Doctor Franklin Johnson1

#1990, (16 June 1804 - 1885)
RelationshipGreat-granduncle of William David Lewis
Father*Rufus Johnson1 (1779 - 1842)
Mother*Ruth Phillips1 (1779 - 1842)


Dorcas Duckworth b. 1810, d. 1879
Children 1.Abilena Johnson+9 (1826 - 1858)
 2.Polly R Johnson9 (1828 - 1846)
 3.Martha Taylor Johnson+9 (1830 - 1905)
 4.Hannah H Johnson+9 (1832 - 1880)
 5.Isabel Johnson+9 (1834 - 1915)
 6.Flora Ann Johnson9 (1837 - 1881)
 7.Nathan H Johnson+9 (1839 - 1879)
 8.Marcia Johnson9 (1842 - 1845)
 9.Laura Johnson+9 (1844 - 1881)
 10.Seth Johnson9 (1847 - 1864)
 11.Pitts Johnson+9 (1849 - 1937)
 12.Frederic Pleman Johnson9 (1852 - 1922)
Birth*16 June 1804He was born on 16 June 1804 at Sempronius, Cayuga Co., New YorkG.1 
1810He appeared on the census of 1810 in the household of Rufus Johnson and Ruth Phillips at Sempronius, Cayuga Co., New YorkG; (neis. Vespasion Phillips and Samuel Phillips, David Johnson.)2
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.)3
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 1818–1819.4,5,6,1 
Marriage*16 June 1825He married Dorcas Duckworth on 16 June 1825 at Posey Co., IndianaG.7,8,9 
1840He and Dorcas Duckworth appeared on the census of 1840 at Black Twp., Posey Co., IndianaG; need parents; neis. John Duckworth, Robert Duckworth, Elisha Phillips, Aaron Burlison (50-59), Belden Phillips, Elisha Ellis. Elisha Ellis was the administrator of John Duckworth's estate.10 
13 August 1850He and Dorcas Duckworth appeared on the census of 13 August 1850 at Black Twp., Posey Co., IndianaG; also Ekekial Duckworth (18.)11 
20 June 1860He and Dorcas Duckworth appeared on the census of 20 June 1860 at Black Twp., Posey Co., IndianaG; also Joel Finch (24.)12 
20 July 1870He and Dorcas Duckworth appeared on the census of 20 July 1870 at Black Twp., Posey Co., IndianaG.13 
8 June 1880He appeared on the census of 8 June 1880 at Black Twp., Posey Co., IndianaG; neis. Pitts and Lucinda.14 
Death*1885He died in 1885 at Black Twp., Posey Co., IndianaG.15 
Burial*1885He was buried in 1885 at Moore Cemetery, Posey Co., IndianaG.15 
"Pitts Johnson, a farmer of Black township, Posey county, Indiana, was born on the same farm where he now lives, December 23, 1849. He traces his ancestry back to Capt. Edward Johnson, who came from England with Governor Winthrop in 1630, and the genealogy of the family from this ancestor to our subject has been published and is very highly prized by him. His parents were D. F. and Dorcus (Duckworth) Johnson. D. F. Johnson was a native of New York State, having been born in Cayuga county June 16, 1804, was married June 16, 1825, to Dorcus Duckworth, who was born May 8, 1810, and who died January 23, 1879. He died in 1884. The founder of the family in Posey county was Rufus Johnson, grandfather of Pitts, who brought his family here in 1822. The father of our subject, with Dr. Phillips, went to Vincennes to enter land, making the trip by "riding and tying." Later D. F. Johnson became so homesick that he and Frank Allyn walked back to New York State. When the Johnsons first came here all the land was wild and very little of it had been taken by settlers. Farming was done in the old fashioned way, the wheat being threshed by treading it out. D. C. Johnson, Mr. Allyn and another man were the first to bring a farm machine of any kind to this section of the country. It was a reaper and a man had to stand on it and rake the grain with a pitchfork. When the first frame house was built at Mt. Vernon people came for miles to see it. The building caused as much excitement as did the battleship which later came up the river. Mr. Johnson was married in 1869 and began farming for himself on the home place, where he had been working with his parents since finishing school. He has always been on the home place with the exception of three years, when he went to the bottoms to farm. Mr. Johnson's wife was Miss Louisa Combs, daughter of John and Elizabeth Combs, natives of Posey county, Indiana, where Louisa was born June 28, 1853. She was reared in Black township and attended the common schools. They had two children: Sylvanus, born January 29, 1870, and Victor, born October 3. 1871, and died October 9, 1873. Sylvanus is a teacher in the Farmersville school, and has taught all over the country. He married Miss Emma Smith, daughter of James and Alice Smith, the wedding occurring August 31, 1892. She was born in Union county, Kentucky, and was raised in Posey county, Indiana. Mr. and Mrs. Sylvanus Johnson have five children: William, Harold, Dorothy, Virginia and Keith."16 


  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. [S238] 1810 U.S. Federal Census. M (26-45) [Rufus], F (26-45) [Ruth]; 3m (<10) [Doctor, Leander, Demetrius].
  3. [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.
  4. [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..."
  5. [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).
  6. [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."
  7. [S463] [Unknown author], Posey County Indiana Marriage Records I, 1815 1831, handwritten pages (n.p.:, unknown publish date)., img 298, no. 454.
  8. [S198] Indiana Marriage Collection, 1800-1941 [database], Jordan Dodd, Liahona Research and Works Progress Administration, compilers, online, Name: Dr. Franklin Johnson; Spouse Name: Dorcas Duckworth; Marriage Date: 14 Jun 1825; Marriage County: Posey; Book: Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT; OS Page: 1428893.
  9. [S261] Rev. William W. Johnson, David Johnson of Leominster, p 24.
  10. [S54] 1840 U.S. Federal Census. D F (30-39), F (30-39) [Dorcas]; M (60-69) [parent?], F (60-69) [parent?]; m (10-14) [____], m (5-9) [____], m (<5) [Nathan]; 3 f (10-14) [Abilena, Martha, Polly); f (5-9) [Hannah or Isabel], f (<5) [Flora Ann].
  11. [S20] 1850 U.S. Federal Census. D.F. (46), farmer, b. NY; Dorcas (40), b. KY.
  12. [S19] 1860 U.S. Federal Census. "Frank" (56), farmer, b. NY; "Dorcus" (48).
  13. [S18] 1870 U.S. Federal Census. Franklin (66), farmer; Dorcas as "Doratha", (60).
  14. [S17] 1880 U.S. Federal Census. D. Frank (75), farmer, b. NY, parents b. MA.
  15. [S1628], online, shared modern marker. Johnson / Dorcas 1810-1879 / Dr. Frank 1804-1885. Narrative: Children: Polly R. Johnson (1828 - 1846), Martha Taylor Johnson Duckworth (1830 - 1905), Hannah H. Johnson Finch (1832 - 1880), Isabella Brady Johnson Finch (1834 - 1915), Nathan H. Johnson (1839 - 1879), Marcia Johnson (1842 - 1845)*, Laura Johnson Reeves (1844 - 1881), Seth Johnson (1845 - 1864), Pitts Johnson (1849 - 1937), Frederick Pleman Johnson (1852 - ____). Moore Cemetery, Posey Co. IN. Memorial 11628744, created by Darlene Kingsbury, photo added by Debbie Howes.
  16. [S46] John C. Leffel, History of Posey Co. (Leffel), PP. 385-386.