About this Famous Person
Richard Mentor JOHNSON
9th Vice President of the United States
Source : Tim DOWLING
Richard Mentor Johnson was the fifth of Robert and Jemima (Suggett) Johnson's eleven children. At the time, the family was living in the newly founded settlement of "Beargrass", near present-day Louisville, Kentucky; Kentucky was part of Virginia until made a state in 1792. By 1782, the Johnsons had moved to Bryan's Station, Kentucky in Fayette County.
Johnson's mother was a heroine because of her actions during Simon Girty's raid on Bryan's Station in August 1782. According to tradition, as Girty's forces surrounded the fort, the occupants discovered that they had almost no water inside to withstand a siege. Several Indians had concealed themselves near the spring outside the fort. The Kentuckians reasoned that the Indians would not show themselves until they were ready to attack. Jemima Johnson approved a plan that the women to go alone and collect water from the spring as usual. Many men disapproved of the plan, fearing they would be attacked and killed. However, faced with no other option they finally agreed. Shortly after sunrise, the women went to the spring and returned without incident.