Apr. 8, 1873 Castlewood Russell County Virginia, USA
Jan. 17, 1961 Mercer County West Virginia, USA
Martha Ellen Meade Austin was born April 8, 1873 and she passed away Jan. 17, 1961. She was married to William "Bill" Aston Austin on March 7, 1888 in Russel County, Virginia. The marriage license lists William's occupation as a Farmer. Bill was born March 4, 1865 and died January 5, 1921.
RUSSELL COUNTY 1888 MARRIAGE RECORDS reveal the following:
WILLIAM AUSTIN 22 WHI SINGLE RUSSELL, Parents ELIJAH & SARAH (Lambert?) AUSTIN and MARTHA ELLEN MEADE 16 WHI SINGLE RUSSELL Parents ARCHER (Lee) & (Mary Ellen )POLLY (Baker) MEADE, married 10 MAR 1888 married by J.H. JOHNSON. (Note difference in date from marriage license and Russell County records.)
From this union, they had the following children:
Mollie V. Austin Castle (born on 10/10/1889 in Russel Co., Va. and married Adolphus "Dock" Castle on Nov. 20, 1907 in Russell Co., Va.);
Charlie C. Austin (born 03/04/1892 in Russell, Co., Va., married Emma Williams 1912.);
Sarah Kathryn Austin Salyers (born 05/04/1894 in Russell Co., Va., married George Thomas Salyers on 10/07/1911.);
Lula C. Austin (born 08/14/1896, died 03/12/1936.) Lula married Gilbert Salyer.
Martha E. Austin was born May 1900 in Dickenson Co., Va.
Hattie Mae Austin (born 05/25/1902 in Dickenson Co., Va., died 10/26/1918, married Arnold Austin.);
Walter L. Austin (born 08/19/1904 in Russell Co., Va., married ______ Jessee, had children Mary Ellen and Fred.
Ford Wood Austin (born 04/26/1907)
Ruth C. Austin Williams (born 05/20/1910) married Carl Williams.
Annie Kate Austin (born 03/20/1913, married Johnny Ferguson)
Dorthy Hazel Austin (born 11/21/1915, died 11/04/1918.)
Dora Ethel Austin (born 04/05/1919,) married first a Hall (had Eva Joyce, who married Joseph Ferguson), second Henley (had daughter, Patricia "Trish" Henley who married Joseph Honaker) and third, Estell Lowe.
Some of the above information taken from a list written by Sarah Kathryn Austin Salyers on 04/07/1951.
Martha Ellen was a strong, independent woman. She chewed tobacco. She put out a garden and grew her own tobacco and she worked her garden up into her late 80's. She was in bed the last few years of her life, but she still ruled the family home which was filled with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.