George W. Johnson Source: History of Steuben County, IN (1885) p. 614 George W. Johnson and his wife are among the few of the old pioneers who brought their families to the township prior to 1840. He was born in Franklin County, Vt., Aug. 15, 1809. When he was eight years of age his parents, Timothy and Betsey (Cochrin) Johnson, moved to Orleans County, N.Y., where his father died about 1824. There he grew to manhood and married Edexey Woolcott, who was born in Erie County, N.Y., November, 1809. In 1838 they came to Steuben County, bringing with them four children -- Mrs. Sophia Foster; Joanna, died at the age of twenty-one years; Mrs. Harriet Burke and Andrew, deceased. Two children were born in this township -- Riley, who lives on a part of his father's homestead, and George, who died after the close of the war, having been a soldier in the defense of his country. Mr. Johnson located on section 9, which was at that time an unbroken forest, and now, through his industry, is one of the finest farms in the township. His 155 acres are all under a state of cultivation, and his rude log-cabin has given place to a fine residence, pleasantly located.