Searching for Johnson family history

BRIAN Johnson will soon visit the Valley he left behind many years ago in the hope of finding more information about his grandparents. He knows very little of his grandfather William Samuel Johnson who was born in Wingham in 1875 and lived all his life locally. William Samuel died aged 72 in 1947 and Brian never met him, nor does he have a photograph. Brian rang the Chronicle office to see if we could call on the community to divulge any information that might be out there or to even find any relatives that may remain.

William Samuel Johnson was married to Harriet Terry and they are believed to have owned a property at Cedar Party that was possibly a horse stud. Harriet Johnson was much younger than her husband and she died in 1976. William Samuel was one of four children, his siblings being Charles, Emma and Frederick.

Brian didn't try to find out much about his family for many years until his granddaughter started asking questions. "Where do you come from?" she asked Brian and he struggled to answer. Brian was born in Taree but for reasons unknown Brian simply never met most of his family - the one exception was his grandmother Harriet Johnson (nee Terry) who he met once. Brian said he has visited Wingham before to search for information but didn't manage to get very much. He said he plans to visit the Wingham Museum again to see if any further information has come to light.

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