Wallace Austin & Mercy Ann Jackson

Submitted by: Sara Dianne Austin Myers

 

Wallace Mariam Austin 

Mercy Ann Jackson

Robert, Wallace, Charles & Mercy Ann Austin

MERCY ANN JACKSON was born March 08, 1860 in Sunfield Township, Eaton County, Michigan, daughter of CHARLES JACKSON and KEZIAH DILLEY, and died November 06, 1949 in Mulliken, Roxand Township, Eaton County, Michigan. She married WALLACE MARIAM AUSTIN September 05, 1880, son of  TRUMAN AUSTIN and JANE DICKERSON. He was born June 27, 1854 in Sunfield, Eaton County, Michigan, and died March 06, 1911 in Mulliken, Roxand Township, Eaton County, Michigan.

Children of MERCY JACKSON and WALLACE AUSTIN are:

i. CHARLES TRUMAN AUSTIN, b. March 31, 1882, Ionia County, Michigan; d. November 05, 1953, Roxand Township, Eaton County, Michigan; m. FLORENCE AMANDA BASHORE, June 05, 1929, Roxand Township Eaton County, Michigan; b. August 16, 1908, Midland County, Michigan.

ii. ROBERT JAMES AUSTIN, b. January 11, 1886, Michigan; d. November 18, 1947; m. JULIA MYRTLE ALLEN, October 02, 1912 in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan; b. March 06, 1888, Roxand Township Eaton County, Michigan; d. June 09, 1983, Eaton County Medical Care Facility, Charlotte, Eaton County, Michigan.

iii. FRANK PATTLE AUSTIN, b. September 17, 1890, Roxand Township, Eaton County, Michigan; d. October 16, 1968, St. Lawrence Hospital, Ingham County. Michigan; m. VISA MAE LANCE, May 26, 1917; b. September 25, 1893, Vestaburg, Montcalm County, Michigan; d. November 18, 1969, Kalamazoo Hospital, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Michigan.

iv. KEZIAH 'KITTY' JANE AUSTIN, b. January 27, 1893, Roxand Township, Eaton County, Michigan; d. August 03, 1978, her home in rural Mulliken, Eaton County, Michigan; m. (1) MYRON P. 'PAT' HOSEY; b. 1890; d. November 12, 1949; m. (2) HARRY DOTY HOLBROOK, Aft. 1948; b. February 18, 1894, Danby Township, Ionia County, Michigan; d. March 30, 1985.

v. EDNA MAE AUSTIN, b. August 22, 1896, Michigan; d. March 27 1948; m. HARRY DOTY HOLBROOK, August 07, 1915; b. February 18, 1894, Danby Township, Ionia County, Michigan; d. March 30, 1985.

vi. LAWRENCE EARNEST AUSTIN, b. August 14, 1901, Roxand Township, Eaton County, Michigan; d. February 17, 1965, Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona; m. (1) EDRIS MAE CRAMER, August 22, 1921 in Roxand Township, Eaton County, Michigan, daughter of SIMON CRAMER and KATHERINE MASKLE, b. March 10, 1904, Roxand Township, Eaton County, Michigan; d. December 28, 1923 in Roxand Township, Eaton County, Michigan; m. (2) MABEL FERN ROOT, November 27, 1930, in Mulliken, Roxand Township, Eaton County, Michigan, daughter of GEORGE ROOT and FLORENCE ERVAY, b. September 24, 1903, in Roxand Township, Eaton County, Michigan; d. December 31, 1992, Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona.

To My niece, Mercy Jackson on her Birthday

March the 8, 1878

From Grandma Dilley

 

Mercy I thought I’d write to you

On your birthday a line or two

You are now a woman, but beware

For youthful feet there is many a snare

 

Eighteen years have past away

They see but like a summer day

So swiftly down life’s gentle stream

Just like a story or a dream

 

God has been very good to you

He’s strewed your path with roses threw

May you threw life his goodness prove

And dwell forever in his love

 

Farther mother kind and true

Thus far they have been spared to you

Watched over you with tender care

Take their good council and prize there prayer

 

Should trials in your path appear?

Look to the strong and never fear

The savior you have choose in youth

Will guide you in the way of truth

 

I am glad that in life’s early youth

You have chosen the better path with truth

Wisely has shunned the broad way

And choose the one, the endless day

 

Mercy, I am growing old they say

I am sixty-six next birthday

Once more my child before I die

I would direct thy thoughts on high

 

O may thou climb those higher skies

Where storms and sorrows never rise

And when we meet beyond the river

Meet there to part and no more forever

 

Now I must close with love to you

Tis from your Grandma ever true

When these lines you chance to see

O this dear child remember me

 

Your loving Grandma

 

Written By:  Sarah Pattle Dilley for Mercy’s 18 birthday.  I have the original poem in Grandma’s Dilley’s handwriting. Note: I have wondered many times, why the heading is to 'my niece'.

Transposed by: by Sara Dianne Austin-Myers  

 

Wallace Mariam & Mercy Ann Jackson-Austin Family

Picture taken about 1912

Setting in chairs: Keziah Jane 'Kitty' Austin and Frank Pattle Austin
Front Row - L-R    Charles Truman Austin, Lawrence Earnest Austin,  Edna Mae Austin
Not in picture: Robert James Austin

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