Biography of W. H. Austin
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Austin, W. H., was born at South Albion, Oswego county, April 2, 1846. His paternal grandfather was Jeremiah Austin, a native of Vermont, where his father, Jonathan Austin, was born January 26, 1809. He removed to South Albion in early boyhood, was a farmer, and died September 30, 1871; at Sand Bank. His maternal grandfather was David Cowing, a native of Massachusetts, whose ancestors were New Bedford whalers. When his daughter, Deborah, born March 10, 1808, was a young girl he removed to a farm in Mexico, where she resided till her marriage to Jonathan Austin, March 6, 1834. They had eight children: David Penfield, born January 17, 1835; Lucy Helen, born March 12, 1837; Mary Elizabeth, born November 26, 1839; John Wesley, born November 11, 1842; an infant son, born November 1, 1844; William Henry, born April 2, 1846; Thomas Jefferson, born August 5, 1848; and Harriet Newel, born January 7, 1851. Of these eight four survive: D. P., a physician in New York; Lucy H. (Mrs. William Brown). of Pulaski; Mary E. (Mrs. G. M. Bumpus), of Holmesville, N. Y.; and William H., of Pulaski. The parents were members of the M. E. church; the father was a Democrat, but voted for Lincoin in 1860. After his death his widow lived with William H. until her death, April 29, 1889. William H. was educated in the public school at Sand Bank; at the age of eighteen he began teaching, which he followed for several successive winters, attending Pulaski Academy the fall and spring terms and working on the farm through vacations. He was valedictorian of his class, July, 1867. After leaving school he followed farming several years, and then enterad the employ of the R. W. & O. Railroad and after earning promotion through several grades, he was appointed station agent at Pulaski, which position he now holds. He is a Republican, but has at times acted with the Prohibitionists. He is a Mason, a member of the lodge and chapter at Pulaski; he has been master of the Lodge and E. K. of the Chapter, and is also a member of Lake Ontario Commandery K. T. of Oswego and Media Temple of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine at Watertown. He is also a member of the Sons of Temperance, and of the Congregational church, of which he has been trustee and deacon; is at present a member of the Board of Education. October 12, 1882, he married Alta J., daughter of C. R. Maltby, whose ancestors came from England. On her mother's side she is descended from the Scotch Campbells. She is actively engaged with her husband in church and temperance work. They have one daughter, Ruth Maltby, born August 23, 1883.

FROM:
Landmarks of Oswego County
New York
Edited by: John C. Churchill, LL.D.
Assisted by: H, Perry Smith and W. Stanley Child
Syracuse, N. Y.
D. Mason & Co., Publishers 1895


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