Lydia was living with her older brother Will Smith in Dayton, Eddy County, New Mexico territory in mid-March of 1907 when her brother was accidentally shot and killed. Her brother John Smith was living there as well. As he lay dying, Will Smith insisted that his slayer, Bob Faulkner, make sure his sister was taken care of.
It seems he or John got her home safely, since we see in the records that she married Wylie Austin in Lawrence County, Arkansas on 26 Mar 1907.
↑ "United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M38D-1BZ : accessed 31 July 2019), Oen S Smith in household of Malinda M Smith, Union Township, Ripley, Missouri, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 102, sheet 5A, family 81, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,240,885.
↑ "Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N9S3-ZWY : 11 July 2019), Lyda Smith in entry for Wiley Austin, 27 Mar 1907; citing Marriage, Lawrence, Arkansas, United States, county offices, Arkansas; FHL microfilm 1,290,714.
↑ "Texas Deaths, 1890-1976," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K3XM-B1R : 13 March 2018), Melinda Gosher in entry for Lydia Mabel Austin, 08 Mar 1974; citing certificate number 18608, State Registrar Office, Austin; FHL microfilm 2,243,040.
↑ Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com), memorial page for Lydia Mabel Smith Austin (15 Aug 1890–8 Mar 1974), Find A Grave: Memorial #122260165, citing Magnolia Cemetery, Magnolia, Montgomery County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Nona Forrest (contributor 46501243) .
"United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KQKW-QMQ : 28 February 2020), Willis R Austin in household of Thomas W Austin, Campbell Township, Lawrence, Arkansas, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 38-12, sheet 8B, line 74, family 141, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 148.
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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Lydia by comparing test results with other carriers of her mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known mtDNA test-takers in her direct maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share some percentage of DNA with Lydia: