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Chester Johnson Papers


Chester Rankin Johnson, Jr. was born on November 27, 1927, in Temple, Texas to Chester and Irene Johnson. Mr. Johnson attended the University of New Mexico, and he worked as a government employee for over 25 years. He had an interest in genealogy, and in 1951, he became a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. Mr. Johnson joined the Fort Worth Genealogical Society in 1988, and served as a Director at Large in 1990, 1996, and 1997, and as the 2nd Vice President in 1991. He passed away in North Richland Hills, Texas on January 30, 2001.


The provenance for this collection is unknown.

Scope and Contents Note

The collection consists of genealogical research from both the United States and Korea. Also included are newspaper clippings and books which reflect Mr. Johnson’s interest in anthropology and coin and stamp collecting. Materials are in English and Korean. The materials date from 1967-1998, and measure 5.6 linear feet (17 boxes). The collection is divided into nine series.

  • Series 1 : Genealogy (1967-1998), consists of research on the Shiflett, Dunning, Plummer Porter, Warner, Cason, and Donaghe families, mainly in the form of land grants, land tax, and court orders.
  • Series 2: Kwang San Kim Genealogy, (n.d.), consists of the Kwang San Kim family lineage in Korean with an English translation.
  • Series 3: Korean Genealogy, (1975-1976), addresses lineage in the Royal families of Korea. This material is in Korean.
  • Series 4: Assorted, (1972-1987), contains travel and tourist information pertaining to Korea, small books, souvenirs, Korean brush writing scans, and hand-written notes.
  • Series 5: Newspaper Clippings, (1970s-1987), contains newspapers related to Mr. Johnson’s genealogical research in Korea and his interest in the anthropology of the Korean people.
  • Series 6: Maps, (n.d.), contains Korean tourist and topographical maps.
  • Series 7 : Catalogs, (1980-1981), contains coin, stamp, and museum catalogs.
  • Series 8: Oversized, (n.d.), contains a Korean genealogical chart and a number of Korean family genealogies.
  • Series 9: Books, (1967-1979), contains a number of books, the majority of which are in Korean, that relate to Asian culture and genealogy.

Last updated: June 10, 2014