Born: Oc­to­ber 18, 1935, Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Died: Feb­ru­ary 15, 1904, Ocean Grove, New Jers­ey.

Buried: Lau­rel Hill Ce­me­te­ry, Phi­l­adel­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia.


Emma was the daugh­ter of Ro­bert El­li­ott John­ston and Grace Ach­e­son.

She was bap­tized at the Sa­lem Me­thod­ist Epis­co­pal Church. She at­tend­ed va­ri­ous church­es in Phi­la­del­phia, in­clud­ing the Eb­en­ezer Me­thod­ist Epis­co­pal Church, where com­pos­er Will­iam Kirk­pat­rick al­so wor­shipped.

She worked as a school teach­er, and Mc­El­roy’s 1873 Di­rect­ory of Phi­la­del­phia listed her as an au­thor­ess.

After her el­der sister, Es­ther El­li­ott John­ston Boyd, was wid­owed, the two sis­ters moved to As­bury Park, New Jer­sey, and later to Ocean Grove, New Jer­sey, where they shared a house.


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