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Julia Murdock Smith
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Birth: Apr. 30, 1831
Cuyahoga County
Ohio, USA
Death: Apr. 10, 1880
Hancock County
Illinois, USA

Julia Murdock Smith's gravesite in Nauvoo

In late April 1831, Emma Smith, wife of the Prophet Joseph Smith, gave birth to twin babies at Kirtland, Ohio. The two infants lived only a few hours.

Within a day of Emma's delivery, Julia Clapp Murdock of Orange, Ohio, also gave birth to twins, a boy and a girl. They lived, but their mother passed away later that day. Emma and Joseph ended up adopting the Murdock twins and named them Joseph and Julia. The boy passed away shortly after the Prophet was tarred and feathered at Hiram, Ohio, the following year.

Julia lived to adulthood and subsequently married Elisha Dixon, who was later killed in a steamship explosion. In 1856, Julia remarried. That man's name was John J. Middleton.

Tradition holds that Middleton ultimately abandoned Julia, who then returned to Nauvoo, Ill., to be with Emma. She died in 1880, about a year after Emma passed away, and was buried in the Catholic cemetery in Nauvoo. It is thought that Julia never bore any children.

Deseret News, January 1, 2014
Family links: 
  John Murdock (1792 - 1871)
  Julia Clapp Murdock (1790 - 1832)
  Orrice Clapp Murdock (1824 - 1915)*
  John Riggs Murdock (1826 - 1913)*
  Julia Murdock Smith (1831 - 1880)
  Gideon Allen Murdock (1840 - 1925)**
*Calculated relationship
Catholic Cemetery
Hancock County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Bonnie Huish
Record added: Apr 16, 2014
Find A Grave Memorial# 128079977


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