Spouse: Florence Mae Bailey - b: 12/Oct/1886 - MO
d: 24/Nov/1966 - bur: High Ridge Cem., Stanberry, Gentry Co., MO
m: 21/Apr/1902 - Grundy Co., MO
Child-1: Opal Mae - b: 3/Mar/1903 - MO
d: 22/Jan/1951 - bur: High Ridge Cem., Stanberry, Gentry Co., MO
m: Edwin Lee Alsbury - ~1920
2: Victor Merle - b: 5/Oct/1904 - Gentry Co., MO
d: 27/Apr/1971 - North Kansas City, Clay Co., MO - bur: White Chapel Memorial Gardens
m: Dee Hinkley Yount - 30/Jul/1930 - King City, Gentry Co., MO
3: Maude Hester - b: 12/Nov/1906 - MO
d: 3/Apr/1994 - bur: High Ridge Cem., Stanberry, Gentry Co., MO
m: Paul Gerard Derks - 1929
4: Halie Josephine - b: 1/Sep/1909 - MO
d: 27/Aug/2001 - Arapahoe Co., CO
m: Hal S. Hewitt - 18/Sep/1926 - St. Joseph, Buchanan Co., MO - div: ~1929
m: Lloyd E. Maple - 1932
5: Anna Berniece - b: 30/Nov/1911 - MO
d: 31/Mar/1989 - bur: High Ridge Cem., Stanberry, Gentry Co., MO
6: Wilmer E. - b: 27/Oct/1914 - MO
d: 19/May/1967 - bur: Oak Grove Cem., Greene Co., TN
m: Mildred A. Tannehill - 24/Jun/1937 - Stanberry, Gentry Co., MO
7: Maxwell Howard - b: 21/Aug/1916 - Conception Junction, Nodaway Co., MO
d: 26/Jun/1983 - bur: Fort McPherson National Cem., Lincoln Co., NE
m: Georgia *****
Dade Johnson was born November 29, 1876, almost certainly near the village of Island City, which was located in Jackson Township in Gentry County, Missouri. Even so, his parentage remains a vexed question. He was almost certainly born out of wedlock, but, nevertheless, it has never been seriously disputed that he was a member of the extended Johnson family. This is supported by his death certificate, which identifies his father as "James Johnson", but indicates his mother as "unknown". Accordingly, in 1876 there were at least three related individuals named James Johnson that could possibly have been Dade's father, viz., James M. Johnson; his son, James Alan Johnson; and nephew, James Myron Johnson, but there is no compelling evidence supporting any such presumption. Concomitantly, it is known that the marriage of John A. and Elizabeth Thompson Johnson failed, sometime during the 1870's (probably, about 1876) and, consequently, John seems to have "left the country" eventually settling in the Oklahoma Territory. Of course, there are many possible causes for failure of a marriage and, as is well known, the decade of the 1870's was a period of worldwide economic distress. Even so, if John fathered an illegitimate son, this could only have added to marital strain. Within this context, it seems likely that Sallie Johnson, oldest daughter of Elizabeth Thompson Johnson, wife of John A. Johnson, was Dade's mother. Sallie was born in Utah in 1856 during the disorder associated with the "Mormon Reformation". At this time plural marriage was emphasized and conjugal relationships were quite fluid. In addition, the population schedule of the 1880 US Census for Gentry County, Missouri, suggests that she was not the biological daughter of John A. Johnson. Subsequently, Sallie seems to have never married and apparently lived a very difficult life which ended in her suicide in 1903. Of course, none of this is definitively proven, but it seems quite probable. Moreover, as might be expected, the scandal and opprobrium associated with an illicit relationship and illegitimate birth would motivate suppression of any record. Accordingly, Dade Johnson does not appear in the 1880 population schedule. Of course, Dade himself is entirely an innocent party in these circumstances.Source Notes and Citations:
Florence Bailey and Dade Johnson were issued a marriage license in Grundy County, Missouri, on April 21, 1902, and presumably were married shortly thereafter. In 1910, they were living with four children on Alanthus Avenue in the town of Stanberry. Dade Johnson died on December 28, 1916, in Nodaway County, Missouri. He was only forty years old. His widow survived him nearly fifty years, dying in 1966. Likewise, he was survived by several children.1,2
1. "Maude H. Derks, 87, Stanberry, died Sunday, April 3, 1994, at Pine View Manor.
Born in Stanberry, Mrs. Derks was a lifelong resident. She graduated from Stanberry High School.
Mrs. Derks was a homemaker and member of the Stanberry First Christian Church.
She married Paul G. Derks in Stanberry in 1929. He died in 1962.
Mrs. Derks also was preceded in death by two sisters, Opal Alsbury and Berniece Johnson; and three brothers, Merle, Max and Wilmer Johnson.
Surviving are a son, James L., Stanberry; a sister, Halie Maple, Stanberry; three grandcildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The body has been cremated. Inurnment will be in High Ridge Cemetery, Stanberry." (obituary: Albany Ledger-Headlight; Albany, MO, Wed., Apr. 6, 1994.)
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2. K. Bovaird, N. Newman, E. Miller, B. Phillips, N. Summa, and R. Pierce, Once Upon a Railroad, Stanberry, Missouri 1879-1979, Inter-Collegiate Press, Shawnee Mission, KS, 1979: pg. 321.
"Lloyd E. Maple was born April 5, 1895, in Ridgeway, son of Ira W. and Lenore Crosby Maple. Lloyd was married to Edith Beeks who died in 1929. Edith and Lloyd had three children Richard, Harriet and Alan 'Sonny.'
In 1932, Lloyd married Halie Johnson Hewitt, who was born September 1, 1909, to Dade and Florence Bailey Johnson. Halie had one daughter, Marilyn Hewitt. Halie and Lloyd had two sons, Lloyd E. Jr. and James Christopher.
Lloyd passed away September 7, 1977, survived by his wife, six children, 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Lloyd managed the movie theater in Stanberry from 1929 to 1938. From 1939 to 1977, he worked for the City of Stanberry as secretary to the Board of Public Works and after the death of Sam Hatheway Sr., was city clerk. Mrs. Maple was city tax collector for two years and then was appointed to th State Auto License Bureau by Governor Phil Donnelly and kept that office open until 1974."
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3. 1910 US Census Population Schedule for Gentry County, Missouri, National Archives, Washington DC: pg. 198B, (microfilm: roll T624_781; img. 395).
4. 1920 US Census Population Schedule for Gentry County, Missouri, National Archives, Washington DC: pg. 87B, (microfilm: roll T625_919; img. 743).
5. 1930 US Census Population Schedule for Gentry County, Missouri, National Archives, Washington DC: pg. 67B, (microfilm: roll T626_1188; img. 140).
6. 1940 US Census Population Schedule for Gentry County, Missouri, National Archives, Washington DC: pg. 84A, (microfilm: roll T627_2106; img. 531).
7. Marriage Records, Grundy County, Trenton, MO: Bk. 7, pg. 479, (Missouri State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State, Jefferson City, MO (microfilm: roll 2589; img. 826)).
8. Death Certificates, Missouri State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State, Jefferson City, MO, (Death Certificate No. 41979-A - Bureau of Vital Statistics, State of Missouri, Jefferson City, MO).
9. Don Raymond,"High Ridge Cemetery", unpublished. (Gentry County MOGenWeb Archives, 2005.)
10. High Ridge Cemetery, Gentry County, Missouri (www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=1367686&CScn=High+Ridge&CScntry=4&CSst=26&CScnty=1434&, continuously updated).
11. Marriage Records, Gentry County, Albany, MO: Bk. 10, pg. 230, (Missouri State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State, Jefferson City, MO (microfilm: roll 37665; img. 239).
12. Marriage Records, Gentry County, Albany, MO: Bk. 11, pg. 139, (Missouri State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State, Jefferson City, MO (microfilm: roll 37665; img. 142).
13. Marriage Records, Buchanan County, St. Joseph, MO: Bk. 46, pg. 289, (Missouri State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State, Jefferson City, MO (microfilm: roll 46218; img. 322).
14. White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Clay County, Missouri (www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=32255&CScn=White+Chapel&CScntry=4&CSst=26&CScnty=1420&, continuously updated).
15. Oak Grove Cemetery, Greene County, Tennessee (www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=16483&CScn=Oak+Grove&CScntry=4&CSst=45&CScnty=2454&, continuously updated).
16. Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Lincoln County, Nebraska (www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=100645&CScn=Fort+McPherson&CScntry=4&CSst=31&CScnty=1859&, continuously updated).
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