Follett Johnson was born on April 20, 1845 in Brasher, NY to Ethan and Sarah (Helms) Johnson. He had three siblings: Martha, Altree, and Lucius. Follett helped his father farm until the civil war began. He enlisted as a private in the Company I , 60th NY. Infantry. He served for four years. Because of the act of bravery of voluntarily exposing himself to divert fire of a Confederate sharpshooter who had been doing great damage to Union Forces, Follett won a medal of honor.
After the civil war, he married Hannah Wait on January 4, 1871. They had one child, Horace Follet Johnson. By the 1890's, Follet and Hannah moved to Massena, NY and farmed. Here, he became the deputy sheriff. "Follett was always known as an honest, straightforward man, whose words were always good and had respect of all."
Follet died on March 9, 1909 in Massena, NY. He is buried next to his wife in Pine Grove Cemetery.
(Note: The name on his grave was transcribed incorrectly.)