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Cave Johnson was among the most prominent early Boone County citizens. The son of William and Elizabeth Johnson, Cave was born 15 November 1760 in Orange Co., Virginia. He served as a Private in the Revolutionary War, then came to Kentucky in April of 1779, spending time at Bryant's Station near Lexington.
On 1 February 1784 Johnson married Betsy Craig, and they moved to Woodford County. In 1786 he served with General George Rogers Clark under Colonel William Steele as a Captain.
Johnson was clerk to the Quarter Sessions of the Woodford County Court from 1789-1796. In 1792 he was one of the trustees appointed to lay off the town of Versailles.
In 1796 he moved to the North Bend of the Ohio River in what was then Campbell County, and soon after united with the Baptist Church at Bullittsburg by letter. At some point he was appointed Colonel of Militia and he served in this post until 1819. About this time he became Justice of the Peace until 1833, when he became Sheriff of Boone County at the venerable age of 73. He was elected to the Kentucky Legislature in 1817. In 1819 he became a charter member of the Sand Run Baptist Church.
Betsy (Craig) Johnson died 11 March 1833. Cave Johnson and his second wife, Sarah T. Keene, were married 2 Oct 1834. Sarah died 30 September 1835, at just over forty years of age. Cave Johnson and Margaret C. Keene were married 1 December 1836. She died in 1855, surviving him by five years. He died 19 January 1850, and was buried at the Sand Run Baptist Church Cemetery. He was ninety years old.
Cave and Betsy Johnson's children include: