Richard J. Johnson

Portrait of Richard J. Johnson Headstone Photograph

R. J. Johnson
Co. Willis's Regt.
Ross Brig. Forrest's
Full Name: Richard J. Johnson
Location: Section:Confederate Field, Section 1 (F)
Row:L  Number:37
Reason for Eligibility: Confederate Veteran 
Birth Date: 1835 
Died: December 1, 1920 
Burial Date: December 2, 1920 
Confederate Home Roster Information:
Birth Place: Alabama 
Occupation: Stockman 
Marital Status: Married 
Came To Texas: 1855 
Residence: Eastland Co., Texas 
Admitted To Home: November 14, 1903 
Division: Forrest's 
Brigade: Ross's 
Regiment: Willis Bat. 

JOHNSON, RICHARD J. (1835 ~ 1920). Richard J. Johnson was born in September of 1835 in Alabama. His father was born in Georgia and his mother in Alabama.

R. J. moved to Texas in 1855, and in 1861, he enlisted in H. E. McCullough's regiment of the Frontier troops for one year. He later enlisted in a company of Waul's Legion during the Civil War and ended the War serving in Co. C, Willis' Battalion, Ross Brigade, Forest's Division and was discharged in May 1865 at Jackson, Mississippi. During the war, Johnson was wounded twice, shot once in the neck and once in the right knee. The neck wound disabled his right hand.

On his way back to Texas, Mr. Johnson and a comrade confronted a large number of Federal soldiers who were harassing and assaulting a woman in front of her home. As a result, Johnson and his partner ran their horses into the crowd of Federal soldiers, and started to fire their guns, according to legend.

Johnson married Melissa Johnson in 1865. She was born about 1843 in Georgia (her maiden name happened to be Johnson as well). In 1871, he and his wife's family settled in Blanco County near what eventually became Johnson City. R. J. Johnson and his wife's brothers started a cattle operation in 1873. His wife died in Fredonia, Texas in 1913.

Johnson was a resident of the Confederate Men's Home in Austin on several occasions. He died on December 1, 1920 and was buried in the Texas State Cemetery a day later.

Information provided by William Johnson. Sources include "100 Years of Blanco County History," published in Blanco County, Texas, 1991; Confederate Pension Application, Confederate Home roster, oral history, census documents, and other unpublished material.

Additional Multimedia Files To Download:

#7403) Title:Melissa Elizabeth Johnson
Source: Courtesy of William Johnson
Description: Wife of R. J. Johnson in 1863 when she was 20 years old.

#7404) Title:Young Melissa E. Johnson
Source: Courtesy of William Johnson
Description: Photograph taken as a young woman, the date is unknown.

#7405) Title:R. J. Johnson family
Source: Courtesy of William Johnson
Description: Photo taken around 1870 with wife Melissa and first son Richard Ben Johnson.

#7406) Title:Melissa Johnson and sons
Source: Courtesy of William Johnson
Description: Melissa Johnson and sons Richard Ben and James Polk Johnson II, taken around 1870.


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