Mary Alberta (Hartt) Johnson was the sixth child of Aaron & Catherine (Dayton) Hartt. She was born on July 3, 1863, in Marysville,York County, NB. Mary was affectionately called “Bertie” by her family. Mary graduated from the New Brunswick Teacher's College and taught school for awhile though, from her writings, it could be concluded that she was not happy teaching. Mary wanted to study music and expressed a desire to own and play an organ. This she did at some point in life, as the organ she left behind is still in the possession of her son’s descendants. While living in Lynn, MA, Mary met Carl Emil Johnson of Sweden. They married on May 22, 1889. On Jan. 1, 1890, Mary gave birth to a daughter, Silvia Grace Johnson. Some where between 1893 and 1895,the marriage ended and Mary, with her small daughter, made the trip to Tacoma, WA, where her sister Annie and her brother William Charles Hartt lived. Mary found work-teaching school in the Yelm School District. Annie was teaching in the same district,although teaching in different schools. Mary and her daughter Silvia boarded and roomed with a family named Mounts who boarded schoolteachers. Mary would ride a horse or take a horse and buggy to her school, teach half a day at one school, and then teach the second half of the day at the nearby Nisqually Indian School. Later, Mary met and married John Johnson, also from Sweden. John was a seaman who came to the U.S.aboard a merchant ship. John did construction work and logging along with a little farming. Mary Alberta Hartt Johnson died on Oct. 5, 1919, in Tacoma, WA. John was born 1860 and died 1920. Both are buried in Pauper Cemetery, Child of Mary Alberta (Hartt) & Carl Emil Johnson: Silvia Grace 1890-1977. Child of Mary Alberta (Hartt) & John Johnson: Frank Dayton Johnson, 1898-1977.
Courtesy: Eva Miller
Tacoma, Pierce County
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