Almera Woodard Johnson Smith Barton was born 12 October 1812 in Westford, Chittenden County, Vermont to Ezekiel Johnson (1773-1848) and Julia Hills (1783-1853) and died 4 March 1896 in Parowan, Iron County, Utah of unspecified causes. She married Joseph Smith (1805-1844) August 1843 in Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois.
A daughter of Ezekiel and Julia Hills Johnson and a plural wife of the Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith (1805-1844). After Joseph Smith's death, on Nov. 16, 1845 she married Reuben Barton with her brother Joel Hills Johnson officiating. Together they had five daughters. Their third daughter, Lois, (the only one who lived to adulthood) was mentally impaired. Feeling responsible for her child's condition, "Almera wondered if it was punishment because she remarried."
In 1861 Almera and Reuben, who had become disaffected with the Church, separated and Almera traveled to Utah and settled in Parowan where for three more decades she would care for Lois.
Within their journals her brothers Joel and Benjamin refer to her as Almera "Woodard" not "Woodward." Joel named one of his own daughters Almera Woodard.