The James W. Johnson family arrived in 1909 two miles south of Glenrio, New Mexico from Pilot Point, Texas. The family secured several homestead claims as actual settlers that eventually led to a ranch of several hundred acres. The Johnson family raised milk cows, shipping milk product via the Glenrio train siding to Amarillo, Texas. The actual paper milk caps for the bottles were stored in the ceiling of the house. In recent times the ceiling collapsed strewing hundred of the caps on the floor. The property which has been abandoned for several decades is still referred to as the "Old Johnson Place" by the locals.
Research indicates the progenitor of the Johnson family, John A. Johnson lived in Tennessee during the mid 1800's. He had at least two sons, James W. Johnson and John A. Johnson. Both sons married sisters, Nancy Ellen Roberts and Anna Roberts. The 1880 Census records indicate that the two brothers lived near each other in Mississippi. James had two daughters, Nancy and Johnnie while living in Mississippi.
James W. Johnson moved from Lafayette Mississippi sometime after 1880 with his wife and three children Nancy, Johnnie and Edgar to Denton County, Pilot Point, Texas. Here James had four more children Albert, William, Ira and, Bessie. Bessie was severely handicapped when born. The family suggested she had gotten into Lye when very young. We now know this not to be true, but at that time it was the only thing a family could use as an explanation for the child's disability. She never married and was cared for by several family members until her death in 1943.
Albert Sidney Johnson, one of the seven children, married Elizabeth Lelia Collins in Hereford, Texas September 6, 1908. He had four children with this first marriage, Carmena born in 1909, Albert born in 1911, Dan born in 1921 and, Robert born in 1923. Albert and Elizabeth met in Clovis, New Mexico where he proposed to her at the Clovis train station.
Albert Sidney Johnson's second marriage was to Marion Jane Wetherill August 7, 1946 in Bernallio, New Mexico. He had one child from this marriage, James Wetherill Johnson born Feburary 7, 1947. Albert and Marion met in Albuquerque, New Mexico at St. Joseph's Hospital while Albert was visiting an insurance client. Marion was a nurse at the hospital. They were together almost 10 years before the marriage. The photo beside was taken June 30, 1939 in Amarillo, Texas.
Marion later married E.E. Shaffner and had one child by this marriage, William Richard Johnson born August 4, 1948. Marion was still married to Albert Sidney Johnson when she had the child, William Richard Johnson. Albert and Marion were no longer together when William was born but was still married to Albert. Albert had demensia so badly that Marion could no longer care for him. Albert was moved to his brothers home in Glenrio, New Mexico
1880-1900 United States Census with brothers, James (Jim) Johnson and John A Johnson.