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Johnson Family Diaries (Stephenson County)

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Collection Overview

Title: Johnson Family Diaries (Stephenson County), 1842-1990

ID: RHC/RC/305

Extent: 0.5 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 10/20/2010

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Johnson Family Diaries consist of five diaries and one typed transcript of the first four diaries.  The 1843 diary of William Wright recounts the journey from Union County, Pennsylvania to Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois.  The 1882-1909 Margaret Heise Wright Johnson diaries chronicle the life of then 16 year-old Margaret as she comes of age in Illinois at the end of the 19th century.  A photograph of Margaret (undated) was found behind the cover of the first diary volume along with tracing paper drawings that are tucked into volumes 1 and 3.  The Charles E. and Alma R. Johnson diary from 1920 until 1955 documents aspects of family life on the Johnson’s Fostoria, Iowa farm.  The typed transcription is for both William Wright and Margaret Heise Wright Johnson’s diaries and also includes Johnson family genealogical information.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.

Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection belong to the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Source: Jean Graves, Dennis Johnson, and Elwood Johnson Jr.

Acquisition Method: Siblings Jean Graves, Dennis Johnson, and Elwood Johnson Jr. donated the Johnson Family Diaries to the Regional History Center on October 20, 2010.


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Box 1
Folder 1: Diaries: William Wright Wagon Train, May 25 - June 11, 1842
Folder 2: Diaries: Margaret Heise Wright Johnson, Volume 1, January 1, 1882 - November 18, 1886
Folder 3: Diaries: Margaret Heise Wright Johnson, Volume 2, August 6, 1887 - June 3, 1890
Folder 4: Diaries: Margaret Heise Wright Johnson, Volume 3, June 4, 1890 - May 30, 1909
Box 2
Folder 1: Diaries: Charles E. And Alma R. Johnson, January 3, 1920 - May 11, 1955
Folder 2: A Portion of the Johnson Family History (2nd Edition),  (transcription of William Wright and Margaret Heise Wright Johnson's Diaries and Johnson family genealogy), June 1990


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