My grandmother is Julia Catherine Powell. She was born 1914 and is still living today. Your story and the geographical area is where my grandmother raised her children in Stephans county. I called my mother to find out if my grandmother was named after someone in the family. I am also looking for my grandmother's grandparents. My grandmother's father was James Albert Powell b. 1868 he was raised by an Uncle Joe, we think was a Powell. I am wondering if this Uncle Joe had a daughter named Julia, maybe your Julia? My g.grandfather had sisters but I don't know their names, and I don't think one of them could be your Julia because of the age difference. My grandfather's father died when he was 3 years old and his mother disappeared taking a girl child with her. But she would have been older than your Julia. I have included the story for you to see if any of this sounds familiar to you.
Unknown to the family at this time of Mrs. Powells first name. She would be my great great grandmother. The story goes that the parents of James Albert Powell's immigrated from France. Supposedly sponsored by a relative in order to migrate to the United States. James's mother had dissappeared one day, the rumor was she ran away with another man, leaving behind her 5 children. I only have the names of 2 of those children James and elija. We believe there was also 2 sisters but their names are not known. It was also suggested that she may have drowned in the near by river, but her body was never found. Mr. Powell her husband died of a heart attack after falling off a roof he was installing, after his wife disappeared. That left the raising of the powell children to an uncle. More than likely a brother to Mr. Powell rather than a brother of the missing Mrs. Powell. Anyone reading this story and is familar with it maybe you might have more information. I cannot find any census with these names in one family. I have found 3 family trees but they also do not have the names of the parents to James Albert Powell. I believe they were married before immigrating to the US from France.
If you have an account with Ancestry.com you will find my public family tree, that could be some help to you. I will let you know if my grandmother remembers a Julia Powell.