Biography of William C. Austin
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Austin, William C., born in Williamson, May 21, 1822, is the son of Nathan L. and Dorcas (Congdon) Austin, natives of Washington county, who came to Williamson in 1819. He died February 19, 1872, and his wife June 7, 1879. The grandtather was Pasqua Austin, born June 3, 1765, and died August 5, 1834. His wife was Penelope Lee, born in 1777, and died November 22, 1830. Subject was educated in the common schools and at the Marion Academy, and followed farming until twenty years of age, when he engaged in speculating in stock, which he followed sixteen years. He then engaged in the mercantile business in Marion. and built the store now occupied by Mr. Peer. He was appointed postmaster, and held the office six years. He engaged in the undertaking business and continued until April 1, 1894, when he sold to Scott B. Curtis. He was deputy sheriff a short time, but resigned and was justice of peace for four years. He married, in 1850, Armina Boyce, a native of Washington county, and daughter of Peter and Eunice (Davis) Boyce, who came from Washington county to Marion and went West, and Mr. Boyce died in Morley, Mo., and his wife in Chicago, Ill. The maternal grandfather of subject was John Oongdon, a native of Rhode Island, who came to Washington county in an early day, where he died.

From:
Landmarks of Wayne County, New York
Edited by: Hon. George W. Cowles
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1895


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