Sometimes I enjoy researching and learning about my distant cousins. In this case I was researching another line of my Frampton family, my 4th great granduncle Martin Frampton and his wife, Sarah Mann. This couple had 12 known children from 1819 to 1841. Sarah Jane, Barbara Ann, Mary Ann, Elizabeth Isabel, Rachel Zanetta, Martin Mann, William G., Jane, James Robert, Caroline Gertrude, Isaac Gillen and Lucinda Alice.
Today I’ll be talking about Rachel Zanetta Frampton who married Colonel Samuel Camp Johnson, Jr. on 20 Feb 1848 in Chesapeake, Lawrence, Ohio.1
Rachel is my 1st cousin, 5 times removed.
According to the obituary published in the Ironton Register, 15 Oct 1885 for Col. Johnson, he was born in Durham, Connecticut on 2 Feb 1820. He came to Lawrence County when he was a young man. He is said to have served as County Commissioner, Representative in the Legislature and Member of the State Board of Equalization.
JOHNSON, SAMUEL C. COLONEL I.R. OCT. 15, 1885
Col. Samuel C. Johnson died at the house of a farmer, 18 miles from Columbia, Tenn., where he happened to be while engaged in looking up ore lands for a Birmingham furnace company. . . . His son Fred, who had seen him 10 days before . . . Col. Johnson was born in Durham, Conn., Feb'y 2, 1820; moved to Western Reserve when a mere child, and came to this county when a young man; living in this region - - at the Rock, at Burlington, at Ironton, on Symmes Creek, in Huntington. He at times held the position of County Commissioner, Representative in the Legislature, and Member of the State Board of Equalization. He had ten brothers and sisters, nine of whom are living; one brother (Sherman) is dead. Eight were at the funeral: T. N. and F. L. Johnson of Portsmouth; Orin Johnson, of Ashland; Seliman Johnson, of St. Louis; Mrs. G. A. Knight, of Cincinnati; Mrs. Amelia Johnson, of South Point; Mrs. Turner Kemp, of Whitwell; Mrs. Eba, of Catlettsburg. But one living, Mrs. Wright, of Kingville, O., was absent from the funeral. The deceased leaves a wife and six children to suffer the grief.
NOTE: The Ironton Register contains hundreds if not thousands of articles about the families in southern Ohio. It is not available on any of the newspaper websites. However, you can find some of the articles on The Lawrence Register website and also obtain assistance on the Facebook page for Lawrence Register, which is very active.
Colonel Johnson registered during the Civil War draft registration in 1863. I don’t, however, find a record of any service. How did he come to have the title of Colonel? Is that one of those titles that sometimes was assigned or attached to a particular person as a nickname?
In the 1860 census, Colonel Johnson was working as a Farmer. I have not located the family, yet, in the 1870 census. By 1880 he was a Hotel Keeper.
I do notice that in the 1860 census, there are 3 of Rachel’s family members living with her family. Her mother, Sarah Mann Frampton, age 61, who was widowed in 1856 when her husband, Martin Frampton committed suicide by hanging. It is said that Martin had gone blind and that may have been the cause of his despair, he was only 68 yrs. old.
Also living with Colonel Johnson & Rachel and five of their children were Rachel’s sister, Alice, age 20 (she later married Joseph Sylvester Stewart) and Rachel’s brother, James Robert, age 26. James Robert is enumerated as “blind” in this 1860 census. His occupation – broom maker. James Robert did eventually marry and have 8 children. I wondered if other census records would indicate he was blind? I found that the 1900 census also indicates this condition. He obviously didn’t let it slow him down from living his life. Was he born blind or did he have a condition or accident that caused it? That is subject for another blog post.
Of Rachel and Colonel Johnson’s 7 children his obituary states that 6 of them lived to adulthood. Their first child, Lucius Martin Johnson died at age 4 yrs 9 mos. when he was run over by a 4 horse wagon, near his grandfather, Martin Frampton’s place. This must have been very sad for his family. His two other siblings, Frank and Jessie would have been about 3 and 1 at the time of the accident.
Here’s the excerpt from the Ironton Register
JOHNSON, LUCIUS MARTIN I.R. OCT. 06, 1853
Sad Accident - A little son of S. C. Johnson, of Hecla Furnace., aged about 5 years, was instantly killed last Friday, being run over by a 4 horse wagon, near the residence of his grandfather, Martin Frampton, at the Mouth of Symmes Creek . . . son of S. C. and R. Z. Johnson; aged 4y 9m 21d.
Colonel Samuel Johnson died at age 65 on 6 Oct 1885 in Columbia, Maury, Tennessee. He was apparently on a trip to look for ore lands for a Birmingham Furnace Company. He died at the house of a farmer. Was he taken suddenly ill? Did he have a stroke or heart attack? I have not been able to locate his death certificate, so I don’t know his cause of death.
You may visit the FindAGrave memorial for Colonel Samuel C. Johnson here #111492790.
According to her FindAGrave headstone, Rachel died in 1897. She and Samuel are both buried at Woodland Cemetery, Ironton, Lawrence, Ohio. Again, I have not death certificate or record for her. You may visit her memorial here #111492893
Sources: 1 - Ohio, County Marriage Records, 1774-1993, film number 000317716 and U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
I will continue to research this family as the Frampton’s are a direct line for me. If you are related to any of them, in particular this couple, I’d love to hear from you. Leave me a comment or send me an email. You can see my contact information at the top of my blog under the “contact me” tab, or click here.