John Holbrook Johnson

John Holbrook Johnson stands on the far left of the back row.

John Holbrook Johnson was born November 4, 1823 in Jefferson, Maine and died May 4, 1884 in Wellington, Maine.  The family moved to Wellington early in his life and his mother Betsey (Holbrook) Johnson died in 1829.  His father John Johnson remarried in 1831 Belinda Clough.

John H. Johnson married Sarah Whitten May 14, 1848 in Brighton, Maine and they had 5 children; Clara b. 1849 d 1915 married Samuel B. Drew; Abigail b 1850 d 1869; William Franklin b 1853 d1919 married Flora Z. Herrick; Mary E. b 1858 d 1930 married Francis Gould and Emma b 1863 d 1902.

John H. Johnson was a private in Company K in the 8th Regt. Maine Volunteers he was mustered in on September 23, 1864 in Bangor.  He stated on his enlistment papers that he was 35 years old at the time of his enlistment but he would have actually been 41 years of age.  He was described as 5 feet tall, light complexion, blue eyes and gray hair. He was part of the quota drafted from the town of Wellington.  He was mustered out in February 1865 and for part of that time he was listed as absent sick on the muster rolls. He received twelve dollars per month pension until his death in 1884.

The family has stated that he came home sick and was in poor health until his death.  His widow received a widow’s pension until her death in 1914.