Obituaries - NJ - 1900 - John L. Johnson

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Obituaries - NJ - 1900 - John L. Johnson

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Died On His Way To Jail

John L. Johnson's Sudden Death at Long Branch

John L. Johnson and Andrew Anderson of Seabright were arrested at Long Branch last Friday night for creating a disturbance in the rooms of Lillie Brown and Melvina Johnson, colored women of that place. On the way to jail Johnson was in the hands of Officer Morris. He became unruly and Morris struck him with his club. Johnson fell to the sidewalk and a stage had to be got to take him to jail. When he got to jail he was dead. A doctor who examined him said that he died from a broken neck. It was thought that his neck might have been broken by the blow from the officer's club but there were no marks on the back of the man's neck to bear out this theory.

An inquiry into Johnson's death was held on Saturday. It was conducted by Thomas P. Day in the absence of Coroner Flock. The jurors were William L. Lloyd, E. L. R. Reynolds, Japhia VanDyke, Rudolph W. Marks, B. D. Johnson and Howard A. Brinley. The jury found that the said John L. Johnson came to his death by cerebral hemorrhage from external injuries caused by a fall or otherwise unknown to this jury.

Johnson leaves a wife and two children. One child is only two weeks old and his wife was still in bed when her husband was killed.

Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, Dec 19, 1900