Directions: Take North Hwy 75. At the Fairfield City
Limit sign go 4.2 miles and you will see the sign to the
Take a left and go 6 tenths of a mile to the triangular intersection. (At this intersection is a white building on the left that was used
as Grange meeting hall place.) Take a right and go 7 tenths of a mile and the cemetery is on the right inside a pasture. It is
enclosed in a wrought iron fence. Interstate 45 is straight ahead.
HOME SITE AND BURIAL PLACE OF GENERAL
"JOSEPH BURTON JOHNSON"
Planter, Soldier, Civic Leader. Born in Georgia.
Commissioned a Captain in US Army in Florida. in 1837; a
Major 1846. Came to Freestone County
in 1854. For headquarters on his 10,550-acre plantation,
built (1860) at this site a 12-room stone mansion. Served as
Brigadier General of
Texas state Troops in Civil War. A County Commissioner;
First Master of Texas State Grange; a Royal Arch Mason. Made
gifts to worthy causes
and to minorities. He married Patience Ponder; had 5
children. Descendants include Lawyers, Merchants, Doctors,
Law Officers, Printers, Teachers.
(1971 State Historical Marker)
Jos. B. Johnson Sr. Apr. 7, 1816-Jan. 18, 1874
Jos. B. Johnson Jr. Dec. 2, 1849-July 4, 1874
Patience Johnson May 16, 1821-Nov. 18, 18(?)0 Unreadable