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Austin family in Upson

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Re: Austin family in Upson

Posted: 1355764592000
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18 Nov 1877 Eleanor Baughan of Coweta, S. E. Black and M. E. Todd of Meriwether, and H. H. and J. M. Austin of Upson Co., to Andrew J. Baughan of Coweta; $400; 50 acres; all right title and interest in the South part of the North ½ of Lot 269; lying front of Harelson & Griffin road; /s/ Eleanor Baughan, S. E. Black, M. E. Todd, H. H. Austin, and H. H. Austin agent for J. M. Austin; wits: W. J. Black, T. W. T. Wilson NP ex off JP; recorded 12 Dec 1877 [Coweta Co., Deed Bk O, p 195]

Eleanor Baughan, widow of Hilsman H. Baughan [b 1810-11]
S. E. Black, dau of Hilsman and Eleanor [Sarah, widow; b c 1831-2]
M. E. Todd, dau of Hilsman and Eleanor [Martha, widow, b c 1832-3]
H. H. Austin, ??
J. M. Austin, ??
Andrew J. Baughan, son of Hilsman and Eleanor [Jan 1838]

In order to sign the deed, each party had to have been age 21 or more. Thus these two unidentified Austins were both born before 18 Nov 1856. In order for them to have an interest in this land, they had to be heirs of Hilsman Baughan, who died in the summer or early fall of 1877. The children of Hilsman Baughan are accounted for except for his daughters Mary and Locky, who appear in the 1850 census (below), but had died or married before the next census.

Evidence shows that H. H. Austin was Henry Hillsman Austin, born __ Jan 1852, and died 7 Mar 1921 in Lamar Co., GA. Thus he would have been the son of James T. Austin and ______ Baughan. His mother had died before 1877, so her inheritance from Hillsman H. Baughan would have gone to her children. The questions remaining are which daughter, Mary or Locky, married James Austin, and what was the full name of “Judge” Austin and what became of him after 1880.

A marriage record for James T. Austin has not been found. The marriage should have occurred in the county of the bride’s residence. In 1850, Hillsman lived in Meriwether. He was shown as resident in Meriwether on a deed dated 1 Dec 1852. No such marriage appears in the Meriwether book.

29 Oct 1850 Census, Meriwether Co., GA, Division 59, p 389b, 1184/1184, line 8
Hilsmon Bond 45 M Farmer $850 GA [b 1804-1805]
Eleanor 39 F SC [b 1810-1811]
Mary 16 F GA [b 1833-1834]
Martha 16 F GA [b 1833-1834] *
Locky 15 F GA [b 1834-1835]
Andrew J. 12 M GA [b 1837-1838]

*Martha Baughan m. George Todd, 30 Oct 1857 in Meriwether Co.

18 Jun 1860 Census, Spalding Co., GA, Cabin Dist, Griffin PO, p 61 (index 219), 426/426, line 24
H. H. Baughan 54 M Overseer GA [b 1805-1806]
Eleanor 49 F SC [b 1810-1811]
A. J. 20 M GA [b 1839-1840]

30 Jun 1870 Census, Meriwether Co., GA, 9th Dist, Eron PO, p 40, 97/97, line 21
Baughns, Hillsman 64 MW Farmer 6000/4000 VA [1805-06]
Elenor 59 F W Keeping house SC [1810-11]
Andrew 32 MW Farm hand GA [1837-38]
Amanda 22 F W Assists keeping house GA [1847-48]
Wyett A. 1 MW GA [1868-69]

The deed above does not state the interest of the Austins, but the wording is typical of heirs who were children of a deceased child. As they held and conveyed their interests, they were of age and born before 13 Nov 1856.

3 Jun 1880 Upson Co., Union Hill Dist., 588 GMD, ED 140, p 7c (255), line 27, 57/57, all b GA
Austin, Henry WM 27 ----- Farmer [1852-53]
Sallie WF 23 wife kh [1856-57]
Annie W F 3 dau [1876-77]
James WM 2 son [1877-78]
Austin, Judge WM 25 brother Farm laborer [1854-55]

27 Jun 1870 Upson Co., The Rock PO, p 129 (stamp 139), line 36, 1043/1043, all b GA
Austin, J. T. 37 MW Farm Hand [1832-33]
Mary 27 F W [1842-43]
Henry 18 MW Farm Hand [1851-52]
Judge 15 MW Farm Hand [1854-55]
Fiona 22 F W Domestic Servant

15 Jun 1880 Upson Co., Union Hill Dist, 588GMD, ED 140, p 23c (263), line 25, 189/200
Austin, James WM 48 father Farmer GA SC GA [1831-32]
Molly A. W F 35 wife GA AL AL [1844-45]

The census returns above show two males who were brothers and born before 13 Nov 1856, and whose names (Henry and Judge) are consistent with the first initial of the signers of the deed. In 1870, their mother is shown as age 27, which cannot be right. If the age is correctly recorded, that Mary was only age 9 when Henry was born. Her age also is a decade younger than either of the Baughan daughters. It may be that she was a new wife, or that she was Mary Baughan and shaved ten years off her age. (The age for Mary Austin in 1870 is roughly equivalent to that of Molly A. Austin in 1880.)

16 Jun 1900 Upson Co., Rock District, ED 104, sh 19B, line 58, 339/350; all b GA
Austin, Henry head Jan 1852 48 m25y Farmer
Sallie E. wife Dec 1856 43 8/7
Casper son Sep 1880 19
Ollie son Sep 1882 17
Jennie dau Sep 1884 15
William W. son Feb 1888 12
Susie dau Jun 1890 10
Thomas J. son Nov 1893

NOTE: 18 Mar 1900, Upson Co., James M. Austin m. Miss Ollie Helton (Marr Book 1893-1915, p 130) He was counted in the 1900 census in the town of Barnesville, Pike Co. He said he was born May 1879, Blacksmith, married zero years. Wife Ollie, born Oct 1880, married zero years, one child now living. Son James H. presents a confusing entry where the census taker wrote that he was born in Dec 1887, then crossed it out, left the age as 2 years, and recorded him as married. The young Jim was gone in 1910. James had married again, reporting that he had been married 5 years.

NOTE: Casper Henry Austin, b 1 Sep 1880, Upson co.; d. 27 Feb 1924, Atlanta, Fulton Co., of TB; never married; WW1 draft Nearest Relative: Henry Hillsman Austin, The Rocks, Upson Co., GA
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