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Victoria E. Johnson

 

Born: 1869, North Carolina
Died:  Before 1900

 
Victoria "Vickie" E. Johnson was born about 1869, more than likely in Iredell County, NC.
 
Vickie first appears on the 1870 Iredell County Census with the family of Levina/Viney C. Sherrill Johnson where she is listed as Levina's "daughter".  Levina's husband, Pinkney C. Johnson, was killed in the Civil war in 1865 and his last child, John Henry Pinkney Johnson, was born a few weeks later.  Since Vickie was born about 1869, Pinkney could not have been her father and there is no indication who the biological father could have been.
 
 
Pinkney & Levina Johnson's Children
Name Birth Date Death Date Spouse
Alfred Freeland Johnson 26 Jan 1847
Iredell Co, NC
10 Oct 1919
Mossy Creek
White Co, GA
Lydia Ida Cooley
James Harvey Johnson 04 Jan 1850
Iredell Co, NC
24 Mar 1915
Waynesville, NC
 
Eliza Jane Johnson 02 Apr 1854
Iredell Co, NC
13 Aug 1930
Iredell Co, NC
James Calvin Blankenship
Margaret Elizabeth Johnson 26 Nov 1857
Iredell Co, NC
30 Aug 1934
Statesville, NC
Henry H. Morrison
Louisa Eveline Johnson Nov 1860   Jim Edison
Julia A. Johnson Abt. 1862    
John Henry "Pinkney" Johnson II 12 Apr 1865
Iredell Co, NC
09 Jun 1889 Nancy Caroline Leslie
 
 
 

The 1870 Census shows Levina/Viney living in Iredell County.  None of the children living with her and Pinkey in 1860 are still living with her at the time of the 1870 census, but there are 3 new children.  Julia and Henry were the youngest children of Pinkney and Levina. 

 
Vickie's name is listed as Vickie E. (or even Wickie E.).  She is one year old, female and her race is listed as "W" (White).  It also shows that she was born in North Carolina.
 

1870 Iredell County Census

 
Last Name First Name Age Sex Race Occupation Birth Place
Johnson Viney 36 F W Keeping House NC
------- Julia 7 F W    
------- Henry 6 M W    
------- Vickie E. 1 F W    
             
Watt J.A. 54 M W Farmer NC
------ Hannah 40 F W Keeping House  
----- John A. 2 M W    
----- Robt. F. 7/12 M W    
Johnson Evaline 11 F W At home  
 
 
 
We know that there were several other children that Levina helped raise after the death of her husband, Pinkney C. Johnson.
 
Other Children Levina C. Sherrill Johnson Helped Raise
Name Relation
to
Levina
Birth Date Death Date Spouse
Victoria E. Johnson  *Daughter Abt. 1869 Bef. 1900 Martin Grier Carrigan
Carrie Lee Edison (Granddaughter) *Granddaughter 21 Mar 1893
Iredell Co, NC
15 Jul 1966 Arthur Lee Roy Crawford
Genevia May Johnson *Great
Granddaughter
21 Feb 1903 02 Jan 1987
Banner Elk, NC
John Paul Baldwin
*Vickie is listed as the daughter of Levina Sherrill Johnson on the 1880 Iredell County Census
** Carrie Lee Edison/Idson appears to be the daughter of Louisa Eveline Johnson and Jim Edison
*** Genevia Mae Johnson was the daughter of Beulah Vernesta Johnson & Charlie Johnson - She was the granddaughter of John Henry Pinkney Johnson and Nancy Caroline Leslie - and the great granddaughter of Levina Sherrill Johnson & Pinkney C. Johnson
 
 
 
 

By 1880, several of Levina's (listed as L. C.) daughters have moved back home with her, including M. G. Johnson (Margaret Elizabeth Johnson) and M. L. E. Johnson (Louisa Eveline Johnson).  Daughter Julia, age 18, and son Henry, age 15, were still living with Levina. 

 

Vickie/Victoria, age 11, was still living with the family.  Her race had been listed as white on the 1870 Census, but the 1880 Census lists her race as "Mu" (Mulatto) - or half black and half white. 

 

The 1880 Census also show that Viney had four grandchildren living at the family home, too.  They were Joseph Johnson, Nora Johnson, G. H. Johnson and William F Johnson.  There was no indication as to who their mothers or fathers were.  They probably were NOT the children of Margaret Elizabeth Johnson since she married Henry H. Morrison in 1881 and none of these names are listed on the 1900 Census for Margaret and Henry.  They must have been the children of either Alfred Freeland Johnson, James Harvey Johnson, Eliza Jane Johnson (Blankenship) or Louisa Eveline Johnson (Edison).

 

1880 Iredell County Census

 
Last Name First Name Race Sex Age If born
Census Year,
give  Month
Relation Single Widow Occupation Maimed,
Crippled,
bedridden
School
Johnson L. C. W F 48       X Keeping house    
----- M. G. W F 23   Daughter X   At home    
----- M. L. E. W F 20   Daughter X   "    
----- Julia A. W F 18   Daughter X   "    
----- John H. W M 15   Son     " X X
----- Victoria Mu F 11   Daughter     "    
----- Joseph W M 4   G. Son          
----- Nora W F 2   G.Daughter          
----- G. H. W M 2   G. Son          
----- Wm. F. W M 7/12 5th G. Son          
 
 
 
Vickie Johnson married Martin Grier Carrigan on 20 Feb 1889 in Taylorsville, Alexander County, NC. 
 
The following article from The Statesville Record & Landmark dated Thursday, 28 Feb 1889, announces their marriage as well as Vickie's mixed race.
 

The Statesville Record & Landmark Article from Thursday, 28 Feb 1889

 
 
 
Vickie married Grieron 20 Feb 1889 in Alexander County, NC.  They had two children: Clide/Clyde and Bertha Mae Carrigan.  Clide/Clyde was born several years before their marriage.
 
 
Children of Martin Grier Carrigan and Victoria Johnson
Name Birth Date Death Date Spouse
Clide Carrigan 29 Dec 1886 1 May 1966 (1) Unknown
(2) Eva Mehling Moyle
Bertha Mae "Bert" Carrigan 24 Nov 1889 30 Mar 1972 (Never Married)
 
 
 
 
The following newspaper article appeared in The Statesville Record & Landmark on 14 Nov 1889 just days before Grier and Vickie's second child, Bertha, was born.  It shows that the local court has found Grier and Vickie guilty of miscegenation (the interbreeding of two people from different races).  As a result of this verdict, Grier was given 30 days to leave the "State", but judgment against Vickie was suspended.
 

The Statesville Record & Landmark Article from Thursday, 14 Nov 1889

 
 
 
There is no indication of what happened to Vickie after this.  No additional records have been found for her.  Grier and Vickie must have divorced or perhaps simply separated, because he married Mollie G. Mayberry prior to 1900 and the couple appear in the Concord Township on the 1900 Iredell County Census.
 
 
 
Vickie's half sister, Eliza Jane Johnson, married James Calvin Blankenship about 1893. Eliza Jane and James never had any children of their own but they did help raise several, including Vickie and Grier Carrigan's son, Clide/Clyde.
 
The 1910 Iredell County Census shows those living with James & Eliza Jane Blankenship. Clide Kerrigan (Clyde Carrigan), was listed as "mulatto" and his relationship was nephew.  His age is listed as 22, but in reality he would have been 23 and actually turning 24 later that year.
 

1910 Iredell County Census

 
Last Name First Name Relation Sex Race Age S/M
Wd
Yrs.
Md.
No.
Kids
Born
No.
Kids
Living
Birth Occu-
pation
Trade
Blankenship James C. Head M W 45 M 17     NC Farmer General
Farm
------- Jane Wife F W 55 M 17 1 1 NC None  
Idson Carrie E. Niece F W 17 S       NC Farm
Laborer
General
Farm
Johnson Lavina Mother-
in-Law
F W 78 Wd   8 4 NC None  
------ Genevia M. Niece F W 7 S       NC None  
Kerrigan Clide Nephew M Mu 22 S       NC Farm
Laborer
Working
Out
 
Others on the 1910 Census include: Carrie Lee Edison (the daughter of Eliza Jane's sister Louisa Eveline Johnson and Jim Edison), as well as Eliza Jane's grandniece, Genevia May Johnson (the granddaughter of Eliza Jane's bother John Henry Pinkney Johnson).
 
 
Martin Grier Carrigan died 23 Aug 1902 and was buried at Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Iredell County, NC.  For additional information on him, be sure to check out the Martin Grier Carrigan page.
 
 
 
 
Children of Victoria E. Johnson and Martin Grier Carrigan
 
 
Bertha Mae "Bert" Carrigan
 
Bertha May "Bert" Carrigan was born 24 Nov 1889.
 
The 1910 Census shows Bertha living with the Rufus Carter Jenkins Family in the Shiloh Township, Iredell County, NC.  She is a "Boarder" and 19 years old.  Her brother Clide/Clyde was living next door with the James Calvin Blackwell family - where he is listed as "Mulato" and as a nephew.
 

1910 Iredell County Census

 
Last Name First Name Relation Sex Race Age S/M
Wd
Yrs.
Md.
No.
Kids
Born
No.
Kids
Living
Birth Occu-
pation
Trade
Blankenship James C. Head M W 45 M 17     NC Farmer General
Farm
------- Jane Wife F W 55 M 17 1 1 NC None  
Idson Carrie E. Niece F W 17 S       NC Farm
Laborer
Home
Farm
Johnson Lavina Mother-
in-Law
F W 78 Wd   8 4 NC None  
------ Genevia M. Niece F W 7 S       NC None  
Kerrigan Clide Nephew M Mu 22 S       NC Farm
Laborer
Working
Out
                         
Jenkins Carter R. Head M W 36 M 10     NC Farmer General Farm
------ Johnsie M. Wife F W 25 M 10 4 4 NC Farm Laborer Home
Farm
------ Farril B. Son M W 9 S       NC None  
----- Rachel M. Daughter F W 6 S       NC None  
------ Hal Son M W 4 S       NC None  
------ Avis I. Daughter F W 1 S       NC None  
------ Harriett C. Mother F W 52 Wd   1 1 NC None  
Carrigan Burt Boarder F Mu 19 S       NC Farm Laborer Home Farm
 
 
 
The 1920 Iredell County Census shows Bertha Mae Carrigan, age 30, living with the Rufus Carter Jenkins family in Shiloh Township, Iredell County, NC.  Her race was listed as "Mulato".
 
 

1920 Iredell County Census

 
Last Name First Name Relation Sex Race Age S/M
Wd
Education Birth Occu-
pation
Trade
Attend
School
Can
Read
Can
Write
Jenkins Carter R. Head M W 46 M   Yes Yes NC Farmer General Farm
------ Johnsie M. Wife F W 36 M   Yes Yes NC None  
------ Farrell B. Son M W 19 S No Yes Yes NC Farm Laborer Home
Farm
----- Rachel M. Daughter F W 16 S Yes Yes Yes NC None  
------ Hal Son M W 13 S Yes Yes Yes NC None  
------ Avis I. Daughter F W 11 S Yes Yes Yes NC None  
------ Alma F. Daughter F W 9 S Yes     NC None  
------ Virginia D Daughter F W 6 S Yes     NC None  
----- Mary D. Daughter F W 3
6/12
S       NC None  
----- Carter W. Son M W 11/12 S       NC None  
------ Harriett C. Mother F W 72 Wd   Yes Yes NC None  
Carrigan Bertha M. Servant F Mu 30 S   No No NC Servant Private
Family
 
 
The 1930 Iredell County Census shows Bertha, age 40, still living with the Rufus Carter Jenkins family in Shiloh Township, Iredell County, NC.  Her race was listed as "Negro (Black)".
 
 

1930 Iredell County Census

 
Last Name First Name Relation Sex Race Age S/M
Wd
Education Birth Occupation
Attend
School
Can
Read
Write
Blankenship James C. Head M W 68 M No Yes NC Farmer
------ E. Jane Wife F W 76 M No   NC None
                     
Jenkins R. Carter Head M W 56 M No Yes NC Farmer
------ Johnsie M. Wife F W 45 M No Yes NC None
------ Irmie Daughter F W 21 S No Yes NC None
------ Alma F. Daughter F W 19 S No Yes NC None
------ Virginia D Daughter F W 16 S No Yes NC None
------ M. Doris Daughter F W 13 S Yes Yes NC None
------ Wayne C. Son M W 11 S Yes Yes NC None
------ Helen I. Daughter F W 8 S Yes   NC None
------ Bernice H. Daughter F W 6 S Yes   NC None
------ Betty E. Daughter F W 3
8/12
S No   NC None
------ Joe M. Son M W 1 S No   NC None
Carrigan Bert Servant F Neg 40 S No No NC Servant
 
 
 
 
Bertha Carrigan's Death Certificate tells a little more about her.  It verifies her birth date as 24 Nov 1889 (in Iredell County, NC) and her death date as 30 Mar 1972 (in Statesville, Iredell County, NC).  She was 82 at the time of her death.  Her race is listed as "W" (White).  She had never been married and had been living at the Hill Haven Nursing Home in Stony Point, NC.  The Death Certificate lists her parents as Martin Grier Carrigan and Vickie Johnson.
 
Death Certificate for Bertha Mae Carrigan

 
 
Bertha "Bert" Mae Carrigan was the daughter of Martin Grier Carrigan and Victoria Johnaon.
 

New Sterling Church, Iredell County, NC

Name Birth Date Death Date Age Spouse Find-A-Grave
Bertha Mae "Bert" Carrigan 24 Nov 1889
Iredell Co, NC
30 Mar 1972
Statesville, NC
82 (Never Married) Click Here
 

 

 
 
 
 
Clyde Carrigan
 
Clyde Carrigan was born 29 Dec 1886.
 
The 1900 Iredell County, NC, Census shows Clyde/Clide Carrigan living in the Shiloh Township with the Odis Hollar family.   Clyde was 13 years old and working as a servant.  His race was listed as "W" (White).
 
The 1910 Iredell County, NC, Census (Shown Above) shows Clyde (Clide) living with the James Calvin Blankenship family in the Shiloh Township.  Clyde is listed as "Mulato" and as the nephew of James Blankenship, but he would actually have been the nephew (or grand nephew) of James' wife, Eliza Jane Johnson Blankenship.
 
By June 1917, Clyde was 19 years old and apparently had decided to head out west.  More than likely he realized that he had little chance of moving ahead as a "white" man in an area where everyone knew that his mother (Vickie Johnson Carrigan) was only half-white.  In the US, during that period of time, if there was any part of your heritage that was "Negro/Black", you were considered 100% "Black".
 
Clyde Carrigan's WWI Draft Registration shows that he was living in Armington, Cascade County, Montana.  His birth date is listed as 29 Dec 1886 and his race was listed as "Caucasian/White".  The Draft Registration shows that he was born in Stoney Point, NC, and that he was currently working as a farmer at F. P. Flarex.  It is shown that Clyde also had a wife, although her name is not listed.  His Draft Registration lists his physical description as medium tall, medium size or weight, with grey eyes and black hair.  The date of the Draft Registration was 05 Jun 1917.
 

 
In 1920, Clyde was living on a farm in Neil Creek, Cascade County, Montana, with a widow named Lulu B. Peterson.  Mrs. Peterson was 46 years old and was originally from Sweden.  She had three "laborers" working on her farm: (1) Steven Jenses, age 47, from Denmark, (2) Andrew L. Year, age 38, from Wyoming, and (3) Clyde Carrigan, age 30, from North Carolina.  This Census says that Clyde was "S" (Single).
 
By 1930, Clyde had moved on to California.  The 1930 Census shows him living in Orosi, Tulare County, California, with a 52 year old widow names Anna A. Jackson, and her 11 year old daughter, Peggy.  Clyde is listed as a "Boarder" and his age is 42.  The Census shows that he was born in NC.  He was working as a farm laborer.
 
By 1940, Clyde was living in the town of Dinuba in Tulare County, California.  He was renting a home with a real estate value of $8.  Clyde was 53 and still single.  This particular Census also says that he had no schooling, which is not unusual for a mixed-race child born in 1886 from North Carolina.  He had a housekeeper living with him named Sarah Broder.
 
Clyde married Eva Mehling Myole on 19 Jun 1955.  He was 67 years old and living in San Luis, Obispo County, California, at the time.
 
The San Luis Obispo, California, City Directory shows Clyde and Eva living at 5315 Olmeda av Atas, San Luis Obispo, California, in 1958.
 
At the time of Clyde's death, he was living at 93442 Morro Bay, San Luis, Obispo County, California.
 
Clyde died on  1 May 1966 and was buried at the Cayucos-Morro Bay District Cemetery, in San Luis Obispo County, California.  His Plot at the cemetery is Sec 1 "Blk" 20.
 
The California Death Index lists Clyde's birth date as 29 Dec 1886 and his death date as 1 May 1966.  It also lists his mother's maiden name as Johnson (Vickie Johnson).
 
A little more information about Clyde's wife Eva Mehling Moyle:
The 1940 Census shows Eva, age 43, living is Orosi, Tulare County, California, with her husband Grover D. Moyle.  Grover was 47 years old.  He and Eva had a 4 year old daughter named Adeline Joyce Moyle.  Eva was born in Germany, had a 7th grade education, was a Naturalized Citizen, and was working as a seamstress.  It appears that she was born 28 Jul 1896.  Eva's husband Grover died in Jan 1955 and she married Clyde Carrigan in Jun 1955.
 
After the death of Eva's second husband, Clyde Carrigan, in 1966, she married Paul A. Langlois, age 76, on 01 Jun 1969, in San Louis Obispo County, California.  Eva died on 23 Jul 1977 in San Luis Obispo, California.
 
 
 
 
 

SOURCES

 

Thanks to Kady Gantt for sharing the articles from The Statesville Record & Landmark

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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