Hi Miss Erma,
I'm sorry for just getting back to you but very happy you left me this message. I looked over my sections on Kathryne, Doris and Ralph M. and do have lots of blanks hopefully you and your granddaughters can help me fill in. I will be glad to share all info and photos I have on Willa Mae.
I also work with our cousin Bambi doing Willa Mae's Johnson side. In fact today is her birthday and I sent her a Happy Birthday email this morning.
My Grandfather Otis Myron Johnson as you know was the brother of Willa Mae Johnson, Sargent, Pellett.
I had hit a information brick wall on the Johnsons and didn't think I could find out any new info or go back another generation but decided to take the DNA test and be part of the Bahamas DNA Project AND to my surprise was a match with one person from the Bahamas. A Jay Alan Johnson living in Key West. He agreed to do it because our mutual cousin Dr. Maggie McClintock also of Key West needed a direct male descendant. We both agreed that our GG Grandfathers had to be brothers but could not prove it Until I got a reply from the Bahamas Archives stating they had found my GG Grandfather Thomas Johnson's birth record and his parents were Nathan b. 1791 and Catherine b. 1793 Johnson, the exact parents of Maggie's GG Grandfather Henry Baker Johnson. It filled in a huge hole in our family history. It is still a mystery why Willa Mae's father and my GGrandfather William Eldridge Johnson came to Port Orange in 1867 instead of going to Key West like every one else. Even Williams mother Charlotte Bethel Johnson moved to KW in 1873 after her 2nd marriage to Edward Russell.
I was living at my Grandmothers in Port Orange in the early 1970s after I got out of the Air Force and going to the University of FL and met Doris several times when she would come to visit my Aunt Louise and Grandmother Hattie Lastinger Johnson in Port Orange at the old Johnson home.
My Dad Ted E. Johnson, Sr., will be 89 March 12 and speaks fondly of Doris and Kathryne. Dad now lives with my sister Charlotte in Port Orange and doing very well. I live in the Atlanta area and will be going down for his birthday and spend the week with him and Charlotte. My Mom and younger brother both passed away in 2006, Mom was a Cajun girl from Crowley, LA and they moved out there in 1968.
I did find a Ralph Pellett age 25 living with your parents in Dade County, in the 1935 FL State Census. You were 2 months old and Shirley was 4 years old.
I did find a Ralph M. Pellett and a Kathryn Jeanette Pellett in the FL marriage and divorce collection 1945. Do you know much about him or that, info seems scare on him.
My Dad called him Ralph Jr., and said he lived with them for a while in the old Johnson Home in Port Orange that had to be in the 1930s.
I can send you a low resolution pdf of Aunt Willa Maes section and you can see what photos I have and then tell me which ones you would like and I'll email or send a CD with higher better quality ones.
Again wonderful to hear from you and if it's like here keep warm.
Ted E. Johnson, Jr.
known to everyone in the family as Buddy
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