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Stephen AUSTIN, Sr.

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  • Name Stephen AUSTIN 
    Suffix Sr. 
    Born 4 Nov 1755  Halifax County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Name Stephen "Baldy" AUSTIN 
    Died 1850  Hollands Creek, Hardin County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Hollands Creek Cemetery, Savannah, Hardin County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • (1) "John Austin, Sr. of Southside Region, Virginia," Compiler: Liz Austin Carlin, Genealogy Content Copyright © 2011 Austin Families Association of America (genealogy may be freely distributed, but not sold in any form for profit):

      Stephen Austin
      Sex: M

      Born: NOV 1755 at Halifax Co., VA
      Died: 1850 at Hollands Creek, Hardin, TN
      Buried: at Hollands Creek Cemetery, Hardin, TN

      Marriage
      Wife: Dorcas Pinson (1760 - 13 APR 1836)

      Children
      Stephen Austin (____ - ____)
      William Austin (Abt 1777 - 1853)
      Saunders Austin (1782 - OCT 1860)
      Robert Austin (1785 - ____)
      Elizabeth Austin (Abt 1786 - 15 MAR 1858)
      John Austin (23 AUG 1789 - 9 DEC 1872)
      Rebecca Austin (1795 - ____)

      Parents
      Father: John Austin (Abt 1720 - Abt 1789)
      Mother: Mary McBee (1730 - ____)

      Siblings
      Thomas Austin (____ - ____)
      William Austin (Abt 1750
      Stephen Austin (NOV 1755 - 1850)
      John Austin (Bef 1756 - ____)
      Joseph Austin (Bef 1758 - ____)
      David Austin (Bef 1758 - Bef 4 OCT 1823)
      Isaiah Austin (15 FEB 1759 - Aft 1840)
      Margaret Austin (____ - ____)

      Notes

      BIRTH-DEATH-BURIAL: "Austins of America," Dr. Michael Austin, Editor, Vol. 1, p 61 presents a photograph of Stephen's gravestone in the Hollands Creek Cemetery (the old Methodist Church Cemetery) located in Hollands Creek, Hardin Co., TN. His tombstone reads: STEPHEN AUSTIN / ARMSTRONG'S / N.C. CO. / WASHINGTON / DRAGOONS / REV. WAR / BORN: 1755 / DIED: 1850. The photo caption notes that Stephen's last Rev. War pension payment was in 1844, which is probably a more accurate death year.

      MILITARY: He was a Revolutionary War Soldier and his pension application states as a child, about the age of 2, (1757?) he was taken to Grayson County VA. At the age of 21 he enlisted (1776?) in the Cavalry of Major William Armstrong and Col. Washington in the Light Horse Dragoons, Gen . Green's Division, in Surry County NC. He spent 5 years in the Rev., but the last 2 years hired a substitute. After the war he went back to VA and lived there 20 years. He moved to TN and lived in Warren, Giles, Wayne, and Hardin County TN. Also lived in Alabama for 3 years , according to his pension record. His pension was granted in Hardin County, TN at which time he was living with his son, Sanders Austin born 1782 in VA. NOTE: Seattle Archives DAR Card File lists: Austin, Stephen b: Nov 1755, Pittsylvania Co., VA entered at age 21, enrolled in Cavalry of Major William Armstrong & Col. Washington's Regiment of Light Horse Dragoon's in General Green's Division in Surry County, NC.

      RESIDENCES-LAND: In 1787, Stephen Austin paid personal property taxes in Montgomery Co., VA . In 1793, 1797, 1799 and 1800 he was taxed in Wythe Co., VA, and in 1795 and 1796 he was taxed in Grayson Co., VA (Ref: VA State Library Manuscripts Tax Records). In 1798 he had moved to Grainger Co., TN, where he is found as a Bondsman for the marriage license of William Austin and Rebecka Moses. In 1803, Stephen Austin and sons; Sanders Austin and Robert Austin, affixed their signatures to a petition in Grainger Co., TN. In 1804, Stephen Austin purchased the land of John Ulmstead in Claiborne Co., TN, and he gave a deed for 150 acres, in 1804, to Aaron Davis in Hawkins Co., TN (now Claiborne Co., TN), "part of a survey in Powell's Valley touching upon the lands of Norvells, Evans, and Samuel Tate, being part of said survey of A. Henderson & Company," witnessed by Walter and Susanna Evans. In 1808, Stephen Austin turns up in White Co., TN, where he was deeded land by Thomas K. Harris (Ref: White Co., TN Deed Book A, p 210).

      CENSUS-RESIDENCES: In the 1840 Census of Pensioners, Stephen Austin is living with his son Sanders Austin in Hardin Co., TN. He does not appear in the 1850 US Census for Hardin Co., TN apparently because of his death prior to census enumeration.

      OCCUPATION-RESIDENCES: From information researched by Janet Austin Curtis, with help from Oliver Qualls of Savannah, TN and Mrs. Orville Sharp of Florence, AL, family tradition among the descendants of Stephen would seem to indicate that he was sort of a "wagon master" who made trips back to North Carolina and Virginia and led settlers from there into Tennessee. Supposedly, he made his last trip when he was 70 years old and came back with 30 families, mostly relatives from VA and NC, who settled in Wayne Co., TN along Second Creek, in Hardin Co., TN along Hollands Creek, and in Lauderdale Co., AL, along Bumpas Creek. Since he does not show up in many census schedules, this seems like a likely explanation for these abscences.

      RESIDENCES-CHILDREN: email from Joe Newcomb, Sep 12, 2010 to AFAOA genealogist Liz Austin Carlin. "On 2 Nov 1832 (Date Stephen AUSTIN applied for pension) he was 77 years and 5 months old.living with Daniel SHIPMAN & Elizabeth AUSTIN (his daughter) in Wayne Co TN (was on 1830 Wayne Co TN census w/ Daniel & Elizabeth AUSTIN SHIPMAN).

      Stephen AUSTIN's care was transferred to Saunders AUSTIN sometimes between 1830-1840. On the 1840 Hardin Co TN Census he is living with his son Saunders AUSTIN. Daniel SHIPMAN has a death date of 1835/38 in John AUSTIN's family Bible. Elizabeth appears on page 256 0f the 1840 Hardin Co TN Census 8th Civ Dist as head of household: 01122 00011001. John SHIPMAN is the male under 10 yrs of age. Her father Stephen is no longer in her care since Daniel died abt 1838. Stephen AUSTIN is now in the care of Saunders AUSTIN, Elizabeth's brother. She is living near her son William SHIPMAN and her AUSTIN relatives, James J, Stephen Jr, John, and Brother Saunders Austin in Hardin Co TN."

      (2) The following letter is contained in Stephen AUSTIN's Revolutionary War Pension File S.2040:

      May 31, 1940

      [Re:] BA-J/MOS
      Stephen Austin, S.2040

      Miss Betty Howell
      c/o Budget Department, State Capitol
      Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Dear Madam:

      Reference is made to your request for information relative to Stephen Austin, a Revolutionary War soldier who was born in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, in 1755.

      The data which follow were taken from papers on file in the pension claim, S.2040, based on the military service of Stephen Austin.

      Stephen Austin was born in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. In March, 1834, he stated that he was seventy-eight years of age the preceding November. The names of his parents are not shown.

      While a resident of Grayson County, Virginia, Stephen Austin, when he was about twenty-one years of age, went into Curry County, North Carolina, and enlisted; he served for five years as private in the cavalry, was a part of the time in Captain William Armstrong's North Carolina Company and a part of the tins in Colonel Washington's Light Horse Dragoons and was in a great many skirmishes.

      He lived in Grayson County, Virginia, for twenty years after the Revolution, from there he moved to Tennessee, from there to Alabama, from there moved back to Tennessee and lived in Wayne County.

      Stephen Austin was allowed pension on his application executed November 5, 1832, at which time he was living in Wayne County, Tennessee.

      He was living in Hardin County, Tennessee, in 1837.

      The papers in this claim contain no data relative to the family of Stephen Austin.

      In order to obtain the date of last payment of pension of Stephen Austin, the name and address of the person to whom it was paid and possibly the date of death of this soldier, it is suggested that you address The Comptroller General, Records Division, General Accounting Office, Washington, D.C., giving the following data:

      Stephen Austin, Certificate 30442, issued February 26, 1836, rate $25 per annum, commenced March 4, 1831, Act of June 7, 1832, West Tennessee Agency.

      Very truly yours

      A. D. HILLER
      Executive Assistant to the Administrator

      (3) Revolutionary War Pensioner Census, 1841:

      Tennessee - Western District, Hardin County, 8th District:
      Name of pensioner for revolutionary or military services: Stephen Austin
      Age: 82
      Name of head of family with whom pensioner resided June 1, 1840: Saunders Austin

      (4) www.findagrave.com:

      Stephen Austin
      Birth: Nov. 4, 1755, Halifax County, Virginia, USA
      Death: 1850, Hardin County, Tennessee, USA

      Stephen Austin was born in Halifax County, Virginia, on November 4, 1755, to John Austin Jr. and Mary McBee. He married Dorcas Pinson, daughter of Delilah and Aaron Pinson, in 1775, in Grayson County, Virginia. Dorcas was born about 1757 in Laurens, South Carolina, and died April 12, 1836, in Hardin County, Tennessee. Stephen and Dorcas had these children together: William, Stephen, Saunders A., Robert, Elizabeth, John, and Rebecca.

      Stephen was a Revolutionary War soldier. At the age of 21, he enlisted in the cavalry of Major William Armstrong and Col. Washington. He served five years in the Light Horse Dragoons of General Green's division in Surry County, North Carolina, but the last 2 years hired a substitute. After the war, he returned to Virginia and lived there for twenty years. He then moved to Tennessee and lived in Warren, Giles, Wayne, and Hardin Counties.

      From information researched by Janet Austin Curtis, with help from Oliver Qualls of Savannah, TN and Mrs. Orville Sharp of Florence, AL, family tradition among the descendants of Stephen would seem to indicate that he was sort of a "wagon master" who made trips back to North Carolina and Virginia and led settlers from there into Tennessee. Supposedly, he made his last trip when he was 70 years old and came back with 30 families, mostly relatives from VA and NC, who settled in Wayne Co., TN, along Second Creek; in Hardin Co., TN, along Hollands Creek; and in Lauderdale Co., AL, along Bumpas Creek. Since he does not show up in many census schedules, this seems like a likely explanation for these absences.

      Stephen died in 1850 in Hardin County, Tennessee, and was buried in the Hollands Creek Cemetery, Savannah, Hardin County, Tennessee.

      Note: One of Stephen's many grandchildren was Martha Viannah Austin Rhea, daughter of William and Rebecca (Moses) Austin.

      For more info and photos on the Austin family: A link to Wanda Austin Nelson's (findagrave contributor #46859143) genealogy website: www.yanceykin.org.

      Wanda Austin Nelson is a 5th great granddaughter of Stephen Austin, thru Saunders Austin and his son, Stephen Bally Austin.

      Family links: Children: Saunders A. Austin (1782 - 1860), John Austin (1789 - 1872); Spouse: Dorcas Pinson Austin (1757 - 1836)

      Burial: Hollands Creek Cemetery, Savannah, Hardin County, Tennessee, USA

      Maintained by: Velma Greer
      Originally Created by: Larry Ward
      Record added: Dec 22, 2004
      Find A Grave Memorial# 10164690
    Person ID I26400  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 9 May 2021 

    Father John AUSTIN, Jr.,   b. Abt 1720, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1789, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 69 years) 
    Mother Mary McBEE,   b. 1730, Prince George's County, MD Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Bef 1755 
    Family ID F14255  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Dorcas PINSON,   b. 1757, Laurens County, SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Apr 1836, Hollands Creek, Hardin County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 1775  Grayson County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. William AUSTIN,   b. Abt 1777, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1853, Bond County, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 76 years)
     2. Saunders AUSTIN,   b. 1782, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 1859, Hardin County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     3. Hannah AUSTIN,   b. Abt 1784, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1870, Marion County, AR Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 86 years)
     4. Robert AUSTIN,   b. 1785, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 12 Dec 1850  (Age > 65 years)
     5. Elizabeth AUSTIN,   b. Abt 1786,   d. 15 Mar 1858, Hardin County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 72 years)
     6. John AUSTIN,   b. 23 Aug 1789, Grayson County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Dec 1872, Lauderdale County, AL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     7. Rebecca AUSTIN,   b. 1795, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Aug 1864, Mattoon, Coles County, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     8. Stephen AUSTIN, Jr.,   b. 16 Jul 1797, SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jun 1863, Greene County, AR Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
     9. Richard AUSTIN,   b. Abt 1798
     10. Josiah AUSTIN,   b. 4 Jun 1799, KY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Aug 1883, Bond County, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     11. Ransom AUSTIN,   b. Abt 1805, SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 30 Jun 1870, Greene County, AR Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 65 years)
    Last Modified 9 May 2021 
    Family ID F7535  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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