Bessie Johnson and Lillie Johnson were daughters of Richard Seward Johnson. The girls grew up on their father’s farm south of Ray’s Mill, GA (now Ray City). They attended school, Bessie completing 7th grade and Lillie going on to two years of high school.
Bessie Johnson (1885 – 1980) married Joseph B. Patten (1887 – 1971) on February 12, 1910. He was a son of Matthew Elihu Patten and Martha Williams, and a grandson of James M. Patten and Elizabeth Lee. He was raised on his father’s farm near Milltown. His mother died when he was about ten years old; two years later his father remarried, Minnie Archibald becoming his step-mother.
Lillie Johnson (1886 – 1963) married Charlie Register (1888-1963) who served as minister of Cat Creek Church. In the 1940s they lived on Stubbs Road, Hahira, GA