George W. Johnson was born about 1824 in the State of New York. Nothing is known about George's youth or his parents. A reference to G. W. Johnson was found in the 1850 census showing a person by that name living in Thetford, Orange County, Vermont. Mr. Johnson was married but no marriage date has come to light. His wife was named Mary Ann but no maiden name for her has been found. According to the l870 Iowa census for Council Bluffs, G. W. lived with his wife, Mary A. who was age 35 and born in Vermont.
George and Mary A. had two boys, Horace Willard, born l854 and William M., born l863 both born in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
In 1870 the census for Iowa shows George and Mary A. living in Council Bluffs, Kane Township, with two boys. George's personal estate was $l000. and his occupation was photographer.
In the Council Bluffs City Directories the following entries can be found: l869-l870 page 7, G. W. Johnson boarding house S.W. corner Main and Farnam. l871 page 39, under "Photographic Artist": Johnson, G. W., 347 Broadway. l873-74 City Directory finds G. W. listed as "Photographer, 347 Broadway, r. same (Ogden House, Broadway N. E. corner). In l880 G. W., who would be nearly 60 years old, we find him listed in the City Directory but not as a photographer and in the Iowa census of the year it appears he is divorced. Upon further investigation a Mrs. Mary A. Johnson running a boarding house in Omaha, Nebraska, l04 S. 12th Street.
When G. W. died or where he is buried is not known but Mary Ann died Oct. 8, l888 in Hallock, Kittson Co., Minnesota.
G. W. Johnson was a fine photographer and his descendants have many of his family portraits.
|Council Bluffs, Iowa||1886 to 1898|
|Born||about 1824||New York|
|Died||March 15, 1901||Council Bluffs, Iowa|
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