Bernt & Carrie (Nielsen) Johnson family
about 1908 in Bosque Co., Texas
1m. Konen Olava Antonette Simpson*
b. 27 Aug 1864 probably Texas
d. 1 Dec 1891 Dallas, TX
buried:"Rock Church" St Olaf's Cemetery, Cranfills Gap, TX plot 47.4
her father: unknown ............. her mother: unknown
2m. "Carrie" Karen Nielsen abt
b. 12 May 1870 Esbjerg, Denmark
d. Aug. 29, 1934 of cancer of jaw
buried: "Rock Church", St Olaf's Cemetery, plot 47.7
her father: unknown ............. her mother: unknown
|Children with Olavia Antoinette Simpson|
|Annett M. Johnson||b. *||d. TX||died as infant|
|Charles Oscar Johnson||b 16 Aug1891 Dallas, TX*|| d. 28 Dec 1977 Clifton, TX*
buried"Rock Church", Cranfills Gap, TX plot 149.1
|m. Edith Carlson|
|Children with Carrie (Karen) Neilson|
|Ella Annette Johnson||b. 12 Dec 1894 *||d. 18 Sep 1896 Coryell Co, TX, buried Post Oak Cem.||dies as child|
|Cora Olia Johnson||b. 5 Aug. 1896*|| d. 3 Nov 1989 Bosque Co., TX* buried: "Rock Church" plot 47.8
||m. ? unknown rumor says Berry Sanford|
|Christian Anton Johnson||b. 24 Dec. 1897|| d. 11 Feb 1979 Bosque Co., TX* buried: "Rock Church",
Cranfills Gap, TX plot 226.8
|Evalinda Marianna Johnson||b. 27 Jun 1899||d. 2 Jan 1986 Dallas, TX*
buried: "Rock Church", Cranfills Gap, TX plot 92.2
|m. Peder Legind Christenson (2nd m)4/30/1924|
|Eddie Monroe Johnson||b. 18 Apr 1901||d. 25 Jul 1987 Fort Worth, Texas
buried: "Rock Church" Cranfills Gap, TX plot 226.1
|m. 31 Jul 1934 Sara "Sadie"
(her second marriage)
|Clara Johanne Johnson||b. 4 Oct 1902 TX|| d. 30 Dec 1973 Bosque Co., TX*
buried: "Rock Church" Cranfills Gap, TX plot 47.8
|m. never marries|
|Collett Belvin Johnson||b. 5 Feb 1904 TX||d. 15 Apr 1982 Bosque Co., TX* Texas, buried: "Rock Church",
Cranfills Gap, plot 226.5
||m. never marries|
|"Bill" Willie Nils Johnson||b. 6 Sep 1905 TX||d. 6 Feb 1993 Bosque Co., TX
buried: "Rock Church" plot 226.3
|m. never marries|
|"Buck" Sylvester Nicalie Johnson||b. 15 Oct 1907(twin) TX||d. 23 Mar 1981* Texas
buried: "Rock Church", Cranfills Gap, TX plot 226.7
|m. m. Melba Collier 1/13/1940 (Div. 1963)|
|son||b. 15 Oct 1907(twin) TX||d. 15 Oct 1907* Texas||m. died as infant|
|son||b. 1 Dec 1911||d. 1 Dec 1911*Texas||m. died as infant|
1848- Bernt is born in Arstad, Stange Paprish, Loten, Norway as Bernt Fredrik Johanson Egeberg. After immigrating he changed his name to Bernt Johnson
1863, Apr 10- Bernt is confirmed in Løten, Nor. [records of Norway]
1870- He immigrated on board the Bystenor of the Cunard Line from Christiana(Oslo), Norway on September 16, 1870. He arrived in Dec 9, 1870 New York, NY . [Bosque Co: Land and People]
1878 - He was living in Limestone Co. Tx.
1877 - B.F. Johnson and T. J. Robinson, as partners, bought 221 acres in Bosque Co. TX. for $498.73
1880 - US Census shows that he and Olava
Johnson are living in the same house with Anna M. and Carl Oliving in
Clifton, Bosque Co. Tx.. He was also listed as living in the Munger
Community, Limestone Co, Tx in the household of Robert Sylvester Munger
(age 26). Here he ran a cotton gin and probably was here during the
ginning season. [1880 census, Bosque Co. ]
1880 - US Census, Mexia, Limestone, Texas. Series: T9
Munger is the miller who is his boss.
He was a machinist by trade and helped keep the gin in operation. As the chief mechanic for the gin he also created a new suction pipe system to unload and transport the cotton which improved the efficiency from the previous eighteen stations to using only three. [Records of Melba Johnson]
1881- B. F. bought 100 acres on Neils Creek
from Mrs. Sarah Brasher for $350.00. [Bosque Co: Land and People]
Bernt Johnson built a great house on Neil's Creek, outside Cranfills Gap, Texas.
photo collection of Elroy Christenson
about 1885 - Bernt's new and improved suction device was patented in the United States by the Munger family. Bernt later moved to Dallas to oversee the manufacturing of this new machine for cotton gins. Here he meets Olava A Simpson in Dallas, Texas.
about 1889 - Bernt Johnson marries Konen
Olavia Simpson probably in Dallas.
about 1890- His first child is born, probably in Dallas.
1891- He applied for US. citizenship on April, 1891 in Dallas Co. TX, where he said he was living at the time.[Bosque Co: Land and People]
1891, 1 Dec Dallas, TX - Olava (Simpson) Johnson, his first wife, dies four months after giving birth to his second child, Carl Oscar (Charlie) Johnson. The infant Charlie went to live with Bernt's sister, Oleana "Mariane Egeberg and her husband, Evan Paulson Rohne. Mariane nurses him along with her own new born son. Charlie remains with this family until Charlie is about four years of age or until Bernt remarries. [Interview with Ed Johnson]
1898 - He purchased 100 acres for $435.00.
[Bosque Co: Land and People]
1900- US Census, Hamilton Co., TX, Series: T623
Brant head w
m Oct 1848 51yrs 6yrs
Norway Norway 1872 na
" , Carrie wife w f May 1870 30 6yrs mar. Denmark Denmark Denmark 1890
" , Carl O. son w m Aug 1881 8 s Texas Norway Denmark
" , Cora O. dau w f Aug 1895 4 s Texas Norway Denmark
" , Christen son w m Dec 1897 2 s Texas Norway Denmark
" , Eva dau w f June 1899 4/12 s Texas Norway Denmark
1909 - He became a US Citizen on Sept. 3, 1909
in Hamilton, Hamilton Co., TX [Bosque Co: Land and People]
1910- US Census. Texas, Bosque Co., Enum.
Dist., 66, sheet 19a, page 167.
1911- Dec. 1 - His last son is born and dies.
1912- July 23 - Bernt died after being kicked
by a mule in the chest, 64 years of age. [Story of Ed Johnson]
proof of Annette Johnson, Coryell C. TX Cemetary Records.
1920's - The children had to pool their resources after the death of their father. Edith and Clara Johnson worked as cooks for the thrashing parties and went from farm to farm preparing meals for the hands at probably about $1 dollar a day. For this they had to fix five meals a day for at least 25 people for each meal. [Violet Christenson 7/21/03]
1929, Jan 5 - Vernell Johnson is born to
Cora Johnson. The father is unknown. Vernell is raised in the
household of the Johnson brothers and sisters. She was always
excessively shy as were her mother and uncles. 1930's - Carrie Johnson
is brought to Dallas
frequently for visits to the doctor for cancer of the jaw. This is
where Ed Johnson is introduced to Sadie Hollaway Kirkland and her
children. [Interview with Ed Johnson]
1940 - US Census - Texas, Hamilton Co., Precinct 2. Enum. Dist. 97-4, sheet 8A
Johnson, Chris A. head m w 42 s 6 Texas same house farmer farm
, Cora sister f w 43 s 7 Texas same house
, Clara sister f w 37 s 7 Texas same house laborer farm
, Collet brother m w 36 s H2 Texas same house laborer farm
, Willie brother m w 34 s 6 Texas same house laborer farm
, Sylvester brother m w 32 m 7 Texas same house laborer farm
, Melba Sister-in-law f w 24 m H4 Texas same house
, Vernell niece f w 11 s 3 Texas same house
Texas, Bosque co., Precinct 8. enum. dist, 18-20, sheet 11
B Irvin marries Vernell, dau.
Grimland, Oscar head m w 45 mar 4 Texas same house farmer farm
, Amle wife f w 42 mar 8 Texas same house
, J. C. son m w 21 s 8 Texas same house
, Irvin son m w 17 s 8 Texas same house
, Allen son m w 15 s 7 Texas same house
, Milton son m w 11 s 4 Texas same house
Fishing on the Brazos. Bosque Co., TX
(back to front, l to r) Bill Johnson, Vernell Johnson next to Cora Johnson (her mother), Sadie (Kirkland) Johnson(my gmother), Clara Johnson, Eva (Johnson) Christenson(my step gmother), Edith Johnson, Chris (on bumper) and Elroy Christenson (on fender). Bill, Cora, Clara and Eva are brothers and sisters.
The personalities and skills of the brothers
and sisters made them into a successful family group. Collet was
only college educated while the others depended more on their developed
skills. Chris was the main mechanic with the help of Bill.
were involved with slaughtering the beef or pigs which mostly happened
in the Fall. The harvest in the late summer usually involved the
entire community. Collet seems to be involved with the calendar
planting and figuring out which crops to plant any particular year.
Cora and Clara did the cooking and cleaning but also took care of the
chickens. Bill seems to have been involved with the raising of
cattle while Chris was in charge of the pigs. They had a three
outhouse which seemed cold anytime of the
year backed up to the pig pen. As a kid I
didn't like hearing them rooting and snorting behind my behind.
from about 1949 - 1960 - Our family went down
to Cranfills Gap for Christmas. There were always a lot of
people. It depended who was coming down for Christmas as to where we
would end up sleeping as a children. Leldon and Betty Lou
Christenson usually stayed at Pete and Eva's whereas we would get
shared beds at the Johnson's. I would usually sleep with Collet
in his upstairs room. He was about 250 lbs. and slept in the same
bed for 40 years which created a huge sway to the bed. I usually
had to hang onto the side of the bed to keep from slipping under him in
the middle of the night. Quite an adventure. I usually didn't get
a lot of sleep. My sister, Ima Jean, slept with one of the other
aunts who usually weighed about the same. If we were lucky we
might sleep on a palette on the floor at Pete and Eva's with several
other cousins. A wood stove in the middle of the center bedroom
would keep us very toasty but the floor was very hard. My Dad and Mom
would usually end up on the folding couch in the living room.
Chris Johnson, my uncle, had a bed on the covered porch which was very
cold in the winter and occasionally my cousin Darrell would sleep with
him. Bill Johnson had his own very small but cozy room off the porch,
no one slept with him. Cora and Clara slept in the same large open room
on the main, level in seperate beds.
The Johnson's would always have plenty of food and Cora and Clara
were terrific cooks although pretty basic, Norwegian based. The
brothers butchered their own beef, pork and chickens. They smoked their
own bacon, hams and sausages. Thick crusted homemade bread was
always on the menu. Water came from a pump off the windmill but
they always had the back up of the bucket in the well just out the back
door. The dining room had about 10 feet long and 4 feet wide red
plaid oil cloth covered table with a couple of benches against the wall
and wicker bottomed chairs on the other sides. It would easily
seat 12 people but there was space in the room for another table of the
same size which would have been used during harvest. Sweet cream,
homemade crusty bread, sweet butter, hard boiled eggs, homemade wild
plum jams and jellies, thick sliced ham or bacon were always on the
menu for breakfast.
1949- Vernell Johnson marries Irvin Grimland
at St Olaf's Church, Cranfills Gap, Texas. Elroy
Christenson is the "ring bearer" and Ima Jean, his sister, is the
1952, Oct 1, Irvin Joel Grimland (male) born
to Irvin Joel Grimland and Vernell None Johnson [1952-_0006 Texas
birth Index, 1903-1997]
1979, about Feb. 15th - Obituary for Chris A.
Egeberg/Johnson lineage map || Johnson Family Index
Elroy's Family Index || Ancestor Chart #1
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