Niagara County

1897 Biography - Jay K. Johnson

Johnson, Jay K., was born in Wilson, N. Y., in December, 1841, a son of Richard and grandson of Henry Johnson. Henry Johnson was born in New York State and early in life moved to Ohio and in 1824 came to the village of Wilson, where he worked at the blacksmith business for Luther Wilson, doing iron work on a grist mill. His wife died in 1864, and he spent some time in Michigan, where he died in 1871 and was buried in Wilson. Richard Johnson was born in Ohio and when twelve years of age moved to Wilson, N. Y., with his parents, where he learned the blacksmith's trade; he died in 1885. His wife, Laura (Cole) Johnson, was born in Canada and came to Wilson with her parents, James and Nancy (Quick) Cole; Mrs. Cole died in Michigan, aged ninety-nine years; Mr. Cole died in Wilson in 1840. Jay K. Johnson was educated in Wilson Collegiate Institute, and worked at his trade, that of a blacksmith, from 1860 to 1895. July 4, 1870, he married Alphoretta Tower; she died August 8, 1871, and October 30, 1874, he married Eliza A. Carver, and they had four children: Arthur, Leon, Cole and Roy (deceased). August 5, 1862, Mr. Johnson enlisted in Co. B, 129th Infantry, and was transferred to the 8th N. Y. Heavy Artillery and served until wounded, June 3, 1864, at Cold Harbor; he was discharged November 16, 1864. He was promoted to corporal and after the battle of Cold Harbor was promoted to second lieutenant, but was not mustered owing to the fact of his being unable to return. He is a member of Peter A. Porter Post No. 126, G. A. R. He is a Democrat and was elected justice of the peace in 1896, being the only Democrat ever elected to that office in the town.

Contributed 2017 by Lisa Slaski from Landmarks of Niagara County, New York, by William Pool, D. Mason & Co., Syracuse, NY, 1897

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