Our rich heritage begins in a small Louisiana town in St. Helena Parish in the 1800s. In 1869, a baby boy named John Johnson was born in St. Helena Parish and in 1876; a baby girl named Sophia Moore was born also in St. Helena Parish. After many years of dating, John Johnson married Sophia Moore in 1889. To this union, ten (10) children were born. The children born to this union are as follows: Harry, Ida, Alex, Delia, Laura, Virginia, Fannie, Elly, Ola, and Melissa Johnson. It was said that after Alex’s father died, Alex became the strong force to his siblings. Meanwhile, William Harrison and Lucinda Irvin Harrison were giving birth to several children as well. Their children were named: Millie, Julie Ann, Leatha, Edward, and Ernestine Harrison.
One day Alex Johnson met and courted Millie Harrison. After many years of dating, the two became one. To this union, eleven (11) children were born. They are as follows: Ernestine, Joe Nathan, Josephine, Willie Mae, Robert, Myrtis, Lucille, Leroy, Leatha, Bernice, and Alex Johnson. These miraculous births took place on “Beaver Creek” now called Norwood, Louisiana and Baton Rouge, LA.
Both the Harrison and Johnson families were hard-working farmers experiencing the same environment and lifestyle. Both families raised their children in a Christian home.
Even though the Harrison family played an important role in the life of Alex & Millie Harrison Johnson, our family reunion will only be comprised of the offspring of Alex Johnson and children and descendants of Alex and Millie Johnson. As time progressed, Alex and Millie too became farmers and their beginnings were humble but very productive. They remained in East Feliciana Parish and made a home for the eleven offspring born to their union. One of their sons, Leroy died in infancy. After years went by, their children married and started families of their own.
In the 1940s, Alex and Millie Johnson left East Feliciana Parish to relocate to a home located on 1865 Progress Road in Scotlandville, LA. Alex and Millie had a love for their family to the point that they took in and raised Millie's niece, Marie (Bit) Wrights, daughter of Millie's sister, Julie Ann Harrison Wright, when her mother and father passed. Around 1946, Alex & Millie and the entire family moved to their new home they purchased on Swan Street in East Baton Rouge Parish in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. They purchased the lot where the home sits on from Millie’s sister and Brother-in-law Arthur & Leatha Harrison Franklin. This home still stands on its original site and is owned by the heirs of Alex and Millie Johnson.
Alex and Millie were members of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church and Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana respectively.
It is their new home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana that Alex and Millie began to receive the many grandchildren they expected! Alex, Sr. was affectionately known as “Sugar” and Millie as “Cutin Millie”. The dream of raising the grandchildren was short lived by the death of Millie, who died in 1952 at the age of 52. Alex lived more years and was able to see 43 of his grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. Sugar was a humble, lovable and caring grandparent. He embraced his children with deep concern and endearment. Sugar died at 89 years of age in 1976.
Presently, the Johnson Family is comprised of many professional people who are administrators, bank branch managers, entrepreneurs, ministers, nurses, supervisors, teachers, etc.
Sugar and Millie's remains are buried in the Southern Memorial Gardens and St. Helena B.C. Cemetery.