Biography of Russell Johnson
Wayne County, NY Biographies





Johnson, Russell, was born in De Kalb, St. Lawrence county, October 27, 1828. He is the second child of a family of four children of Russell and Phebe (Eddy) Johnson, natives of Coleraine, Franklin county, Mass., and early settlers (1827) of De Kalb, St. Lawrence connty, N. Y., where his mother died when our subject was ten years of age. The father then married Abigail Van Duzzer, by whom he had four children. He finally came to Ontario where he died in 1876. Russell was educated in the Gouverneur Academy and at Burlington, Iowa. Taught school, then went west to Illinois where he taught school and clerked for several years; was assistant postmaster at Prairie City, Illinois, at the outbreak of the war when he left his position and enlisted at Chicago in Company A, 89th 111. Inf., August 27, 1852, serving until June 10, 1865. After six months service he was appointed commissary of his regiment, and held the position till the close of the war, and was at Perryville, Stone River, Liberty Gap, Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain, Mission Ridge, then marched to the relief of Burnside besieged at Knoxville, Tenn. On the Atlanta campaign participated in the victories of Rocky Face, Resaca, Pickett's Mills, Kenesaw Mountain, Peach Tree Creek and the flank movement at Atlanta, and was at Jonesboro and Lone Joy Station, Spring Hill, Franklin and Nashville. From the time of leaving Louisville, until the return there the regiment traveled 2,253 miles on foot and 1,127 by railroad. Out of 1,201 borne on its rolls 820 were killed in actions, died from wounds or discharged on account of disability contracted in the service. At the close of the war Mr. Johnson came to Ontario where he has since lived. He engaged in the mercantile business and for some years kept a general stock, but now makes a specialty of clothing, boots and shoes. He is a Republican and attended the convention, which resulted in the nomination of Abraham Lincoln, the first Republican President, has served as postmaster here ten years, justice of the peace twelve years, and superintendent three years. He is a member of the Baptist Church of Ontario and of the G. A. R.

From:
Landmarks of Wayne County, New York
Edited by: Hon. George W. Cowles
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1895


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