ELMER L. JOHNSON, a representative of that class of men whose active careers are
spent in the quiet but useful calling of agriculture, was born on the old Johnson
homestead in Bensalem township, Bucks county, Pennsylvania, February 8, 1860. His parents
were Jesse L. and Anna P. (LEVIS) JOHNSON, and his grandparents were Clark
and Rachel (GRIM) JOHNSON.
Clark JOHNSON (grandfather) was born on the old Johnson tract, which consisted
of between six and seven hundred acres, owned by his father, who divided it among his five
children, and the farm of one hundred and fifty acres farmed by Elmer L. JOHNSON,
whose name heads this review, is all that remains in the family at the present time
(1904). Clark JOHNSON followed farming as a means of livelihood, his products
fining a ready market. He was a vestryman of the Episcopal church, and his political
affiliations were with the Democratic party. He married Rachel GRIM, who was a
native of Delaware county, Pennsylvania, and their children were: John, who was a merchant
of Hulmeville: Adaline, who became the wife of C. M. HENRY; Ann, who became the
wife of Frank WOOD; and Jesse L., who is mentioned hereinafter. Both Mr. and Mrs. JOHNSON
lived many years beyond the allotted scriptural age of three score years and ten, he
dying at the age of eighty-four, and she at the age of eighty-six.
Jesse L. JOHNSON (father) was born on the old homestead in Bensalem township,
September 5, 1822. He attended the district school at Eddington, and after completing his
education settled on the old homestead, where he followed agricultural pursuits
successfully during his lifetime. Like his father, Mr. JOHNSON served in the
capacity of vestryman of the Episcopal church, and cast his vote for the candidates of the
Democratic party. He was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He was united
in marriage to Anna P. LEVIS, a daughter of Robert LEVIS, a tanner of Mt.
Holly, New Jersey, later of Maryland. Mrs. JOHNSON was reared by her aunt, Eliza RENSHAW,
of Eddington. Ten children were the issue of this marriage, namely; Lizzie, Elmer L.,
Mary, Josephine, Clark, deceased; Louisa, deceased; Clara, John, Jesse, deceased; and
Annie. Jesse L. JOHNSON (father) died September 25, 1901; his wife passed away May
12, 1895, after one days Illness.
Elmer L. JOHNSON attended the public schools at Eddington, thereby acquiring a
practical education which qualified him for the many duties and responsibilities of life.
He engaged in farming pursuits, having become familiar with that line of work by assisting
his father, and in due course of time succeeded to the old homestead of one hundred and
fifty acres, which is one of the best cultivated and most productive farms in that section
of Bucks county. The neat and thrifty appearance of the property bespeaks the careful
supervision of one thoroughly versed in the details of farm work. Mr. JOHNSON
follows in the footsteps of his forefathers in religious and political affairs, being a
vestryman of the Episcopal church, and a Democrat. He is interested in all matters
pertaining to the welfare of the community, and in every relation of life has proved
himself an honorable and conscientious man. On April 2, 1890, Mr. Johnson was married to
Elizabeth I. SCHAFFER, who was born in Bucks county, Pennsylvania, a daughter of
Godfrey SCHAFFER. Their children are: Jessie A., born April 30, 1894; Helen I.,
born January 1, 1899; and Elizabeth V., born December 3, 1903.
Text taken from page 242-243 of:
Davis, William W. H., A.M., History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania [New York-Chicago:
The Lewis Publishing Company, 1905] Volume III
Transcribed August 2001 by Joan Lollis of IN. as
part of the Bucks Co., Pa., Early Family Project,
Published August 2001 on the Bucks County, Pa., USGenWeb