JOHNSON, Bessie Marie Jance

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Last Name
 
JOHNSON
Given Names
 
Bessie Marie Jance
AKA's
 
Martin, Bessie
Better known as
 
Date of Birth
 
3/26/1936
Age at Death
 
42
Place of Birth
 
Stugart, Arkansas
Race
 
Mixed
Gender
 
Female
Religion
 
Family Tree
  Irma Lee Gill Family Tree
Birth Mother
 
Irma Lee Gill
Birth Father
 
Siblings
 
Partner
 
Children
 
Joe Johnson, Jr., Carma Lisa Johnson, Maisha Danika Johnson; Betty Jean Gill (niece)
Non-Temple Relatives
 
Robert Johnson, Van Johnson, Ray Johnson, Billie Lee Johnson, David Johnson (siblings)
Body Identification Number
 
Burial Location
 
Source of Death Information
 
House Foreign Affairs Committee report; FBI document 89-4286-1302 (prepared 12/78)
Entry into Guyana
 
8/4/1977
Residence (US)
 
San Francisco, California 94117
Residence (JT)
 
Cottage 19
Occupation outside __Peoples Temple
 
homemaker (PT occupation record); gardender (2nd PT occupation record) seamstress (LJ memo)
Occupation inside __Peoples Temple
 
Occupation at __Jonestown
 
Government Income
 
SSI, welfare
Discrepancies
 
Remembrances
 
“Bessie Johnson, I love you and think about you everyday. Although I was very young when you went to California, I've been told that I'm am just like you. You must have a heart of gold. Your son, Ray Johnson ” - Ray Johnson

My mom had a heart of gold ” - Ray Johnson

“Although I was not born until after your death, I am your oldest living granddaughter. I am the daughter of Robert Johnson and the niece of Ray, Billy, and Van. I was told by my grandfather Joe Johnson Sr. that I reminded him of you. I am so sorry that we could not meet. I love you and will see you in heaven.” - Nickole Saulsberry-Johnson

“I just leaned that I have another Brother Williams Dickerson, who lives in LA California. I love you, man, and can’t wait to see you. I also have a brother named Michael that I omitted. Please forgive me, I didn’t know until recently.” - Ray Johnson