Ruby Mildred Johnson

Ruby Mildred Johnson

Female 1926 - 2016  (89 years)

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  • Name Ruby Mildred Johnson 
    Alt Birth 17 Dec 1924  Rutherford County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Born 13 Sep 1926  Cannon County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Gender Female 
    Residence 1940  Cannon County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Died 28 Feb 2016  Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I33536  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 24 Dec 2018 

    Father Robert Ernest Johnson,   b. 1892, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1957  (Age 65 years) 
    Mother Ella Mae Ferrell,   b. 1906, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Y  [1, 4
    Residence (Family) 1940  Cannon County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Family ID F12770  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 William John "John" Bess,   b. 11 Oct 1883, DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Dec 1966, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 1 Feb 1941  Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Divorced 17 Mar 1965  Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Children 
     1. William Joseph "Willy" Bess
     2. Walter Larry "Larry" Bess
     3. Mildred Magdalene Bess
     4. Jewell Moses "Moses" Bess
     5. Clementine Bess
     6. John Abraham Bess
     7. Charles John Daniel "Dan" Bess
    Photos
    John & Ruby Bess
    John & Ruby Bess
    Photo provided by his son, Dan Bess
    Last Modified 24 Sep 2021 
    Family ID F12306  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Howard Washington 
    _MARRIED
    _MSTAT Partners 
    Children 
     1. Sam Washington,   b. Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Paul Washington,   b. Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 24 Sep 2021 
    Family ID F12768  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Fred Houston Vaught,   b. 1911, (Tennessee) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1983, Rutherford County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    _MARRIED
    _MSTAT Partners 
    Children 
     1. Joshua Bess
     2. Arlen Bess
     3. Angela Bess
     4. Freddie Houston Bess
     5. Samuel Houston "Sam" Bess
     6. Paul Allen Bess
    Last Modified 24 Sep 2021 
    Family ID F12769  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsAlt Birth - 17 Dec 1924 - Rutherford County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 13 Sep 1926 - Cannon County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1940 - Cannon County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1 Feb 1941 - Alabama Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDivorced - 17 Mar 1965 - Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 28 Feb 2016 - Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Ruby Mildred Johnson Bess (1926-
    Ruby Mildred Johnson Bess (1926-
    Photo provided by her son, Dan Bess
    Ruby & Family
    Ruby & Family
    Standing are her parents, Robert & Ella Mae Johnson
    Seated are John Bess with Ruby's brother, Barrett,
    Sitting on John's lap is Mildred Bess,
    William "Willie" Bess is in the dark overalls and
    Walter Larry Bess...

    Photo provided by Dan Bess

  • Notes 
    • She was about 13 when he married her...Christine Bess Cornett

      She had 18 children...Christine Bess Cornett [Editor's Note: She had 15 children with three partners]

      First three or four were from Mr. Bess. She came to take care of Mr. Bess when he was ill and he ultimately married Ruby...Pearl Byars Bess Fults

      end of this note [2]
    • Ruby was a witch-doctor and midwife...

      Living in Murfreesboro and suffering from Alzheimers...

      end of this note [3]
    • It is thought that Ruby with her son, Moses, injected egg-whites in John's vein to cause his heart-attack...

      end of this note [3]
    • She was first married to William John Bess (Find A Grave Memorial# 150546180), and then Fred Houston Vaught.

      Ruby's obituary reads, "Ruby Vaught, age 89 of Murfreesboro died Sunday. She was a native of Rutherford County and was the daughter of the late Robert Ernest Johnson and Ella Mae Ferrell Johnson. She was also preceded in death by her husband Fred Vaught; son, Sam and brothers, Elmer Ray, Derwood, Jim Henry,Teemus, Albert and Robert Johnson and sister, Mary Ann Cluck.

      Mrs. Vaught is survived by her children; William Bess, Walter Bess Mildred Parker, Jewel Bess, Clemetine Tackett, John Bess, Joshua Bess, Arlan Bess, Charles Bess, Paul Bess, Angela Clark, Freddie Vaught, Mae Williamson, Roy Vaught, Nelson Vaught, Rex Vaught; brothers, Shelah Roy Johnson, Jesse Johnson, Barrett Johnson; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

      Funeral service will be 4 PM Friday at Woodfin Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be 2PM until 4PM Friday at Woodfin Memorial Chapel."

      Family Members
      Parents
      Photo
      Robert Ernest Johnson
      18921957

      Spouse
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      William John Bess
      18831965

      Siblings
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      Teemus Johnson
      19212015

      Mary Ann Johnson Cluck
      19221985

      Photo
      Elmer Ray Johnson
      19301999

      Photo
      Albert W Johnson
      19321985

      Photo
      Derwood Johnson
      19342015

      end of biography [1]

  • Sources 
    1. [S13473] Ruby Mildred Johnson Vaught, Biography & Cemetery Profile, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/177101516/ruby-mildred-va.

    2. [S46039] Christine Bess Cornett | Interview | 5 Oct 2012 | homeinspect@blomand.net.

    3. [S47982] Dan Bess | Telephone Interview | 22 Feb 2013 | 478.288.1837 | danbess00@yahoo.com.

    4. [S47983] https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K44C-JQ2.

    5. [S48242] https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K44C-JQJ.