Austin, John H.: Sixth Generation in America
The following data is extracted from The ABC Family Chronicles.
The first born son John H. of Willis and Jane Austin lived for a time in Madison Co., Virginia. He worked as a wheelwright. Around 1854/55 he married Louisa J. Broyles, daughter of Garriott and Eunice Broyles. Later the Austin family moved to Missouri along with the Broyles family to Henry County, Missouri. There in 1857 John H. Austin bought one half acre for $38•00. His cabin was used for a post office until 1860. John H. Austin died 1862/3 but his widow Louisa continued the post office until 1864. After 1883,4 Louisa Austin and some of her children moved to Shelby County, Illinois. Her son Henry had already come to Shelby County and was living with John and Cordelia Broyles Harmon in 1880. Cordelia Harmon was Louisa Austin's sister. Cordelia died sometime before Louisa came to Shelby County. Louisa Austin married her sister's widower John Harmon in 1884. Louisa J. Broyles Austin Harmon lived until 11 June 1912. Her obituary appeared in the 20 June 1912 Shelby Democrat. Surviving were her husband John Harmon, sons: 'William Austin of California; Belfield and Henry Austin of Shelby Co., Ill.; Thomas Austin of Missouri; daughter Ida Bowman of Lakewood, Ill. Stepchildren: Estella Duckett and M. M. Harmon of Lakewood, I11. She was buried in Harmon Cemetery.
1850 Madison Co,, Va. Census
Obituary of Belfield, K. Austin
History of Henry & St. Clair Co., Mo. 1883, p. 407
1880 Census of Shelby Co., Ill.
Shelbyville Democrat, 20 June 1912
Shelbyville Daily Union, 29 March 1967
Shelby Co., Ill. Probate Records
Source: The ABC Family Chronicles