F.A.G. Credited With Finding Missing Couple

Late last night, Perry and Ada Johnson, along with two of their children were found- as presumed- still dead in a Gretna, Louisiana cemetery. Early reports indicate the pair had been hiding out in FAG’s archives for at least two years, sources close to the case have said. It is unclear as of yet why the couple were not found in previous searches of Find a Grave or why they chose to reveal themselves at this time. A cursory search of the McDonoghville Cemetery’s and us airforcewife’s photos have turned up zero results as to the whereabouts of any remaining family.

Perry Johnson gravestone.jpg

Ada Johnson gravestone.jpg

Still unaccounted for are the couples children Earline (who may be yet among the living) of Gretna, Joseph, Perry Jr, Herman, Roland, and Aaron all presumably of Gretna and all probably long dead. It is possible that there may be another daughter, however this information can neither be confirmed or denied at this time.

It is believed that someone in the area knows how to find other members in the Johnson family, as evidenced by the fresh (at the time of this photo) flowers on Ada’s headstone. Could that someone still be placing flowers at the grave site?

Any persons with information on the Johnson family of Gretna, Louisiana is asked to comment immediately on this thread or email the author directly.


As if having the surname of Johnson wasn’t hardship enough, I have the added challenge of having little to no information at all. My grandmother, who was divorced from my grandfather (Roland) for years prior to his death in 2005 has requested that I not bother her with ‘this nonsense’ any more. Just before this pronouncement, I vaguely recall her mentioning a LIVING sister and that she had no recollection of the people I was ‘pestering’ her about. My mother believes there is a living sister, but doesn’t know how old she is or where she is living- nor does she have a copy of the obituary (which is shocking because between her and my Nana, there is a copy of EVERYONE’S obituary) and both my grandfather’s children (my father and my aunt) have left this world, taking all the information with them. My mother also promised to see if she had this sister’s address, though it has been twenty four hours without any mention of an address or a name, so my hope meter is falling with each passing minute.

Simply finding Ada and Perry on FAG was a great discovery for me and I truly do not know why I didn’t see them all the other times I have searched for them on the FAG site, but I am glad to have finally found them. I am hopeful that tomorrow will allow for me to dedicate more than a few spare minutes into digging deeper into this developing case.

For now, I am going to rest up for the challenge that lays ahead of me…

Have you ever wanted to put out an APB on one or more of your ancestors? I would love to hear about it- did you eventually ‘get your man’? If so, what are some of the tricks of the trade that worked for you? If you haven’t found your missing person yet, what are some of the things you have tried thus far?

Can’t wait to hear your thoughts and opinions! And of course, if you are in the LA area- especially Gretna, Jefferson Parish and want to volunteer some on the ground man power- it is absolutely welcome and appreciated!

And as always, if it made you smile or even chuckle- please give a like and a share, thank you and see you next time! 

Photo Credit- us airforcewife, Find A Grave member



  1. Amy · March 7, 2017

    That’s a shame that your grandmother doesn’t want you to ask any more questions. I wish I’d had the chance to ask mine some questions! I assume you’ve tried all the traditional sources for genealogy—newspapers, census records, vital records, etc. I have no special tips—except never give up!

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    • dvn ms kmz time travel · March 7, 2017

      Definitely not giving up. I didn’t really have a specific place to search prior to my find on FAG, so I will be combing the archives of the Gretna papers. Census records, yes, but if memory serves me correctly- they weren’t turning up anything when I searched before, so I am going to be searching this line again, as if it were my first time and hope that more exciting things turn up.

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  2. Cathy Meder-Dempsey · March 7, 2017

    Funtastic read!! Wish you luck with those Gretna folk.

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  3. Dieter · August 25, 2017

    Nice reading but on one hand also a little sad

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  4. MsQueenRo · August 25, 2017

    This is an interesting read. One day I hope to find out more about my ancestors. I commend you for wanting to do so. My family doesn’t want to talk to much about their past either so it makes it hard. God bless you on your journey.

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    • dvn ms kmz time travel · August 25, 2017

      Thank you! Researching my dad’s line has been hard. But, definitely worth it. I’ve learned to find sources outside of family to get what I need and to use photo albums (because people are more willing to talk about pictures than ‘the past’ for some reason)


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