Alexander Austin was born in Co. Antrim, Ireland about 1793. His wife was Isabella Coleman, born 1819, also of Co. Antrim. In 1850, Alexander and Isabella were recorded as living in Abbeville, South Carolina with their daughters Lethe A (11), Susan (9), Sarah (3), Martha A (2) and sons John (7) and Robert (5). Austin was enumerated as a farmer with Real Estate to the value of $1500.
In the same year, Austin enslaved seven people, a woman aged 70, a man aged 60, a woman aged 55, another woman aged 18 and three boys aged 15, 14 and 10. Neighbouring slaveholders were James Johnson, Noah Reeves, William P Martin, William Long, Frances Johnson, Daniel Gent, George Mattison and John Smith.
By 1860, Alexander and Isabella had three more sons McJohnson (8), Samuel (6) and Franklin (4). In 1860 Alexander Austin's Real Estate was valued at $3500 and his Personal Estate as $7765. William Faut, Overseer, was also resident in his household. Faut had a Personal Estate of $400.
The people enslaved by Austin in 1860 were four women aged 95, 65, 22 and 18, two young men aged 20 and 18, a boy aged 2 and a baby girl of 6 months.
Alexander Austin died in Abbeville in May 1864 preceded by his son Robert who died in Feb. of the same year whilst serving in the 6th South Carolina Cavalry. Isabella died in 1878 and they are buried at Friendship Presbyterian Church, Laurens County, South Carolina.
J H Austin, the executor of Alexander Austin's will was living in Donalds Township, Abbeville in 1870.
It has not been possible to locate a will or probate documents for Alexander Austin as yet or any other document that names the people enslaved by him.
1850 US Federal Census www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M8Q8-C42
1850 Slave Schedule www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:HRW4-VP6Z
1860 US Federal Census www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MZTW-49H
1860 Slave Schedule www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:WKTD-9WW2
Memorial 1864 www.findagrave.com/memorial/9399182/alexander-austin
1870 US Federal Census www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M8T9-LDJ
Abbeville Press 8 Jun. 1866.
Martine Brennan (Curator)
Enslavement to citizenship: African Americans in Irish Slaveholder records by Martine Brennan is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.