History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families Page: 570
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570 HISTORY OF TEXAS.
which time he located on his present farm,
having purchased it the preceding February.
November 22, 1872, he first beheld Texas
territory, Denison and Sherman being his
objective points on first coming. He was
there engaged in railroad work for several
months, and was similarly employed at various
other points in the State until 1877,
working during that time for the Transcontinental,
the Southern Pacific and the International
& Great Northern. During the
winter of 1877 Mr. Johnson was employed
by W. Whipple near Austin. having practiced
the strictest economy all these years,
our subject was enabled to save from his
small earnings sufficient money witl which
to buy him a home. In looking about for a
location he chose Williamson county, and cast
his lot with her people. He bought 131
acres, and is now cultivating about one-half
of it. Hle has it well improved, and has,
besides his farming interest, a surplus of
stock, both cattle and mules, and of the latter
probably the finest span to be found in the
Mr. Johnson was born in Sweden, Sandszo,
Saken district, Yonkoping Land State, September
22, 1845, son of John and Annie
(Gowen) Larson. His father was a fisherman.
Besides our subject, Mr. and Mrs.
Larson had the following children: An infant.
deceased; John August, of Henry county,
Missouri; Charlotte Mary; Johanna
Christina; Gustava Louisa, the wife of Peter
M. Johnson; and Claus Otto, deceased.
November 22, 1871, Mr. Johnson embarked
at Gottenberg, Sweden, via Hull and
Liverpool, on the National Line steamer
Egypt for New York. Proceeding to Chicago,
he was engaged two months as a mason,
helping to rebuild the city so recen/y debtroyed
by fire. He then went to his brother's
in Missouri, remaining there until March 6,
1872, when he was employed on the Missouri,
Kansas & Texas Railroad, between Booneville
and Sedalia. Six months later he went
to Parsons, Kansas, whence about three weeks
later he came to Texas, landing in Denison
and Sherman as before stated.
Mr. Johnson was married in Austin,
Texas, March 2, 1878, to Anna Matilda
Carlson, the oldest of a family of six children,
the others being Mary, Carl, Lizzie,
Augusta and Gustave. The wife of our subject
was born in the district of Skede, State
of Yonkoping Land, Sweden, February 18,
1844. She left her native land in 1875, set-'
ting sail from Gottenberg on the 15th of
September in that year, and arriving at Chicago,
Illinois, on the 15th of October following.
Mr. and Mrs. Johnson have three children:
Albert Cornelius, born October 17, 1881;
Alice Matilda, born January 14, 1883; and
Ellen Constance, born July 29, 1884. The
family are members of the Lutheran Church.
TOHN C. BARNETT, merchant, cotton
factor and one of the men whose enterprise
hlas helped to make the town of
Lyons, Burleson county, was born in Lafayette
county, Missouri, June 15, 1842. He
is one of a family of nine children born to
Josiah and Elizabeth M. Barnett, who were
natives, the father of Hagerstown, Maryland,
and the mother of Waverly, Missouri. On
his father's side Mr. Barnett comes of German
ancestry, the first settler of his name on
this side of the Atlantic being his greatgrandfather,
a native German who came to
America some time during the latter part of
the last century and settled in Maryland.
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