JOHNSON, Bessie Marie Jance

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Last Name
Given Names
Bessie Marie Jance
Martin, Bessie
Better known as
Date of Birth
Age at Death
Place of Birth
Stugart, Arkansas
Family Tree
  Irma Lee Gill Family Tree
Birth Mother
Irma Lee Gill
Birth Father
Joe Johnson, Jr., Carma Lisa Johnson, Maisha Danika Johnson; (niece) Betty Jean Gill
Non-Temple Relatives
Robert Johnson, Van Johnson, Ray Johnson, Billie Lee Johnson, David Johnson (siblings)
Body Identification Number
Burial Location
Paradise Memorial Park, Santa Fe Springs, CA
Source of Death Information
House Foreign Affairs Committee report; FBI document 89-4286-1302 (prepared 12/78)
Entry into Guyana
Residence (US)
San Francisco, California 94117
Residence (JT)
Cottage 19
Occupation in U.S./Skills, Talents & Interests
homemaker(RYMUR 89-4286-X-5-a-26n); gardender (2nd PT occupation record) seamstress (LJ memo)
Occupation in Jonestown (Temple Records)
Jonestown Roles (FBI Records)
Government Income
SSI, welfare
“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

“Bessie Johnson, I am your granddaughter. My father is William Dickson who has four children. Tasha, William Jr, Karen and Michael. Wish we had the opportunity to have you a part of our lives! I would also love to meet my father's siblings and their children!” - Anonymous