Alfred Nathaniel Johnson

Male 1872 - 1958  (86 years)


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  • Name Alfred Nathaniel Johnson 
    Born 2 Apr 1872  Laketown, Rich, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 19 Jun 1958  Vernal, Uintah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I34  My Family Tree | Raynor-Armstrong, Collett-Williams
    Last Modified 28 Nov 2012 

    Father 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) 
    Mother Cora Isabella Davis,   b. 25 Oct 1847, Bolton, Warren, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Feb 1926, Vernal, Uintah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 1 Mar 1867  Saint Charles, Oneida, Idaho Territory, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Lycurgus Johnson was born in Brennam, Washington County, Texas, August 25, 1844 to Nancy Reddick Greer and Willis Johnson. His father died when Lycurgus was about 8 years old. Mormon missionaries converted his mother and some of his older siblings in 1854 and the next year most of the family traveled by wagon to Salt Lake, Utah. Lycurgus lived with his mother, brother Alfred, sisters Victoria and Nancy, and cousin Adeline York in the Greater Salt Lake 6th Ward until after 1860. The family then moved to the Bear Lake area of northern Utah and lived there for about 10 years. Lycurgus married Cora Isabella Davis 1 March 1867 and had their first child Willis Lycurgus in St. Charles, Idaho on the northwest end of Bear Lake. The family moved to the south end of Bear Lake and there Willis died in September 1870. The couple had seven children in the Bear Lake area but only Warren, Alfred, and Snellen lived past the age of 2. Lycurgus was appointed Constable of the Lake Precinct of Rich County on August 1, 1870. Having been asked by Church leaders, in 1878 they moved along with his brother Alfred Summers Johnson, Joseph Hardy Sr., and Allen Davis families to Ashley Valley or the area of present day Vernal, Utah. Nancy Reddick Greer Johnson Sprouse, the mother of Lycurgus, was killed in a tragic accident on the way to Ashley Valley. In 1879 excitement with the Indians forced families to move their cabins to Ashley Town which was located 2.5 miles northwest of Vernal. Lycurgus was about 35 years old at this time. He opened one of the first stores in Ashley Town. He became the second postmaster of the valley in September 1879 and was also elected the first sheriff on August 2, 1880 and served for two terms. He served three terms as Selectman, 1882 to 1888 while acting as Deputy United States Marshal. Four children were born in Ashley Town including Clarence, Nancy, Cora and Hazel. They lived in Ashley Town for nine years. Lycurgus built the 2nd flour mill in Ashley Valley in 1885 which operated for over 20 years. After 7 years he finished building the ?Rock House? in 1888 from large stones cut from Ashley Canyon. The home stood on 19 acres complete with excellent irrigation and built close to the flour mill. The family then moved to Maeser and lived there for twenty years. He moved his store from Ashley Town to Vernal and sold general merchandise and furniture under the name L. Johnson & Sons as all his sons participated in his business ventures. Lycurgus represented Ashley Valley in the Territorial Assembly in 1890 and also in the Constitutional Convention in 1894 and became one of the 99 signers of the Utah constitution in 1895. In the late 1890?s Lycurgus won vast contracts including duty to supply the government with wood at $3.50 per cord and 80,000 pounds of bran at $1.30 per hundred. He was appointed the general contractor for the building of the Stake Tabernacle in Vernal in 1900 and completed that work in 1907. In 1905 Lycurgus was elected Mayor of Vernal and filled the office January 2, 1906. By the end of this life he had acquired considerable real estate and wealth through vast enterprises including commerce, stock, water interests, and mining. He died June 29, 1908 and is buried at the Rockpoint Cemetery in Vernal.
    Family ID F2  Group Sheet

    Family Mary Amelia De Griez 
    Married 16 Mar 1905  St. George, Washington, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 28 Nov 2012 
    Family ID F9  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 2 Apr 1872 - Laketown, Rich, Utah, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 16 Mar 1905 - St. George, Washington, Utah, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 19 Jun 1958 - Vernal, Uintah, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Lycurgus and Cora Johnson Family
    Lycurgus and Cora Johnson Family
    About June 1886 in Maeser - Utah
    From left to right; Warren, Julia Dillman, Alf, Snell, Pearl, Cora (Hazel not born yet), Myrtle, Lycurgus, Clair (sitting in front), Pete Dillman and Joe Hardy (standing in back).
    Lycurgus Johnson Home in Maeser circa 1889
    Lycurgus Johnson Home in Maeser circa 1889
    Source: Book
    Title: Johnson - Greer - Davis Connection
    Author: June Belcher Roberts
    Page: 23
    L Johnson & Sons Consolidated Implement Company
    L Johnson & Sons Consolidated Implement Company
    Main Street in Vernal, Utah
    Circa 1905 - the Johnson home is the home left of the County Building
    Source: Book
    Title: Johnson - Greer - Davis Connection
    Author: June Belcher Roberts
    Page: 30

    Documents
    Lycurgus and Cora Johnson - 1880 US Census
    Lycurgus and Cora Johnson - 1880 US Census
    Lycurgus Johnson 35
    Cora Johnson 32
    Warren Johnson 9
    Alfred Johnson 7
    S. Johnson 5
    Clarance Johnson 1
    Charlie (Laborer) 31

    Home in 1880: Ashley, Uintah, Utah
    Occupation: Stock Raiser
    Vernal Express newspaper article 22 November 1907
    Vernal Express newspaper article 22 November 1907
    Vernal Express, City Council, 22 Nov 1907, pg., pg 1. Courtesy of the University of Utah.

    Histories
    A History of Rich County by Robert E. Parson
    A History of Rich County by Robert E. Parson
    Johnson, Snellen M. "Cub" pgs. 104,328

    Publication: Salt Lake City, Utah : Utah State Historical Society, Rich County Commission, c1996
    Builders of Uintah by Daughters of Utah Pioneers
    Builders of Uintah by Daughters of Utah Pioneers
    Excellent source for information on the Lycurgus Johnson family

    Publication: Springville, Utah : Art City Pub., 1947
    Land of sky-blue water by Dr. Russell R. Rich
    Land of sky-blue water by Dr. Russell R. Rich
    Snellon Marion "Cub" Johnson pgs. 173, 175
    James Johnson pg. 186 "List of pioneers called in conference in October 1870 to help Charles C. Rich and Lorenzo Snow settle the "Northern" part of Utah."


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