|Birth: ||May 8, 1840|
County Clare, Ireland
|Death: ||May 12, 1920, USA|
("The Journal-Herald" newspaper in Avoca, Iowa dated May 20, 1920 on page 2)
Michael Austin was born May 8, 1840 in County Claire, Ireland and came to America with his grandmother in 1852(?) locating in Pittsfield, Ill. When about 21 years old he moved with his father to Memphis, Tenn., engaging in the dray business, also worked on the freight boats plying up the Mississippi river. On the death of his father in 1862, he made his way back to Illinois, after having been captured by the confederate soldiers three times. In Febr. 1863 he enlisted in the Union army at Pontiac, Mich., becoming a soldier in the 22nd Mich. Vol. He was soon sent to Tenn. being placed in Gen. Thomas' Reserve brigade, where under Gen. Sherman he had the honor to participate in that famous march to the sea. He was once and always a good true soldier, with an undying love for his adopted flag and country. He was honorably discharged at Murphysboro, Tenn., Sept. 6, 1865. He returned to Pittsfield, Ill., where in 1867 he married Miss Bridget McDonald. About 1870 he moved to Bucklin, Mo., and engaged in railroad work for 12 years. After a year of farming there he moved his family to Avoca, Ia., living near and in Avoca ever since.
Since the death of his wife 12 years ago his health has been very poor. He departed this life May 12, 1920. He was the father of six children, four of whom survive him.
His many friends mourn his going, but his open life of sterling worth, as an honest patriotic citizen will live long after him.
(Same newspaper on page 1 in the Court report:)
The will of Michael Austin deceased has been filed for probate and June 15 is the day set for the probate thereof, said will provides that after the partnership which existed between the deceased and his son, John Austin is wound up, the said John Austin is to retain one half of said partnership funds and the remaining one-half to be divided equally among the heirs. The share devised to Edward McCauley to be paid to the Citizens Savings Bank in trust for the said Edward McCauley.
Bridget McDonald Austin (1839 - 1911)*
Mary Ellen Austin Sherlock (1871 - 1951)*
1840 - 1920
Plot: Section 10 Row 17
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