Samuel Ealy Johnson Sr.
Samuel E. Johnson Sr.
Samuel Ealy Johnson
November 12, 1838
Wedowee, Alabama, U.S.
|Died||February 25, 1915 (aged 76)|
Stonewall, Texas, U.S.
|Occupation||Businessman, Politician, Rancher, Cattleman, Soldier|
|Spouse(s)||Eliza Bunton Johnson|
|Children||Samuel Ealy Johnson Jr.|
Lucy Webb Barnett Johnson
|Relatives||Lyndon B. Johnson (grandson)|
Lynda Johnson Robb (great-granddaughter)
Charles S. Robb (great-grandson-in-law)
Luci Baines Johnson (great-granddaughter)
Lady Bird Johnson (granddaughter-in-law)
Sam Houston Johnson (grandson)
Samuel Ealy Johnson Sr. (November 12, 1838 – February 25, 1915) was an American businessman, politician, cattleman, and Confederate soldier. He was the paternal grandfather of future US President Lyndon B. Johnson.
Johnson was born in Wedowee, Alabama, the tenth child of Lucy Webb (Barnett) and Jess Johnson. He was raised a Baptist, but later became a member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). In his later years, he became a Christadelphian, following his wife and daughter.
After serving in the Civil War, Sam married Eliza Bunton of Caldwell County on December 11, 1867.
In the late 1850s, Samuel Ealy Johnson Sr. settled with his brother Jesse Thomas "Tom" Johnson in a one-room log cabin on 320 acres (1.3 km2) that became headquarters for the largest cattle driving operation in seven counties.
Sam enlisted in Col. Xavier Debray's regiment on September 18, 1861, and served until the end of the American Civil War on the coast of Texas and in Louisiana. He was present at the Battle of Galveston and at the Battle of Pleasant Hill in Louisiana.
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