville, Posey Co., IndianaG, circa 1822, where Ruth's brother Elisha, his wife and many of his wife's family had settled in 1818–1819.3,4,5,1 
1830He appeared on the census of 1830 in the household of Rufus Johnson and Ruth Phillips at Black Twp., Posey Co., IndianaG, age15-19; (also unk. f, age 5-9.)6 
Marriage*13 December 1832He married Hannah Burlison, daughter of Aaron Burlison and Elizabeth Hampton, on 13 December 1832 at Posey Co., IndianaG.7,8 
1840He and Hannah Burlison appeared on the census of 1840 at Black Twp., Posey Co., IndianaG; neis. John Duckworth, Robt. Duckworth, Elisha Phillips, Aaron Burlison (father of Hannah.)9 
circa 1843He and Hannah Burlison removed to IllinoisG circa 1843.10 
14 October 1850He and Hannah Burlison appeared on the census of 14 October 1850 at Dist. 10, Hamilton Co., IllinoisG; (neis. Benj. Fisher (20), fam. 255; Elhanan and Mary Johnson, fam. 254; Temple and Julia Duckworth, fam. 256.)11 
26 July 1860He and Hannah Burlison appeared on the census of 26 July 1860 at Twp. 6 S Range 4 E, Franklin Co., IllinoisG; (neis. Demetrius and Martha Johnson, fam. 284; Aaron (75) and Elizabeth Burlison, fam. 315; James R and Elizabeth J Burlison, fam. 316; Joseph H (27) and Elizabeth Burlison, fam. 318; George W (31) and Sarah Burlison, fam. 319; John (35) and Amanda Burlison, fam. 337.)12 
1866Hondorus Dow Johnson became Rachel Francis Bradshaw's guardian in 1866.13
Marriage*9 April 1867He married Nancy E Carter, daughter of Benjamin Carter and Rachael Williams, on 9 April 1867 at Gibson Co., IndianaG.14,8 
14 June 1870He and Nancy E Carter appeared on the census of 14 June 1870 at Twp. 5 S Range 1 W, Perry Co., IllinoisG.15 
23 July 1880He and Nancy E Carter appeared on the census of 23 July 1880 at Eastern Twp., Franklin Co., IllinoisG.16 
Death*7 February 1881He died on 7 February 1881 at Eastern Twp., Franklin Co., IllinoisG, at age 67.17 


  1. [S261] Rev. William W. Johnson, compiler, Records of the Descendants of David Johnson of Leominster (Milwaukee: Godfrey & Crandall, 1876), p 9. Hereinafter cited as David Johnson of Leominster.
  2. [S115] 1820 U.S. Federal Census. Enumeration date August 7, 1820. Rufus Johnson (26-44); F (26-44) [Ruth]; m (16-18 [Doctor Franklin, 2 m (10-15) [Demetrius, Leander] 2 m (<10) [Elhanan, Hondorus]; Number of Persons Engaged in Agriculture: 4.
  3. [S599] Rev. William W. Johnson, compiler, Johnson Genealogy: Records of the Descendants of John Johnson of Ipswich and Andover, Mass. 1695 - 1892 (North Greenfield, Wisconsin: self-published, 1892), 29, "From Olean Point they sailed down the Alleghany and Ohio rivers on a flat boat to Posey Co., Ind., where they settled in Black township..."
  4. [S737] History of Posey County (Goodspeed) (Chicago: The Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1886), p. 410-11. The Johnsons settled on 250 acres at "the Corners" with neighbors Samuel Black, Elisha Ellis, Anson Andrews and Samuel Phillips (prob. bro. of Ruth).
  5. [S46] John C. Leffel, History of Posey County (Leffel) (Chicago IL: Standard Publishing Company, 1913), p. 385, entry for Pitts Johnson. "The founder of the [Johnson] family in Posey county was Rufus Johnson...who brought his family here in 1822." and p. 116 "Farmersville marks one of the oldest settlements on Posey County. The first settlers were Samuel Black, Anson Andrews, Rufus Johnson, Elisha Ellis and Samuel Phillips."
  6. [S116] 1830 U.S. Federal Census. Rufus Johnston (50-59); F (50-59) [Ruth]; 2 m (15-19) [Elhanan (18), Hondorus (16)]; f (5-9) [____].
  7. [S272] Ruth M. Slevin, compiler, Posey County Indiana Marriages, Index, Book 2 1832-1846 (Indiana: n.pub., unk. yr.), Book 2, Brides p. 5. Hannah Burlison and Hondones [sic] Johnson, lic. no. 227, marr. 13 Nov 1832.
  8. [S261] Rev. William W. Johnson, David Johnson of Leominster, p 25.
  9. [S54] 1840 U.S. Federal Census. H Johnson (20-29); F (20-29) [Hannah]; m (<5) [Aaron]; f (5-9) [Livia].
  10. [S520] VWH, Rufus B b. IN ca. 1842, Andrew H b. IL ca. 1844.
  11. [S20] 1850 U.S. Federal Census. Hondoras (38), b. NY, farmer; Hannah (33), b. IN. Note: indexed as Henderson.
  12. [S19] 1860 U.S. Federal Census. Honduras (46), farmer, b. NY; Hannah (46), b. IN.
  13. [S1433] Case Files of Approved Pension Applications of Widows and Other Veterans of the Army and Navy Who Served Mainly in the Civil War and the War With Spain, compiled 1861 - 1934; Record Group 15, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, District of Columbia, online Fold3.com, Widow's Certificate File No. WC111322. Soldier William Bradshaw, pensioner minor child Rachel Francis Bradshaw, guardian Hondorus Dow Johnson.
  14. [S198] Indiana Marriage Collection, 1800-1941 [database], Jordan Dodd, Liahona Research and Works Progress Administration, compilers, online Ancestry.com, Nancy E Carter and Handorus D Johnson, marr. 9 Apr 1867, Gibson Co.
  15. [S18] 1870 U.S. Federal Census. H. (56), farmer, b. NY; Nancy (51), keeping house, b. IN.
  16. [S17] 1880 U.S. Federal Census. Handorus (66), farmer, b. NY, parents b. MA; Nancy E (60), b. In, father b. VA, mother b. KY.
  17. [S274] Ancestry.com Haynes/Knight/Frankis/Hogman Family Tree, paulhaynes19 (East Sussex UK), owner, online \Ancestry.com\. Hereinafter cited as Haynes/Knight FT.
  18. [S19] 1860 U.S. Federal Census.