The Viner Johnsons

It is always a pleasure when we are able to really help people with their family history. There was such an occasion last Saturday when a descendant of the Viner Johnsons came to Market Lavington.

Joseph seemed to alternate between being an outfitter in London and being a soldier. He served in the Boer War despite getting on in years by then.

The Viner Johnsons – Joseph and his wife Clara  – lived in Market Lavington for a short length of time. The 1911 census records their presence at Beech House on White Street. Their son, Percy lived with them and we understand he was responsible for building the porch on the back of the house.

Porch built by Percy Viner Johnson in Market Lavington

Joseph died in 1914 and was buried in market Lavington churchyard. His wife, Clara, was reunited with him in 1924. She lived at Exmouth at the time.

Their son, Percy, was killed in World War 1 and has no known grave but he is commemorated on his parent’s grave and on war memorials both in and out of the church.

Our photo shows Joseph and Clara’s great granddaughter at the grave of her ancestors in Market Lavington.

Grave of Joseph and Clara Viner Johnson in Market Lavington churchyard. Their great granddaughter is standing by the grave.

There are unanswered questions – not least, why did the Viner Johnsons come to Market Lavington?

If you can tell us more about this family then we and descendants would love to know.

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2 Responses to “The Viner Johnsons”

  1. Sue Bennett Says:

    Can any one give me the great grandaughter’s name and contact details as I have her great grandfather’s family bible which records some of her family details.

  2. Heather Says:

    Joseph and Clara Viner-Johnson were my 4th great uncle and aunt.

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