Families of Johnson & Cudding - Bolivar, NY

Wallace Hugh Johnson brought the Johnson line to Bolivar.  Born in East Hamburg, NY on August 27, 1832, he was a descendant of Captain John Johnson, who came to the United States from England in 1630 see:

Wallace was educated at Hamburg and Fredonia Academies, and later learned wagon making. He married Jane Vanderwater on September 18, 1858 in Hindsdale, NY, and the couple settled in West Randolph, NY. After serving in the Civil War, Wallace resided briefly in Franklinville, NY.  In 1866, he moved to Bolivar with his wife and their son, Jasper, who had been born in Machias, NY on September 18, 1859. Their daughter, Katherine, was born in Bolivar on September 26, 1867.  Shortly after moving to Bolivar, Wallace bought the R.L. Andrus wagon shop, which he owned and operated until 1887. He then went into partnership with his son and became a dealer of wagons and carriages.  He also served as Bolivar town clerk for two terms, and as the census enumerator.  Wallace died in Bolivar on March 25, 1914, and was buried at Maple Lawn Cemetery in Bolivar. His wife died on February 16, 1921, and was also buried at Maple Lawn.

Jasper Johnson, in addition to dealing wagons, had a shoe business in Machias. He may have been married to Jennie Akin. He died in Bolivar on August 29, 1929, and was buried at Maple Lawn.

Katherine Johnson married Harry Alfred Cudding on January 2, 1885. The couple lived first in Bolivar, then lived in Rochester, NY; San Fransisco, CA; Chicago, Ill.; and Buffalo, NY before returning to Bolivar in 1933. Their son, Harry Wallace Cudding, was born on November 17, 1889 in Chicago.  Harry Alfred died in Bolivar in 1933, and was buried at Maple Lawn.  Katherine died in Bolivar in July 1958 and was buried at Maple Lawn. At the time of her death, she was the oldest living Bolivar native still
living in Bolivar.

Harry Wallace Cudding, his wife Augusta Barbara Mischka, and one of their daughters, Katherine Cudding Loughlin, are all buried at Maple Lawn.

The Johnson/Cudding family home at 171 Olive St. in Bolivar was destroyed by fire in January 1959. No one had lived there since the death of Katherine Johnson Cudding six months earlier. 

Above submitted by Wendy Loughlin (email link).