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 were living in Abbeville with 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.
On 23 January 1860, Alexander Austin made his will in which he named his wife Isaballa, his sons John, Robert, Matthew J, Samuel & William and his daughters Susan, Sarah & Martha and his granddaughter Letha Ann Ragsdale. He did not name any enslaved people in his will. He named his son John as his executor. On 3 February 1864, he added his brother Robert C Austin as co-executor with his son John.
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.
In the Inventory and Appraisement of Alexander Austin's Estate the following enslaved people were named and given a monetary value:
'1 negro boy Luke, 25 years of age $3000
1 negro boy Lewis, 25 years of age $3000
1 negro woman Hannah, 67 years of age
1 old woman (unnamed) and 1 boy Jim, 5 years old $500'
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
South Carolina, U.S., Wills and Probate Records 1670-1980 available on ancestry.com
(Miscellaneous Estate Papers (Abbeville County, South Carolina), 1782-1958; Author: South Carolina. Probate Court (Abbeville County); Probate Place: South Carolina)
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.
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Martine Brennan (Curator) While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this work, mistakes may occurr. If you offer a correction, please provde documentation or a link to an historical document. Many thanks. MB
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