George Johnson, merchant and farmer, was born where he now lives, July, 4, 1832, and is the son of George and Nancy (Buckner) Johnson, the former born in Virginia March 12, 1775, and deceased January 18, 1852, in this county, where he was a successful farmer. He had come to Tennessee in 1800, and was under Gen. Jackson at the battle of The Horseshoe. The mother, also of a pioneer family, was born in Sullivan County, April 1, 1791, and died in this county November 20, 1876, she being a member of the Baptist Church. George and his sister Nancy were twins in a large family. He received a fair education, and took care of his aged parents, and in 1886 also became a merchant. From 1866 he was a register for eight years. On March 25, 1869, he married Sarah, the daughter of Valentine and Lucinda (Malone) Turner, and they have four sons and three daughters. She is a Baptist, and he an earnest Republican. Mrs. Johnson’s mother died in 1861, and her father in 1862.
[LATER. -Since the above was written and set in type, Mr. Johnson has died. He was sick about two weeks, and died August 8, 1887, in the full triumph of faith and hope. He was one of the best citizens of the county, and his death was sincerely felt.]
Source: History of Tennessee Containing Historical and Biographical Sketches of Thirty East Tennessee Counties. Illustrated, pp. 1146-1152. Published: Chicago and Nashville: The Goodspeed Publishing Co. 1887.