Johnson, Willis H.

Born: 1818-09-18 Nashville, Tennessee

Died: 1895-10-28 Springfield, Illinois

Flourished: 1842-1895 Springfield, Illinois

In 1842, Johnson left Nashville to settle in Springfield, Illinois, where the following year he married Lucinda True. Johnson was a machinist and worked for Thomas Lewis for three years before entering into partnership with Lewis in the Everybody’s Mill and the Fair Play Foundry & Machine Shop. In 1850, he owned real estate valued at $11,200.

John Carroll Power and S. A. Power, History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois (Springfield, IL: Edwin A. Wilson, 1876), 728-29; Joseph Wallace, Past and Present of the City of Springfield and Sangamon County Illinois (Chicago: S. J. Clarke, 1904), 1:473-74; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Springfield, Sangamon County, IL, 70; Gravestone, Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, IL.