Posted By:Jack Sheldon, Jr.
Subject:Re: Bird Johnson (1859 - 1887) & Lillie (Lillian) M. (Woodmansee) Bassett - LaGrange
Post Date:March 02, 2010 at 07:20:22
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Forum:Lorain County, OH Genealogy Forum
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Hi Richard:

Thank you. I was able to locate Ford E. Johnson's death record and it verifies what you have mentioned! I'll send an email with my updated snail mail address.

Your message answers a lot of curiosities. I am interested in following the family of Bird's grandparents, Nathaniel Johnson and Rhoda Crowner (interred in the LaGrange Twp. Cemetery) as our family descends from their son Stephen Johnson who married Emelia Crandall (moved to Eaton County, Michigan).

Their family:

Nathaniel Johson (1789 - 1864)
Rhoda Crowner (1802 - 1889)


Elizabeth (?)

Luther (?)

Elijah m Lydia Haynes, parents of Bird, Charlotte, Elizabeth, Clarisa, John, and Perry.

Stephen m. Emelia Crandall, my gg-grandparents -- moved to Eaton County, Michigan.

George m. Adaline Luce (sister to Jane Luce who married Bejnamin T. Woodmansee, parents of Lillian "Lillie" (Woodmansee) Johnson Bassett). (Dots being connected!) There is more... after Benjamin T. Woodmansee died in July 1893 in Gratiot County, Michigan, Jane returned to LaGrange and married Egbert Hastings. His mother was a sister to Rhoda Crowner who married Nathaniel Johnson.

Sylvester m. Mary E. White

As I may have mentioned, Emelia Crandall's elder sister Adaline Crandall m. David F. Sheldon, my gg-grandfather. Their children, Frank Milford Sheldon and Addie Vera Johnson, first cousins of course, were my g-grandparents(Eaton County, Michigan).

As the Bradley B. Woodmansee family of LaGrange descends from the my ggg-grandparents Sheldon, it is interesting that Bird descends from my ggg-grandparents Johnson. Through time, I have learned that our Sheldon and Johnson families were "connected" before Frank and Addie's marriage.

You have helped me out more than my fair share over the years. I still have the envelope from when you sent the article to me about James "Shelden" Sheldon and the pencil drawing of him and Adeline West Sheldon and their farm. I'll never forget that you sent those things to me when I was new to genealogy. Since that time, I have been to Greenwood Cemetery in Wellington and have seen their headstone.

I have seen the headstone for Nathaniel & Rhoda in 2006 on my return trip. Whie there, I took photographs of anything that appeared familiar, including Bird's headstone and that of George D. Johnson who m. Alaline Luce. Also I found the headstone for Sylvester Johnson who m. Mary E. White.

Thank you, again.