Josephine Johnson

Josephine Johnson[1, 2, 3, 4]

Female 1875 - 1978  (~ 102 years)

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  • Name Josephine Johnson  [5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
    Born May 1875  St. Landry, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6, 7, 8, 12
    Gender Female 
    Residence 1900  Ward 1, Justice of Peace Ward 2 (Excl. Opelousas Town), St. Landry, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Residence 1910  Crowley Ward 3, Acadia, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Residence 1920  Crowley, Acadia, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Residence 1930  Beaumont, Jefferson, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Age: 40Marital Status: Widowed; Relation to Head of House: Head 
    Residence 1950  Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Died 1978 
    Person ID P238  Our Extended Family and History
    Last Modified 8 Jan 2019 

    Father Prosper Johnson,   b. Abt 1850, Opelousas, St Landry Parish, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1890, Opelousas, Saint Landry, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 40 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Josette Philippe Gonor,   b. 1850, Saint Landry, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 12 Jun 1873  St. Landry, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [13, 14
    Family ID F917  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 George W. Chatman,   b. June 1866, St. Landry, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Mar 1920, Acadia Parish, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 53 years) 
    Married 13 Nov 1909  Acadia, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [15, 16
    Children 
     1. George W. Chatman, Jr,   b. 3 Dec 1895, Crowley, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     2. Dorothea Chatman,   b. May 1899, Crowley, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Aug 1961, Crowley, Acadia, Louisiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 62 years)  [natural]
     3. James Chatman,   b. 1901, Crowley, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     4. Mamie Chatman,   b. 11 Jul 1903, Crowley, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Nov 1997, Oakland, Alameda California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years)  [natural]
     5. Josephine Chatman,   b. 17 Dec 1905, Crowley, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Apr 2004, Oakland, Alameda California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 98 years)  [natural]
     6. Willie Anna Chatman,   b. 11 Feb 1911, Crowley, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jul 1981, Atlanta, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)  [natural]
     7. Clarence Charles Chatman,   b. 25 Apr 1914, Crowley, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Apr 1967, Emeryville, Alameda, California, United States of America Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years)  [natural]
     8. Marshall Chatman,   b. 22 Sep 1915, Crowley, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Dec 1984, Los Angeles, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)  [natural]
     9. John Astor Chatman,   b. 1 Apr 1918, Crowley, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jun 1989, Los Angeles, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 8 Jan 2019 
    Family ID F72  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Joseph Johnson 
    Children 
     1. Pearly (Pearl) Chatman,   b. 29 Mar 1892, Crowley, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sep 1958, Beaumont, Jefferson, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)  [natural]
     2. Rosa Chatman,   b. May 1895, Crowley, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Apr 1982, Beaumont, Jefferson, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 86 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 8 Jan 2019 
    Family ID F170  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Adam Domingue 
    Last Modified 8 Jan 2019 
    Family ID F190  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - May 1875 - St. Landry, Louisiana Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 13 Nov 1909 - Acadia, Louisiana Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1920 - Crowley, Acadia, Louisiana Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • In attempting to trace George's lineage, we find an 1860 Census with a Chatman family in St. Mary, Louisiana.
      http://www.familyoriginstree.com/custom_images/census_1860_chatman_M_george.jpg
      It shows a 30 year old mulatto female by the name of M. Chatman with a 2 year old George Chatman. Census states they are from Louisiana. There are living with a white Frenchman, P. Pierre

      Found an 1870 Census in which a George Chapman (6yrs) was living with, Ellen(28) and Sam Bennet(39). Also what looks like a Jason Washington(4).
      http://www.familyoriginstree.com/custom_images/1870_census_george_chapman.jpg
      George Chatman was the result of a union between a white man in Louisiana and a black woman from North Carolina. The earliest censuses all say Mulatto. George isn't really sure where his father is from. Relatives that remember seeing a picture of George say that he looked white to them.

      He married Josephine Johnson in 1895 and quickly accepted her two daughters as his own, Pearly and Rosa. They had 9 more children together.

      George was a farmer early in life but quickly realized that this isn't something he wanted to do for a living.

      He stumbled upon an idea to sell refreshments to his community. He sold his own cold and frozen treats in the neighborhood originally and eventually became a distributor for other companies.

      His business grew and within a decade, he was supporting the entire family from Ice Cream sales alone. His wife Josephine was a full partner in the company.

      Late in his career George and Josephine separated and during this time. Josey was approached by a group of black men that were interested in buying out her share of the company, in fact.. owning it for themselves.

      Josey could not read or write and these shady characters knew this. They tricked her into signing away her portion of the company and the Chatmans eventually lost their growing Ice Cream enterprise.

      George and Josephine separated for 6 years, but George would visit frequently. A few years after having Willie Anna, John, Clarence and Marshall. Josephine moved to Beaumont, Texas.

      Later, many of the Chatmans and Chatman descendants moved to California. Many are still there till this day. Some Chatman's also stayed behind in Louisiana while others stayed near Beaumont and Port Arthur, Texas.
      Title: Marriage Document for George and Josephine Johnson
      This document shows that George and Josephine Johnson really were married:

      CHATMAN, GEORGE 13-Nov-1909 5768 JOHNSON, JOSEPHINE

      CHATMAN, GEORGE - JR 07529 LEBLANC, JEANETTE

      It appears that a Junior is listed here as well getting married. It's possible that George and Josephine officially married or simply renewed their vows.

  • Sources 
    1. [S-2134050181] Census Data - Ancestry.com, Ancestry.com, (Ancestry.com).
      The 1910 Census in Crowley Lousiana Lists my great grandfather as Mulatto. He stated that his mother was from South Carolina, he doesn't know where his father is from. :( Also, notice that Pearly is not listed as a step-daughter this time. - R. Finley Sr. - 08-03-2007

      Found Josephine and a few kids in Beaumont Texas on the 1930 Census. I guess this was part of that migration to California? - R. Finley Sr. - 08-12-2007
      Here is the 1920 Census, Part 1 / Part 2.
      Check out the 1900 Census. There are quite a number of surprises to see.

    2. [S-2134050174] Various online Resources, google, yahoo.. etc.
      A website here: a mention of their marriage.

    3. [S-2134050181] Census Data - Ancestry.com, Ancestry.com, (Ancestry.com).
      1900 Census reports that these two kids are George's stepkids. It appears that Josephine was married before? They are also the oldest of the others. This fits if they are. This is previously unknown to many of the Chatman descendants. So now, the mystery is.. who was Pearly and Rosa's father? - R. Finley Sr. - 10/05/2006

    4. [S-2144004508] Ancestry Family Trees, (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com. Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members.), Ancestry Family Trees.
      http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/AMTCitationRedir.aspx?tid=8662431&pid=238

    5. [S-2137537691] 1920 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA. Note: Enumeration Districts 819-839 on roll 323 (Chicago City.Original data - United States), Year: 1920; Census Place: Crowley, Acadia, Louisiana; Roll: T625_603; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 14; Image: 659.
      Birth date: abt 1877 Birth place: Louisiana Residence date: 1920 Residence place: Crowley, Acadia, Louisiana

    6. [S-2137537696] 1910 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA.Original data - United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Thirteenth Census of the Unit), Year: 1910; Census Place: Crowley Ward 3, Acadia, Louisiana; Roll: T624_507; Page: 34A; Enumeration District: 10; Image: 650.
      Birth date: abt 1874 Birth place: Louisiana Residence date: 1910 Residence place: Crowley Ward 3, Acadia, Louisiana

    7. [S-2137538330] 1900 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004.Original data - United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, ), Year: 1900; Census Place: Police Jury Ward 1, Saint Landry, Louisiana; Roll: ; Page: ; Enumeration District: .
      Birth date: May 1875 Birth place: Louisiana Marriage date: 1895 Marriage place: Residence date: 1900 Residence place: Ward 1, Justice of Peace Ward 2 (Excl. Opelousas Town), St. Landry, Louisiana

    8. [S-2138647634] 1930 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2002.Original data - United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626), Year: 1930; Census Place: Beaumont, Jefferson, Texas; Roll: ; Page: ; Enumeration District: ; Image: .
      Birth date: abt 1890 Birth place: Louisiana Residence date: 1930 Residence place: Beaumont, Jefferson, Texas

    9. [S-1699899783] U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989, Ancestry.com, (Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.).

    10. [S-1034693255] U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007, Ancestry.com, (Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.).

    11. [S-1094121181] Texas, Death Certificates, 1903–1982, Ancestry.com, (Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.), Texas Department of State Health Services; Austin Texas, USA.

    12. [S-2134050168] Ancestry.com, (Ancestry.com), http://www.familyoriginstree.com/custom_images/census_page1.jpg.
      Census Data for 1920 in Crowley City, Acadia County, Louisiana states that Josephine was 43 when census was taken. This would place her around 1877 as the d.o.b. - R. Finley Sr.

    13. [S-1787833180] Louisiana Marriages, 1718-1925, Hunting For Bears, comp., (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.Original data - Compiled from a variety of sources including original marriage records located in Family History Library microfilm, microfiche, or books. Original marriage records are a).
      Marriage date: 12 Jun 1873 Marriage place: St. Landry

    14. [S-1787833180] Louisiana Marriages, 1718-1925, Hunting For Bears, comp., (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.Original data - Compiled from a variety of sources including original marriage records located in Family History Library microfilm, microfiche, or books. Original marriage records are a).
      Marriage date: 8 Jul 1889 Marriage place: Orleans

    15. [S-2134050168] Ancestry.com, (Ancestry.com), http://www.familyoriginstree.com/custom_images/census_page_1900.jpg.
      Census data from May 1900 in St. Landry County report that George and Josephine were married for 5 years. The marriage document I found confuses this new info. Perhaps they renewed vows or officially got married later. Still researching. - R. Finley Sr.

    16. [S-1787833180] Louisiana Marriages, 1718-1925, Hunting For Bears, comp., (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.Original data - Compiled from a variety of sources including original marriage records located in Family History Library microfilm, microfiche, or books. Original marriage records are a).
      Marriage date: 5 Feb 1887 Marriage place: St. Landry
      http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=lamarriages_ga&h=95418&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt