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The Life of John W. Johnson
Cover Letter

Transcribed - June 1998 - by Ne-Do-Ba

John W. Johnson, or "Indian John" as he was commonly called, was a descendent of James Johnson of Eliot, Maine. His parents were James W. (Dennis, William, James) and Jane (Mason) Johnson, both originally from Limington, Maine but residents of Saco at the time of his kidnapping by the Indians. This account was copied by Edward Johnson Ladd [Atlanta Gertrude (Johnson) Ladd, John W. Johnson, James W., Dennis, William, James] of Fort Payne, Alabama from a book owned by his mother's brother, George W. Johnson. "Indian John" was Mr. Ladd's great-uncle, being the half brother of his grandfather, John Wesley Johnson who at the time of his birth about eleven years after the kidnapping was given the same name as that of the child that had disappeared on that tragic day in May 1833 and was presumed to have died. It is not known how many copies of the original book were printed or how many there may be in existence today. This copy, giving a fascinating account of Indian life in New England during the first part of the nineteenth century, was sent to me by Mr. Ladd in 1965.

- Albert Johnson Sears

Given to the MAINE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
By Albert J. Sears
Portland, Maine