PETER COALBANK, father of
SAMUEL COALBANK, father of
MINERVA COLEBANK JOHNSON, mother of
WILLIAM OSBORNE JOHNSON
William Osborne Johnson was born January 15, 1853 in the Union District of Monongalia County,
West Virginia to parents Richard and Minerva Colebank Johnson. William married Jemima Ann
Stewart in 1874, daughter of Daniel Stewart and Rebecca Blosser. She was born in Monongalia Co.,
West Virginia, on the Old Stewart Farm, and died 1911. William and Jema Johnson had the following
children: William Lindsay Johnson, born 1875, David Frank Johnson, born 1879, Jesse Keener
Johnson, 1881-1949 and Charles Woodrow Johnson, born 1884. William Lindsay Johnson is the
subject of the following:
"WILLIAM LINDSAY JOHNSON, superintendent in charge of the plants of Morgantown Brick Company,
is a native of Monongalia County and descended from two of the old families of that section of the
state. His paternal grandfather, Richard Johnson, found of this branch of the family in West Virginia,
spent his early life in Western Pennsylvania, where he married Minerva Colebank, a native of that
section of the Keystone State. The Johnsons were Irish and the Colebanks Scotch in ancestry. After
their marriage Mr. Johnson came to West Virginia and settled on what was known as the old
Stewart farm, near Stewartstown in the Union District of Monongalia County. Here he and his wife
spent the remainder of their lives, were substantial farmers, and devout members of the Methodist
The son, William Johnson, was born on the old farm in Union District January 15, 1853. While he had
some experience as a farmer, the greater part of his active years was devoted to Government work in
the construction of dams and locks on the Upper Monongalia River. For several years he was a diver.
He is still living, retired, in Morgantown. His wife bore the maiden name of Jemimah Ann Stewart.
She was born on the old Stewart farm in Monongalia County, and died in 1911. Her parents, Daniel
and Rebecca(Blosser) Stewart, were married in Pennsylvania and then came to Monongalia County.
William Lindsay Johnson, son of William and Jemimah A. (Stewart) Johnson, was born on the
Stewart farm in Monongalia County, July 24, 1874. He had a common school education, but when
only nine years of age he was earning a salary by employment as a water boy for the force of men
performing Government service along the river, thus being close to his father, who was in the same
work. Mr. Johnson at more or less regular intervals continued Government work along the river and in
different capacities until 1905.
He was married in that year and the following year went to work in the yards of the Morgantown Brick
Company, at the old plant on the west side of the river. He was under Superintendent Williams and
later was transferred to the east side plant, under Superintendent S. S. Minor. Here he acquired a
thorough proficiency in all branches of the brick making industry, of the company's business. Since
1911 he has been superintendent, and has earned the reputation of being one of the expert brick
makers in the state.
Mr. Johnson is a citizen alive to his responsibilities as a factor in the community. He is a member of
Morgantown Union Lodger No. 4., A. F. and A. M.,Monongalia Lodge No 10, Junior Order United
American Mechanics, and the Methodist Protestant Church. September 25, 1905, he married Valley
Josephine Stewart, daughter of John and Jane (Evans) Stewart, of Monongalia County. Mr. and Mrs.
Johnson have one daughter, Helen Marguerite, born November 26, 1912."
"The History of West Virginia, Old and New, Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume II, pg. 438
Front row, L - R: Jesse Blosser, Myrtle Stewart Blosser, Jerry Stewart, Belle Stewart, William
Osborne Johnson and Jemima "Sis" Stewart Johnson.
Second row, L-R: Quinter Stewart, Eva Stewart, David Stewart, Anna Stewart, John "Jack" Stewart,
Third row, L-R: William Stewart, Sarah Stewart, Clark Sapp, Olive "Pet" Stewart Sapp.
Photo take August 14, 1909 in Point Marion, Pennsylvania.