Joel B. Johnson died October 13, 1932, at his home in McLean, N.Y. He was born in Genesee, August 16, 1841 and was the son of Israel and Betty Benedick Johnson of Conesus, one of a family of four children, two sons and two daughters. Emily, wife of Mahlon Webster; Adelaide, wife of Norman Roberts, and Elbert L. Johnson. Mr. Johnson had lived in Webster Crossing a greater part of his life.
On July 4, 1863, he was united in marriage to Miss Catherine Barnhart of Conesus, and to them were born six sons, all of whom are living. Mrs. Johnson passed on many years ago.
Some of the outstanding events of his life included a personal acquaintance with President Lincoln, service during the Civil War with Company I, 136th New York Volunteers, under Captain Arnold, who was a boyhood chum of Mr. Johnson; also participating in battles of Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, and others being wounded by bayonet and shells.
On November 17, 1908, he was married to Mrs. Lizzie White of Whitney Point. After his second marriage he purchased a fine home in McLean.
About seven years ago he had the misfortune to fall and break his hip which made him an invalid
from that time. About two weeks ago he suffered another fall, breaking his other hip, which with other
ailments and advanced age he was not able to rally from. His patient and loving wife left nothing undone which would add to his comfort during his invalidism of seven years.
Besides his widow other survivors are six sons, William G. of Webster Crossing, Joel J. and Byron
of Springwater, Dr. John L. of Horseheads, Edwin of Conesus, Lewis E. of Westbrook. Conn; nine
grandchildren and twenty-three great-grandchildren, three step-children: Ellery Priest of Syracuse,
Mrs Austin Demerees of Chicago and Mrs. Frank Hilligus of Cortland, have by their loving kindness endeared themselves to Mr. Johnson.
He needs no eulogy. Those who knew him were appreciative of his sterling qualities of courage, loyalty, patience and friendliness. Brief funeral services were held at the late home on Friday evening and were largely attended. Rev. W. H. Flaxington of Freeville, assisted by the Daughters of Union Veterans of Cortland, officiated.
The funeral services were held Saturday at 2 o’clock from the M. E. church of Webster Crossing by Rev. W. H. Flaxington, assisted by Rev. M. H. Holmes, the focal pastor, and a detachment from the American Legion from Wayland and Dansville veterans of the World War. A military salute was fired over the grave and as the taps were sounded oh the bugle and died away over the silent hills. Many beautiful floral pieces from relatives and friends, showing love and respect for the grand old soldier-citizen hero of other days.
His five sons and a grandson, Carl Johnson, acted as bearers. He was laid at rest in the family plot in the Erwin cemetery. Relatives from out of town who were in attendance were Mrs. Joel B. Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon Johnson of McLean; Mrs. Frank Hilligus of Cortland; Mr. and Mrs. Ellery Priest of Syracuse; Dr. and Mrs. John Johnson of Horseheads; Mr. and Mrs. Frank M. Webster and daughter, Mary Kathryn, Mr. and Mrs. Bert G. Webster, of Corning; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Miller and Arthur Van Derworken of Dansville; Mr. and Mrs. Floyd J. Evans of Rochester.
Webster’s Crossing - Once again our people were called upon to pay their last respects to one of the former residents, Joel B. Johnson, who was buried from the M. E. church at this place Saturday afternoon.
Mr. Johnson had lived here as a boy and man much of the three score and ten years usually allotted to man, but to him was given an extended time and although his last few years were spent in great suffering he bore it with great fortitude in keeping with the soldier he was, a veteran of the Civil war.
He served with Co. I, 136th New York Volunteers, under Capt. Arnold, who was also a boyhood friend. He had the honor of personal acquaintance with President Lincoln and participated in the battles of Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg and others.
Mr. Johnson was the father of six sons, children of his first wife, who died a number of years ago.
After his second marriage he finally settled at McLean.
About seven years ago he fell and broke his hip and had been practically an invalid from that time. About two weeks ago he suffered another fall, breaking the other hip which with other ailments and his advanced age, he was not able to rally from, and death came to his relief as he had been preparing and praying for for several years as was very well told in the beautiful remarks made by his pastor and almost daily visitor, the Rev. Ward Flackinson, who accompanied the remains as was his request, to the last resting place.
The funeral was in charge of Ernest Perkins of Dryden, also being planned and requested by the deceased, and he is also a relative.
Five sons and one grandson were the pall bearers, the sixth son not being able to be present.
The services, both at the church and the grave, were very impressive, being in charge of Rev. Flackinson and Rev. Holmes and a detachment from the American Legion from Wayland, veterans of the World War. A military salute was fired over the grave and as the taps were sounded on the bugle and died away over the silent hills, friends and relatives bade their earthly farewell to the soldier citizen, and grand old man of better than 90 years.
Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Johnson, who reside here, wish to thank all who were so kind to them during their bereavement, and especially for the beautiful floral offerings.
Relatives from McLean, where his widow is left to mourn him, Cortland, Dryden, Corning, Rochester, Wayland, and all the nearby towns were present.