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Re: newspapers in Taloga
Posted by: Patsy Smart (ID *****7106) Date: July 29, 2006 at 18:41:29
In Reply to: Re: newspapers in Taloga by Laura Brow of 223

I found in the Seiling Library the Death announcement on A. H. Johnston...Taloga Times-Advocate, Thursday, April 5, 1923, Front Page, Column 3...OLD SETTLER PASSES AWAY
Death claimed another old old settler last Saturday night, A. H. Johnston. He with his family moved here when Taloga first started and he spent the most of his time here, except short periods during which he resided at other points.
He had been in bad health for some time and while his death was no surprise, yet it was with regret that we heard of it.
He wa an old Union soldier and passed thru the trials that followed that great conflict.
He followed the Union flag through the Civil war and when the end came it was placed at the head of the procession that followed him to his grave.
Funeral services were held at the Baptist church after which the remains were laid to rest in the Taloga cemetery.
The bereaved have the sympathy of the entire community in this their hour of sorrow.

I did not find an obituary..this is all that I found in the newspaper. I checked the Probate records in Dewey County and found Probate #902...The Estate of Ahijah H. Johnston filed June 23, 1923. He died on March 31, 1923 in Taloga. At the time of his death he owned a small building that was his residence and he also owned a small stock of groceries that he sold from his home. His assets were appraised at $500.00. His son, R. M. Johnston, had filed the petition for his estate. His widow was Nancy G. Johnston, 65 years old. She appealed to the court for a widow's allowance and to be appointed administrator of her husband's estate. The son stepped down and let her be appointed. His heirs were his widow, son R. M. Johnston of Oklahoma City; D. B. Johnston, son of Tulsa; Mrs. S. W. Robinson, dau of Mount Sterling, KY; Jasper, son, address unknown; Grover J., son of Las Lunas, NM; Earnest, son of Las Lunas, NM; and Samuel, son of Kansasa City, MO. He died without a will. His estate was finalized on August 1, 1923. The estate had receipts of $554.63 and expenses totaling $359.25. His Doctor bill for his last illness was $45.91 and $45.00 for nursing care. $167.00 was paid to the Taloga Undertaker's for his funeral bill. Nancy Johnston was advanced $21.95.

I found Abijah JOHNSTON (18, farmer, bn KY) in the 1860 Owsley Co., KY census with his father Samuel Johnston who was a physician and mother Rachael;
1870 Pond Creek Twp, Jackson Co., KY census with wife, Lucy, (30 bn KY) and children Andrew, Daniel, Rachael, Jasper, and Samuel... Abijah JOHNSON is 38 and a farmer. His parents and siblings are listed as the next household on this census.
1880 Glade Twp, Madison Co., KY census..JOHNSON, Abijah..he is a Blacksmith; Lucy wife, and children Andrew J., Daniel B., Rachael, Jasper, Samuel, Jennie, Levi, Richard, and John.
1900 Harrison, Dewey Co., OK census...JOHNSTON, Ahigh M. and Lucy wife, Richard..a Blacksmith, Lillie, Grover, and Ernest. It is hard to read what occupation Abijah was doing but it is L--- and Ford. I don't know what this means.
1910 Taloga, Dewey Co., OK census..JOHNSON, Abijah, 68, widowed is listed with his son, JOHNSTON, Richard and his family, Dazy wife, Roy son, and Lola Fay dau.
It looks like Lucy died in a time period from 1900 to 1910. This is probably the Mrs. A. H. Johnston who is buried in the Taloga Cemetery. He must have married Nancy G. ???? after the 1910 census was taken. I looked for a marriage license at the courthouse in Taloga, but did not find one for A. H. Johnston (Johnson).

I had a hard time finding Abijah Johnston on the census records. The people transcribing the indexes did not know what his name was and they had many different names indexed. I have not found him on the 1920 census. He must have been in Taloga as it seems that had been his residence since coming when the country was settled in October 1892. I don't know who Nancy G. is but I will continue to look for any clues.

Taloga has many of the newspapers in the time period that Lucy died but we are talking about a 10 year period from June 29, 1900 to 1910. If we can narrow the search on the time period, I'll be glad to search but it is almost impossible to search such a long period of time in each paper for a death announcement or obituary.

If you do not have these census records, let me know. I can probably email them to you as attachments.

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