Searching for information on Maggie Johnson (aka Eliza J. Dugan). She was born Eliza J. Dugan in 1846 in Murray Co., GA. She lived in Iron Co., MO in 1860 where she married a man named Patterson. He appears to have died since Eliza is listed alone in the 1870 Ripley Co., MO census. On July 28, 1870 she married Nicholas Austin in Ripley Co., MO. Nicholas was still married to his wife (who was living back in Wright Co., MO with his children) at the time he married Eliza. Nicholas had some run-ins with the law since he was a moonshiner. On May 4, 1871 Eliza had a daughter named Cordelia who was born in either Texas or Indian Territory.
In 1880 Eliza is listed as Maggie Johnson in the Cooke Co., TX census. Her nine-year old daughter, Cordelia, is living with her. In 1889 Maggie adopted William Eugene Lankford from his father J. C. Lankford. William Eugene was born on Oct 5, 1883 or 1884 in Sunset, Montague Co., TX. William Eugene took the name of Johnson. This transaction was recorded in a Cooke Co., TX deed and it is the only clue as to the real father of William Eugene. Supposedly William Eugene's mother had died and so he was adopted out. He may have had a younger red-headed sister who was also adopted out.
It is not known how long Nicholas and Maggie stayed together after their marriage or where they went. But Nicholas turns up again living in a house of ill-repute in the 1880 Cooke Co., census. He was working as a cook. In 1885 he purchased a house at 513 Throckmorton Street which he later deaded to 13-year-old Cordelia Johnson in 1889, leading to the suspicion that Nicholas Austin could be the real father of Cordelia Johnson.
Maggie Johnson married Andrew J. Proffer (1892)and moved out to Woodbine. Then she married A. H. McKinzie (1905), then D. Ross (1906)and finally Allison M. Bailey (1908). She and Mr. Bailey moved to Hedley, Donley Co., TX in 1908.
The name listed on Cordelia's death certificate as her father was William Johnson, but he may never have really existed. There is a gap of information about Maggie between 1871 and her arrival in Cooke Co., TX in 1880. How she became Maggie Johnson is a mystery.
Any information on any of these people would be most helpful.