Sarah M <I>Barclay</I> Johnson

Sarah M Barclay Johnson

Scottsville, Albemarle County, Virginia, USA
Death 21 Apr 1885 (aged 47)
Greenwich, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
Burial Greenwich, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
Memorial ID 82895246 · View Source
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Author of Hadji in Syria: or, Three years in Jerusalem (1858), an account of her travels to the Middle East

Sarah Barclay Johnson

JOHNSON, Sarah Barclay, author, born in Albemarle county, Virginia, in 1837; died in Greenwich, Connecticut, 21 April, 1885. Her father, Dr. James T. Barclay, was for some time a missionary in Jerusalem, and wrote a description of that city entitled "The City of the Great King" (Philadelphia, 1857). His daughter accompanied him on this mission, and drew most of the illustrations in his book. In 1856 she married J. Augustus Johnson, then United States consul-general in Syria, and returned with him to that country, where she lived many years. She afterward resided with her husband in New York city, and after 1883 in Greenwich, Connecticut She was shot, together with her daughter, by her son, who took his own life immediately afterward. His act was regarded as the result of a fit of insanity. Mrs. Johnson published "The Hadji in Syria," which attained popularity (Philadelphia, 1858). Her son, Barclay (1862-'85), had been recently graduated at the head of his class at Yale, and was a young man of much promise. He had contributed to periodicals and published an address on education (1884).

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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sarah M Barclay Johnson (23 May 1837–21 Apr 1885), Find a Grave Memorial no. 82895246, citing New Burial Grounds Association Cemetery, Greenwich, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by James Gorham (contributor 47240306) .