F.L. Johnson

Franklin Lewis Johnston

Full Name: Franklin Lewis "Frank" Johnston
Other surnames: Johnson
Date of birth: October 11, 1840
Date of death: July 12, 1897

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 2 Jan 9, 1883 - Jan 13, 1885 18th (1) (2)   Democrat Buena Vista / Shelby   Nacogdoches, Panola, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby
H 8 Jan 14, 1879 - Jan 11, 1881 16th (3) (4)   Democrat Buena Vista / Shelby   Panola, Shelby
H 2 Jan 13, 1874 - Apr 18, 1876 14th (5)   Democrat Buena Vista / Shelby   Nacogdoches, Panola, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby

(1) Buena Vista, Shelby County, Democrat. Pocket Directory of the Eighteenth Legislature of Texas, 1883.
(2) 18th Legislature, Regular Session - All Senators except District 3 and 21 are listed in Roll Call as taking the oath of office, 1/9/1883, p. 2; resolution by Sen. Gooch that the Senators shall now be divided by lot into two classes, 1/10/1883, pp. 5-6; drew term of 2 years. Senate Journal. January 10, 1883 January 9, 1883
(3) District 9 - B.M. Baker, District 8 - F.L. Johnston, 1/14/1879, p. 5. House Journal.
(4) Bio states Baker represented Panola and Shelby counties [District 8] and F.L. Johnston represented Rusk, Panola, and Shelby counties [District 9]. Roster lists both Baker and Johnston as representing District 9. Texas Legislative Manual, 1879-80, 1879.
(5) BUENA VISTA, TX (SHELBY COUNTY). "Buena Vista is near the junction of Farm roads 1645 and 2026, twelve miles northwest of Center in northwestern Shelby County. The community was originally called Bucksnort when it began to form in the early 1830s; it was renamed Buena Vista when it received a post office in 1848." Handbook of Texas Online.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Biographical Sketches

  • JOHNSTON, FRANKLIN LEWIS (1840-1897). Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Biographical sketch, "An Early East Texas Legislator and His Kin: Franklin Lewis Johnston (1840-1897), his wife Margaret Dysart, and Allied Families Farrar, Bowdon (Bowdoin), Roberts, and Allen," by Virginia Knobel Tschanz, great granddaughter of Franklin Lewis Johnston. Texas State Genealogical Society. Stirpes, Volume 38, Number 1, March 1998, pp. 3-12, crediting Texas State Genealogical Society. Franklin Lewis Johnston tombstone inscribed with birth date 10/11/1840, death date 7/12/1897, p. 7. Includes legislative service of allied families and Johnston's education, marriage to Margaret Dysart, legislative service, land investments, children, death and burial, and family tree. Relatives: Hon. Franklin Lewis Johnston (1840-1897) - father-in-law, Hon. Simon Bowdon Farrar (1866-1933) - son-in-law, pp. 7-8. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
  • Biographical sketch, p. 254. Texas Legislative Manual, 1879-80, 1879.
  • Biographical sketch, Frank L. Johnston, p. 237. "Frank L. Johnston, of Center, Shelby county . . . " Texas Legislative Manual, 1882-83, 1883.

Military Service Notes

  • Confederate States Army, Sergeant and Quartermaster Clerk, Amason's Company H, 11th Infantry. Col. Robert's Regiment, Walker's Division. Enlisted 2/19/1862 in Shelby County, disbanded at Hempstead, Texas. Died 7/12/1897. Buried: Johnston Cemetery, Tenaha, Shelby County. Shelby County in the Civil War, Franklin Lewis Johnston. RootsWeb.com Internet genealogical service.

Other Resources

  • F.L. Johnston, Buena Vista, Shelby County. Legislative Reference Library Card File.
  • Johnston Cemetery, Shelby County, Texas. Died 7/1/1897. Name on marker, Franklin Lewis Johnson. Name on wife's marker, Margaret Johnston. Shelby County Historical Society Museum & Library, 2002.


  • Photograph. F.L. Johnson, 14th Legislature, State Preservation Board

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Committee Information top

18th R.S. - 1883
Agricultural Affairs  
Constitutional Amendments  
Internal Improvements  
Judicial Districts  
Judiciary No. 1  
Penitentiaries (Chair) 
Penitentiaries, Subcommittee on  
Public Lands  
Public Printing  
16th R.S. - 1879
Claims and Accounts  
Division of Committee Rooms  
Governor's Mansion, Select (Chair) 
Judicial Districts, Select  
Judiciary No. 1  
Land Frauds  
Privileges and Elections  
Public Debt (Chair) 
Reduction of Expenses in Departments, Select  
Revised Civil Code, Select  
State Affairs  
14th R.S. - 1874
Internal Improvements  
Judiciary No. 1  
Military Affairs  
Private Land Claims  

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