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Johnson, B. H., 1811-?


Biographical Note

B. H. Johnson was born on March 20, 1811. He was first married to a woman named Maria Evelyn who died in 1846. Johnson later remarried a woman from the Kennerly family who lived near Waynesboro, Virginia. During the Civil War, his wife and children lived with Johnson's in-laws. As a Methodist minister for various circuits in eastern Virginia, Johnson preformed many marriage ceremonies, funerals, baptisms, and attended the Virginia Conference of Methodist Ministers. Much of his time was spent traveling to different congregations and dining with parishioners. Often ailing, Johnson sometimes took opium "to check the disordered state of his bowels." Johnson's family and friends also frequently fell ill--especially with virulent bouts of typhoid. An ardent Confederate, Johnson took particular interest in the movement of "Yankee" forces while traveling his circuit.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

B. H. Johnson Journal

Identifier: Ms-2008-093

The collection contains the journal of a Methodist circuit riding minister of eastern Virginia during the American Civil War. Salient topics include: the effects of war, typhoid outbreaks, and religious practices in eastern Virginia.

Dates: 1863 - 1864

Journal, B. H. Johnson, 1863-1864 (Ms2008-093)

 Digital Record
Identifier: Ms2008-093_JohnsonBH_Journal_1863-1864
Dates: 1863-09-01/1864-09-01

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United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Diaries 1