Julia Murdock Smith, Joseph and Emma's adopted daughter, was a bright, sensitive, and spirited - though sometimes moody - girl. She discovered at age five that she was not Emma's real daughter and suffered from personal doubts and insecurities, as well as outside insinuations about her origins from that time on. In later years, Julia corresponded with her biological father and brothers, and occasionally received visits from her brother John. At eighteen, Julia married Elisha Dixon, a travelling magician. They spent some time in St. Louis and a few years managing the Nauvoo House. Elisha was killed in a steamboat accident and Julia was left a widow at twenty-two. Three years later, she married John Middleton, a a young man from a prominent Catholic Nauvoo family. Her marriage was difficult due to her husband's alcoholism, but Julia remained positive. They lived for several years in Galveston, Texas, after selling their farm in Nauvoo. After her husband abandoned her, Julia returned to Nauvoo, where she lived with Emma until Emma's death. She remained in Nauvoo under the care of the Moffitt family until her own death a short time later from breast cancer. After her death, Julia's Murdock brothers ensured that temple ordinances were performed in Julia's behalf and then had their family sealed together in the St. George Temple.