Posted 06 August 2009 - 05:32 AM
Mrs. Birge Davis (Lucia Johnson) Alexander
Address: 2508 Jarratt Av, Austin, Texas 78703-0801 (1993)
Her husband was Birge Davis Alexander, born in 1912 in Minnesota. His father was Kay Lambert Alexander, Jr. who was a civil engineer doing road paving (like Herman Brown) living in Uvalde in 1930, but in 1920 Birge and his siblings lived with Kay's unmarried sister Donna Alexander while their father was working as a painter in Oklahoma. He died in Travis County (Austin) in 1989.
Birge's aunt Donna Alexander was born in Kentucky in 1879. In 1900, however, she lived in Travis County, Texas where her father was a surgeon. Her mother was Mary E. Alexander, born in Kentucky in 1853. She had a younger sister named Lillian/Lillie, whose married name was Law and who also lived with the family.
They lived in the same precinct and district (south of Riverside between Lamar and S. Congress) in 1900 as the family of Polk Shelton: John E. Shelton, a lawyer in 1900, would likely have been in the same social group with Dr. Alexander's family, the grandfather of the man Lucia Johnson married in 1933. Polk Shelton was born in October 1900; possibly Dr. Alexander, a surgeon in the area at the time, delivered him. The Sheltons lived many years west of S. Congress on Live Oak Street just north of W. Oltorf. In 1930 Polk was married to Nellie and living at 2107 Newton in the same precinct.
The Sheltons are mentioned in Robert Caro's biography.
Fitchburg Sentinel June 27, 1967
AUSTIN, Tex. (AP) - Rodney White, a nephew of President Johnson, has joined the Navy Reserve for a six-year enlistment.
White, 19, is the son of the late Col. and Mrs. Willard White, according to the Austin Naval Reserve Training Center which made the announcement Monday. His mother was the former Josefa Johnson, the President's sister, the Navy records showed. He will serve on active duty for two years after a year of intensive training at the center.
By Garth Jones, Associated Press writer, Sept. 29, 1967
AUSTIN, Tex. (AP) — President Lyndon B. Johnson's side of the family has a predominant family trait: They let him do the talking, all of it Despite the millions of word printed and broadcast about the President, many persons do not know that he has two sisters and a brother. Most of those who do, know very little more
than that. "It's nobody else's business what the President's family does," said an Austin spokesman for the President when asked merely where a kinsman of Johnson now lives. A close relative said Johnson's sisters and his brother feel that the President is the newsmaker and they should stay out of the picture.
Most queries to the White House staff about details of the LBJ family are answered with: "That is considered a private family matter." Johnson's parents, Sam Ealy
Johnson Jr. and Miss Rebekah Baines, were married Aug. 20, 1907, at Fredericksburg in west central Texas. They set up housekeeping in a small house on the north bank of the Pedernales River near Stonewall, about 16 miles east of Fredericksburg. The first of their five children Lyndon Barnes Johnson, was born there Aug. 27, 1908. The others, in order of birth, were Rebekah, now Mrs. Oscar Bobbitt of Austin; Josefa, who died in 1962 as Mrs. James B. Moss of Fredericksburg; Sam Houston Johnson of Austin, and Lucia, now Mrs. Birge Davis Alexander of Memphis, Tenn. The President's father died in 1937, his mother in 1958. The remaining members of the President's family shy away from publicity.
In a rare interview last year in Columbia, S.C., Mrs. Bobbitt remarked: "Everywhere I've gone, I've had the problem of being Lyndon's sister. Since he's gotten to be President, I've given up—it's bigger than both of us."
Mrs. Bobbitt does not see much of her famous brother. There usually are a couple of visits to the White House each year and a family reunion and Christmas at the ranch, Mrs. Bobbitt's husband is senior vice president of KTBC Television in Austin, which is owned by the Lyndon B. Johnson family interests, and also is radio station manager and general sales manager. He has been with KTBC since 1950. The Bobbitts own a large hilltop house in one of Austin's most expensive neighborhoods and are (prominent in civic and social affairs.
The Bobbitts' 19-year-old son, Phillip, attended Princeton University but left to join Volunteers in Service to America—VISTA. He was severely beaten by a gang of youths soon after being assigned to a VISTA job in Venice, Calif., earlier this year and returned to Austin for medical treatment. Phillip refused to discuss the attack in detail and went back to Venice as soon as his doctor allowed. Mrs. Alexander's husband is area manager for the Federal Aviation Agency in Memphis.
Memphis reporters say they can't even obtain Mrs. Alexander's telephone number. Newsmen were told by Alexander that his wife "guards her privacy and refuses under any circumstances to discuss her brother, other members of her family, their private life or such that might be published."
The President's only brother calls Austin home; but residents seldom see or hear of him. One published account says he received a law degree from Cumberland University at Lebanon, Tenn., but never practiced law. He became a member of his brother's congressional staff in 1937. About 1958, Sam Houston Johnson suffered a fractured hip in a fall. The injury resulted in a physical disability and led to his retirement. Newspaper files show the brother was divorced in 1963 from Mary M. Johnson, whom he had married at Vera Cruz, Mexico, in 1955. They had been separated since 1960. There were no children. Sam Houston Johnson lived with the Bobbitts for several years after 1960. The Austin spokesman for the President said recently that he "just couldn't say" if the brother still lived with the Bobbitts. In 1964, he was reported to be in a hospital at Myrtle Beach, S.C., suffering from pneumonia and a kidney infection.
A Sept. 26, 1958 story which appeared in the San Antonio Express concerned the son of Samuel Houston Johnson (born in Austin on 10-9-1942) from an earlier marriage. His mother had divorced Sam Houston Johnson after their separation during WWII and changed the boy's name from Samuel Summers Johnson to Creighton Summers George when he was legally adopted by his stepfather. His mother was Albertine Summers, who had been a congressional secretary. They also had an older daughter named Josefa Roxanne. According to this article, the daughter had been named in honor of Sam Houston Johnson's sister, "now Mrs. James B. Moss, wife of a Fredericksburg, Tex. minister."
The story also states that Sam's new wife is the former Mary Michelson of Austin and San Antonio.
The boy had learned of his real father and had come to Washington, D.C. to visit--staying in the Potomac Plaza Apts. with them.
Rebekah Luruth Johnson
Marriage to Oscar Price Bobbit, Jr.
Monterey, Mexico --1941 10 May at Age: 30