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Mary Aglionby Johnson

Mary Aglionby Johnson

Female 1892 - 2001  (108 years)

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  • Name Mary Aglionby Johnson 
    Born 17 Jul 1892  Crescent, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 22 May 2001  Richmond, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I17573  My Reynolds Line
    Last Modified 12 Jun 2024 

    Father William Ransom Johnson, Sr.,   b. 24 Jan 1831, Chesterfield County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Sep 1912, Crescent, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Mother Mary Aglionby Leavell,   b. 1851, Spotsylvania County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Mar 1900, Crescent, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years) 
    Married 28 Oct 1885  CharlesTown, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2422  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family William Borden Jerman,   b. 6 Sep 1889, Raleigh, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Oct 1941, Richmond, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years) 
    Married 23 Sep 1918 
    Children 
     1. Mary Leavell Jerman,   b. 1 Sep 1920, Richmond, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Apr 2016, Richmond, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years)
     2. Living
    +3. Julia Borden Jerman,   b. 31 May 1924, Richmond, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Aug 2022, Richmond, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 98 years)
    Last Modified 12 Jun 2024 
    Family ID F7567  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Documents
    William B Jerman-Obit
    William B Jerman-Obit
    Richmond Times Dispatch
    Oct 3, 1941
    Mary Johnson Jerman-Obit
    Mary Johnson Jerman-Obit
    Richmond Times Dispatch
    May 24, 2001

    Headstones
    Mary Johnson Jerman-Headstone
    Mary Johnson Jerman-Headstone
    JermanMaryJohnson.jpg

  • Notes 
    • MARY J. JERMAN DIES AT 108
      Richmond Times-Dispatch (VA) - Thursday, May 24, 2001
      A sunny disposition and a talent for firing off one-liners like a teen-ager: Mary Johnson Jerman followed a simple life's code that kept her kicking throughout all of her 108 years.

      "It's great to be the birthday girl," Mrs. Jerman told The Times-Dispatch in 1998 during her 106th birthday party at Westminster-Canterbury where she had lived since 1986. But then "everything makes me happy," she said.

      Mrs. Jerman died Tuesday. Born in 1892 in Crescent, W.Va., she lived nearly all her life in Richmond.

      Her father served as an engineer under Gen. Robert E. Lee during the Civil War. Mrs. Jerman's daughter, Mary Leavell Tompkins of Richmond, said the Confederate general had a pew at St. Paul's Episcopal Church across from her family's pew. Lee died in 1870.

      As a young girl, Mrs. Jerman boarded in the same Richmond home as Miss Jennie Ellett, whose girls' school became St. Catherine's School. "Naturally, she attended the school," Tompkins said, speculating that her mother was among the first and, certainly, the oldest alumna.

      But history was hardly her subject. Rather than dwelling on the past, Mrs. Jerman preferred ribbing visitors and staff at Westminster-Canterbury.

      At her 103rd birthday, Mrs. Jerman was asked by her daughter how she felt. Tompkins recalled her mother's deadpan answer: "It's better than three-hundred-and-one."

      Another relative asked only recently if she knew when her birthday was. She answered correctly and without pause. The relative then asked a second question: "Do you know when you were born?"

      "No!" she shot back. "I was too little."

      Mrs. Jerman's remarkable age was always of only passing consequence to her, her daughter said. "She was just good company," Tompkins said. "She was content."

      Mrs. Jerman would have turned 109 in July.

      In addition to Tompkins, Mrs. Jerman's survivors include two other daughters, Frances J. Brown of Maryland, and Julia J. Neal of Richmond.

      A memorial service will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church on Saturday at noon.
    • Richmond Times-Dispatch (VA) - Friday, May 25, 2001
      Mary Johnson Jerman died May 22, 2001, at Westminster-Canterbury, her residence for the last 15 years. She was born in 1892 at Crescent, W.Va., the daughter of Mary Leavell and Captain William Ransom Johnson of Chesterfield, Va. Captain Johnson was an engineer on General Lee's staff. Mrs. Jerman was seven when her mother died and she moved to Richmond to live with friends, then with her father at the Jefferson Hotel. In 1918 she married William Borden Jerman of Raleigh, N.C. At the time of his death in 1941, he was vice president of the former Virginia Trust Company. Mrs. Jerman was graduated from Miss Jennie Ellett's School, now St. Catherine's School, and she attended Sweet Briar College. She was a charter member of the Junior League of Richmond, a member of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Tuckahoe Garden Club, The Woman's Club and St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Mrs. Jerman had three older brothers, William, Pegram and Francis Johnson. She is survived by three daughters, Mary Leavell Tompkins, Frances J. Brown and Julia J. Neal; grandchildren, Christopher R. Tompkins Jr., Mary T. Miller, Edith C. Gillis, Julia N. Rose, Marie Neal, Frances N. Smyth, David Neal; eight great-grandchildren. Mrs. Jerman was predeceased by her grandson, John R. Chapman Jr. A memorial service will be held 12 noon Saturday, May 26, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Catherine's School Foundation, St. Paul's Church or Westminster-Canterbury Fellowship Fund.

  • Sources 
    1. [S32] Find-A-Grave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=85601404.

    2. [S32] Find-A-Grave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=85601404.
      Mary Aglionby Johnson Jerman
      Birth: 17 Jul 1892
      Crescent, Fayette County, West Virginia
      Death: 22 May 2001 (aged 108)
      Henrico County, Virginia
      Burial: Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond City, Va

      Parents
      Capt William Ransom Johnson Jr., 1831?1912
      Mary Aglionby Leavell Johnson, 1851?1900

      Spouse
      William Borden Jerman, 1889?1941

      Siblings
      William Ransom Johnson, 1887?1967
      John Pegram Johnson, 1889?1980
      Francis Leavell Johnson, 1890?1969

      Children
      Mary Leavell Jerman Tompkins, 1920?2016
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