22 October 2015

Elvira Elizabeth Johnson's Family

At the request of a Graves Family Association representative who wanted an update on the Graves descendants of James and Nancy (Graves) Johnson, I worked on this family in order to proved the Association with an update.

Elvira Elizabeth Johnson was born on 6 May 1864, to James and Nancy (Graves) Johnson.  She m (1) Benjamin F. Rice (1862-1900) 11 Nov. 1884, m (2) Hampton B. Lamont, c. 1905.  She d. 10 Oct. 1932.

Kansas City On The Mural

Elvira (then of Kansas City, Missouri in 1918) was the first-listed heir of James Johnson on the document found here.

Elvira E. Johnson and her first husband, Benjamin F. Rice, had a daughter, Gertrude.  [Note:  We are related to Gertrude Rice through her mother and her father.  Elvira and my great-grandfather, James Dudley Johnson, were siblings.  Benjamin F. Rice was a 1st cousin 3x removed; Ransom and Ann (Hinds) Rice were our mutual ancestors.]

Gertrude married Fred J. Patterson and had four children (Elizabeth, Thomas, Frederick and Frank). Elvira Elizabeth (Johnson) Rice Lamont was living with her daughter and son-in-law in 1920.

Elvira's daughter Gertrude and granddaughter Elizabeth were living in Harrisburg in 1940:

United States Census, 1940
Name Elizabeth Patterson
Harrisburg, Harrisburg Township, Saline, Illinois
Marital Status Divorced
Last Place of Residence Cairo, Alexander, Illinois
Gertrude Patterson Head F 54 Illinois
Elizabeth Patterson Daughter F 34 Illinois
T J Patterson Brother-in-law  M 18 Illinois

Gertrude (Rice) Patterson died in 1945.  Her Find-A-Grave memorial included an obituary.  The obituary stated that she had recently learned that her eldest son, Captain Tom Patterson, had been held as a POW in Japan and was freed.  Her sons Fred and Frank were employed by a coal mining company and her daughter, Elizabeth Cozby operated the Cozby Printing Company.  David Patterson and Tom Patterson were the only two grandchildren.

It appeared as though Elizabeth (Patterson) Cozby was married to Paul Henry Cozby who died in 1944.  Per her brother Tom's obituary, she was identified as Elizabeth Kerrigan of Benson, Arizona, in 1990.

Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas David Patterson (the former POW) married E. Eames Harrison.  He died in Florida and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.  No children were listed in his obituary.

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