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William Austin

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  • Name William Austin 
    Born Abt 1793  ,,Connecticut,United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Alternate Birth Abt 1793  ,,Vermont,United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Jeddiah listed his father's birth place as Vermont.
    Died 12 Jan 1873  Grant Township,St. Clair,Michigan,United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    • Subj:      William Austin (Grandfather of Idella L Austin, wife of Burton Halladay)
      Date:     01/19/2000 10:58:50 PM US Mountain Standard Time
      From:     dignity@cet.com (Val)
      To:  RussellgS@aol.com

      I haven't communicated with you in the past couple of years, and was wondering if in your vast research you might have come across any additional info on WILLIAM AUSTIN , b Abt 1793, Conn (indicated by 1850 MI census) wife, Mary b Canada.  I am going to send a "lengthy" chronology of events
      and or comments known about William and his family, hoping that someone out there might be able to identify this pioneer and his ancestors.

      1835    Wm Austin purchased from R.B. Desmond what appears to be about 60 acres of Section 2, Town 11, Range 16, which is basically the town of Port Sanilac.

      1840    The Fed census of the Twp of Lexington, St Clair Co., State of Michigan, including all that territory which later became Sanilac and Huron Counties does not contain the names of Austin or Burgess.  (John C Burgess and wife Hannah, parents of Mary Catherine Burgess, wife of Williams son Jedediah)

      1844    William Austin built a log cabin near the shore just north of Bark Shanty Point and became the first permanent settler to live at what is now Port Sanilac.  (Oliver Raymond, author of "Port Sanilac Settlers", pg 167)Raymond is not sure of this date, as in another reference it is "about" 1844.  (Note also that Raymond also states on pg 167 of above reference...."Anthony Oldfield, a native of Lancashire, England, together with his wife Ellen and seven children, migrated to Cincinnati, Ohio in the year 1842.  Learning of the valuable timber then existing in the state of Michigan, he made a trip to this district in the summer of 1847.  He visited Bark Shanty Point and saw the then untouched stands of pine, oak, ash,
      hemlock, and cedar and foresaw that money could be made by turning the forest into lumber.  OLDFIELD RETURNBD TO CINCINNATI AND INTERESTED HIS FRIENDS WILLIAM, QUENTIN, AND HUGH THOMSON AND JOS. MOORE IN THE PROJECT. They purchased from the government several hundred acres of timber land after forming a partnership and pooling their resources."  Could the above WILLIAM be William Austin?)

      1845    The State Census for St Clair Co., Twp of Burchville includes William Austin, the copy is faint, but looks like 1 male under 10, 1 male 10 to 21, 1 male 21 to 45, 1 female under 10, and 1 female 21 to 45. This is close to being coincident with our William Austin family except there should be 2 females under 10.

      1846    In other notes by Raymond he says "William Austin is credited with being the first settler in the village proper.  He brought his family here about the year 1846.  The first house was built by Wm. Austin in 1849.

      1848    Wm Austin purchased from Watson Walkin another chunk of land, maybe 40 acres, in Section 2, Town 11, Range 16, more of the village of Port Sanilac.  During the years that follow he sold off this land in small parcels.

      1848    Sanilac Twp was organized (Town 11 North Range 16E) North of there another 12 sections originally belonging to Forrester Town.  Was then called Austin Twp....(Oliver Raymond)  William Austin was named the first Township Supervisor.  According to Raymond....."of the Twp officers, only Wm Austin
      lived in what is now Port Sanilac."

      1849    At the  second annual meeting of the Sanilac Township officers (perhaps residents) there were several new faces according to Raymond in his book on the town history, one was JOHN BURGESS.  The meeting was held at Sanilac Mills, about 4 miles south of Port Sanilac and six miles North of Lexington, we can't be sure of where Burgess lived at the time.

      1850    Raymond, writing about the migration of the Oldfield family from Ohio to Michigan in 1850 says......"There were at this time only two buildings at this point.  One was Bark Shanty, abandoned for several years and in a dilapidated shape.  This shanty was plainly visible from the lake and had become a landmark and had caused the place to be called Bark Shanty Point.  The other building was a log cabin, built three or four years before and occupied by William and Mary Austin and their family.  This cabin was located on the north bank of the creek and the brow of the hill".  The creek has since changed its course but the original outlet was about 600 ft north of the foot of Main Street.

      The 1850 Federal census (taken Aug 29) shows William Austin, age 57, farmer with a real estate value of $200, b CT, with family:  Mary, 50, b Can; Jediah, 17 Laborer, b MI; Phebe 13, b MI; Sarah, 12 b MI; Edwin 8, b MI. living in Sanilac Twp, Sanilac Co., MI.  The same census has a Noah Austin, age 29 in the same Twp.  Also in this census we find the John C Burgess family in Lexington Twp of Sanilac Co.; John Burgess 40, m cooper, Real estate value = $200, b Canada; Hannah 40, b Can; Mary 20 b Can; Thomas 16, b Can; John 14, b Can; Martha 13, b Can; David 11, b Can; William 10, b MI;
      George 4 1/2, b MI.
      1    Mary would have been 33 when Jedidiah was born, rather old to be a first born, we can assume that there are children older than Jed, or possibly another wife.
      2    Jed was b 6 Oct, 1833 we believe and in MI according to all accounts, so where was the family in 1832 and on until 1840?
      3    The Burgess family obviously moved to MI from Canada about 1840.  He should have had to obtain naturalization.  Do they show in any 1840 census?

      1848-1850    The state legislature in 1848 authorized the organization of Sanilac County and designated Lexington as the county seat.  The territory embraced three Twp's of St. Clair County; Worth, Lexington, and Sanilac. Officers were elected in Nov 1849 and installed Jan 1, 1850.

      1850    At the annual Sanilac Twp meeting there were 32 voters and Wm Austin was elected Treasurer.  In November of the same year Wm Austin resigned from his position as Treasurer.  (It is reasonable to assume that he resigned to move to Lexington and take the post of Tollgate Keeper.

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      I will send part II of probably III parts later, so this does not get too large for anyone's system.

      Thanks for any help,

      Subj:Part II William Austin
      Date:01/20/2000 12:48:28 AM US Mountain Standard Time
      From: dignity@cet.com (Val) To: RussellgS@aol.com

      March 3, 1854 Doctor Loop's ledger shows that he treated J C Burgess and family at least from March 15, 1854 until July 23, 1854. For about two weeks in mid July he saw J. C. almost every day, for three days twice a day, John must have been very sick.
      Note: Dr Loops home is about 6 miles from Lexington, too far for John to visit every day if he is very sick and probably too far for the Dr to make house calls. This raises a question about where the Burgess family lived at the time.

      Aug 8, 1854 Jedidiah Austin has an account in Dr Loop's ledger showing the doctor attended Jedidiah's wife (Mary Catherine Burgess) from Aug 8 until Aug 12. On Sept 23rd Jedidiah paid $3.00 of his $4.50 bill to the Dr in cash and the next day "Burgess" paid the balance of $1.50.
      Note: We know that Jed is married some time before Aug of 1854 Was his wife pregnant? Calculation are that Grandma Halladay (Idella Austin) was born in 1856, two years later and the first born. Was there an earlier child, possibly stillborn? Why did Burgess pay the balance on Jed's bill, were they leaving to move to Montcalm County?

      Sep 12, 1854 Jedediah Austin and wife, Mary, sell to John Shaw their land consisting of approx 1/4 acre, lying approx 3.4th mile south of Main Street (M46) bounded on the west by "the Lake road" and on the east by Lake Huron. (vol 2 p 536 Sanilac Co. Deeds)

      Nov 1855 John C Burgess and wife Hannah, from Burtchville, MI., purchase from the State of MI for delinquent taxes, Lots # 9, 10, and 11 in village of Lexington, Sanilac Co.
      Note: They are about to move to Montcalm Co., how come they are purchasing in Sanilac Co. at this time?

      1857 "William Austin returned to Port Sanilac this year after living three years west of Lexington where he operated the gate on the Toll road. he had there acquired the nickname of "Tollgate Austin". Upon his return to Port Sanilac, Austin build a new home on the south side of Cedar Street, just east of the alley. It still stands and is owned by Cecil McMann." (from Raymond's Shingle Shavers and Berry Pickers, p. 35)

      1860 In the Federal census of Lexington Twp of Sanilac Cnty we find pg 31, date June 9, 1860: William Austin, age 67, laborer, Real Estate value $300, b Conn; Mary Austin, age 57, b Canada; Edward Austin, age 19, laborer, b MI.

      1860 Montcalm Cnty, Bushnell census, July 1860, Post Office Clear Lake, Michigan, Jedidiah Austin, 27, Farmer, Real Estate value $2000, Place of Birth, Mich; Mary C, 26; Ida, 4, Mi; Hannah 2, Mi; Lafayette, 1/12, Mi.

      Next door we find Thomas Burgess age 26? b Can and wife Nancy 25 b Can and dau Rosa age 1, born MI.

      1877 Thomas Burgess (brother of Mary Catherine Burgess?) served as supervisor of Marion Twp 1877 to 1880. (Biographical Album of Sanilac County, p 504)

      Children of Jedidiah Austin and Mary Catherine Burgess:

      Idella L Austin:b 16 Mar 1858, Mi, married 1880 Burton Halladay, death 6 Nov 1946, Lincoln Twp, Osceola Co, MI, buried Ashton Cemetery, Ashton, Michigan.

      Hannah Austin: b abt 1858

      Lafayette Kossuth Austin: b June 4,1860, M 5 Aug, 1881, Lincoln Twp, Osceola, Michigan, Ida D Newell, dau of Orrin W Newell and Martha Lord. Died June 24, 1889, Yakima, Yakima Cnty, Washington, buried Tahoma Cemetery. (died of "Lung Fever")

      Minnie (Mary) Austin; b Feb 1, 1862, Lincoln Twp., Osceola, Mi, married 27 Nov 1882 Mecosta, Mi to Harvey (Fitz) Randolph, died May 16, 1948, buried Sunnyside, Yakima Cnty, Washington.

      Lewella (Mattie) Austin; b abt 1864, spouse Dr. Belyia?. Victors obit shows a sister Lualla Arnold of Hanford, Washington. There is a Ida (Sue) Arnold buried in Sunnyside Cemetery in the family plot, buried Aug 15, 1911. (Check photos of Headstones)

      Thomas J Austin; b Nov 1867, Mi. Living with parents according to 1900 federal Census, Sunnyside, Yakima County, Washington, age 32. (Also shows Mary Catherine giving birth 8 times with 6 living)

      Levi Stanton Austin; b 31 Jul 1869, Lincoln Twp., Osceola, Mi (Is this Russell showing in the 1880 census of Osceola Co.?)

      Rose Sylvania Austin; b 31 Jul 1869, Lincoln Twp., Osceola, Mi, died 12 Sep 1869, Lincoln Twp.

      Victor Fremont Austin; b 20 March, 1872, Lincoln Twp., Osceola, MI, died 9 Sep, 1944, Walla Walla, Washington, buried, 13 Sept, 1944, Sunnyside Cemetery, Sunnyside, Yakima Cnty, Washington.

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      Known children of the above:

      Idella L Austin and Burton Halladay:

      Agnes Halladay m Francis (Frank) Lincoln, also Pius Keinitz

      Verner Lee Halladay m Bertha May Kennedy

      Jed Clyde Halladay m Loiva Maude Moore

      Edna L Halladay m Eugene Swem

      Ray Halladay m Laura Gabel

      Austin Halladay m Eva Steig

      Keitha Halladay adopted? m William King

      Children of Lafayette Kossuth Austin and Ida D Newell:

      Lina Clarence Austin m Esther Elizabeth Rockstrom

      Frederick Newell Austin m Jennie Broton

      Children of Minnie (Mary) Austin and Harvey Randolph:

      Clifton H Randolph m Elna Erickson

      Mollie Randolph m William S Shaw

      George Randolph

      Children of Victor Fremont Austin and ??:

      Hervie Austin

      Josephine Austin m ?? Clark

      Children of Russell L Austin and Adelia L. Lewis:

      ?? Austin (male) Aug 12, 1894

      Ollie Austin (female) July 23, 1896

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      End of part II of III

      Thanks for your patience,

      Val Barney
    • (Research):Name:      William Austin
      Event Type:      Death
      Event Date:      12 Jan 1873
      Event Place:      Grant, St Clair, Michigan
      Gender:      Male
      Age:      79
      Marital Status:      Married
      Occupation:      Diver
      Birth Date:     
      Birth Year (Estimated):      1794
      Birthplace:      Connecticut
      Father's Name:     
      Mother's Name:      Hannah Austin
      Reference ID:      p 106 rn 697
      GS Film Number:      2363452
      Digital Folder Number:      004207871
      Image Number:      01466

      Citing this Record:
      "Michigan Deaths, 1867-1897," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N36K-XYX : 12 December 2014), William Austin, 12 Jan 1873; citing p 106 rn 697, Grant, St Clair, Michigan, Department of Vital Records, Lansing; FHL microfilm 2,363,452.
    Person ID I8476  Rgstrong Family genes.
    Last Modified 8 Jul 2016 

    Family 1 Mary R.,   b. Abt 1803, ,,,Upper Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
     1. Phoebe Austin,   b. 1837,   d. Yes, date unknown  [natural]
     2. Sarah Austin,   b. 1838,   d. Yes, date unknown  [natural]
     3. Edwin Austin,   b. 1842,   d. Yes, date unknown  [natural]
    Last Modified 23 Mar 2006 
    Family ID F2710  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Hannah Hoag,   b. 1797, ,,New York,United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1835, ,St. Clair,Michigan,United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years) 
    Married Bef 1813 
     1. William Austin,   b. 24 Oct 1813, ,,,Upper Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Oct 1883, Jeddo,St. Clair,Michigan,United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     2. Anna S. Austin,   b. 22 Apr 1828, ,St. Clair,Michigan,United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Oct 1869  (Age 41 years)
    +3. Jeddiah Austin,   b. 6 Oct 1833, Ashton,Osceola,Michigan,United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Dec 1903, ,Yakima,Washington,United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
    Last Modified 8 Jul 2016 
    Family ID F9237  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1793 - ,,Connecticut,United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAlternate Birth - Abt 1793 - ,,Vermont,United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - William Austin - 24 Oct 1813 - ,,,Upper Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Anna S. Austin - 22 Apr 1828 - ,St. Clair,Michigan,United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Jeddiah Austin - 6 Oct 1833 - Ashton,Osceola,Michigan,United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 12 Jan 1873 - Grant Township,St. Clair,Michigan,United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S227] US Census - 1880, June 22, State of Mich., Osceola Co., Lincoln Township, Supervisor's District No. 2/ Enumeration District No. 222, pg. 27 Line 4, Dwelling No. 266 Family No. 275 (Reliability: 3).