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William Douglas "Doug" Johnson
Birth: Mar. 5, 1842 -
Death: May 6, 1926
Son of Rev. James and Martha Miller (Johnston) Johnson
Brother of Samuel, Jeremiah, E. Wiley and James Dodson Johnson
Husband of Caroline Elizabeth Blair
Father of Edgar, James, Wiley Douglas, Caroline and Bettie Johnson
William Douglas Johnson was attending Cumberland University when the Civil War
broke out and left school to join the Southern forces where he was captured and
sent to Johnson's Island. After the war, his family moved to Texas and he became
a merchant, a rancher and a farmer. After the death of his wife Caroline, he
moved to Corsicana and was a member of the Public School Board, was a Mason and
an elder in the Third Avenue Presbyterian Church. (Info. from Navarro Co.
History, Vol. Two)
Enlisted in Captain John A. Rowan's Company, in Ashby's Cavalry. Transferred to
Company F, 62nd Tennessee Infantry. Won a Captain's Commission
Buried at Dresden Cemetery,
Dresden, Navarro Co., TX
FUNERAL SERVICES FRIDAY AFTERNOON FOR AGED PIONEER
REMAINS W. D. JOHNSON BURIED IN OLD DRESDEN CEMETERY
Funeral services for W.D. Johnson, aged 81 years, who died in the Drane
community a few miles west of Corsicana Thursday morning at 10 o'clock after an
illness of several months, were held Friday afternoon at the Dresden cemetery at
3 o'clock. The funeral services were conducted by Rev.
M.C. Johnson , pastor of Liberty Temple Presbyterian church, Hillsboro, formerly
pastor of the Third Avenue Presbyterian church of Corsicana. Interment was made
in the Dresden cemetery.
The deceased is survived by one son, E.B. Johnson of Drane; three grandchildren,
Douglas Johnson, Waco; Gordon Johnson, Dallas, and Mrs. Ted Ferguson, Dallas,
and a large number of nieces and nephews, most of whom were present. The
deceased was a brother of the late Jerry Johnson of Hubbard, Sam Johnson of
Corsicana and Wiley Johnson of Corsicana. These
brothers were pioneer residents of Navarro county and resided at Spring Hill and
Dresden in the early days of Navarro county.
Mr. Johnson had been in ill health for several months but his condition had been
The deeeased was a well known churchman and was an elder of the Third Avenue
Presbyterian church of Corsicana since its organization. A number of people of
Corsicana attended the funeral Friday afternoon.
The pallbearers were neighborhood friends of the deceased. There were numerous
beautiful floral offerings that attested the love and esteem in which this good
man and pioneer resident of the county was held by those who knew and loved him
through all the years that have passed since he cast his lot with this section
of Texas, where his influence for good has been felt during all these years.
Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, May 7, 1926
Attend Funeral of Pioneer Citizen.
Quite a large concurse of Corsicana, Dallas, Waco and Hubbard realtives and
friends attended the funeral services of Mr. W. D. Johnson, pioneer citizen of
Navarro county, who died at his home near Drane, Thursday morning at 10 o'clock
and buried in the old Dresden cemetery Friday afternoon. Masons of Corsicana
attended in a body to conduct the services. They were assisted by Rev. M. C.
Johnson pastor of the Presbyterian church of Hillsboro. Rev. llion T. Jones,
Mrs. Percy Townsend and Mr. Chris L. Knox led in a number of old songs,
favorites of the deceased. Pall bearers were his five nephews from Hubbard,
Messrs. Jmes. J. M. Jr., Sam, Wiley and Joseph Johnson and two grandsons, Mr.
Gordon Johnson of Dallas and Douglas Johnson of Waco.
A granddaughter, Mrs. Ted Ferguson of Dallas and her father, Mr. Lewis
Carpenter, were present, as were Mrs. F. E. Goseclose, Mrs. Tom Van Winkle and
Mrs. C. S. Dudley of Dallas, who accompanied Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Johnson, and
also Messrs. Ernest and Neal Johnson, nephews from Dallas and Dr. Sam Call of