Born: Jan­u­a­ry 21, 1849, Sa­line­ville, Ohio.

Died: March 6, 1919, Pe­or­ia, Il­li­nois.

Buried: Pe­or­ia, Il­li­nois.

Johnston lived in Pe­or­ia, Il­li­nois, from age six. Her fa­ther was pas­tor of the First Pres­by­ter­ian Church in Pe­or­ia, and Jul­ia di­rect­ed the Sun­day school there for over 40 years. She al­so found time to serve as pres­i­dent of the Pres­by­ter­i­an Mis­sion­ary So­ci­e­ty of Pe­or­ia for 20 years, and to write more than 500 hymns. Her works in­clude:



  1. Grace Great­er than Our Sin
  2. Hear the Word
  3. In the Child Gar­den
  4. O Change­less Word
  5. Saving Grace
  6. Service of the King, The
  7. Sunset Gate, The
  8. There’s a Pic­ture Bright and Fair
  9. There’s a Sweet and Bless­èd Story