Johnson is thought to have been born in Johnson County, Missouri. He had
several aliases but his real name may have been Huckston. After service
in the Union Army he engaged in horse stealing and highway robbery in
Arkansas. He also robbed the Wilberforce house, killing the man and wife
and raping their daughter.
In March of 1878 he and a man named Underwood broke out of a jail in
Nebraska. They made their way to Texas to join the Sam Bass gang. The
gang had been active in Denton, Wise, and surrounding counties stealing
horses and robbing trains and banks.
Grave of Arkansas Johnson