|Birth: ||Feb. 21, 1925|
|Death: ||Aug. 16, 1927|
The 10th of 16 children born to Fred & Jennie Austin.
Cause of death from Whitman County Death Certificate: "Accidental poisoning - tablets she found in home." Her name was listed as Phillis Jean Austin on the DC.
Some family members were told the tablets were heart pills, some family members said it was medicine for the chickens and some family members said they were told Phyllis ate too many cucumbers.
I spoke with the last remaining sibling, Janice Austin, that remembered Phyllis. She told me that on the day of Phyllis's death, Phyllis was left home in the care of her older siblings while Janice (age 5) and their mother went to the grocery store. When they arrived home, Phyllis was lying on the bed dead. The exact circumstances...we'll never know for certain.
The nickname of Sarah Jane came from the book "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" which the family was reading at the time. Huck disguised himself as a girl by dressing in girl's clothing and went into town to get information. He used the name, Sarah Jane.
The day after Phyllis' death, her mother went into labor and delivered her 12th child.
Sources: Birth Certif and Death Certif
Thank you to Kathy Hilliard for locating two grave markers, each for a "Baby Austin." The names and dates have eroded away. Cemetery is also unaware of the dates. Phyllis' Death Certificate said she was to be sent to Pine City for Burial.
So I assume one of these markers belongs to her or her marker is lost.
Frederick Newell Austin (1884 - 1963)
Harriet Jennesse Broton Austin (1892 - 1970)
Gerald Edward Austin (1912 - 2003)*
Paul Frances Austin (1913 - 1977)*
Kenneth Lee Austin (1915 - 2000)*
Floyd Joseph Austin (1916 - 1985)*
Pershing Frederick Austin (1918 - 1996)*
Margaret Ida Austin Friedrich (1919 - 2011)*
Harold Lafayette Austin (1921 - 1994)*
Janice H Austin Cunningham (1922 - 2011)*
Allen Ralph Austin (1923 - 2011)*
Phyllis Jean Austin (1925 - 1927)
Virginia Rose Austin Kurtzhall (1926 - 2001)*
Thomas Clark Austin (1927 - 2002)*
Roberta Elaine Austin O'Hara (1930 - 1994)*
Pine City Cemetery
Created by: PJH / Angelbird
Record added: Mar 21, 2013
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