JOHNSON ANNEX

 

Ronald Charles Johnson Pedigree

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Origin of the surname ďJohnson:Ē

 

 

Generation

 

5††

 

4†† Charles Johnson

 

1. Biographical notes:

 

Born .Died .

 

2. Wife: (?)

 

Born .Died .

 

3. Children: (order uncertain)

 

a. William Peter Johnson: See generation 3, below.

 

3†† William Peter Johnson

 

1. Biographical notes:

 

Born .Died October 1957, age 63.Was employed as a prize fighter.

 

2. Wife: Sally (surname purposely omitted)

 

Born .Died February 1984, age 87; interred Brookside Cemetery, Watertown, Jefferson County, New York.Following her husband's death, Sally, did house cleaning, catering, and other jobs she could find to continue to support her grandson, Ronald Charles Johnson, who she rescued from her daughter-in-law in Alabama at age 16 months.

 

3. Children: (order uncertain)

 

a. William Charles Johnson: See generation 2, below.

 

b. Alice Johnson: Employed as a public health nurse in New York City.Married Axel Thompson of Santa Monica, California, who was employed as a designer for the Douglas Aircraft Corporation.

 

c. In 1944 took over parenting responsibilities for their grandson, Ronald Charles Johnson, generation 1, below.Ron was 16 months old at the time.

 

2†† William Charles Johnson

 

1. Biographical notes:

 

Born on Long Island, New York.Died September 2003, age 83; interred National Cemetery, Calverton, New York (on Long Island).Veteran of World War II.Discharged from the US Army shortly after his son, Ronald Charles Johnson, was born and went to work for the DOW Chemical Corporation at Bremerton, Washington, where he helped produce heavy water for the Atomic Energy Commission.Was the only technician in his work area who survived an industrial accident there, though he lost one foot and part of another.With the help of his sister, Alice, William recuperated, then returned to New York, where he graduated from Fordham University.Subsequently employed 34 years by Chase Manhattan in New York City as Director of Foreign Loans and Exchanges.

 

2. Wife #1: Martha Anne (surname purposely omitted)

 

a. Biographical notes:

 

Born in Alabama.Died .Separated from and subsequently divorced William Charles Johnson shortly after the birth of their son, Ronald, in 1943.

 

b. Children: (order uncertain)

 

(1. Ronald Charles Johnson: See generation 1, below.

 

3. Wife #2: (?)

 

a. Biographical notes:

 

b. Children: (order uncertain)

 

(2. Richard Charles Johnson: Born 1950.Died 1974 from complications of a traumatic brain injury (TBI).Middle name in honor of his great grandfather.Drafted into the US Army during the War in Vietnam; in 1971 served in the field artillery there.

 

(3. Robert Charles Johnson: Born deaf in 1954.Middle name in honor of his great grandfather.For most of his early life Robert was mistakenly diagnosed as being mentally handicapped and was institutionalized at Staten Island, New York.As an adult, was employed in Brooklyn, New York.

 

1†† Ronald Charles Johnson:

†† "Ron"

 

Informally adopted by the family of William Smith, Jr. and Harriette Elcy (Slater) Palmer, who was descendant #3 of generation 7 of the Descendants of Martha Hazel-Mae (Cool)(Slater)(Finney) Smith.

 

a. Ronís birth: 1943 at Columbus, Georgia.Middle name in honor of his great grandfather.

 

b. Ronís formal education:

 

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School Name, Location, Diploma/Degree

 

 

 

1961

Huntington High School, Huntington, New York (on Long Island)

 

 

Jefferson Community College, Watertown, New York

 

 

University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri.

 

c. Ronís military service:

 

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Location, Job

 

 

While residing in California, received notice he had been drafted into the US Army in New York State.Immediately went to the Air Force recruiter in an upper floor of the postal building where he worked, and knowing Ron, the recruiter enlisted him into the US Air Force; 3 days later he was in basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas.

 

 

Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas; basic training in the US Air Force.Was put into the Combat Defense Forces.

 

 

DaNang AB, Vietnam.While there during an enemy infiltration, Ron fell while running from bunker to bunker to check status and broke his foot.When not doing security duties, Ron and his comrades were in close contact with herbicide orange ("Agent Orange"), which caused Ron health problems later in life.

 

 

Griffiss AFB, Rome, New York; Security Policeman

1966

1967

Vietnam; returned Jan 1967; discharged Feb 1967

 

d. Ronís marriage:

 

(1. To whom: Jill Louise Hewett of Watertown, Jefferson County, New York.

 

(a) Jill's parents: Dr. Arthur and Lola (surname purposely omitted) Hewett of Watertown, Jefferson County, New York

 

(b) Jill's birth: 1939 at Watertown, Jefferson County, New York.

 

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(2. Marriage date & location: 1977 at Trinity Episcopal Church, Watertown, Jefferson County, New York.

 

e. Ronís employment history:

 

From

To

Employer, location, job

1961

 

US Postal Service, California; passed civil service exam at age 18, 5 months out of high school.

 

2001

US Army; Camp (then Fort) Drum, Jefferson County, New York; contracting officer (progressed from GS-4 to GS-12 in the same office.Retired February 2001.

2004

 

Proprietor of a hobby shop since August 2004.

 

f. Ronís addresses:

 

From

To

Address

1943

1944

Alabama, residing with his mother

1944

1961

Long Island, residing with his paternal grandparents.

 

 

California.

 

1967

Texas, New York, Vietnam, and back to New York while a member of the US Air Force.

1967

1977

Moved to Evans Mills, Jefferson County, New York in February 1967, after discharge from the US Air Force; resided in an apartment there with his grandmother until after marriage.

1977

New York.

 

g. Ronís organizational affiliations:

 

From

To

Organization, offices held

2004

Jefferson/Lewis County, New York Selective Service Board; member

2004

City of Watertown Civil Service Commission, Watertown, Jefferson County, New York; one of 3 members.

 

h. Other biographical notes on Ron:

 

Ron was quoted as saying: " I wouldn't have been where I am today, if it wasn't for my relationship with the Palmers [of Evans Mills, Jefferson County, New York].It gave me the spark to improve myself.As far as I'm concerned, they are my family and always will be."

 

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