Willis F. Johnson

Male 1806 - 1853  (~ 47 years)


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  • Name Willis F. Johnson 
    Born May 1806  North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 20 Dec 1853  DeWitt County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I13  My Family Tree | Collett-Williams, Raynor-Armstrong
    Last Modified 18 Aug 2015 

    Father Snellen "Snelling" Johnson,   b. Abt 1769, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Dec 1842, Hillsboro, Jasper, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 73 years) 
    Mother Mary Foreman,   b. Abt 1778, South Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Apr 1856, Hillsboro, Jasper, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 78 years) 
    Family ID F14  Group Sheet

    Family Nancy Reddick Greer,   b. 9 Aug 1805, Hillsboro, Jasper, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Oct 1878, Fairview, Lincoln, Wyoming, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Married Abt 1825 
    Notes 
    • There were at least two Willis Johnson in Texas in the 1840s. Peter Hansborough Bell, the governor of Texas, issued a proclamation in October 1851 stating that murder had been committed on the body of Willis Johnson on or about 25 October 1848. In 1859 Sarah Allday, the oldest child of Willis and Nancy Johnson filed a suit stating that her father had died on or about 20 December 1853.

      Some of the documents in this collection pertain to one of the "Willis Johnsons" living in Texas in the 1830-1850's time period. Everything that has been found has been posted on this site in order to aid in the collective research of all interested parties. As evidence is found to determine documents that refer to the Willis Johnson that died in 1848 they will be removed from this collection.
    Children 
    +1. Sarah Ann Johnson,   b. 9 Aug 1827, Hillsboro, Jasper, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Apr 1916, Owensville, Robertson, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
    +2. Snellen Marion "Cub" Johnson,   b. 27 Oct 1827, Hillsboro, Jasper, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jun 1900, Lonetree, Uinta, Wyoming, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     3. Nathaniel Johnson,   b. Abt. 1830, Hillsboro, Jasper, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jun 1855, Atchison, Kansas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 25 years)
    +4. Mary Willmirth Johnson,   b. Abt 1832, Chambers County, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jun 1855, Kansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 23 years)
     5. Alfred Summers Johnson, Sr.,   b. 14 Sep 1835, Chambers County, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Aug 1891, Vernal, Uintah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)
     6. James A Johnson,   b. 13 Oct 1837, Hillsboro, Jasper, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1874, Laketown, Rich, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years)
     7. Hanna Victoria Johnson,   b. 13 Oct 1839, Autauga County, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Apr 1903, Manassa, Conejos, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
    +8. Nancy Willmirth Johnson,   b. 22 Nov 1841, San Augustine, San Augustine, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Mar 1902, Vernal, Uintah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
    +9. John Lycurgus Johnson,   b. 25 Aug 1844, Brenham, Washington, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jun 1908, Vernal, Uintah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     10. Willis Leonidas Johnson,   b. 1846, San Augustine, San Augustine, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 1856  (Age ~ 10 years)
    Last Modified 25 Aug 2015 
    Family ID F5  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - May 1806 - North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 20 Dec 1853 - Dewitt County, Texas, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    1810 US Census possibly for Snelling Johnson (husband and wife with 2 children under 10 years old)
    1810 US Census possibly for Snelling Johnson (husband and wife with 2 children under 10 years old)
    Name: Snellen Johnstone Home in 1810: Abbeville, Abbeville, South Carolina
    Free White Persons - Males - Under 10: 2 Free White Persons - Males - 26 thru 44: 1
    Free White Persons - Females - 26 thru 44: 1 Numbers of Slaves: 5
    Number of Household Members Under 16: 2 Number of Household Members Over 25: 2
    Number of Household Members: 9
    1830 US Census - Willis Johnson
    1830 US Census - Willis Johnson
    Home in 1830 (City, County, State): Capt Britain C Tyars District, Troup, Georgia
    Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 1
    Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 2
    Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 1
    Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29: 1
    Slaves - Males - 10 thru 23: 1
    Slaves - Females - Under 10: 1
    Slaves - Females - 10 thru 23: 2
    Free White Persons - Under 20: 2
    Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 3
    Total Free White Persons: 5
    Total Slaves: 4
    Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 9
    Willis Johnson's name was drawn to serve on the circuit court panel in Chambers County, Alabama about October 1834
    Willis Johnson's name was drawn to serve on the circuit court panel in Chambers County, Alabama about October 1834
    Source: The Reason for the Tears by Bobby L. Lindsey, 1971, pg. 77.
    Muster Roll of Texas Revolution - 15 October 1836 - (Original)
    Muster Roll of Texas Revolution - 15 October 1836 - (Original)
    Muster roll of Captain Allen's Company of Suffolk Volunteers, temporarily attached to the 1st Regiment of the Texan Army, commanded by Colonel Rogers.
    Muster Roll of Texas Revolution - 15 October 1836 (Transcription)
    Muster Roll of Texas Revolution - 15 October 1836 (Transcription)
    Muster roll of Captain Allen's Company Suffolk Volunteers, temporarily attached to the 1st Regiment of the Texas Army, commanded by Colonel Rogers.
    Liberty Bounty Land 186
    Liberty Bounty Land 186
    Hardin County Liberty Bounty Land (1280 acres) to Willis Johnson on 31 December 1837 for military service in the Texas Army
    Record of Willis Johnson as the 1st stage coach rider of the US Mail to arrive in LaFayette, Chambers County, Alabama
    Record of Willis Johnson as the 1st stage coach rider of the US Mail to arrive in LaFayette, Chambers County, Alabama
    "Nothing created more excitement in LaFayette than the first day in December, 1837, when the first stage coach came dashing into town with the words "United States Mail" emblazoned on the bright glided panels. Prior to this date, the eastern mail arrived by rider on his way to an over night stop at Tallassee, via Dudleyville and Dadeville...The much envied driver of the first stage to arrive in LaFayette was Willis Johnson. His salary was listed at $5.00 per month, plus board.

    Source: The Reason for the Tears by Bobby L. Lindsey, 1971, pg. 104.
    Record of purchase of annual pass for the ferry at West Point by Willis Johnson for the year of 1838
    Record of purchase of annual pass for the ferry at West Point by Willis Johnson for the year of 1838
    West Point is a city east of LaFayette in Chambers County, Alabama aside the Chattahoochee River.

    Source: The Reason for the Tears by Bobby L. Lindsey, 1971, pg. 157
    Headrights and Grants Definitions
    Headrights and Grants Definitions
    Source: http://www.texasancestors.com/page%2012/Headright%20and%20Grants.html
    Town of Wickersville census in winter of 1838
    Town of Wickersville census in winter of 1838
    One of the largest of the early settlements in Chambers County, Alabama numbered nearly two thousand at the time this census. It was located on the Creek "Horse Path" where the trail crossed the Osligee.

    The Willis Johnson, William Greer and Widow Mangrum families are living near each other (see middle column, near bottom).

    Source: The Reason for the Tears by Bobby L. Lindsey, 1971, pgs. 250-251.
    Texas Revolution Military Payment Records for Willis Johnson
    Texas Revolution Military Payment Records for Willis Johnson
    Filed 13 January 1838 for $116.00

    http://www.tshaonline.org/supsites/military/rep_link.htm
    Willis and Nancy Johnson - 1840 US Census
    Willis and Nancy Johnson - 1840 US Census
    Family Head Name: Willis S Johnson
    Home in 1840 (City, County, State): Chambers, Alabama
    Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 2
    Free White Persons - Males - 30 thru 39: 1
    Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 2
    Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29: 1
    Slaves - Males - 10 thru 23: 1
    Persons Employed in Agriculture: 2
    Free White Persons - Under 20: 4
    Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 2
    Total Free White Persons: 6
    Total Slaves: 1
    Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 7
    1841 land record for agreement between Willis Johnson and W.B.W. George
    1841 land record for agreement between Willis Johnson and W.B.W. George
    Board of Land Commissioners approval of Certificate No. 300 Class 4 for Willis Johnson
    Board of Land Commissioners approval of Certificate No. 300 Class 4 for Willis Johnson
    Republic of Texas - County of Washington - No. 300 Class 4

    This is to certify that James B. Wells assigned of Willis Johnson has appeared before us the Board of Land Commissioners for the County aforesaid and proved according to Laws that the said Johnson arrived to this Republic prior to the year eighteen hundred and forty two that he was then a married man and having never received a certificate for the quantity of lands for which he applies, is Entitled to Six Hundred and forty acres of land he having proved to us that he has resided three years in the Republic and performed all the duties required of him as a citizen.

    Given under our hands at Brenham this the 29th day of September 1845.
    Washington County Report of Unconditional Cerficates - Willis Johnson
    Washington County Report of Unconditional Cerficates - Willis Johnson
    Certificate:#300 - Acres:640 - Date of Unconditional Certificate: 29 September 1845
    J. B. Mills appointed of Willis Johnson - Witnessed by John R. Wise (Certificate #312) & James H. Calvert (Certificate #304)
    These three men witnessed each others certificates

    J. B. Mills/Willis - neighbor to Willis per 1850 slave census for Washington County, pg. 10, in Bell County, Texas in 1856 per tax assessment ,1867 voter registration list for Milam lists J. B Wills as born in Tennessee, 1850 US Census has J. B. Mills in Washington County, Texas and born in Tennessee and married to Anna Mills from Tennessee. A James B. Wills and Anny W. Shackleford were married in Rutherford, Tennessee 3 January 1810. By 1860 Jas B and Amy Wills are living in Bell County, Texas. According to FindAGrave James Buchanan Wills died 2 March 1875 in Milam County, Texas.

    1848 Tax Roll for Willis Johnson in Washington County, Texas
    1848 Tax Roll for Willis Johnson in Washington County, Texas
    Name: Willis Johnson
    Real Property
    Acres: 450 Value: $1,250 Original Grantee: William Pryor Town Lot: Brenham

    Personal Property
    Negroes: 7 Value: $2,600 Number of Horses: 5 Value: $150 Number of Cattle: 5 Value: $15
    Money earning Interest: - Miscellaneous Property: Wagon & Hogs Value: $95

    Total Value: $4,060 Poll Tax: $100 State Tax: $9.12 County Tax: $4.56
    1849 Tax Roll for Willis Johnson in Washington County, Texas
    1849 Tax Roll for Willis Johnson in Washington County, Texas
    Name: Willis Johnson
    Real Property
    Acres: 450 Value: $900 Original Grantee: W. Pryor Tract: - Claim Type: Headright

    Personal Property
    Negroes: 8 Value: $2,600 Number of Horses: 2 Value: $150 Number of Cattle: 5 Value: $15
    Money earning Interest: - Merchandize on Hand: - Miscellaneous Property: Oxen Wagon Hogs Value: $130

    Total Value: $3,795 Poll Tax: $100 State Tax: $8.59 County Tax: $4.29
    Sale of Headright Certificate by Willis Johnson to James B Wells
    Sale of Headright Certificate by Willis Johnson to James B Wells
    County: Washington Date: 15 January 1850 Sale Price: $100
    Willis and Nancy Johnson - 1850 US Census
    Willis and Nancy Johnson - 1850 US Census
    Willis Johnson 45 North Carolina
    N R Johnson 44 Georgia
    S M Johnson 18 Georgia
    S A Johnson 15 Georgia
    M W Johnson 13 Alabama
    A S Johnson 11 Alabama
    James Johnson 9 Alabama
    H V Johnson 8 Alabama
    Nancy Johnson 7 Alabama
    L P Johnson 11 Texas
    W S Johnson 3 Texas
    J C Parker 36 Texas
    Willis and Nancy Johnson - 1850 US Census (Enhanced close-up)
    Willis and Nancy Johnson - 1850 US Census (Enhanced close-up)
    1850 Tax Roll for Willis Johnson in Washington County, Texas
    1850 Tax Roll for Willis Johnson in Washington County, Texas
    Name: Willis Johnson
    Real Property
    Acres: 450 Value: $1,250 Original Grantee: Pryor Tract: League Claim Type: Headright

    Personal Property
    Negroes: 8 Value: $3,200 Number of Horses: 5 Value: $200 Number of Cattle: 0 Value: $0
    Money earning Interest: - Merchandize on Hand: - Miscellaneous Property: Wagon Value: $50

    Total Value: $4,700 Poll Tax: $50 State Tax: $4.86 County Tax: $2.43
    1850 Slave Census for Washington County, Texas - Willis Johnson & N. H. Greer - 29 September 1850
    1850 Slave Census for Washington County, Texas - Willis Johnson & N. H. Greer - 29 September 1850
    Willis Johnson 1 64 1786 Female Black
    Willis Johnson 1 21 1829 Female Mulatto
    Willis Johnson 1 23 1827 Female Mulatto
    Willis Johnson 1 13 1837 Female Black
    Willis Johnson 1 12 1838 Female Black
    Willis Johnson 1 12 1838 Male Black
    Willis Johnson 1 10 1840 Male Black
    Willis Johnson 1 7 1843 Male Black
    N H Greer 1 4 1846 Male Black
    N H Greer 1 8 1842 Male Black
    N H Greer 1 9 1841 Male Black
    N H Greer 1 20 1830 Male Mulatto
    N H Greer 1 28 1822 Male Mulatto
    N H Greer 1 34 1816 Female Black
    N H Greer 1 36 1814 Female Black
    N H Greer 1 42 1808 Female Black
    N H Greer 1 4 1846 Female Black
    N H Greer 1 7 1843 Male Mulatto
    N H Greer 1 21 1829 Male Black
    N H Greer 1 15 1835 Male Black
    N H Greer 1 0 1850 Male Mulatto
    1851 Tax Roll for Willis Johnson in Washington County, Texas
    1851 Tax Roll for Willis Johnson in Washington County, Texas
    Name: Willis Johnson
    Real Property
    Acres: 453 Value: $1,500 Original Grantee: William Pryor Tract: League Claim Type: - Stream: Mill Creek

    Personal Property
    Negroes: 10 Value: $3,000 Number of Horses: 3 Value: $135
    Number of Cattle: 10 Value: $40
    Money earning Interest: - Merchandize on Hand: - Miscellaneous Property: unreadable Value: $125

    Total Value: $4,790 Poll Tax: $50 State Tax: $7.65 County Tax: $3.84
    1852 Tax Roll for Willis Johnson in DeWitt County, Texas
    1852 Tax Roll for Willis Johnson in DeWitt County, Texas
    Name: Willis Johnson (on 350 acres of John Jordan with son Snellen Marion Johnson)
    Real Property
    Acres: - Value: - Original Grantee: - Tract: - Claim Type: - Stream: Guadaloupe

    Personal Property
    Negroes: 10 Value: $4,000 Number of Horses: 4 Value: $200 Number of Cattle: - Value: -
    Money earning Interest: - Merchandize on Hand: - Miscellaneous Property: Wagons & Oxen Value: $220

    Total Value: $4,420 Poll Tax: $50 State Tax: $6.63 County Tax: $3.--
    1853 Tax Roll for Willis Johnson in DeWitt County, Texas
    1853 Tax Roll for Willis Johnson in DeWitt County, Texas
    Name: Willis Johnson (on 369 acres of a Mr. Johnson with son Snellen Marion Johnson)
    Real Property
    Acres: - Value: - Original Grantee: - Tract: - Claim Type: - Stream: McCoy

    Personal Property
    Negroes: - Value: - Number of Horses: - Value: - Number of Cattle: - Value: -
    Money earning Interest: - Merchandize on Hand: - Miscellaneous Property: - Value: -

    Total Value: - Poll Tax: $50 State Tax: - County Tax: $0.25
    DeWitt County Land Grants Map
    DeWitt County Land Grants Map
    Allday case 2332 vs Johnsons - Suit over slave named Allen of Willis Johnson
    Allday case 2332 vs Johnsons - Suit over slave named Allen of Willis Johnson
    Texas Ranger. (Brenham, Tex.), Vol. 9, No. 37, Ed. 1, Friday, February 25, 1859

    Lancaster, J., editor. Texas Ranger. (Brenham, Tex.), Vol. 9, No. 37, Ed. 1, Friday, February 25, 1859, Newspaper, February 25, 1859; digital images, (http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth48854/ : accessed March 11, 2013), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, http://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, Austin, Texas.
    Washington County, Texas District Court Minutes for Sarah Allday vs Thomas Irvin
    Washington County, Texas District Court Minutes for Sarah Allday vs Thomas Irvin
    8 October 1858 - 13 October 1860
    Probate Minutes of DeWitt County 30 August 1858
    Probate Minutes of DeWitt County 30 August 1858
    Alfred L. Brigance appointed Administer Pro Tem upon estate of Willis F. Johnson
    Index to Probate Minutes for DeWitt County, Texas
    Index to Probate Minutes for DeWitt County, Texas
    Willis Johnson - Minute Book C page 94 and Minute Book D pages 207-208
    Letters at Washington Post Office - 10 February 1844 - Willis Johnson
    Letters at Washington Post Office - 10 February 1844 - Willis Johnson
    The National Vindicator. (Washington, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 25, Ed. 1, Saturday, February 10, 1844
    1830 Troup County, Georgia Families
    1830 Troup County, Georgia Families
    81 Families in the Troup County census in 1830
    Washington County - Texas Post Office Notice 6 April 1844
    Washington County - Texas Post Office Notice 6 April 1844
    Letter for Willis Johnson at Post Office in Washington County, Texas

    The National Vindicator. (Washington, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 25, Ed. 1, Saturday, February 10, 1844
    Source: texashistory.unt.edu
    Murder of Willis Johnson
    Murder of Willis Johnson
    Proclamation by Texas Governor James P. Johnson regarding murder of Willis Johnson in The San Antonio Ledger. (San Antonio, Tex.), Vol. 2, No. 23, Ed. 1 Thursday, October 30, 1851

    Histories
    Journal Excerpt of Edward Stevenson
    Journal Excerpt of Edward Stevenson
    Source: http://www.lds.org/churchhistory/library/pioneerdetails/1,15791,4018-1-17776,00.html
    Johnson-Greer-Davis Connection
    Johnson-Greer-Davis Connection
    A genealogical book compiled by June Belcher Roberts showing the ancestry of Cora Myrtle Johnson and the connections to the Greer and Davis lines. Many photographs, stories, and histories are included in this book of 230 pages.
    Autobiography of Dickson Hamblin Greer Excerpt
    Autobiography of Dickson Hamblin Greer Excerpt
    Source: http://www.lds.org/churchhistory/library/pioneerdetails/1,15791,4018-1-17776,00.html
    Sylvester Henry Earl Diary Excerpt
    Sylvester Henry Earl Diary Excerpt
    Source: http://www.lds.org/churchhistory/library/pioneerdetails/1,15791,4018-1-17776,00.html
    William Brockerman Wright Diary Excerpt
    William Brockerman Wright Diary Excerpt
    Source: http://www.lds.org/churchhistory/library/pioneercompanysources/1,16272,4019-1-69,00.html
    Sons of Snellen and Mary Forman Johnson
    Sons of Snellen and Mary Forman Johnson
    By June Belcher Roberts
    Snelling Johnson - Comments by Wallace L Taylor regarding June Belcher Robert's biography
    Snelling Johnson - Comments by Wallace L Taylor regarding June Belcher Robert's biography
    By Wallace L. Taylor, 4 January 1994
    William Wallace Johnson - Progressive Men of Wyoming - Pages 849-850
    William Wallace Johnson - Progressive Men of Wyoming - Pages 849-850
    This biography recounts the heritage and life of William Wallace Johnson, son of Snellen M. Johnson and Rebecca Baker, grandson of Willis and Nancy Johnson.
    Johnson Family Cemetery - Hillsboro, Jasper County, GA - Cemetery Archives
    Johnson Family Cemetery - Hillsboro, Jasper County, GA - Cemetery Archives
    Source:http://files.usgwarchives.net/ga/jasper/cemeteries/johnsonf179gcm.txt

  • Notes 
    • Lafayette was the county seat of Chambers County, Alabama from 1833 to present. Originally known as Chambersville, name changed to Lafayette in 1835. Incorporated in 1835. Post office established in 1875.

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      Cemetery notes and/or description:
      Description: An old cemetery - the later portion (German) is tended, the older Anglo-Saxon side is overgrown. About 2.5 miles ENE of Greenvine on a gravel road. There are 55 to 60 grave spaces indicated by brick or rock surrounds or rock markers with no legible information on them.

      The following article is excerpted from the Historical Marker application, written circa 1991:

      Bethlehem Cemetery in south Washington County, Texas, is a cemetery containing persons and their family members who were among the very first Anglo-American settlers to Stephen F. Austin's colony, the "old three hundred". The Allcorn (sometimes spelled Alcorn) family, who have family members in this cemetery, were the second Anglo family to arrive in present Washington County spending the last night of 1821 by a creek they subsequently named with dawn, "New Year's Creek".

      Bethlehem Cemetery is located on five and three-fourths acres of the original Josiah Lester League in Washington County, a headright league granted to Lester by the Mexican government and later conveyed by him to Erwin Brown. It was Erwin Brown, in turn, who conveyed the five and three-fourths acre parcel on August 13, 1851, to the trustees of the Bethlehem Academy for the purpose of a settlement school and house of worship for the Baptist and Methodist denominations. The first trustees receiving the deed were James C. Crenshaw, James Lane, Leander Burns, Willis Johnson, and I. M. Harris.

      The site soon also became a "burial place for the neighborhood", as cited in an officially recorded agreement signed April 14, 1873, between the Bethlehem trustees and one J. E. Gray for erecting a fence around the cemetery. The first burial for which there is an extant marker was that of Susan J. Burdett, age 39, who died in 1852 (though Henry Burdett, age about 65, may have died earlier; his tombstone gives only his age and not date of death).

      Little Rufus Mallets, one of the earliest burials with an extant headstone, appears on the 1860 mortality census (1859 deaths): he died of the "flux" in November, 1859, at the age of one. Also on that mortality census were members of the Armstrong, Crenshaw, Barnhill, Woods, Bowers and Sanders families--- most of them infants, who may have been buried without headstones in many cases. It is a sad commentary on the infant mortality rate of the day to read that census.

      Bethlehem Cemetery is now a beautiful, spacious, old (and new) cemetery, located on the very top of a high rolling hill that overlooks the Mill Creek valley, home to the earliest of the Anglo-Texans settlers. Some of these earliest of settlers belonged within one lifetime to the Republic of Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the United States of America, and the Confederate States of America-and some a second time to the United States of America.

      Today the cemetery is in a remarkably attractive condition. Several plots are enclosed still by their original wrought iron fences, standing guard after all these years. The feeling of the cemetery is one of quiet, rural peace and endurance. The cemetery was restored by a group of citizens banded together at nearby Greenvine Lutheran Church March 6, 1988. Donations were taken at this first meeting and one man hired to rid the site of the major obstructions. Then citizens literally lined up shoulder to shoulder and cut their way into the jungle with chain saws. A couple of years prior to that some persons crawling through the brambles, briars, and brush, and snake holes, seeking an ancestor's tombstone, were trapped and got out only by tearing up clothes and skin-the older part of the cemetery had gotten to that state. After the chain saw crews' attack, men, women and children followed up against the brush, weeds, and trash, carefully working around the old tombstones and iron fences. Anyone viewing the cemetery today will have a hard time imagining what it was like three years ago.

      The Bethlehem Cemetery group makes this application to the state of Texas for a historical marker for following reasons: this is, no doubt one of the more historical cemeteries of the state, both for its location and for the pioneers buried in it; these pioneers gave so much to the Republic and to the state that they are deserving of respect and perpetual remembrance; and a historical marker will contribute toward protecting this site from future neglect and any future vandalism. Present day and future citizens need to know who built this state and where its origins lie; and they need occasionally to stop and visit these peoples graves in this lovely place. Bethlehem Cemetery is today part of what remains of colonial Texas.

      Source: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&GSln=Doerntge&GSiman=1&GScid=2383&CRid=2383&pt=Bethlehem%20Cemetery&

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      Wharton County, Texas (979) 532-2381
      https://coclerk.co.wharton.tx.us/external/User/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fexternal%2fIndex.aspx
      No records of Willis Johnson from 1845-1900. Researched 10/14/2013

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      Yorktown Public Library - 103 West Main, Yorktown, Texas 78164
      (361) 564-3232
      yplbeth@yahoo.com
      ***Nothing as far back as 1850s***

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      Yorktown Historical Museum
      144 West Main
      Yorktown, TX 78164
      (361) 564-9115

      Has old tax records that haven't been indexed

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      Milam County Courthouse and all county records were destroyed by fire in April 1874.



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