I'm trying to find my gggrandfather's parents. His obit in the NYTimes gave me some clues. He was a Civil War vet of the 7th Regiment. He was born in Williamsburg but the family was likely from Mass. His father was in the Export business. He married Helen Martha Fiske in NYC, where their first son, Joseph Henry, was born in 1867. Austin owned a machinery factory in E. Orange, NJ, where he lived for many years before dying in Brooklyn. Other children were Austin II 1871-1930, William, Almond, and Helen. The obituary stated that he was a descendent of Pres John Adams, which I interpret to mean he was from the original Henry Adams /Braintree line. He was said to be related to the Payne family. Some of our family is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn.