Austin, Henry: First Generation in America
The following data is extracted from The ABC Family Chronicles.
It is quite probable that the Austin family came from England to New England sometime around 1665. Likewise the Harrisons, Lyles and quite possibly the Marshalls all came to Maryland around the same time. Samuel and Henry Austin, sons of Thomas Austin, came to Calvert Co., Md.
Henry Austin was born before 1687 and died in Calvert Co., Md. He had married twice: first, to Elizabeth Lyles, widow of Robert Lyles who had died around 1705. From that marriage he had a son Samuel who was born around 1710. By 1729 Henry married the second time to Jane Harvey, widow.
Henry's will of 1745 reads:
"In the name of God amen. I Henry Austin of Calvert County in the province of Maryland being in good health of body and of sound and perfect mind and memory do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and forms following
First I desire that my debts be paid and discharged at the discretion of my Executors hereafter named and as touching the temporal estate that it halt pleased God to bestow upon me I do give and bequeath in manner and forms following.
I do give and bequeath unto my son Samuel Austin one half of my estate of what sort or kind solves. The other half I do give and bequeath unto Henry and Elinor Austin son and daughter of Henry Austin deceased to be equally divided between them when they come to full age but if one or both of them should die before they arrive at full age then his or her or their parts I do give and bequeath unto Henry Austin son of Samuel Austin.
I do give and bequeath unto my loving wife Jane Austin one Negro girl celled Janey during the natural life of her the said Jane Austin and at her decease I do give and bequeath the said girl Janey unto Elizabeth the daughter of Samuel Austin. And the first child that the said Negro girl brings I do give and bequeath unto Hary the daughter of Samuel Austin.
I do give and bequeath unto Elizabeth Lyle daughter of William Lyle two .young ewes. And I do hereby constitute ordain and appoint my loving wife and my son Samuel Austin joint executors of this my lest will and testament revoking and disannulling all other will or wills by me heretofore made and I desire that my body may. be decently buried on the plantation that I now dwell upon between my late wife and daughter. In witness hereof I have here unto set my hand and seal this 19th day of January 1743/4.
Henry Austin (Seal) Signed sealed and acknowledged in presence of us
My further will and pleasure is that my grandson Henry Austin son of Henry Austin may have unto his part one Negro boy named Caesar and that my granddaughter Elinor have one Negro girl named Nancy
Henry Austin (Seal
The above will was entered for probate the 31 ,August 1745 by William and Elinor Lyles.
Samuel Austin, his son, entered accounts for the estate in November of 1750 and November of 1752. In the record of 1752, Stephen Jest was guardian to Eleanor and Henry Austin, minor heirs of Henry Austin.
Early Settlers of Maryland, 1 3~0.
Will Book 24, p. 209 of Calvert Coot Md.
Maryland Account Book X33, pp. 46, 174.
Marshie Austin Records
Will Book 27, p. 422
Source: The ABC Family Chronicles