My Grandfather, Ezekiel (Zeke) Johnson

From my mother’s old photo album. Circa 1920s. At the Edgemere cottage, Roque Bluffs.

Zeke was born in 1885 and died in 1968. I remember my grandfather well, and his stories. He was a barber – and an inventor.

His parents were Jesse Warren Johnson (1857 – 1924) and Sarah Jane Marston (1856  – 1937). To my knowledge, Zeke had three brothers: Percy W (1880 – 1932), Charles E (1882 – 1971), and Adin L (1896 – 1972);  a sister, Effie M (1889 – 1985).

To his granddaughter (me), he was quite handsome and debonair. I can understand why my grandmother, Harriet Means, eloped with Zeke in 1908. She didn’t tell her parents, William and Nellie Means, because Zeke was from the wrong side of the river. You can read more about that saga here.




4 thoughts on “My Grandfather, Ezekiel (Zeke) Johnson”

  1. I remember Zeke. He was elderly at the time, some time in the 50’s – I was probably nine or ten, so maybe he wasn’t all that old to anyone else. I helped your brother David build a boat. Zeke would walk over from Allen Avenue to your Broadway house from time to time and give us a few tips on how to do it.

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    1. That’s a neat story Phil. I don’t remember my grandfather Zeke coming to the house when I was young although I do remember when he lived over on Allen Avenue. So cool that he kept checking on how you and David were doing with your boat project. You boys were ambitious. What was the boat like?


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