Monday, August 31, 2009

Ellender Cordelia (Huff) Johnson 1822-1900

This entry is from the J.J. Watts collection. John J. Watts hailed from Warren, Maine and moved to the northern Ozarks of Missouri sometime after the Civil War. He was a circuit-riding Baptist Minister and his territory covered Phelps, Pulaski, and Texas Counties and parts of Maries and Dent Counties. He established a cemetery, Watt’s Lawn, which is located 1 mile West of J Highway, near the Pulaski County-Phelps County line. This collection covers 1878-1912.

Sister Ellender Cordelia Huff, widow of Frank J. Johnson, was born in Wayne Co., KY, July 2d 1822, and died at Jas. W. Ridens, in Piney Township, Pulaski Co., MO, Feb. 22d 1900 at 1 o'clock a.m., aged 77 ys, 7 ms, and 20 ds. Sister Johnson, was twice married 1st to John Wesley Riden, May 6th 1841---2d to Mr. Frank J. Johnson. She was a daughter of John & Mary (Kelsey) Huff and was of a family of 8 children, all now dead. She was mother of 8 children only one now living, Mrs. T.J. Davis. Her grand children No. 1 6 with 13 of them now living, and her great grand children No. 23, with 19 now living, nephews & nieces No. 32, 15 now living. A member of the Baptist Ch. for many years. She was buried at the Watts Lawn Cemetery Feb. 23d 1900 at 2 p.m. on Fri.- Prayer & remarks by Watts, Hymn 283 vocalist.

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