Charles Johnson

      The first I heard of Charles Johnson's family was a few years ago when I read in Nellie Gifford's Hopedale
    Reminiscences article, "I well remember the shock to the Community caused by the death, in a railroad
    accident, of Dr. Butler Wilmarth, and not long after, the drowning, in a pool in front of the Samuel Walker
    estate, of a son of Aunty Johnson, a colored woman whom many will remember." Later I heard that another son
    of Aunty Johnson, Charles, was killed in the Civil War. Recently I learned that John Butcher has made an
    extensive search into the story of the Johnson family. All the material on this page was sent by John. Here's
    what he said about his interest in the story.

      "It always bothered me that Charles had died in 1863 and was a veteran of the Civil War. I figured he must
    have been killed in the war, but his name was never entered on the veterans' memorial. When I started looking
    into it, I found he had entered the service from Warren, MA and  as I remember the names on the memorial
    were of men who had died in service but had resided in Hopedale when they enlisted.

      "From what I found, Jane "Aunty" Johnson was a servant and living in the George Draper home. Since her
    husband James and son, James, Jr., were deceased I assume Charles went back to Warren to live where he
    had relatives. (?) Jane died in Warren, so she still had family living there.

      "It is my guess that the stone, which is a very nice marble stone, and would have been costly, was probably
    placed on the lot by the Draper family. The inscription, 'Colored People,' also makes me think that it was
    placed by other than Jane's family. I have read somewhere that Jane Johnson was a well-liked woman in
    Hopedale. Kind of a sad story, her husband and sons died very young."


    Photos of the cemetery at Beaufort by former Hopedale
    resident Davis G. Knights & Georgine Biggins.

Massachusetts 54th Regiment monument - Boston

    Charles Johnson's name is on two memorials in Warren,
    Massachusetts. Thanks to Jamie Valois of the Warren
    Library who went out and took the pictures below, a
    couple of minutes after I called to ask about Johnson.

Comments on Charles Johnson
by Tom Wesley
given at the 2015 Memorial Day program
in Hopedale, Massachusetts

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