Ex-Governor Johnson Son
Three contemporary newspaper reports have conflicting information.
Maryland Sun, dated September 17, 1853 has this:
"From the 3d to the 6th instant, there were 20 yellow fever deaths at Thibodaux, La, including the youngest son of Ex-Gov. Johnson"
Maryland Sun Discussion:
It seems that the Maryland Sun article is confused, properly reporting the death of Isaac Johnson's son Walter but confusing it with the report from Thibodaux and mistakenly reporting the son as 'youngest son".
Baltimore, Sept 16.
The New Orleans papers of Friday last have been received. They contain reports of the prevalence of the fever at various points on the river and along the coast. At Thibodeaux 20 deaths occurred in 3 days. -- At Bayou Sara, much sickness was prevailing, and a son of Ex-Governor Johnson had died of the fever."
Monday, the 19th, Thomas W. Johnson, from Maryland
The name Thomas is suspicious, since we do not know of a 'Thomas' in either Henry Johnson's family nor Elizabeth Key's family. An 1850 Thibodaux census, lists Thomas W. Johnson, wife and two children, again with suspicious names; plus his occupation is 'Painter'. Henry Johnson was very wealthy as was the Key family.
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