Julia Ellis Johnson (Hills) (1783 - 1853) MP

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Birthplace: Upton, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Death: Died in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa
Occupation: Poet, Millener, Needleworker
Managed by: Robert Foote
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About Julia Ellis Johnson (Hills)

"...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 the first Church 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..."

SOURCE: Find A Grave Memorial# 9259894

Alternate burial date 1853.

Birth: Sep. 26, 1783 Upton Worcester County Massachusetts, USA

Death: May 30, 1853 Council Bluffs Pottawattamie County Iowa, USA

Family links:

  • Ezekiel Johnson (1773 - 1848)

Burial: Oak Hill Cemetery Council Bluffs Pottawattamie County Iowa, USA

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Julia Johnson's Timeline

September 26, 1783
Upton, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
January 12, 1801
Age 17
Grafton, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
March 23, 1802
Age 18
Grafton, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
August 1, 1803
Age 19
Northborough, Worcester, MA
February 14, 1805
Age 21
Royalton, Windsor, Vermont, United States
November 19, 1806
Age 23
Westford, Chittenden, VT
November 9, 1808
Age 25
Westford, Chittenden, VT
September 10, 1810
Age 26
Westford, Chittenden, VT
October 12, 1812
Age 29
Westford, VT, USA
December 16, 1814
Age 31
Pomfret, Chautauqua, NY