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Julia Hills Johnson
Birth: Sep. 26, 1784
Worcester County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: May 30, 1853
Council Bluffs
Pottawattamie County
Iowa, USA

Julia was the daughter of Joseph Hills and Esther Ellis. While still a child her father Joseph Hills died from tuberculosis. On January 12, 1801 she married Ezekiel Johnson and they became the parents of sixteen children. She was a staunch Presbyterian and taught her children to read the bible and pray. Her oldest son, Joel H. went to Amherst, Ohio where he was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). She sent him a letter warning him of the "Mormons" but he wrote back and said he'd already been baptized and sent her a copy of the Book Of Mormon. She read it with family members and close friends, and when Joel and the missionaries came, she was secretly baptized in the middle of the night. Julia and Ezekiel eventually separated and Julia made hats, neckties, and did needle work to help make ends meet. She wrote the hymn "The Joy and the Song," which was included in an early Sunday School hymnal and she was also a member of the first Woman's Relief Society of the Church. She had a strong faith in the Lord and when writing to her half sister of the death of her four children, she said "What can I say, but the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away." In all she did she was faithful. She traveled with "Kirtland Camp" to Missouri. Near Springfield, Illinois, Samuel Hale and his wife died leaving a ten year old daughter. Julia adopted her and raised her as one of her own. When the great migration west started, she stayed in Council Bluffs, Iowa, where she died.

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  Joseph Hills (1758 - 1787)
  Ezekiel Johnson (1773 - 1848)
  Joel Hills Johnson (1802 - 1882)*
  Nancy Mariah Johnson (1803 - 1836)*
  Seth Guernsey Johnson (1805 - 1835)*
  Delcina Diademia Johnson Sherman (1806 - 1854)*
  Julia Ann Johnson Babbitt (1808 - 1857)*
  David Partridge Johnson (1810 - 1833)*
  Almera Woodard Johnson Smith Barton (1812 - 1896)*
  Susan Ellen Johnson (1814 - 1836)*
  Joseph Ellis Johnson (1817 - 1882)*
  Benjamin Franklin Johnson (1818 - 1905)*
  Mary Ellen Johnson Wilson (1820 - 1845)*
  Elmer Wood Johnson (1821 - 1822)*
  George Washington Johnson (1823 - 1900)*
  William Derby Johnson (1824 - 1896)*
  Esther Melita Johnson LeBaron (1828 - 1876)*
  Amos Partridge Johnson (1829 - 1842)*
*Calculated relationship
Created by: Carl W. McBrayer
Record added: Aug 02, 2004
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