Julia Murdock Middleton (Smith) (1831 - 1880)

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Birthplace: Near Kirtland, Geuaga, Ohio
Death: Died in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States
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About Julia Murdock Middleton (Smith)

According to Emma Hale Smith's handwritten account, in the Smith family Bible, her adopted daughter, Julia Murdock Smith was born May 1, 1831, in Warrensville, Ohio, to John Murdock and Julia Clapp Murdock. Her twin brother, Joseph, was also born the same day. The exact date of the birth comes into dispute but other contemporary information we have used the Smith family bible date in our data base, since that is the earliest recorded date.

The Murdock twins were brought to Emma, who had lost her own twins, who were born and died on 30 April.

SOURCE: http://www.josephsmithjr.org/history/children

Wikipedia Biographical Summary

"...Julia Murdock Smith Dixon Middleton (May 1, 1831 - September 12, 1880) was an early member of the Latter Day Saint movement and the eldest surviving child and only daughter (adopted) of Joseph Smith, Jr. and Emma Hale Smith.

Her birth mother died giving birth to Julia and her twin brother Joseph, so their birth father John Murdock offered them to Smith and his wife, who themselves had lost prematurely born twins the same day. After Joseph and Emma Smith had taken custody of the children, in late March 1832, the infant Joseph became ill. Consequently Emma decided to have the babies sleep separately to prevent a spread of the disease. Joseph Smith had taken baby Joseph to bed with him and Emma was in the other room with Julia. That night a mob came and stormed the Smith home. In the midst of the panic, baby Joseph was exposed to the cold air and died several days later.

After the death of Joseph Smith, Jr., Julia and her surviving four brothers remained in Nauvoo, Illinois with their mother Emma. In 1848, at seventeen, Julia eloped with an older man Elisha Dixon, and the couple married in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1851, Dixon was injured while employed on a steamboat. He died, probably in 1853, as a result of these injuries. Julia returned to Nauvoo and lived with her mother until November 19, 1856, when she married John J. Middleton..."

SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julia_Murdock_Smith

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Julia Murdock Smith [Adopted Twin]'s Timeline

May 1, 1831
Near Kirtland, Geuaga, Ohio
Age 16
Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States
Age 19
Texas, United States
November 19, 1856
Age 25
September 12, 1880
Age 49
Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States
Catholic Cemetery, Illinois