World War I
Submitted by Gerald Bills.
Grave of Tom J. Johnson, Old St. Marys Cemetery
Obituary - Mrs. Thomas Johnson received word on Sunday evening of the death of her husband who was in the service of his country in France. He was wounded on Sept. 4th and died on Sept. 8th. (1918) Mr. Johnson left here on March 4th with a contingent who were sent to Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga., and he was almost immediately sent across. Tom was well known and universally liked by all. Only last year he wedded Miss Alice, the accomplished daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John A. Riggs, who together with a large number of other relatives feel their loss most keenly. (Source Unknown)
Marriage - Thomas Johnson, 22, was married to Alice Riggs, 22, on December 2 1917 by J. E. Elliott. The bride and groom were both born in Pleasants County, W. Va. and resided there.
The Ruttencutter Funeral Home Records, Vol. 1, page 97 has the following: Johnson, Ida Alice d/o John. A. Riggs and Laura E. Wilson, married to Charles Johnson, Date of Death: 10/16/28,date of birth: 10/06/95, place of death: Marietta Hospital, Place of Burial: St. Marys Cemetery.
West Virginia Memory Project: "Born 26 Apr 1895; son of Malinda; death date given as 13 Sep 1918. - Selective Service records have him employed with Holly Simmon's grocery store as a clerk in 1917. He was single, white, of medium build, light brown eyes, dark brown hair. Sisters: Libbie, Rose, Mollie, Ida. Brothers: George, Lewis, Owen."
(1) Did Ida Alice (Riggs) Johnson marry a Charles Johnson after the death of Tom - or is this an error?
(2) We have not located her grave at St. Marys Cemetery.