WINSER AUSTIN, physician, is a native of West Virginia, and is the eldest of four children born to John and
Margaret Austin; his father was a native of West Virginia, and of French and English descent; his mother was born
in Maryland, of English and Welsh parentage. Our subject lived at home on the farm until he was fifteen years of
age, after which he worked out as a farm hand three years; he obtained a good common school education, and read
medicine for several years at intervals. At the age of nineteen, he enlisted in Company A, Third Regiment Indiana
Volunteer Infantry, as Hospital Steward, serving four years on detached duty; he then veteranized in Company E,
Sixth Regiment West Virginia Cavalry, a part of the Eighth Army Corps. They were in battle at McDowell, Va., at
Cross Keys, Slaughter Mountain, and the second battle at Bull Run. They were on a raid through Virginia under Gen.
Averill, after which they were mounted on fresh horses, and Mr. Austin was taken prisoner in West Virginia; he
was taken to Libby Prison and there held sixty days, and then paroled by being a member of the Medical Department.
He was sent to Washington, and participated in the capture of Booth, the assassin; he was then sent to the Army
of the West, remaining on the frontier until he was discharged, November 13, 1865; he then returned home, and subsequently
engaged in the practice of medicine at Grandville, Ind., for three years. In the fall of 1869, he located at Windfall,
where he has now a large, lucrative practice; he has attended different medical colleges, and has contributed to
Indiana medical literature in the way of reports and essays; he has always been an active Republican, and is now
Health Officer. Mr. Austin was married, December 14, 1865, to Miss Naoma Jacobs, who was born in West Virginia
March 6, 1841. This union was blessed with five children - Hattie, Harry, Ray, Winser and Clarke. Mr. Austin and
family are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Tipton County, IN
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