Johanna was born in 1886 in Cuerden, Lancashire. She was the second child from the family to bear the same/similar name as an elder sister died young. Johanna, after various moves, settled in Nelson with her three siblings and widowed mum. All the children worked as weavers in the cotton industry and most cards are holiday ones. Johanna married Wilfred in 1914 and the couple had one child.