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Capt. Cave Johnson[1]

Male circa 1823 - 1876  (~ 53 years)


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  • Name Cave Johnson 
    Prefix Capt. 
    Born circa 1823  Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1876  ? Hardin county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • He was prominent in the early years of Beaumont and owned the first hotel there as well as a store.  He was also a riverboat captain and served as sheriff of Jefferson County.  Cave was a close associate of Captain George O'Brien of Beaumont, and they were related by marriage.  Cave planted an oak switch in Beaumont that he had brought from the Bumstead place on Village Creek.  The switch grew into a huge tree that was called the "O'Brien Oak" because it grew in front of George O'Brien's house.  O'Brien had bought the house from Cave Johnson.  The tree is no longer standing.  Captain O'Brien named a son George Cave O'Brien.
          During the Civil War, Cave Johnson and George O'Brien served in "Spaight's Battalion" for the Confederacy.  After the war, Cave Johnson was appointed to make sure that freed slaves were being treated fairly.  Cave Johnson of Beaumont was the nephew of Postmaster General Cave Johnson (of Tennessee), who served in the Polk administration.  Cave Johnson of Beaumont was the grandson of General Thomas Johnson of Tennessee, who fought with Andrew Jackson during the Indian Wars and the War of 1812.
          Cave and family were in the Jefferson County census records for 1850 and 1860.  By 1870, they were enumerated in Hardin County, so it is assumed that Margaret Lillian was born there, and that Cave and Margaret Elizabeth died there.
          Sources:  Texas census records; several books describing the history of early Beaumont; Hardin County History; family records; obituary of Cave Johnson, Jr. from the Houston Chronicle; Jefferson County and Hardin County vital statistics.
    Person ID I36873  mykindred
    Last Modified Jan 10, 2008 

    Father Dr. Henry Minor Johnson,   d.
    Mother Sallie Green,   d.
    Family ID F18870  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Margaret Elizabeth Nettles,   b. circa 1831, East Feliciana parish, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1872, ? Hardin county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 41 years) 
    Married Bef 1848  ? Jefferson county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Seraphine Wilhemena Johnston,   b. 1848, Jefferson county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Y
    +2. Mary Elizabeth Johnson,   b. Jul 07, 1851, Silsbee, Hardin county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aug 18, 1935, Hardin county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     3. Cave Johnson, Jr.,   b. Apr 04, 1854, Beaumont, Jefferson county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 20, 1941, Houston, Harris county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
    +4. Texana Johnson,   b. Jun 1856, Beaumont, Jefferson county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 29, 1927, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 70 years)
     5. Ida K. Johnson,   b. Jul 20, 1859, Beaumont, Jefferson county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1918, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)
     6. Violet Johnson,   b. 1861, Beaumont, Jefferson county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. circa 1861, Beaumont, Jefferson county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     7. Florence Johnson,   b. 1863, Beaumont, Jefferson county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1912, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years)
    +8. Margaret Lillian "Maggie" Johnson,   b. Feb 26, 1871, Hardin county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 23, 1940, Jacksonville, Cherokee county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
    Family ID F13270  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Histories
    Beaumont, The Story of
    Beaumont, The Story of
    by Florence Stratton, 1925
    Bumstead, Mourad
    Bumstead, Mourad
    Republic Of Texas Service Claims

  • Sources 
    1. [S935] Barrera, Kitty Steele.
      TX Family Groupsheet for Cave JOHNSON Family
      http://www.rootsweb.com/~txgenweb/famgroupsht/sheets/j/j5250009.txt