Dicy was born about 1830 in Mississippi. On 3 October 1851 she married John Mabe Autrey in Union Parish where they resided until some time between 1870 and 1880. After that they lived in the neighboring Parish of Lincoln.
John Mabe died some time between 1880 and 1903. According to her Widows Pension application, he died on the first day of September 1903. However according to the 1900 census for Hardin County, Texas, Dicy was already a widow and living with the family of one of her children, J. A. Autrey.
|Widows Pension Application|
In 1920 she is in Beech, Miller County, Arkansas living with her daughter, Mary F. Tubbs and her husband Francis. For some reason her name is listed as Mary Walace (sic). Sometime between 1920 and her death on 17 Sep 1925 the Tubbs along with Dicy moved to Waco, McLennan County, Texas.
Here death certificate has as the cause of death ‘senility’. She is buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Waco, Texas.
|Dicy WALLACE Autrey late in life|
Possibly a post-mortem picture?
1. When and where did they live when John Mabe died?
(That 1890 census would really be nice to have for this case.)
2. According to an un-credited source, The Descendants of Cornelius Autry, Immigrant of Edgecombe
North Carolina : Neil Culbreth of Sampson County, North Carolina, and Allied Familes, the Autrey's lived in
Robertson County, Texas and owned a store. So far I have not found any evidence for this.
3. After John Mabe died, why did she move so often?
Possibly, and these are just guesses, she was making extended visits to her children and their families, or she
was already suffereing the effects of senility and was being shuffled around by family members.
4. Is the picture of Dicy above a post-mortem photo? Based on the rigid pose I lean towards a possible yes.
5. Why in the 1920 census is she listed as Mary Walace? Perhaps she is the one who spoke to the census taker and if she
was suffering from senility maybe she got confused.
 "Louisiana, Marriages, 1816-1906," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F4C2-Z5T : accessed 21 Apr 2013), John Autry and Dianacy Wallace, 03 Oct 1851.
 1870 U. S. census, Union Parish, Louisiana, population schedule, p. 42 (written), dwelling 319, family 319, John Autry; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 April 2013); citing National Archives microfilm publication M593, roll 534.
 1880 U. S. census, Lincoln Parish, Louisiana, pop. sch, p. 59 (written), dwell 488, fam. 501, John Autrey.
 Vivian Mayo Bundy, The Descendants of Cornelius Autry, Immigrant of Edgecombe County, North Carolina : Neil Culbreth of Sampson County, North Carolina, and Allied Familes (Charlotte, N.C. : Herb Eaton Historical Publications, 1996), 33.