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Below is a family biography included in the book,  Biographical Souvenir of the Counties of Buffalo, Kearney, Phelps, Harlan and Franklin, Nebraska published in 1890 by F. A. Battey & Company.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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JOHN S. JOHNSON, the subject of this sketch, is one of the rising young men of Phelps county. He was born in Sweden, September 9, 1855. His father, Swan Johnson, was a native of Sweden, and was born in the village Froderyd, in 1825. During his life he was engaged in farming, milling and railroading. He died near Ophiem, Ill., in 1875. Mr. Johnson’s mother, Anna S. (Hanson) Johnson, was born in Sweden in the year 1835. There were seven children in the family. John S. resided in Sweden until twelve years of age, attended the public school and helped his father in the mill. He came with his parents to America in 1869, locating in Woodhull, Henry county, Ill., where he remained five years and then moved on a farm near Ophiem, Henry county, and lived there until he came to Phelps county, Nebr., in February, 1887. He brought several car loads of cows, horses and farm implements with him. He bought one hundred and sixty acres of fine land in section 9, township 6, range 17, on which he has spent over $1,000 in improvements. Mr. Johnson makes a business of raising stock and has good success in that line. In 1888 he bought eighty acres of land in section 15, township 6, range 17, and has since purchased an interest in sixty acres in the town of Funk, and in 1890, three hundred and twenty acres in section 1 township 7, range 17. He has had remarkable success for a young man and has a bright future before him. He was married March 9, 1880, the lady whom he chose for a life partner being Miss Alice C. Johnson, who was born in Henry county, HI., October 6, 1861. Five children have been born to them, as follows — Alice W., born December 19, 1880; Minnie O., born January 22, 1882; Ebenezer D., born February 18, 1884; Violet N., born August 27, 1886; Frances A., born January 8, 1889.

Mr. and Mrs. Johnson are both members of the Fridhem Lutheran church in Phelps county.

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This family biography is one of the numerous biographies included in the book, Biographical Souvenir of the Counties of Buffalo, Kearney, Phelps, Harlan and Franklin, Nebraska published in 1890 by F. A. Battey & Company. 

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