In 1873, Erasmus Johnson founded the Johnson Chapel Baptist Church in the North Redland community of Mahl. The congregation worshipped in a house in the community until 1924 when a church building was constructed. Erasmus Johnson, called "Ras", was born a slave in Georgia in 1820. When he was 13 years old, he was sold to the Johnson family and was brought to Texas. Ras Johnson married Mary Hill in 1867 and they were the parents of twelve children. Their youngest son, Elie "Nib", married Matilda McQueen, and they became the parents of twelve children. Mrs. L. E. Johnson Sadler, the daughter of Elie and Matilda Johnson and the granddaughter of Ras and Mary Johnson, married Otis Sadler in 1947 and they built the Sadler Funeral Home of Nacogdoches in 1950. L. E. Johnson Sadler is the collector and contributor of this collection. The collection includes two marriage licenses. One is the handwritten license for the marriage of Mr. Ras Johnson and Miss Mary Hill, certified on November 23, 1867. The other is the license for the marriage of Mr. Elie Johnson and Miss Matilda McQueen, certified on April 26, 1906. The collection also includes newspaper clippings, the bulletin from the 107th anniversary program of the Johnson Chapel Baptist Church in 1980, and a day book containing the minutes of the Johnson Chapel Sunday School from 1919 to 1921. (Sadler, Mrs. L. E. "Sadler Family." Nacogdoches County Families. Dallas Texas: Curtis Media Corporation, 1985. p. 586).
Scope and Contents: Collection includes a daybook with minutes of the Johnson Chapel Sunday School (1919-1921), two marriage licenses, and newspaper clippings related to the church, the Erasmus Johnson family, and the Otis Sadler family.