My wife’s cousin, a descendant of John MORTIMER, found this photo in a shoebox in the attic of his home in Mt. Healthy, Hamilton Co., Ohio (a suburb of Cincinnati). This appears to be a photo of a family that appears in the 1880 census in Galva, Henry Co., Illinois.
John JOHNSON Self M Male W 52 IRE Farmer IRE IRE Lucy M. JOHNSON Wife M Female W 37 IL Keeping House ENG CT Thomas H. JOHNSON Son S Male W 14 IL IRE IL Edward I. JOHNSON Son S Male W 12 IL IRE IL Phebe J. JOHNSON Dau S Female W 8 IL IRE IL William J. JOHNSON Son S Male W 5 IL IRE IL Robert E. JOHNSON Son S Male W 3 IL IRE IL George E. JOHNSON Son S Male W 1 IL IRE IL
The surname is either JOHNSTON or JOHNSON. Judging by the ages given in the census, we think the photo may have been taken around 1881.
Lucy’s maiden name was SELLON. She married John JOHNSON on 24 Dec 1864 in Henry Co., Illinois. Her parents appear to be Henry SELLON and Phebe STODDARD.
We have been unable to determine how this family is connected with the MORTIMERs of Mt. Healthy. If anyone has any information on this family, please contact me at the address at the bottom of this page.