Born: January 21, 1849, Salineville, Ohio.
Died: March 6, 1919, Peoria, Illinois.
Buried: Springdale Cemetery and Mausoleum, Peoria, Illinois.
Julia was the daughter of Robert Johnston and Jane G. Waters. She was said to be a direct descendant of Oliver Cromwell and William the Conqueror.
From age six, she lived in Peoria, where her father was pastor of the First Presbyterian Church. She directed the Sunday school there for over 40 years.
She served as president of the Presbyterian Missionary Society of Peoria for two decades, and wrote over 500 hymns.
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