Samuel Ealy Johnson, Sr.

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Samuel Ealy Johnson, Sr.
File:Johnson Family in front of home - B10144 - ca. 1893-97.jpg
The Johnson Family in front of home (later the birthplace of Lyndon Johnson). Sam Ealy Johnson, Sr. (center) with family members. On his right is his wife: Eliza Bunton Johnson, to her right is her mother, Priscilla Jane McIntosh Bunton. in or near Stonewall, Texas.
Born (1838-11-12)November 12, 1838
Alabama, U.S.
Died February 25, 1915(1915-02-25) (aged 76)
Stonewall, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Civil War Soldier {Confederate}; rancher
Spouse(s) Eliza Bunton Johnson
Children Samuel Ealy Johnson, Jr.
Parent(s) Jesse Johnson
Lucy Webb Barnett Johnson
Relatives Lyndon B. Johnson (grandson)
Lynda Johnson Robb (great-granddaughter)
Charles S. Robb (great-grandson-in-law)
Luci Baines Johnson (great-granddaughter)
Lady Bird Johnson (granddaughter-in-law)
Sam Houston Johnson (grandson)

Samuel Ealy Johnson, Sr., (November 12, 1838 – February 25, 1915) was a cattleman and a soldier, and the paternal grandfather of future US President Lyndon B. Johnson.


Johnson was born in Alabama, the tenth child of Lucy Webb (Barnett) and Jesse Johnson. He was raised a Baptist, but later became a member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). In his later years, he became a Christadelphian, following his wife and daughter.[1][2]

He was the father of Texas politician Samuel Ealy Johnson, Jr., grandfather of Lyndon Baines Johnson, and the uncle of Johnson City, Texas founder James Polk Johnson.

After serving in the Civil War, Sam married Eliza Bunton of Caldwell County on December 11, 1867.


In the late 1850s, Samuel Ealy Johnson Sr. settled with his brother Jesse Thomas "Tom" Johnson in a one-room log cabin on 320 acres (1.3 km2) that became headquarters for the largest cattle driving operation in seven counties.

Sam enlisted in Col. Xavier Debray's regiment on September 18, 1861, and served until the end of the American Civil War on the coast of Texas and in Louisiana. He was present at the Battle of Galveston and at the Battle of Pleasant Hill in Louisiana.

In the fall of 1892, Sam Ealy Johnson Sr. offered himself as the Populist candidate for Blanco and Gillespie County's seat in the state legislature.


  1. Smallwood, James M. "Operation Texas: Lyndon B. Johnson’s Attempt to Save Jews from the German Nazi Holocaust". Institute of Texan Cultures. Retrieved 2008-04-04. [dead link]
  2. William C. Pool, Emmie Craddock, David Eugene Conrad Lyndon Baines Johnson: the formative years 1965 p.19

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