Biography of Erwin H. Austin
Steuben County, NY Biographies





Austin, Erwin H., was born in the town of Greene, Chenango county, in 1837, son of John and Abigail (Adams) Austin, natives of Scotland and Chenango county, N.Y. John Austin came with his father, Russel, to America about 1820, and settled in Chenango county, N. Y., he then being about five years of age. Russel was a hotel keeper, and died in 1843. The maternal grandfather, Rowland Adams, was a collier of Cheuango county, and in 1840 came to Jasper, Steuben county, where he remained until 1860, and spent his last days in Troupsburg, where he died in 1861, aged eighty seven years. His father, John Adams, from Massachusetts, was a soldier in the Revolutionary war. John Austin was an axe maker by trade, and a soldier in the regular army, and died in 1840. Mrs. Austin still lives at Greenwood, and is the widow of Joseph Wilber, who died in 1885. Erwin H. was reared by his grandparents, Rowland and Catherine Adams, and when fourteen years old commenced work as a farm hand, and has since followed farming. He came to Troupsburg in 1859. In 1859 he married Amy B., daughter of Joseph and Sarah Brown, of Troupsburg, who died in June, 1887. To Mr. and Mrs. Austin have been born twelve children, four of whom died in infancy, and Edith May died in 1883, aged twenty two years, and Perry in February, 1875. aged eleven months. Those living are Ida, Grace, Jennie L., Amy A., Erwin H., jr., William J. and Henry G. Mr. Austin enlisted August 19, 1862, in Company H, 161st New York Volunteers, and was honorably discharged September 21, 1865, and took part in many hard fought battles. He is a Republican, and has been assessor, and is now serving his third term as justice. He is a member of Post Bailey No. 351, G. A. R., and McLellen Lodge No. 649, F. &A.M., and has held every position in the order. He is also a member of the Troupsburg Tent No. 339, K. O. T. M. Mrs. Austin was a member of the Methodist church.

From:
Landmarks of Steuben County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Harlo Hakes
Assisted by: L. C. Aldrich and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1896


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