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George Riley Johnson 

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George Riley Johnson
6/13/1860 - 3/5/1938
George Riley Johnson was born on June 13, 1860 in Gadsden Co., Florida and died on March 5, 1938 in Panama City, Florida. He lived to be 77 years old.

He married Elizabeth Meyers (8/14/1861 GA - 1/17/1944 Pamama City, FL).
Their children:
Elizabeth Ann "Annie Lizze" Johnson(1880-1968)married Bedford D. Griffin
Albert Franklin (1884)
Horace F. Johnson(1887-1963)
John Darling Johnson(1890)
Judson Johnson(1895)
George H. Johnson(1902)
Census1/1/1870 Quincy FL (Gadsden County) 9 yrs old 
1421 -James B. Johnson (58) ,Annie Johnson (53) ,Eliza Johnson (22) ,Zillah Johnson (19) Elijah Johnson (16) ,Sally Johnson (14) ,George Johnson ( 10.) James & Anne were born in GA, all others in FL. James is a Blacksmith. (1423 -Son James (23) is living next door with the Vintry family) he is a farmer)  
Census6/30/1885 District 1 FL (Gadsden County) 25 yrs old 
117 - G.R. Johnson (25),M.E. (22),Annie (4),A.F.(1). G.R. is a farmer, M.E. housewife. All were born in FL. 
Additional information about Gadsden County, FL around 1885: In 1884 railroads in Florida were bought out by one company and placed under central management. River Junction, located in Gadsden County at the junction of the Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers, is the closest railroad and the primary hub of land transports. The photo on the right shows the iron bridge than spans the Chattahoochee River about a mile from the Depot at River Junction where wharves, storage, steamboats and hotels bussel with activity. Click the photo for a larger view. Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.
Census4/28/1910 Shady Grove FL (Jackson County) 49 yrs old 
Recorded as dwelling #5 - George R. Johnson (age 49), Elizabeth Johnson (48), Harace F. Johnson (22), John Johnson (17), Judson Johnson (15), and George Johnson (8). George and the children were born in FL; Elizabeth in NC. George's father was born in GA and mother in AL. Elizabeth's father in Pennsylvania and mother in NC. George is a farmer and Harace, John and Judson are farm laborers. George and Elizabeth have been married 30 years, had 8 childern 6 are living.  
Graveyard/Tombstone3/15/1938 Oakland Cem. Panama City FL (Bay County) 77 yrs old 
George Johnson - June 13, 1860 to March 15, 1938.
Buried next to him his wife Elizabeth Johnson Aug. 14, 1861 to Jan. 17, 1944. 

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Click on any of the News, Events, or Discoveries buttons above to see historical things that happened during George Johnson's life. These are only some of the major events that affected the life and times of George, his family, and friends. For example, George is 2 years old when May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
1 1861 No Floridian's voted for Lincoln during the 1860 election. On Jan. 10, 1861, Florida seceded from the U.S. and joined the Confederate States of America a few weeks later.
4 1864 Battle of Olustee is a Confederate victory. Union troops pull back
5 1865 Battle at Natural Bridge (Wakulla County) is a Confederate victory.
5 1865 May 10th -- Union troops occupy Tallahassee. While Tallahassee was the only Confederate state capital east of the Mississippi River that had not been captured, Union troops occupy the capitol following the surrender of the major Confederate armies in the east.
10 1870 During the 1870s, the remaining Seminole Indians begin establishing trading posts and other economy with local settlers.
22 1882 The Florida Central and Western Railroad Company was created. It combines the Florida Central, Jacksonville, Pensacola, and Mobile railroads.
23 1883 Three railroad companies are merged to form the Florida Transit and Penisular Railroad Company. Thee are: Florida Transit Railroad Co., Peninsular Railroad Co, and the Tropical Florida Railroad Co.
24 1884 Most railroads in Florida are passed into the hands of a single company owned and operated by a single management, under the name of The Florida Railway and Navigation Company. It has more that 500 miles of main track in operation and about 300 miles of track under construction. The longest route was the "Western Division" which ran from Tallahassee to Jacksonville - 209 miles.
46 1906 An attempt to drain the Everglades and convert it to farmland begins.
57 1917 Seminole Indians become a Florida tourist attraction.
68 1928 The Tamiami Trail opens. It opens the southernmost 275 miles of U.S. Highway 41 from State Road 60 in Tampa to U.S. Route 1 (SR 5) in Miami, Florida to tourist. It also destroys many of the Seminole Indian waterways and hinders their economy.
5 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
9 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
17 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
19 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
29 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
35 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
37 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
40 1900 The cause of yellow fever is discovered. It is proven that the fever is spread by mosquitoes. This rallies an effort to provide better mosquito control.
40 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
41 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
42 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
43 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
44 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
46 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
46 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
46 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
52 1912 The unsinkable Titanic sinks on its first trip to New York drowning 1,513 people.
53 1913 Ford builds the first assembly line into his automobile production plant
54 1914 The first traffic lights (which is only red or green) are put up in America; Construction of the Panama Canal is completed
63 1923 Diphtheria vaccine is developed; Insulin is produced to treat diabetes
63 1923 Freud publishes "The Ego and the Id"
64 1924 Insecticides are used for the first time on crops
66 1926 Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket
67 1927 The first television transmission was announced in England
68 1928 Big bang theory was introduced
76 1936 The first regular television broadcast happens in England
78 1938 Hahn, Strassmann, Meitner and Frisch discover nuclear fission
1 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
2 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
22 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
25 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
48 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
52 1912 White residents of Forsyth County, GA, drive the black population out.
53 1913 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison invents motion pictures
57 1917 NEWS HEADLINES: In June, the United States enters World War I on the side of the allies. The Russian Revolution ends the reign of the czars and thrusts Russia into communism.
59 1919 NEWS HEADLINES: World War I ends with the signing of The Versailles Treaty.
78 1938 NEWS HEADLINES: Orson Wells' radio production of H.G. Well's War of the Worlds causes a national panic.
2 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
3 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
5 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
8 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
15 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
16 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded
49 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
50 1910 Boy Scout and Girl Scout Organizations are introduced in America and the concept of a "week end" meaning time off from regular work begins to take root. The British Empire covers 1/5th of the world land area.
67 1927 Charles Lindbergh becomes the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and Babe Ruth hits 60 home runs.
69 1929 Widespread prosperity of the 1920s ends abruptly with the stock market crash in October
70 1930 Drought in the Great Plains area begins, creating hardship for farm families in 19 states.
72 1932 Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. The infant son of Charles Lindbergh is kidnapped and murdered.
73 1933 Franklin D. Roosevelt is elected president under his "New Deal" campaign. Frances Perkins becomes the first woman to hold a cabinet post when FDR appoints her secretary of labor. On December 5, the 21st Amendment is added to the Constitution, repealing Prohibition. Drinks for everyone!
74 1934 Farm families must leave the dust bowl-stricken Great Plains areas. The dust bowl includes areas in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Nevada and Arkansas. Radio picks up the "Okie" songs. In all, 400,000 people leave the Great Plains.
74 1934 Congress passes the Indian Reorganization Act which allows remaining Indian tribes to reorganize.
75 1935 Congress passes the Social Security Act, giving elder Americans Social Security money for the first time.
49 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe
54 1914 World War I - Following the crisis touched off by the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand of Austria in Sarajevo, Germany declared war on Russia and additional countries joined the war within several days.
57 1917 Germany uses airplanes to drop bombs in the early stages of World War I -- the first major military use of airplanes.
59 1919 The Versailles Treaty marks the official end of World War I.
60 1920 Adolph Hitler begins to organize the Nazi party in Germany; The Ku Klux Klan launches a recruitment campaign using mass marketing techniques to gain 85,000 new recruits; the first commercial broadcast is made.
78 1938 Hitler annexes Anschluss into Germany. At the Munich Conference, Germany is given a portion of Czechoslovakia.

Elizabeth Meyers
Born on August 14, 1861 and died on January 17, 1944
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The Children of George Riley Johnson

John Darling Johnson
Born in Quincy, Gadsden County, Florida on March 3, 1890 and died in Panama City, Bay County, Florida on August 10, 1966. He was 76 years old.

Children: Ellis Johnson (11/21/1921-5/13/1946)-(married Ella Fare)
Lela Johnson(married Robert Scott)
Elizabeth Johnson (married Benjamin Stephens)
Elise Johnson (married Jewel Palmer, Pau...
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Judson Riley Johnson
Born somewhere in Florida on October 8, 1895 and died in Bay Co., Florida on December 8, 1959. He was 64 years old.

The story passed down says, while his grandparents traveled the Trail of Tears, his family managed to escape and hide in the woods in the Panhandle area of Florida. Their last name had been something...
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