"Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Vol. 11"

Edited and Annotated by Reuben G. Thwaites

©1888 Democratic Printing Company, Madison, Wisconsin.


p. 418

[Footnote 2 from "Early Days in Jefferson County" by Elisha W. KEYES]
Timothy JOHNSON, the first white settler in what is now the city of Watertown,
was born at Middletown, Conn., June 28, 1792. After wandering through the east and south, he reached Racine, Wisconsin, then composed of but a few shanties, in the fall of 1835. In January, 1836, he was at Wisconsin City (now Janesville), where, on the 18th day of November, 1835, John INMAN and his party had made the first white settlement in what is now Rock county. Going to Rockford, Illinois, for provisions, JOHNSON returned to Wisconsin City in February, the same month that Henry F. JANES made his claim there. Not satisfied there, however, JOHNSON proceeded up the Rock river to within about two miles below the present site of Jefferson, where he built a log house, cleared a garden patch and "made short excursions about the country."--Hist. Jefferson Co. (West. Hist. Co., 1879), p. 401.
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