The Magnusson is quite a story.
Johan Franklin Magnusson was born February 10th, 1850 in Goteborg, Sweden and died in 1934. He ran away from home after some altercation with an official’s son. He stowed away in an apple barrel on a ship and went to China. He joined the Chinese Army and was there about 5 years. He jumped ship in New York and later was in Chattanooga. He and a man named Willingham started a box company there. He was the accountant for the businesses. It went under during the depression and Johan went to work for the railroad. Johan was married 3 times.
We have been told that even years later that Johan could speak fluent Chinese. He must have been quite a character. Johan is buried at AMI cemetery in Menlo, Alabama.
Contributed by -Pat Johnson-