James Clarke Irvine


ANN KETURAH JOHNSON, wife of the foregoing, was born 29th Sept., 1837, in Brookville, Franklin Co., Indiana. Ann was one of 10 children from the union of Hadley Douglas Johnson and Elizabeth Huldah Woodworth, of Brookville, Indiana Territory, 5 of whom reached maturity. These were:-

Mary Etta, Married Richard McMurray, of Salt Lake City, Utah. Died in Colorado.

Ada, married Frank Kelly, of Omaha, Nebr., later moved to Denver Colo.

Douglas Haymond, died unmarried in Oregon, Mo. After a checkered career in which he demonstrated he was no replica of his energetic father - in fact seeming to lack all the qualities his father had in abundance. Came to live his last years with his sister Ann about 1910 or some 3 years following the death of his brother-in-law who couldn’t abide him. Died prior to 1918.

Indiana Louisiana, married Hampton Price, of Oregon, Mo.

Each of the girls had issue, their whereabouts unknown.

Ann Keturah’s mother, Elizabeth Huldah nee Woodworth Johnson, was born in New York State on 16th Jan., 1812. Of Scotch-Irish extraction, being one of 7 daughter born to Raleigh, Woodworth and Keturah Newkirk. Died while living with Ann in Mt. Vernon, on 5th Jan., 1879.

Ann Keturah’s father, Hadley Douglas Johnson, was born in or near Philadelphia, Pa. 1st Sept., 1812 one of 8 children of Dr. Isaac Johnson and Ann Haymond. Of Irish-German-English extraction, his life’s story is so filled with strenuous pioneering activity that it simply cannot be fully covered - the a feeble attempt is to follow.

Of Ann Keturah herself very little has come to light. From her husband we know that in early womanhood she stood 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighed 120 pounds, was of spare habit with fair complexion and dark hair, had gray-blue eyes and maintained good health. This latter can hold until 1892 when in her 55th year. Then the son Louis Clarke was called away from his affairs in Mobile by a report from his father that she was dying ... On arrival at the old home the son found his mother had been bedridden for an unknown time - was "wasted away to mere shadow". she was despondent and feeble from prolonged refusal to eat, or even make the faintest effort to sit up. She had forgotten how to sit, stand, or walk. James Clarke was resigned that her end was near, and resentful of any and all effort to remedy the situation.

The son sought the physician in attendance but could get no satisfactory explanation of probable causes. This son had been managing one of the then many "KEELEY Cure" sanatorium - popular for alcoholics and drug addicts - and knew from first had experience quite a bit about the fundamentals of body functioning. On his own responsibility he defied the doctor and his father, and proceeded with a bit of homely experimentation. Unknown to him was the fact that he was following the tactics of his ancestry Dr. Josiah Bartlett (page 57) - but as it was expressed to me "Everyone at some time or other during his life exemplifies the dictum the ‘Necessity is the Mother of Invention and Progress’ and if failure follows the innovation he’s a fool, a dumpkof, who rushes in ‘where angels fear to tread’ - whereas if success follows this experimenter is acclaimed a hero, a genius, and ‘angel in disguise’. It’s success that pays off - the personality forming test trials-along-the-way are discounted or disparaged and finally forgotten." So Josiah was but human after all!

But the son discovered that no one knew when an elimination had last occurred - seemingly the bowel was paralyzed. From what causes he knew not - so he allied what he did know. Administering small doses of Nux Vomica (active principle is the alkaloid strychnine) and repeatedly using soapy enemas - what he conceived as "locked bowel" gradually came to life. Ann begged to be let alone - but nursing her like a new-born babe he stroked her throat to provoke swallowing - brow-beat her into taking the spoon herself, and to sit up - lifted her bodily from the bed and while supporting her by the armpits would kick her feet alternately from uner her in a frantic attempt to make her walk. After weeks of what seemed useless effort success first appeared as a new gleam in her eyes, color returned to her cheeks and fingers, and after 3 months of this meticulous nursing care his father’s sister, Aunt Matt, came from Mt. Vernon to carry on the good work.

But such tediously provoked improvement was not to continue. Aunt Matt was her brother all over again - and when Ann K. would beg to be let alone Aunt Matt obliged - and the forward progressive betterment reversed itself. After 2 months of this Louis was again called from Mobile and found that a goodly proportion of his work had been undone. His mother simply had no will to live. But again the son set to work, this with the willing help of a neighbor, and old friend of the family. In training her to do the work he taught her the reasons why - with the end result that their combined efforts were successful in complete restitution of his mother’s physical and mental condition. This time he wisely lingered until convinced a satisfactory transferal of confidence had taken place - from reliance and trust in him to confidence and faith in the good neighbor. And Ann Keturah permanently was restored to health.

About 1909-10, or some 2-3 years after the death of his father, this son tried to inveigle his mother into the Southland - to not only be near his family but to escape the harsh winters of Oregon Mo. Reluctantly she came, but fled precipitously on realization that Louis was maneuvering to dispose of the Oregon home. Never again could she be induced to even visit away from the home site she had known for 50 odd years. Finally, when age enfeeblements were so in evidence she consented to let her daughter-in-law, Katie, care for her in Kansas City, Mo., where a eventual threat of pneumonia terminated her life in a Kansas City Hospital on 14th Feb. 1918. Interred beside her husband in Maple Grove Cemetery, Oregon, Mo.

Issue of James Clarke Irvine and Ann Keturah Johnson:-

Leigh Hadley Irvine

Louis Clarke Irvine

Clare Bartlett Irvine

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(From a Salt Lake, Utah, newspaper clipping in possession of Mrs. Myra nee Irvine (Guardia) Kirkendall, then of 935 East Central Ave., Duarte, Calif. (1950) concerning the life of the maternal grandfather of Leigh Hadley, Louis Clarke, and Clare Bartlett.)


Well known Character Passed Away at Noon Yesterday.
Helped to Make History.
Prominent in the Organization of the
Territories of Kansas and Nebraska - Identified
with the History of Utah for the Last Thirty Years -
Filled Many Prominent Stations with Honor.
Had a Reputation in a Dozen States.

July 11, 1898. A familiar, loved and respected figure passed from among us yesterday, in the death of Hadley D. Johnson, which occurred at noon at his residence, 226 G. Street, at the ripe old age of 86. Mr. Johnson was a man with a reputation, not only in Utah, but in a dozen other States, and occupied a prominent place in public affairs for over 50 years, and for the last 30 years of his useful life was a resident if Salt Lake. The infirmities of old age had been creeping upon him for several years, and latterly he became quite feeble, but it was only a week ago that it became evident that the end was very near at hand. He was stricken with paralysis several days ago, and remained in a partial comatose condition until his spirit passed away yesterday when the sun was at its zenith. He was a member of the I.O.O.F., and under the auspices of that organization the funeral will occur, at the hour and date yet to be fixed.


Hadley Douglas Johnson (Father of Ann Keturah Johnson)

His genealogy is traced back to Ireland in the following fashion: Robert, of co. Wicklow, Ireland, came to America about 1700, bring a son, then aged 7 years, named Robert Jr., who married Catherine, a daughter of Simon Hadley, in 1721. Six sons and four daughters were born of this union, among them being Isaac, who married in 1770, Lydia, a daughter of Hanna and Isaac Miller of Chester Co. Pa., and they had six sons and six daughters. Among the sons was Isaac Miller Johnson, who married Ann Haymond Douglas, in 1806, widow of Thomas Douglas and daughter of Cassandra Clelland and William Haymond of Montgomery Co., Maryland - who was born in 1767, and died near Creve Coeur Lake, St. Louis Co., Mo., in 1823. Two sons and one daughter were born of this marriage, the youngest son being Hadley Douglas Johnson, born near Brookville, Indiana Territory, Sept 1, 1812. Now know as Franklin Co., Indiana.

His father, Dr. Isaac Miller Johnson, emigrated to the west, floated down the Ohio on a raft, and settled in Brookville. In 1821 Dr. Johnson moved to St. Louis Co., Mo., and settled in the rich lands near Creve Coeur, opposite St. Charles, not far from the present County seat - Clayton. His wife died there in 1823.

Young Hadley returned to reside with his older sister in Indiana soon after his mother’s death, riding the whole distance on an Indian pony purchased for the trip. He went to the "old field school", where he learned to read, write, and cipher as far as "the Rule of Three".


In 1824 (?), on the 24th day of June, he was married to Elizabeth Huldah Woodworth, daughter of Keturah Newkirk and Ryleigh Woodworth, both residents of the county of Franklin, Indiana, and engaged in merchandizing at Brookville in that State. During this time he began to read Law. In 1846 both he and his wife were afflicted with a severe sickness - wherein the home remedies were applied with not the usual results - until at last the physician induced them to try "a special prescription", which resulted in immediate cure. (Josiah’s abound!!!)

After reading law for several months he was admitted to the bar by Judge George H. Dunn in the year 1847, and began practice at Laurel, Indiana.

Going by way of Portland, San Francisco, Panama, and New York. With a company of 13, one of them his son, he returned overland. Although the Indians and "road agents" were troublesome they got through safely, one man carrying $6000 in gold dust.


He remained in Omaha from 1865 to 1869, when he was again taken with the western fever, sold his interests, which then included a farm near the heart of the present city of Omaha, and outfitted for Puget Sound. In the winter of 1869 he arrived in Salt Lake and decided to remain there.

He at once took an interest in public affairs, and began work along journalistic lines, which he continued to follow for many years, conducting papers in Ogden and Nephi, and for a time acted as editor of the Herald.


In 1872 he organized the Democratic Party in Utah and at its first meeting was elected as one of the delegates to the National Convention, which met at Baltimore that year. In the "sage brush" movement of 1888 he took a prominent part and his council was ever wise and conservative. In 1872 he was chosen as one of the delegates to the Territorial Constitutional Convention and was prominent among a list of noted and influential men who composed the body.

In 1885 Mr. Johnson was strongly endorsed for the position of Indian Agent, but upon the announcement of the President of the famous policy as the office holders, he promptly withdrew his application in a strong and characteristic letter to Sec. Lamar.

Upon the re-organization of the Utah Commission in 1894 he was prominently mentioned for a place on the Board.


When the first State Convention of his party was held in 1896 he was endorsed by resolution as its choice as messenger to convey the first electoral vote to the capitol of the Nation, and he performed this honorable trust in the winter following the election, having been designated by the electors of the new State.

During the latter years he was a great correspondent and letter writer, being well acquainted with many public men and having access to the columns of out best journals.

It had been his purpose to attend a celebration on the last National Birthday of his native sons and daughters of Franklin County, Indiana, were expected to participate, but his enfeebled condition made it possible only to transmit an address delivered by him a half century ago at the same place, and on a like occasion. His first wife having died, Mr. Johnson again married in 1877 to Eliza Atkinson of Salt Lake City, formerly of Doncaster, England, who survives him.

He was a member of the Nebraska and also the Utah Historical Societies.

By his first marriage he had a family of 10 children, 5 of whom reached maturity. Ann K. Johnson Married Clarke Irvine and resides in Oregon, Mo. Mary Etta married Richard McMurray and died in Colorado. Ada H. married Frank Kelly and resides in Helena, Mont. Douglas Raymond, his only son, resides at South Omaha. Indiana Louisiana married Hampton Price and resides at Oregon, Mo. Of these only his 3rd daughter, Mrs. Kelly, was able to be with him in his last illness.

(the foregoing recounting of the many activities of our maternal great grandfather seems so all-inclusive and complete it is really mean to comment on obvious discrepancies. However, being born in 1812 he surely was not married in 1824. And under the heading of "Settled in Salt Lake City" the narrator relates "he remained in Omaha from 1865 to 1869" - which conflicts with the too circumstantial fact that his daughter Ann with a first born son, Leigh, had been deposited there under his protective influence during the "flight for life" from Oregon of his son-in-law - and that while there residing a 2nd son, Louis Clarke, arrived on the scene - which same was Hadley’s farm located in what was to become down-town Omaha.)