Born: Ap­ril 20, 1826, in a log­ging camp on the west bank of the Pe­nob­scot Ri­ver in Town­ship No. 2 (about 60 miles up­ri­ver from Bang­or, Maine).

Died: June 16, 1909, Wal­tham, Mas­sa­chu­setts.

Buried: Jack­son Cor­ner Ce­me­te­ry, Jack­son, Maine.



Erastus was the son of Cy­rus Board­man John­son and Hep­zi­bah Hunt Page. He mar­ried twice, to El­la Al­zar­dia Brown and Ma­ry Pa­me­lia Sils­bee.

At age 17, he be­came a school teach­er in Ma­chi­as, Maine. At 26, he sailed on the Gold Hunt­er to join some of his bro­thers in the Ca­li­for­nia Gold Rush; he re­mained in the San Fran­cis­co area for about eight years.

Moving to Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­van­ia, in 1860, he stayed there 24 years, work­ing in the oil bu­si­ness. He then moved to Jack­son, Maine; Wash­ing­ton state; and last­ly to Wal­tham, Mas­sa­chu­setts.