Joseph Abijah Austin

6 January 1853–12 July 1910 (Age 57)
Potsdam, St. Lawrence, New York, United States

The Life of Joseph Abijah

When Joseph Abijah Austin was born on 6 January 1853, in Potsdam, St. Lawrence, New York, United States, his father, Rufus Austin, was 36 and his mother, Diantha Ford Erwin, was 31. He married Rachel A. Main on 22 September 1878, in Vernon, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters. He lived in Center Township, Vernon, Missouri, United States in 1900 and Henry Township, Vernon, Missouri, United States in 1910. He died on 12 July 1910, in Hume, Bates, Missouri, United States, at the age of 57, and was buried in Lawrence Cemetery, Henry Township, Vernon, Missouri, United States.

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Joseph Abijah Austin
Rachel A. Main
Marriage: 22 September 1878
Martin Austin
Josie Austin
Mary Malinda Austin
Bessie L Austin

Spouse and Children

22 September 1878
Vernon, Missouri, United States


    Martin Austin


    Josie Austin


    Bessie L Austin


    Mary Malinda Austin


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World Events (8)


Age 7

In 1860, the Pony Express used men riding on horseback to carry mail between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California.

Age 10

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1870 · The Fifteenth Amendment

Age 17

Prohibits the federal government and each state from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It was the last of the Reconstruction Amendments.

Name Meaning

1 English, French, and German: from the personal name Austin, a vernacular form of Latin Augustinus, a derivative of Augustus . This was an extremely common personal name in every part of Western Europe during the Middle Ages, owing its popularity chiefly to St. Augustine of Hippo ( 354–430 ), whose influence on Christianity is generally considered to be second only to that of St. Paul. Various religious orders came to be formed following rules named in his honor, including the ‘Austin canons’, established in the 11th century, and the ‘Austin friars’, a mendicant order dating from the 13th century. The popularity of the personal name in England was further increased by the fact that it was borne by St. Augustine of Canterbury ( died c.605 ), an Italian Benedictine monk known as ‘the Apostle of the English’, who brought Christianity to England in 597 and founded the see of Canterbury.2 German: from a reduced form of the personal name Augustin .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Joseph Austin, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Joseph Austin in household of Irvin W Austin, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Joseph Austin in household of Rufus Austin, "United States Census, 1860"

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