Julia was the youngest child of Benjamin and Ella/Elvira Mae Beck Roland. She was given the same name as a sister who had died. She claimed that being named after a dead sister gave her bad luck.
Her father died while chopping wood when she was just 6 weeks old.
Her siblings were: Charles Ellsworth Roland (1863–1935) Julia Francis Roland (1868–1873) Jennette "Nettie" Roland Rulon Anness (1868–1948) Lucy Ellen Roland New Sinclair Winters (1872–?) Benjamin "Ben" Franklin Roland (1874–1959)
Julia was 17 when she married James William Anness on 13 Jun 1893. They had nine children: Charles Franklin "Frank" Anness (1894–1980) Ella Catherine "Katie" Anness Bryant (1896–1970) Betty Florence Anness Miller Marsh (1899–1975) Lena Bell Anness Eckler Alder (1904–1994) Robert Cayton Anness (1910–1993) Edgar Everett Anness (1912–1945) Kenneth Gilbert Anness (1914–1992) Emma Lee Anness Pigg (1916–) Albert Newton "Newt" Anness (1919–1998)