Johnson Township was organized at the March 1843 term of Commissioners' Court. They authorized an election to be held the first Monday of the following April at the home of William Burget. who acted as inspector. Mr. Burget was chosen as the first justice of the peace, a position he held for 18 years. First trustees were Mathew Orr, Jacob Stroup, and John Bristow; Lewis Vencill, George Kent, and James Frier also served in this capacity in early years. William Ball was the first constable. Until 1882, Johnson Township included the area which is now Forest Township.