Surname: Austin

Slave Narrative of Hannah Austin

Interviewer: Minnie B. Ross Person Interviewed: Hannah Austin Location: Georgia Age: 70-75 Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY INTL Start Now When the writer was presented to Mrs. Hannah Austin she was immediately impressed with her alert youthful appearance. Mrs. Austin is well preserved for her age and speaks clearly and with much intelligence. The interview was a brief but interesting one. This was due partly to the fact that Mrs. Austin was a small child when The Civil War ended and too because her family was classed as “town slaves” so classed because of their superior intelligence. Mrs. Austin was a child of ten or twelve years when the war ended. She doesn’t know her exact age but estimated it to be between seventy and seventy five years. She was born the oldest child of Liza and George Hall. Their master Mr. Frank Hall was very kind to them and considerate in his treatment of them. Briefly Mrs. Austin gave the following account of slavery as she knew...

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Slave Narrative of Bill Austin

Interviewer: Martin Richardson Person Interviewed: Bill Austin Location: Greenwood, Florida Bill Austin – he says his name is NOT Williams – is an ex-slave who gained his freedom because his mistress found it more advantageous to free him than to watch him. Austin lives near Greenwood, Jackson County, Florida, on a small farm that he and his children operate. He says that he does not know his age, does not remember ever having heard it. But he must be pretty old, he says, “cause I was a right smart size when Mistuh Smith went off to fight.” He thinks he may be over a hundred – and he looks it – but he is not sure. Austin was born between Greene and Hancock Counties, on the Oconee River, in Georgia. He uses the names of the counties interchangeably; he cannot be definite as to just which one was his birthplace. “The line between ’em was right there by us,” he says. His father was Jack; for want of a surname of his own he took that of his father and called himself Jack Smith. During a temporary shortage of funds on his master’s part, Jack and Bill’s mother was sold to a planter in the northern part of the state. It was not until long after his emancipation that Bill ever saw either of them again. Bill’s father Jack...

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Slave Narrative of Margrett Nickerson

Interviewer: Rachel A. Austin Person Interviewed: Margrett Nickerson Location: Jacksonville, Florida Age: 89-90 In her own vernacular, Margrett Nickerson was “born to William A. Carr, on his plantation near Jackson, Leon County, many years ago.” When questioned concerning her life on this plantation, she continues: “Now honey, it’s been so long ago, I don’ ‘meber ev’ything, but I will tell you whut I kin as near right as possible; I kin ‘member five uf Marse Carr’s chillun; Florida, Susan, ‘Lijah, Willie and Tom; cose Carr never ‘lowed us to have a piece of paper in our hands.” “Mr. Kilgo was de fust overseer I ‘member; I was big enough to tote meat an’ stuff frum de smokehouse to de kitchen and to tote water in and git wood for granny to cook de dinner and fur de sucklers who nu’sed de babies, an’ I carried dinners back to de hands.” “On dis plantation dere was ’bout a hunnerd head; cookin’ was done in de fireplace in iron pots and de meals was plenty of pea, greens, cornbread burnt co’n for coffee – often de marster bought some coffee fur us; we got water frum de open well. Jes ‘fore de big fun fiahed dey fotched my pa frum de bay whar he was makin’ salt; he had heard dem say ‘de Yankees is coming and wuz so glad.” “Dere...

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J. C. Austin

Cook, 15th Co., Infantry. Son of J. H. and M. M. Austin. Husband of L. A. Austin, of Rowan County. Entered service June 6, 1918, at Concord, N.C. Sent to Camp Jackson, S. C. Transferred to Camp Sevier, S. C. Was mustered out of service at Camp Sevier, S. C., November 30th,...

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Austin, Kittie Mabel – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Kittie Austin Laid To Rest Memorial services were held Monday afternoon from the Booth-Bollman Chapel for Kittie Mabel Austin, who passed away at the Wallowa Memorial Hospital February 1, 1957, following a two-day illness. Rev. Leslie B. Bailey officiated with Rev. James Sinclair, soloist, and Mrs. John Sinclair at the piano. Songs were “The Old Rugged Cross” and “Beautiful Isle of Somewhere”. Burial was in the Enterprise cemetery beside her husband who passed away in January of 1949. Pallbearers were: Armel Cole, Guy Murrill, Spencer Bacon, Jack Sturm, Clyde Wulff and Doke Cole. Kittie Mabel Austin was born January 28, 1879 at Lawrence, Kansas, the daughter of William and Sarah Cochran, and on March 10, 1902 was united in marriage to L.M. Austin of Enterprise, Oregon. She crossed the plains with her family when six months old, settling in the Paloose, Washington country with the family later moving to the Deer Creek section of Wallowa County at Paradise. Mrs. Austin had made her home in Wallowa County continuously for the past fifty-eight years where she was a fine neighbor and friend to all who knew her. Survivors are: two daughters, Mrs. Cecil (Wilma) Murrill, of Flora; Mrs. Dave (Lola) Parsley of Peck, Idaho; two brothers, N.H. Cochran of La Center, Washington; and Walter M. Cochran of Pendleton, Oregon; grandchildren, Manford and Melva Parsley; Nola, Bill...

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Oscar B. Austin

1st Class Private, Co. D, 30th Div., 113th Field Artillery. Son of H. F. and Lola Austin, of Catawba County. Entered service July 25, 1917, at Wadesboro, N.C. Sent to Camp Sevier. Overseas to France June 17, 1918. Fought at Argonne Forest and St. Mihiel. Returned April 13, 1919. Landed at Charleston, S. C. Mustered out at Camp Jackson, April 18,...

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Amos Todd of Wisconsin

Amos Todd6, (Dan, Charles4, Gideon3, Michael2, Christopher1) born Oct. 2, 1804, married Nov. 14, 1824, Harriet, daughter of Ebenezer and Sallie (Whitaker) Pratt, who was born Aug. 15, 1805. He was a farmer and lived in Wisconsin. Children: *1032. Sarah A., b. March 11, 1825. *1033. Hiram Jerome, b. Nov. 14, 1828. *1034. Peninah E., b. Nov. 16, 1830. 1035. Mandema, b. Oct. 3, 1833, m. David Austin. In 1911, they were living in Geneva, Ohio. *1036. Lucretia, b. Dec. 27, 1836. *1037. Alna Almeda, b. March 6, 1839. 1038. Vilna Medora, b. April 26, 1841, m. Lewis Premo, she lives at Merrimack, Wis., no children. 1039. Mary M., b. Feb. 2, 1845, d. Sept. 17,...

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Biographies of the Cherokee Indians

Whatever may be their origins in antiquity, the Cherokees are generally thought to be a Southeastern tribe, with roots in Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee, among other states, though many Cherokees are identified today with Oklahoma, to which they had been forcibly removed by treaty in the 1830s, or with the lands of the Eastern Band of Cherokees in western North Carolina. The largest of the so-called Five Civilized Tribes, which also included Choctaws, Chickasaws, Creeks, and Seminoles, the Cherokees were the first tribe to have a written language, and by 1820 they had even adopted a form of...

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Biographical Sketch of John Austin

John Austin, from Windsor, Vt., located in the western part of the town, in 1810, where he died in 1843, aged seventy years. Enoch, the eldest of his eight children, born in 1804, is still a resident of the town.

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Biography of William F. Austin

William F. Austin, of the firm of Austin, Brown & Kimball, dealers in hardware, lumber, agricultural implements, furniture, etc.; P. O. Ashmore; is a native of Coles Co., being a son of John and Susan (Carter) Austin; his father was born near Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 9, 1809, and came with his father’s family to the county in about 1828 ;his father, William Austin, took up a farm, comprising the site of the present village of Ashmore. Mr. Austin was married Oct. 15, 1835, to Miss Susan Carter, a daughter of John and Mary Carter, both natives of East Tennessee; she was born in East Tennessee Sept. 24, 1815; removed with her parents to Kentucky in early childhood, and came to Coles Co., in 1830, landing in Ashmore April 10, where her father took up a farm east of and adjoining the present village, and where Mrs. Austin still resides; Austin’s father, John Carter, was born in 1790, and died July 19, 1841; her mother, Mary Carter, was born Dec. 24, 1792, and died Nov. 11, 1857; Mr. Austin remained a substantial and highly-respected citizen till his death, Sept. 9, 1845; he left five children-James M., born March 13, 1837, and died July 23, 1866; Mary C., now Mrs. Thomas White, of Ashmore, born Aug. 13, 1838; William F., born Nov. 12, 1840; Edith, born Sept. 22, 1842, married F....

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Biography of Lincoln Austin,

This enterprising and representative business man and property owner of Flora is a member of the firm of Clark & Austin, which does a general merchandise business in Flora carrying a complete and well selected stock and gaining a patronage from the adjacent country that betokens a lucrative business. Lincoln was born in Adams County, Illinois, on September 21, 1866, being the son of Moses and Mary L. Austin. Our subject had one brother, Clarence F. of Paradise. On July 25, 1870, his father contracted a second marriage, the lady being Nancy Hester, a native of Missouri and the nuptials were celebrated in Linn County, that state. To that marriage were born the following children: Lewis M., Araunah, Mary A., deceased, Raymond M. and Eddie A. the father was born in New York in 1835, and he enlisted in the Second Illinois Cavalry and was taken captive at the battle of Lexington, Missouri, but being exchanged, he reenlisted in the One Hundred and Nineteenth Illinois and served until the close of the war. He received a wound in his left shoulder while in the service of his country. In 1865 his parents removed to Linn County, Missouri, where the mother died in 1869. Our subject grew up on his father’s farm and received a good education from the public schools. In 1879 the entire family came to Norton County,...

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Biography of Austin, Moses

For the information of our readers who are not familiar with the early colonial scheme of settling Texas with American colonists when it was a province of Spain, we will give a short sketch of the man in whose brain it originated and the various causes which led to it. Moses Austin was a native of Connecticut, born at the village of Durham in 1767. When a boy he went to Philadelphia, and in 1787 he married Miss Maria Brown. His brother, Stephen, was then at the head of an important house in Philadelphia, and Moses Austin soon after his marriage took charge of a branch house in Richmond, Virginia. In a few years the brothers purchased Chizzel’s lead mines in Wythe County, Virginia, and Moses Austin took charge of the enterprise. At that place on the 3rd of November 1793, Stephen Fuller Austin, the future colonial empresario of Texas, was born. Two other children lived to maturity and came to Texas, James Brown Austin and Emily M. Austin. James died of yellow fever at New Orleans in August 1829. Emily married twice, first James Bryan, and after his death James F. Perry. In a few years the Philadelphia and Richmond house of the Austins failed, which also involved the loss of the lead mines. At this time reports came of rich lead mines in upper Louisiana (now in...

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Biography of Austin, Stephen F.

It seems that on account of the long distance and slow transmission of mails in those days, that Stephen F. Austin, busy at New Orleans doing the work his father had entrusted to him, was not aware of the fatal illness and death of his father until some time after that sad event. Where the father, however, laid down the work the son took it up. The application of Moses Austin was approved by General Arredonda at Monterey on the 17th of January, 1821, a few days after the departure of Austin from San Antonio. This action of the Commanding General was in due time officially communicated to Provincial Governor Martinez at San Antonio, and he dispatched Don Erasmo Seguin to the United States with instructions as special commissioner to inform Austin of the success of his application and conduct the first band of immigrants into the country. Being apprised of the arrival of Seguin at Natchitoches, and the particulars of his mission, Stephen Austin hastened from New Orleans to meet him. Here the devoted son learned, either by mail or mesenger, of the death of his father and of his wish that he should carry out his plans. At this time Stephen F. Austin was 28 years of age, and had served as a member of the Territorial Legislature of Missouri, entering that body in 1813 and being...

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Elijah D. Austin

This name was not found in Cornish until about 1869, when Elijah D. Austin came from Plainfield. He was the son of Elijah and Lavinia (Williams) Austin, b. June 12, 1829, in Plainfield. He had m. May 5, 1863, Martha C. Davidson, dau. of James and Anna (Durani) Davidson, b. Jan. 17, 1831, d. May 27, 1899. Mr. Austin was a farmer and res. several years on the first farm above Windsor Bridge on the Connecticut river. He d. June 7, 1906. Children, the first three b. in Plainfield, remainder b. in the town of Cornish. 1. HENRY D., b. April 12, 1864; d. Jan. 6, 1892. 2. ROBERT A., b. Dec. 17, 1865. 3. GEORGE D., b. July 19, 1868. 4. A. DEWITT, b. July 26, 1870; d. March 15, 1878. 5. An infant, b. June 5, 1876 and d. June 7,...

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