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Mary Elizabeth Johnson


Montford Johnson’s first wife, Mary Elizabeth (Campbell) Johnson was the daughter of Sergeant Charles Campbell and his Irish wife, Mary. Mary met Montford while he was looking after the homestead of her older brother, Michael, who was married to Montford’s sister.

Montford and Mary Elizabeth quickly fell in love, and they married in the fall of 1862. Mary Elizabeth had nine children and was very adept at ranch life. She was adamant about saving money, with the intent of providing better opportunities for their children than she and Montford had. She was a devout Catholic, which Montford respected, and the children were raised in the Catholic faith. She also understood Montford’s peculiarities, giving her a great ability to give Montford advice and support.

Mary Elizabeth died from an infection on August 27, 1880, in Silver City, Oklahoma.

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