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Kentucky Genealogy and Biography, Volume IV, Battle-Perrin-Kniffien, 3rd ed., 1886.
BENJAMIN F. JOHNSON, Hopkins County, was born in Christian county, Ky., October 20, 1832, and is a son of David and Elizabeth D. P. (Bradley) Johnson, natives of Christian County and of English descent. David Johnson engaged in agricultural pursuits all his life, and for many years was a major in the State militia of Kentucky. He died May 20, 1848. Benjamin F. Johnson, after his father’s death, commenced to learn the carpenter’s trade, but did not complete the same, serving only two years. He was then employed as a salesman in a general store at Hopkinsville and Stuart’s Mills for some two years, after which he engaged in business on his own account in company with John A. Louis, under the firm name of Johnson & Louis, in the northeastern part of Christian County, on the Hopkinsville and Greenville road, now known as Johnson’s store. After four years Mr. Johnson’s brother, Louis H., bought the interest of Mr. Louis in the business, which was conducted for another year under the firm name of Johnson Bros. In 1873 they moved their store to White Plains, where they bought an interest in another store, and for a time were associated with other parties. Ultimately, however, our subject bought out the interest of the others, and conducted the business alone for some six or seven years. In January, 1883, he sold the store and has since been engaged in agricultural pursuits, and also in the lumber and livestock business. He was married December 20, 1876, to Miss Maria L. Atkinson, a native of Christian County, Ky. Four children – three sons and one daughter – have blessed their union. Mr. Johnson is a member of the Universalist Church, and also of the Masonic fraternity, having advanced to the R. A. degree; he is also a member of the I.O.O.F.; in politics he is a Republican.