Johnson Family Cemetery


The Johnson Family Cemetery is located in Section 35 of Rosefield Township. It is very well-kept...there were Christmas decorations on every stone when we visited the cemetery in January of 2012. You do need permission to visit this cemetery as it is located on private property.

Heartfelt thanks go to Gary Arends for telling me about this forgotten family cemetery.


(First stone)

William F. Johnson was born in Illinois on March ??, 1865 and died in 1962. He was the son of John and Julia Johnson, who were also buried in this cemetery.

Note: William is listed as a farmer in the 1900 census. His children (in 1900) were Bertha M. (b. Nov. 1889), John E. (b. Feb. 1891), and Fredia L. (b. Oct. 1893).

Jennie M. Johnson (wife of William whom she married on December 28, 1887) was born in Kansas City, Mo. on May 3, 1863 and died on Feb. 9, 1938 in Rosefield Twp., Peoria Co., Il. According to her obituary, she had three sons: John and Clarence Johnson of Hanna City and William Johnson of Elmwood. Jennie also had three daughters, Mrs. George (Bertha Mae) Largent (b. 11/18/1889 d. 7/14/1939 buried in Smithville cemetery), Mrs. Edward (Fredia) Schall of Hanna City and Mrs. Ella Crow of Peoria. Jennie also had two brothers: Edward Merrifield of Minneapolis, Minn. and James Allsburg(sp?) of Kingston Mines, Illinois. At the time of her death, she had 16 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Note: Jennie's father (name unknown) was from Wales and Jennie's death certificate mentions her mother's name was Ella Merrifield.


(Second stone)

Edward Schall was born in 1884 and died on July 6, 1969.

Note: Edward might have been married twice...first wife is unknown. There is an Edward Schall listed in the 1930 census as being divorced and living in Peoria with his 12-year-old son, Truman.

Fredia (Johnson) Schall was the daughter of William and Jennie Johnson (listed above). Fredia was born on Oct. 31, 1893 in Rosefield Township and died on November 7, 1983 at her home in rural Hanna City. She married Edward Schall on January 16, 1937, in Peoria County.


Broken stones in between the first row and the last row.



Joseph Johnson (1850 - 1866) most likely the son of John and Julia Johnson who are buried in the same row.

Maggie Johnson (1856 - 1859) most likely the daughter of John and Julia Johnson....

John Washington Johnson (youngest son of John and Julia Johnson died on Jan. 21, 1889 at the age of 21 years 8 months and 24 days

John W. Johnson born in Virginia in 1816 and died in 1899.

Note: In the 1870 census, John owned 1,000 acres of land in Rosefield township and was a prosperous farmer. He had at least 8 children, possibly more: Mary Ellen, Ashford, Roseann, Harriet, Julia C., William F. (buried in this cemetery), and John Washington (also buried in this cemetery). Margaret was born around 1853 and died between 1860 and 1870. John had a mother named Margaret (born approx. 1796 who was still alive and living with her son, John, and his family in the 1870 census. John also had a brother named William who was living in Rosefield township in 1860. John's father's name is not known.

Julia Johnson born in France in 1816 and died in 1892. Julia's parents were also born in France.


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