Julia Ann Ward was born December, 28, 1834, in Eldersville, Washington County, Pennsylvania, and died in Rushville Township, Schuyler County, Illinois on April 15, 1915. She was the eleventh and youngest child of James and Nancy (Hamilton) Ward.

As a young girl, she converted under the ministry of Reverend John Stockton, and later was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Rushville.

On August 2, 1853, she married Thomas Harrison Mathews in Florence, Pennsylvania. They had one child, Lemonia "Mona" Mathews. In 1857, the Mathews family settled in Rushville, Illinois. There, in 1873, Thomas Mathews passed away. Julia married her second husband, Samuel Blair Hindman, on November 8, 1876, at the home of James A. Teel. Julia and Samuel Hindman had two children, Rumsey Winona, who died in 1881, and
June, who became the wife of Lee Roudebush. Both Julia and Samuel Hindman are buried in the Rushville City Cemetery.

In 1909, on her 75th birthday, Julia, or Aunt Julia as she was known by her friends and neighbors, was given a birthday card shower. In her own words... "The post card shower given me by some friends on my 75th birthday was the most refreshing shower I ever was in, and was a surprise to me.  One hundred & fifty eight cards being received. I did as Moody said he did one time - just went down on my knees and asked our Father in heaven to write all their names in his book of life."

Submitted by Robin L.W. Petersen <robin@firedragon.com>

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