Dr. Robert Maxwell Johnson was born in Jackson County, Mississippi around 1826. He graduated M.D. from the University of Edinburgh in 1863. Dr. Johnson also had the designation of M.R.C.S.
Dr. Maxwell married Mary Atkinson on the 27th of May, 1863 in Sheffield, England. She was born around 1830 in England, the daughter of William Atkinson and the former Elizabeth Pritchard. She had 9 siblings. She had 3 older brothers; John, William and Richard and her younger siblings were; Alfred, Elizabeth, Eustace, Harriett, Emily and Maria.
Dr. and Mrs. Johnson had a son named Robert William Stephenson Johnson who was born on the 4th of May, 1864. Daughters, Olive H. was born in 1866 and Sarah Agnes was born in July of 1868. They were all born in Sheffield, England. According to the 1870 U.K. & Ireland Medical Directory, Dr. Johnson’s medical practice was located at Oak Cottage, Nether Edge in Sheffield. In 1871, the family immigrated to Ontario, Canada. Another daughter Mary Caroline Constantine was born in Ontario and according to the 1871 census, the family was living in the Town of Chatham. Dr. Johnson’s occupation was listed as Physician/Surgeon.
It is unknown when Dr. Johnson died but according to the 1876 Chatham Business Directory, Mrs. Johnson was living at 28 Prince Street and she was a widow. It is known that Dr. Johnson died in Detroit, Michigan.
Mrs. Johnson married John Lennox Brown on the 5th of November, 1885 in Chatham. Mr. Brown had been born in the United States in 1817 and he was a widower. His occupation was listed as a gardener on their marriage record.
Dr. Johnson’s daughter Olive was married in Chatham in 1881, his son Robert was married in Chatham in 1887, his daughter Mary was married in Chatham in 1891 and his daughter Sarah was also married in Chatham in 1893.
Mrs. Johnson died on the 14th of February, 1918 in Oberlin, Ohio. Towards the end of 1917, Mrs. Johnson-Brown had moved to Oberlin to live with her daughter Sarah and Sarah’s husband Arthur. Mrs. Johnson-Brown was buried at Maple Leaf Cemetery in Chatham.