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Joseph AUSTIN

Male Abt 1727 - Bef 1811  (~ 84 years)


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  • Name Joseph AUSTIN 
    Born Abt 1727  VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Bef 20 May 1811  Pittsylvania County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • (1) "John Austin, Sr. of Southside Region, Virginia," Compiler: Liz Austin Carlin, Genealogy Content Copyright © 2011 Austin Families Association of America (genealogy may be freely distributed, but not sold in any form for profit):

      Joseph Austin
      Sex: M

      Born: Abt 1727 at VA
      Died: Bef 20 MAY 1811 at Pittsylvania Co., VA

      Marriage
      Wife: _____ Terry (____ - ____)
      Married: Abt 1760

      Children
      John Austin (Abt 1760 - 4 OCT 1827)
      William Austin (Abt 1765 - Bef 1830)
      Stephen S. Austin (Abt 1769 - Aft 1850)
      Champness Austin (1769 - Aft 1850)
      David Austin (Aft 1775 - Aft 1850)

      Marriage
      Wife: Wealthy Pruit (____ - Bef 1818)
      Married: 26 NOV 1777 at Lunenburg Co., VA

      Children
      Betsy Austin (____ - ____)
      Mary Austin (____ - ____)
      Lucy Austin (____ - ____)
      Martha "Patsy" Austin (____ - ____)

      Parents
      Father: John Austin (Aft 1692 - Abt 1759)
      Mother: Hannah Love (____ - Bef 20 APR 1778)

      Siblings
      John Austin (Abt 1720 - Abt 1789)
      Joseph Austin (Abt 1727 - Bef 20 MAY 1811)
      Richard Austin (____ - 1798)
      Stephen Austin (Abt 1730 - ____)
      Valentine Austin (Abt 1736 - Aft 1790)

      Notes

      BIRTH: In a deed dated 25 Jul 1753 and recorded 5 Mar 1754 in Lunenburg Co., VA Deed Book 3 , pp 434-436, John Austin, Sr., deeded 10 acres of land in Lunenburg Co., VA to Joseph Austin in trust for Hannah Austin. Joseph had to have been at least 21 years old on that date.

      BIRTH-MARRIAGES-DEATH: In an article appearing in "Austins of America," Dr. Michael Austin, Editor, August 1982 edition, p 37, entitled "Pruit Alias Austin," Janet Austin Curtis states : "Joseph Austin was probably born circa 1730-35 in what is now Pittsylvania County, Virginia , and died circa 1810 in that same county. He married first circa 1760 perhaps a Terry, this surmise is based on the fact that he named a son Champness. She apparently died right after the birth of son David in 1775-76. Joseph married second on 26 Nov 1777 in Pittsylvania County to Welthy Prewett, Wm. Goggin was surety. Janet Austin Curtis offers no documentation for these facts.

      MARRIAGE: "Virginia Quarterly", p 375. Pittsylvania Co., VA, Marriage Register # 1, p 2, (Joseph Austin to Wealthy Prewitt, November 26, 1777).

      CENSUS: 1790 US Census for Pittsylvania Co., VA: 12 in family; 1 dwell.; 1 other bldg. 1820 U S Census for Pittsylvania Co., VA, p 72, lists only Wealthy Austin.

      INDIAN ANCESTRY: "John, Jr identified himself as a Saponi at a court hearing in Surry County. Valentine was also identified as an Indian at a court hearing in Surry County. Later, it was discovered the Richard (son) and Joseph were identified by the state of Virginia as Melungeons (Not of pure European blood). Since four of the five known children have been identified as 'mixed blood' it is felt that there was only one mother for all the known children." Charles Edwin Austin.

      CHILDREN: In an article appearing in "Austins of America," Dr. Michael Austin, Editor, August 1982 edition, p 37, entitled "Pruit Alias Austin," Janet Austin Curtis attempts to straighten out Joseph's children. Based on their birth dates, Janet lists 5 children by Joseph's first wife: John, William, Champness, Stephen, and David - all born between 1760 and 1776. Her basis for this is the statement by son John's Rev. War pension application wherein he states that he was the eldest of five brothers and makes no mention of any sisters.

      She lists as possible children of Joseph's second wife Wealthy 3 children: Lucy, Mary and Patsy. Finally, Janet lists two other children: Archibald Pruit and Frances "Fanny" Pruit as children brought to Joseph's second marriage by Welthy, fathered by someone. Janet admits that all of her attempts to discover the father's identity ended in failure, and so she comes to the conclusion that Joseph was the father, implying that Joseph was fathering children by two women at the same time. (This conclusion has been rejected by Liz Austin Carlin, AFAOA genealogist for purposes of this database).

      CHILDREN: To establish his children's names, and whether they were residing out of state, a hearing was held at the Pittsylvania Co.,VA Court during the June 1813 Session resulting in the following Court Order as recorded in Order Book 16, p 37: "William Hankins, Jun. and Mary his wife - Plaintiffs, against Wealthy Austin, widow of Joseph Austin and his Administrators . In Chancery, John Austin, William Austin, Archibald Austin, Champness Austin, Stephen Austin, David Austin, Fanny Covington, Lucy Kendrick and Thomas Kendrick her husband, Betsy Sandlin/Saudlin/Laudlin? and James Sandlin/Saudlin/Laudlin? her husband, and Patsy Jones (Johns?), wife of Abraham Jones (Johns?), and Abraham her husband - Defendants. John Austin, Archibald Austin, David Austin, Lucy Kendrick and Thomas Kendrick not having entered their appearances and given security according to the act of assembly, and the rules of this court and it appearing to the satisfaction of the court that they are not inhabitants of this state on motion of the plaintiffs by their counsel it is ordered that last mentioned defendants do appear here at September Court next and answer the bill of the plaintiff - that a copy of this order be forthwith inserted in one of the newspapers published in the town of Lynchburg (VA) for eight weeks successively and posted at the front door of the Court House of this county on court day." NOTE: All of the children listed above agree with Janet Austin Curtis' list except for Betsy.

      MILITARY: "The Old Free State, A History of Lunenburg County and Southside Virginia," Vol. 1 , p 195. NOTE: Listed among the colonial soldiers of Lunenburg Co.,VA in the French and Indian War including Rangers were John Austin and Joseph Austin. The Joseph Austin listed above only aided the colonial military establishment by furnishing supplies, wagons, etc.

      MILITARY: Joseph Austin is also credited in the DAR Patriot Index with public service in the Revolutionary War.

      INDENTURE: Power of Attorney granted to Joseph Austin by John Austin, Sr. (his brother?), recorded 25 Mar 1772 in Pittsylvania Co., VA Court Records.

      DEATH: His widow was granted Letters of Administration on his estate as recorded 20 May 1811, Pittsylvania Co., VA, Order Book 14, p 534.
    Person ID I26389  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 17 Feb 2021 

    Father John AUSTIN, Sr.,   b. Aft 1692,   d. Abt 1759, Cornwall Parish, Lunenburg County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 65 years) 
    Mother Hannah LOVE,   d. Bef 20 Apr 1778, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F11493  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 --- TERRY 
    Married Abt 1760 
    Children 
     1. John AUSTIN,   b. Abt 1760,   d. 4 Oct 1827, Union County, SC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 67 years)
     2. William AUSTIN,   b. Abt 1765, Pittsylvania County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1830, Pittsylvania County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 64 years)
     3. Champness AUSTIN,   b. 1769,   d. Aft 1850, Rockingham County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 82 years)
     4. Stephen S. AUSTIN,   b. Abt 1769, Halifax County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 15 Sep 1850, Bedford County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 81 years)
     5. David AUSTIN,   b. Abt 1776, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 12 Oct 1850  (Age ~ 74 years)
    Last Modified 17 Feb 2021 
    Family ID F11494  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Wealthy PRUIT,   d. Bef 1818, Pittsylvania County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 26 Nov 1777  Pittsylvania County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Lucy AUSTIN
     2. Martha AUSTIN
     3. Betsy AUSTIN
     4. Mary AUSTIN,   d. Bef 1814, Pittsylvania County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 17 Feb 2021 
    Family ID F11495  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Citation Text: (1) Virginia Marriages,1785-1940: Groom's Name: Joseph Austin Groom's Birth Date: Groom's Birthplace: Groom's Age: Bride's Name: Wealthey Prewet Bride's Birth Date: Bride's Birthplace: Bride's Age: Marriage Date: 26 Nov 1777 Marriage Place: Pittsylvania, Virginia Groom's Father's Name: Groom's Mother's Name: Bride's Father's Name: Bride's Mother's Name: Groom's Race: Groom's Marital Status: Groom's Previous Wife's Name: Bride's Race: Bride's Marital Status: Bride's Previous Husband's Name: Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M86863-7 System Origin: Virginia-EASy Source Film Number: 33326 Reference Number: Page 2.