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Lydia Mabel (Smith) Austin (1890 - 1974)

Lydia Mabel Austin formerly Smith
Born in Viola, Fulton, Arkansas, United Statesmap
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Wife of — married 26 Mar 1907 in Lawrence, Arkansas, United Statesmap
Died in Tomball, Harris, Texas, United Statesmap
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Lydia was born in 1890. She was the daughter of George Smith and Melinda Goatcher. She passed away in 1974. Lydia was apparently named for her grandmother, Lydia Ann (Hardin) Goatcher.

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. I knew her in later years as Aunt Lydia.


Name: Liddie M Smith; Event Type: Census; Event Year: 1900 Event Place: Union Township, Ripley, Missouri, United States; Gender: Female; Age: 10; Marital Status: Single; Race: White; Relationship to Head of Household: Daughter; Birth Date: Aug 1890; Birthplace: Arkansas; Father's Birthplace: Tennessee; Mother's Birthplace: Arkansas.

Malinda M Smith Head F 41 Arkansas; Alford M Smith Son M 21 Arkansas; William A Smith Son M 17 Arkansas; Charles H Smith Son M 15 Arkansas; John T Smith Son M 13 Arkansas; Liddie M Smith Daughter F 10 Arkansas; Jesse R Smith Son M 7 Arkansas; Oen S Smith Son M 4 Arkansas.

District: 102; Sheet Number and Letter: 5A; Household ID: 81; Line Number: 27; Affiliate Name: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Affiliate Publication Number: T623; GS Film Number: 1240885; Image Number: 00932.

Citing this Record: "United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 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.

Name: Wiley Austin; Event Type: Marriage; Event Date: 27 Mar 1907; Event Place: Lawrence, Arkansas, United States; Event Place (Original): , Lawrence, Arkansas, United States; Residence Place: Walnut Ridge, Lawrence, Arkansas; Gender: Male; Age: 21; Birth Year (Estimated): 1886; Marriage License Date: 26 Mar 1907; Spouse's Name: Lydia Maybel Smith; Spouse's Residence Place: Walnut Ridge, Lawrence, Arkansas; Spouse's Residence City: Walnut Ridge; Spouse's Residence County: Lawrence; Spouse's Residence State: Arkansas; Spouse's Gender: Female; Spouse's Age: 18; Spouse's Birth Year (Estimated): 1889; Page: 302; Record Number: 636.

GS Film Number: 001290714; Digital Folder Number: 004309431; Image Number: 00370; Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M02622-9.

Citing this Record: "Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 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.

Name: Lydia M Austin; Event Type: Census; Event Date: 1940; Event Place: Campbell Township, Lawrence, Arkansas, United States; Last Place of Residence: Rural, Lawrence, Arkansas; Gender: Female; Age: 50; Marital Status: Married; Race: White; Race (Original): White; Birth Year (Estimated): 1890; Birthplace: Arkansas; Relationship to Head of Household: Wife; Relationship to Head of Household (Original): Wife; Sheet Letter: B; Sheet Number: 8; Digital Folder Number: 005461522.

Thomas W Austin Head M 55 Arkansas; Lydia M Austin Wife F 50 Arkansas; Fern Austin Daughter F 26 Arkansas; Shelby Austin Son M 23 Arkansas; Vera Austin Daughter F 18 Arkansas; Atha Austin Daughter F 14 Arkansas; Willis R Austin Son M 9 Arkansas.

District: 38-12; Sheet Number and Letter: 8B; Household ID: 141; Line Number: 69; Affiliate Publication Number: T627; Affiliate Film Number: 148; Digital Folder Number: 005461522; Image Number: 00270.

Citing this Record: "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 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.

Name: Lydia Mabel Austin; Event Type: Death; Event Date: 08 Mar 1974; Event Place: Tomball, Harris, Texas, United States; Gender: Female; Age: 84; Marital Status: Widowed; Birth Date: 15 Aug 1889; Birth Year (Estimated): 1890; Birthplace: Fulton, Arkansas; Father's Name: George W Smith; Mother's Name: Melinda Gosher; Digital Folder Number: 005145948; Record Number: 18608.

GS Film Number: 2243040; Digital Folder Number: 005145948; Image Number: 03116.

Citing this Record: "Texas Deaths, 1890-1976," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 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 (, memorial page for Lydia Mabel Smith Austin (15 Aug 1890–8 Mar 1974), Find A Grave Memorial no. 122260165, citing Magnolia Cemetery, Magnolia, Montgomery County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Nona Forrest (contributor 46501243) .

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