(Waverly Journal, April 1906)

Mrs. Agnes Austin, aged 82 years, died at the home of her son, Carlin Austin, just west of town, Wednesday morning, April 25, at 1 o'clock, after an illness of several days. She had been quite ill, but he death at the time was wholly unexpected. She was the widow of the late Rev. John H. Austin, and was familiarly known in this section. She was also a sister of Mrs. J. M. Hutchison, of this city. The funeral will occur Friday, at 11 o'clock, at Providence church, west of Franklin, and interment will be made in the church cemetery there. Services will be in charge of the Rev. J. M. Eldredge.

(Waverly Journal, April 1906)


Agnes Seymour Austin, widow of the Rev. J. H. Austin, and daughter of John and Sallie Seymour, was born in Pierson county, N.C., Oct. 17, 1824. She departed this life at the home of her son 2 miles northwest of Waverly, Ill., April 25, 1906, having attained the advanced age of 81 years, 6 months and 8 days. When she was 4 years of age her parents removed from North Carolina and settled on a farm near Franklin, Ill. She was converted and united with the Methodist church when about 20 years of age. The following year, on Dec. 25, 1845, she was united in marriage to the Rev. J. H. Austin, who was for many years a local preacher of great acceptability and power, and who became a member of the Illinois conference in 1873, and for nearly 20 years sustained an effective relation in the conference.

Her husband died at Paris, Ill., September 26, 1893, in the 69th year of his life. To them were born nine children. Two died in infancy and three after they were grown. The four who survive are: Charles F. Austin, of Fisher, Ill.; Mrs. J. H. Grantham, of Irving, Ill.; Mrs. Joseph Fishback and Carlin A. Austin, of Waverly, Ill. There are also left to mourn her departure five brothers and one sister; Robert and Edward of Franklin, Ill.; Jarrett and George, of Jacksonville, Ill.; Henry of Kansas, and Mrs. John Hutchison, of Waverly, Ill.

After the death of her husband she lived near Paris, Ill., until six years ago, when she moved with the family of her son Carlin Austin, near Waverly, Ill. She was acquainted with the hardships and privations and prized as well the joys and rare privileges of service that belong to the itinerated. She lived a faithful and consistent Christian life. In her last days she was bright and cheerful. She was sick but a few days, and her mind was unclouded to the last. During her last moments she said goodbye to her loved ones, and asked them to meet her in heaven. She was given a vision of the heavenly city, and said she could see departed loved ones calling her home.

The funeral service was held in the Providence Methodist church of the Franklin circuit, and was conducted by her pastor, Rev. J. M. Eldredge, of Waverly circuit. The remains were laid to rest beside those of her husband in the cemetery adjoining the church and await the resurrection of the just.

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