Person:Willis Johnson (5)

Willis Johnson
b.November 25, 1878
d.March 3, 1943
Facts and Events
Name Willis Johnson
Gender Male
Birth[3] November 25, 1878
Census[4] 1910 Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Death[2] March 3, 1943

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Willis Johnson: Biographical Information

Willis Johnson was the son of Friday Johnson. He was born in 1878 in South Carolina. He married Rebecca Singleton and together they had at least two children. The birth of their son, Willis Johnson, Jr. on February 26, 1907, was recorded in the City of Charleston Return of Births. Willis was working at a foundry as a helper. His birthplace is listed as Jacksonboro. Rebecca's birthplace is listed as Drayton Station. N1 S3

In the 1910 Census, Willis and Rebecca are living in the household of Willis' Aunt Violet Washington, who is widowed. Their household was:

Name
Relationship
Gender
Color
Age
Birth
Washington, Violet Head F B 53 SC
Johnson, Willis
Nephew
M
B
35
SC
Johnson, Rebecca
Niece
F
B
22
SC
Johnson, Willis Jr.
Son
M
B
3
SC
Johnson, Eliza
Daughter
F
B
11 mos.
SC


The 1920 Federal Census finds Willis and Rebecca still living in Charleston Ward 5, now at 95 Concord Street. Their houeshold in 1920 was:


Name
Relationship
Gender
Color
Age
Birth
Johnson, Willis
Head
M
B
41
SC
Johnson, Rebecca
Wife
F
B
31
SC
Johnson, Willie
Son
M
B
14
SC
Johnson, Annie
Daughter
F
B
9
SC
Johnson, Frank
Son
M
B
5
SC
Johnson, Henry
Son
M
B
2 3/12
SC


In 1930, Willis, Rebecca and their children were living in Charleton at 9 Calhoun Street. Their household was:


Name
Relationship
Gender
Color
Age
Birth
Johnson, Willis
Head M Neg. 51 SC
Johnson, Rebecca
Wife
F
Neg.
41
SC
Johnson, Frank
Son
M
Neg.
17
SC
Johnson, Henry
Son
M
Neg.
12
SC
Williams, Rose
Niece
F
Neg.
15
SC


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About This Page

This page is part of a groundbreaking research project to rediscover the family lineages of enslaved people on Drayton family plantations in Barbados and the United States. To read more about this historic research, please visit the article below:

Genealogy of Enslaved Communities on Drayton Family Plantations: A Research Project Sponsored by the Magnolia Plantation Foundation of Charleston, SC

References
  1.   Descendant Family Oral History.
  2. South Carolina Death Records.

    South Carolina. South Carolina Death Records, Columbia, South Carolina, Department of Archives and History.

  3. City of Charleston Return of Births, November 1877 - December 1926.

    Birth Record, Willis Johnson, Jr., February 26, 1907. Volume 14: 1906-1910

  4. 1910 Census, United States.

    Census Year: 1910; Census Place: Charleston Ward 5, Charleston, South Carolina; Roll T624_1452; Page 20B; Enumeration District: 31; Image 338

  5.   "Drayton Station" may refer to the railroad station which served the phosphate mining operations at plantations along the Ashley River, including Drayton Hall Plantation.