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Obituaries - NJ - 1901 - James Skilman Johnson
James Skillman Johnson, a resident of Keyport for more than half a century, died on Sunday, March 17th,
aged 91 years. He had been failing in health for several years, but a hemorrhage was the immediate cause
of his death. He was born at Spottswood and moved to Keyport in 1827, where he had since lived. When he
first moved to Keyport he started a mail and passenger route by stage from Keyport to Navesink, stopping
at Keansburg, New Monmouth and Chapel Hill. Keansburg was then known as Waykake, New Monmouth was known
as Chanceville and Navesink was known at(sic) Riceville. Mr. Johnson conducted this route for a number
Mr. Johnson graduated from Rutgers college in 1831 and at the time of his death he was the oldest living
graduate of that college. He had been an elder in the Keyport Reformed church since 1834 and for many
years he took an active interest in the church's affairs. He was twice married. His first wife died in
1847 and his second wife died in 1895. Two daughters by his first wife survive him. They are Mrs. Mary
Ely of Englishtown and Mrs. Elizabeth Rue of Princess Anne, Maryland.
Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, Apr 3, 1901
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