Reuben Johnson and Martha Garrett: Tombstone Tuesday

Reuben Phillip Johnson and Martha Jane Garrett were my great-great-grandparents.  Reuben was born September 3, 1853 in Georgia and died April 15, 1911.1 2  Martha was born June 7, 1854, also in Georgia, and died October 26, 1929.3 4  They were married about 18775 and had eight children, all of whom lived to adulthood.

Reuben and Martha lived their whole lives in the Blue Ridge mountains of North Georgia, in Gilmer County as children and in Fannin County as adults.  They are buried in Johnson Cemetery in Fannin County.6  The cemetery is across the road from an old church house (now a Fellowship Baptist Church).  According to my grandmother, Reuben, whom she called “Grandpa Johnson,” donated the land on which the church is built.

  1. Johnson Cemetery (Fannin County, Georgia; Latitude: 34.72170, Longitude: -84.24670; across the road from Fellowship Baptist Church), Reuben P. and Martha Johnson monumental inscription, personally photographed, 19 Jul 2009.
  2. 1900 U.S. census, Fannin County, Georgia population schedule, Stock Hill, enumeration district (ED) 29, sheet 5, p. 343 A (stamped), dwelling 85, family 85, Rubin P. Johnson; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T623, roll 195.
  3. Johnson Cemetery (Fannin County, Georgia), Reuben P. and Martha Johnson monumental inscription.
  4. 1900 U.S. census, Fannin County, Georgia pop. sch., Stock Hill, ED 29, sheet 5, p. 343 A (stamped), dwell. 85, fam. 85, Martha J. Johnson.
  5. 1900 U.S. census, Fannin County, Georgia pop. sch., Stock Hill, ED 29, sheet 5, p. 343 A (stamped), dwell. 85, fam. 85, Rubin P. and Martha J. Johnson.
  6. Johnson Cemetery (Fannin County, Georgia), Reuben P. and Martha Johnson monumental inscription.

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