Bruce, Frances A.


Frances A. Bruce was the daughter of John Walker Bruce and Mary Smith. John Walker Bruce was born in 1780 in Culpeper County, Virginia. He went by Walker, though out his life. Mary Smith was born between 1775 and 1780 in North Carolina. Mary was called Polly, for much of her life. Frances A. Bruce was born on July 15, 1808 in Sumner County, Tennessee. Frances was called Fanny, as a child. Frances married Asa Johnson or Johnston, on September 14, 1829, in Sumner County, Tennessee. Asa and Frances moved their family several times, during their life together. They moved from Sumner County, Tennessee to Township 37, Range 20, Hickory County, Missouri. Later, Asa and Frances moved their family to Quanah, Hardeman County, Texas.

Asa Johnson and Frances A. Bruce were the parents of at least five children. Their first child born, was George Harland or Harlan Johnson. He was born in 1843 in Township 37, Range 20, Hickory County, Missouri. We don’t know who he married, or when they were married. We believe, that this couple did have children. We have read that he served on the Union side in the Civil War, From Missouri. George worked on the railroad for a time. Later in his life, he got his medical licence and became a doctor. Later, he and his wife lived in Lampasas County, Texas. We believe, his wife died in Lampasas County, Texas. George Harland died in 1933. We don’t know, where he died. He was about ninety years old, when he died. We have no further information about the life, death or burial of George Harland Johnson.

William J. Johnson was the second child, born to Asa Johnson and Frances A. Bruce. He was born in 1846 in Township 37, Range 20, Hickory County, Missouri. As a youth, William was called Billy. We don’t know who he married, or where they were married. We don’t know if William, and his wife were the parents, of any children. He died in 1864 in Township, Range 20, Hickory County, Missouri. William was buried in Township 37, Range 20, Hickory County, Missouri. We don’t know, how William died. He was about eighteen years old, when he died. We have no additional details of William J. Johnson’s life, death or burial.

The third child, born to Asa Johnson and Frances A. Bruce was Amanda Frances Johnson. She was born on January 29, 1848 in Township 37, Range 20, Hickory County, Missouri. For most of her life, Amanda was called Mandy. Amanda was a midwife by profession. She married Ezra Johnson on January 25, 1866 near the town of Hermitage, in Hickory County, Missouri. Ezra was born on May 14, 1842 near the town of Ava, in Douglas County, Missouri. Ezra and Amanda were the parents, of at least eight children. Later, the Johnson family moved to Claremore, Rogers County, Oklahoma. Amanda died in Claremore, Rogers County, Oklahoma. She was buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, in Claremore, Rogers County, Oklahoma. Amanda was seventy years old, when she died. Amanda’s husband, Ezra out lived her by about ten years. We have no more knowledge of the life, death or burial of Amanda Frances Johnson.

Asa Johnson and Frances A. Bruce’s Fourth child, was Asa Thomas Johnson. He was born on October 17, 1850 in Township 37, Range 20, Hickory County, Missouri. Asa was a doctor and a surgeon, by trade. As a youth, Asa Thomas was called Tommy. As an adult, he was called Thomas. We don’t know who he married, or when they were married. We don’t know if Asa Thomas, and his wife were the parents, of any children. Asa Thomas died on March 1, 1901 in Marshall, Saline County, Missouri. He was buried at Ridge Park Cemetery, in Marshall, Saline County, Missouri. Plot: Grave lot 5, Section 5. Asa Thomas was fifty years old, when he died. We have no further information about
Asa Thomas Johnson’s life, death and burial.

Sanders or Saunders W. Johnson was the fifth child, born to Asa Johnson and Frances A. Johnson. Sanders is sometimes listed as Samuel on the U. S. Census. Sanders’ name could have been Samuel as Asa’s father was named Samuel. However, Sanders nickname was Sand. We believe, Sanders is the correct name. He was born in 1852 in Township 37, Range 20, Hickory County, Missouri. We don’t know who he married, or where they were married. We don’t know if Sanders, and his wife were the parents, of any children. He died in 1931. Sanders was about 70 years old, when he died. We have no additional details of the life, death or burial of Sanders or Saunders W. Johnson.

Frances A. Bruce died on February 24, 1894 in Quanah, Hardeman County, Texas. Frances was buried at Quanah Memorial Park, in Quanah, Hardeman County, Texas. Frances burial Plot: OC, 29, D, 02. Frances was eighty six years old, when he died. Frances out lived her husband, Asa by almost three years. We have no more knowledge of Frances A. Bruce’s life, death or burial.

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