Biography of Liecester Johnson
FROM: History of Livingston County, New York
By James H. Smith
Assisted by Hume H. Cole
Published By D. Mason & Co. 1881


Leicester Johnson was the second son of David Johnson, who came from Hartford, Conn., somewhere about the year 1808, and purchased a small tract of land in the town of Avon, then Hartford, where he followed the occupation of farming, which was attended with more or less trials and hardships incident to pioneer life in the Genesee Valley. During the year known as the cold season" he would walk seven miles and put in a full day's work for a peck of corn, which he would carry home upon his back at night for the use of his family. He was the youngest of seven sons. The other six all served their country in the Revolutionary war. One of the brothers, Ebenezer, was about the first Mayor of the city of Buffalo.

David Johnson married Rachel Chappel, of Connecticut, by whom he had nine children, four sons and five daughters. By his honesty and persevering industry and economy he acquired a competency. He died in 1814.

Leicester Johnson, whose name heads this brief memoir, was born in Hartford, Conn., in 1805, and came with his father to Livingston county, then Ontario. He was brought up on his father's farm, receiving such an education as could be acquired at the common district schools. After attaining to the age of 18 years, he taught school winters and worked upon the farm during the summer. In 1831 he married Julia A. M., daughter of Calvin Bicknell, Esq., of Geneseo, who bore him six children, four of whom are now living, namely: Seymour, Leicester, Julia A. M., and Julius. The latter is living in Geneseo. The others died in infancy. Mr. Johnson was an "old-line Whig," but became identified with the Republican party. In his younger days he took an active interest in the political affairs of the country, though never seeking office. He was for many years Town Superintendent of Schools, and filled many other local offices at different times. Upon his beautiful farm, where at an earlier period he had seen the wild deer and the bear roam in apparent security, he has for years heard the shrill whistle of the locomotive and seen the trains of heavily freighted cars passing and re-passing at almost all hours. He died in 1875, honored and lamented by all who knew him.

Seymour is the eldest of the family, and is living upon the old homestead of his father, now consisting of 350 acres of as good land as there is in the Genesee Valley, a finely improved farm 3* miles south of the village of Avon.

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