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JOHNSON, Sarah Barclay, author, born in Albemarle county, Virginia, in 1837; died in Greenwich, Connecticut, 21 April, 1885. Her father, Dr. James T. Barclay, was for some time a missionary in Jerusalem, and wrote a description of that city entitled "The City of the Great King" (Philadelphia, 1857). His daughter accompanied him on this mission, and drew most of the illustrations in his book. In 1856 she married J. Augustus Johnson, then United States consul-general in Syria, and returned with him to that country, where she lived many years. She afterward resided with her husband in New York city, and after 1883 in Greenwich, Connecticut She was shot, together with her daughter, by her son, who took his own life immediately afterward. His act was regarded as the result of a fit of insanity. Mrs. Johnson published "The Hadji in Syria," which attained popularity (Philadelphia, 1858). Her son, Barclay (1862-'85), had been recently graduated at the head of his class at Yale, and was a young man of much promise. He had contributed to periodicals and published an address on education (1884).
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