JOHN AUSTIN was a native of England, and came from Brunswick to the township. He was a soldier under Gen. Wolfe,
and shared the fortunes of that victorious general in the battle fought on the plains of Abraham, near Quebec,
Sept. 13, 1759. He was also in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. Mr. Austin was the first sexton
in town, and served in that capacity many years. His settlement was on river lot No. 46, west side, opposite the
Center Village. Mrs. Austin, familiarly known among the early settlers as "Granny Asten," was a native
of Cape Ann, and one of those rare women full of energy and capable of great endurance. As a doctress she rendered
efficient service to the inhabitants for many years, and was largely employed in midwifery, a branch of medical
practice in which she excelled. Few children were born in the township for the first fifteen years after its settlement,
at whose birth she did not preside. Her field of visitation was mostly confined to the settlements on the river,
occasionally, however, extending to what are now the towns of Stark and New Sharon, and also to Strong and Avon.
When visiting her patients at a distance, she frequently went and came by boat; while at other times she would
travel miles on foot, braving the merciless storms of midnight, and allowing no obstacles to prevent the accomplishment
of her purpose. The town records state that "Jerusha Asten died in Jesse Gould's house, October ye 6, A. D.
A History of Farmington, Franklin County, Maine
From the warliest explorations to the present time,
By: Francis G. Butler
Member of the Maine Historical Society
Press of Knowlton, McLeary and Co.
Sonoma County, CA
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