Matilda Jane Austin

1858–29 January 1892 (Age 34)
Berryville, Carroll, Arkansas, United States

The Life of Matilda Jane

When Matilda Jane Austin was born in 1858, in Berryville, Carroll, Arkansas, United States, her father, William E. Austin Sr., was 55 and her mother, Mary Jane Fanning, was 28. She married Wesley Carter Gentry on 26 February 1879, in Berryville, Carroll, Arkansas, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Arkansas, United States in 1870 and Prairie Township, Carroll, Arkansas, United States in 1880. She died on 29 January 1892, in Berryville, Carroll, Arkansas, United States, at the age of 34, and was buried in Shady Grove Cemetery, Berryville, Carroll, Arkansas, United States.

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Wesley Carter Gentry
Matilda Jane Austin
Marriage: 26 February 1879
Isa Viola Gentry
Mannie Burton Gentry
Leighton Franklin Gentry
Edith Pearl Gentry
Herbert Lee Gentry
Matilda Jane Jeanetta Gentry

Spouse and Children

26 February 1879
Berryville, Carroll, Arkansas, United States


    Isa Viola Gentry




    Edith Pearl Gentry


    Herbert Lee Gentry


+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings



    Sarah Elizabeth Austin


    Joseph N Austin



    Mildred C. Austin


    Zachariah Franklin Austin


+5 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 3

Arkansas supplied an estimated 50,000 men to the Confederate Army andabout 15,000 to the Union Army.

Age 5

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1868 · Impeach the President!

Age 10

Caused by many crimes and breaking the Tenure of Office Act, Many Senators and House Representatives became angry with President Johnson and began discussions of his Impeachment. After a special session of Congress, the Articles of Impeachment were approved by the House and then the Senate. Making Andrew Johnson the first President to be Impeached.

Name Meaning

1 English, French, and German: from the personal name Austin, a vernacular form of Latin Augustinus, a derivative of Augustus . This was an extremely common personal name in every part of Western Europe during the Middle Ages, owing its popularity chiefly to St. Augustine of Hippo ( 354–430 ), whose influence on Christianity is generally considered to be second only to that of St. Paul. Various religious orders came to be formed following rules named in his honor, including the ‘Austin canons’, established in the 11th century, and the ‘Austin friars’, a mendicant order dating from the 13th century. The popularity of the personal name in England was further increased by the fact that it was borne by St. Augustine of Canterbury ( died c.605 ), an Italian Benedictine monk known as ‘the Apostle of the English’, who brought Christianity to England in 597 and founded the see of Canterbury.2 German: from a reduced form of the personal name Augustin .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Matilda Jentry in household of Carter Jentry, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Matilda Austin in household of Mary J Austin, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Austin in entry for Leighton F Gentry, "California Death Index, 1940-1997"

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