Preserving the Past, Informing the Future
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Aholiab Johnson, a member of the Hartford County bar, died at Enfield in that county, where he had lived for over fifty years, on the third day of March, 1893. He was born at Stafford in this state in 1799, and was therefore in his ninety-fourth year at the time of his death. His birth was only sixteen years after the close of the revolutionary war, and he had lived during all the lives of the presidents of the United States. He had been for a long time the oldest lawyer in the state.
He entered Williams College in 1819, but after remaining one year went to Brown University, Rhode Island, where he graduated in 1823. He studied law at the Yale Law School, of which Chief Justice Daggett was then at the head, and was admitted to the bar in 1825. He began practice in his native town, but removed to Somers in 1830, and from there in 1840 to Enfield, where he remained till the time of his death. He was, while there, for sixteen years judge of probate, and for ten years town clerk, and represented the town in the lower house of the General Assembly in the years 1848, 1849 and 1861.
Mr. Johnson was a man of strict integrity, and had in the highest degree the respect and confidence of all who knew him. He was a man of sound judgment, of much general intelligence, and in legal matters a safe and trusted adviser. He thus lived, in the country town where he resided, a leading citizen, and had an important influence in all its affairs. That influence was always a wholesome one.
The writer spent a half day with him when he was in his ninety-second year, and found him full of reminiscences of his early days, as well as of that somewhat later period which was covered by the memories of us both. His memory was clear and his faculty for narration very little impaired. A quaint humor that he had always possessed still lingered with him, while his hearing, remarkably preserved for one of his age, made it easy and pleasant to converse with him. His eyesight was good, so that he could read his daily paper as he had done for fifty years, and he took a great interest in watching public affairs.
He was a constant attendant upon the religious services of the Congregational Church of Enfield, and took an active interests in its affairs, but never had connected himself with the church as a member.
In 1826 Mr. Johnson married Eliza Peck of West Stafford. She died in 1872. They had seven children, five sons and two daughters, three of whom survive him. Among his sons is J. W. Johnson, Esq., a prominent member of the Hartford County bar.