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Johnson (Johanson)

Niels Peter and Ardell Holman Johnson (Johanson):  Niels was another Dane who came to Utah and Highland as a convert to the LDS Church.  He was born October 23, 1863 in Withane, Denmark to Peter and Christiana Jensen Johnson.  Ardell was born September 27, 1866 in Pleasant Grove, Utah Territory to John Greenleaf and Rachel Stevens Holman. Little is known of their early lives.  They were married apparently in the mid 1880’s as their first child, Bertha, was born in June 1887 in Pleasant Grove.  Niels was Constable in Highland in 1907.  They had four other children born in Highland (#13 on the 1958 Highland map) before March, 1893: Milo, Wilford, Lawrence and Belva, then Ardell died May 7, 1894, when her youngest was fourteen months old. 

Sometime before 1900 he married Jeanette Yates, daughter of William Yates, born February 27, 1870, and they had eight more children, all born in Highland: Hazel, Susie, Alta, Verda, Leo, Bessie, Myrtle and Leverd.  Niels died in Lehi April 27, 1942 and Jeanette died April 15, 1932 also in Lehi.  All three are buried side by side in the American Fork City Cemetery.

Nile Riding and Josephine Sarah Nelson Johnson:  Nile was born May 5, 1922 in Cannonville, Utah to Samuel Smith and Thirza Riding Johnson.  He married Beula Haws in July 1942 and they had one son, Douglas Nile and later divorced.

Jo was born March 14, 1927, in Welby, Utah to Lewis Edward and Sadie Louise Turner Nelson and grew up in Lehi.  She married Loyd Norman Fillmore and they had one daughter, Juanita Elaine and later divorced.

Nile and Jo were married August 16, 1946 and moved to Highland (#88 on the 1958 Highland map) on forty acres straddling the Murdock canal.  The home had been built by William T Hyde II for his daughter, Ethel and her husband Ruel Markham.  They raised tomatoes, peas and corn for the Pleasant Grove Cannery, along with strawberries, hay and a peach and cherry orchard.  They also had a Grade A dairy with 7 cows.  They had three children together: Ricky, Nila Jo and Jamie.  In addition to his farm he managed to work for the Bureau of Reclamation for a few years and at Geneva Steel for 27 years, retiring because of a bad back.  They later sold the 23 acres on the south of the canal. 

In 1975 their home burned to the ground, an apparent result of an earlier lightning strike that they assumed must have damaged the internal wiring.  They rebuilt on the same spot using a Boise Cascade prebuilt on a concrete foundation. 

Josephine died at home June 11, 1998 and Nile died January 20, 2004.  They are buried in the Lehi City Cemetery.


Vera Mary Adams Johnson:  She was another of the original 1915 Church members, along with her newborn son, Reed Russell.  She was married to George Peter Johnson but his records were not received or perhaps he was not a Church member.  They also had a three year old daughter whose records were not received. 

George was born January 20, 1887 in American Fork, Utah and Vera was born July 6, 1891 in American Fork to Alvin Francis and Margaret Christensen Adams.  They were married July 26, 1910 and had four children, Georgia B, Reed Russell, Frances Velma and Coral L.  Reed and Frances were born in Highland.  In 1920 they were living in Salt Lake City.  George died February 4, 1948 and Vera married Hyrum Burtran Parkin November 15, 1949.  The following year they took a trip to Hawaii.  Vera died August, 1986. 


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