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Johnson, Oliver

Oliver Johnson.

The lineage of the Johnson family is distinctively Irish. Jeremiah Johnson, Sr., the grandfather of Oliver, eariy 
resided in Virginia, and subsequently removed to Kentucky, the Territory of Indiana ultimately becoming his home.
His children were Samuel, Jeremiah, Thomas, John, Milton, Nancy, Jane, Mary, and Sarah. Of these sons, John was
born Jan. 1, 1798, in Kentucky, and removed to Franklin County, Ind. In 1821, Marion County became his home. He
married Miss Sarah Pursel, daughter of Peter Pursel, Esq., formerly of New Jersey, and one of the early residents of
Franklin County, Ind. Their twelve children were Oliver, Luther, Volney, Newton, John v., Charles P., Louisa, Elizabeth,
Mary Ann, Nancy Jane, Lucinda, and Sarah. Oliver was born Nov. 22, 1821, in Franklin County, Ind., and brought with
his parents while an infant to Marion County. His youth was passed at the home of his father in the various employments
of the farm, interspersed with periods at the neighboring school. At the age of twenty-two he was married to Miss Pamelia
Howland, daughter of Powell Rowland, Esq., of Marion County. Their children are Mary E. (Mrs. Wm. A. Lowe), of Terre
Haute ; James P., of Terre Haute, who married Miss Rebecca Shoemaker, of the same place ; Silas H., of Washington
township, married to Miss Laura Wright, of the same township ; and Franklin P., also of Washington township, married
to Miss Georgie Ann Pursel, of Tuscola, 111. Mr. Johnson for several years after his marriage rented a farm, but
desiring to be independent of landlords, purchased a tract of land in Washington township, which was soon after sold
and his present home secured. He has during his active career been engaged in farming of a general character, and is
regarded as one of the most practical and successful farmers of the county. He has in politics been a lifetime Democrat,
but not a working partisan. He is in religion a supporter of the Lutheran Church, of which his wife is a member.

Sulgrove, B. R., History of Indianapolis and Marion County, Indiana, Philadelphia:  L.H. Everts & Co., 1884, 785 pgs., 
pgs. 646-647.
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