William Douglas Johnson
of Navarro County, Texas


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William Douglas "Doug" Johnson
Birth: Mar. 5, 1842 - Georgia, USA
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 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 somewhat improved.

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
Submitted by
Karen Rost

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 Waco.


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