Nathaniel AUSTIN, Born Sep 27, 1869, Died Feb 8, 1781 - Lost Creek, White County, TN
NOTE:A note from Liz & Doug Austin of Sparta, TN Jan 1999:I have found marriage dates for a Nathaniel Austin and Polly Gaines (Mary???) 24 Aug 1823 in Blount County TN.Also marriage bound for Lucinda Austin and James Reed, 14 Nov 1836 in same county.Could this be our Nathaniel and if so, wonder if Nathaniel had two wives?That would explain the Hannah with Nathaniel as guardians in "AUSTINs OF AMERICA" on page 58 and 59 in Anderson County, Sept 1802.And then again this may be a wild goose chase.Something to think about or to confuse things even more.
!NOTE:A daughter of a deceased grandson of John Austin, Sr. (don't know who this person was) wrote the following: The father of John and Nathaniel came from England and settled in VA about 1768, and raised the following children: 1-Joseph, 2-Elizabeth, 3-Lucy, 4-John, 5-Nathaniel, 6-David, 7-Hannah, 8-Robin.All were born between 1770--1788.A granddaughter of John Austin (brother to Nathaniel) stated: "The Austin Family came with the Anderson family, traveling by Ox Cart, cutting their own road across the Allegheny Mountains. If it were their entry into Tennessee as we might surmise, then undoubtedly it was the Old Wilderness Road which was cut across the Allegheny Mountains from Grayson County, VA". A great-granddaughter, possibly Mary Attie Austin Anderson, of Nathaniel Austin who grew up very near his farm stated: "I can remember Aunt Betsy very well and recall her telling many times how her father came driving four white horses to bring his family down the mountain side through Natty's Pass into a large cane break on Lost Creek, and there building a small log house and later the two story log house.A story told by Mary Attie Austin Anderson, handed down by her mother was that Nathaniel Austin had three slaves, Abram and Rachael who were man and wife, and Gates.One morning at breakfast, Abram was over in the corner of the kitchen mumbling; and Nathaniel asked what was the matter, andRachael replied that Abram was wanting another biscuit.When asked how many biscuits he had already eaten, Abram replied, just twelve.Nathaniel said, "Give Abram another biscuit!" On one occasion the Austins' went back to North Carolina to visit relatives, and while gone the house was accidently set afire by some of the children.Uncle "???" was asleep upstairs, and when he was awakened and told of the fire, replied sleepily, "Just let her burn", and went back to sleep.He was reported to be kind of 'droll'.The fire was extinguished, but the family never left home again!
!SOURCE:The KNOXVILLE GAZETTE (at this time was being published in Rogersville, TN) published on June 30, 1792, list a Nathaniel Austin along with numerous others on a list of Taxpayers being indebted to the county of Hawkins....NOT SURE if this is the same Nathaniel Austin that resided in the Lost Creek area of White County until his death on September 27, 1869.
!SOURCE-NOTE:FIRST SETTLERS ON CLINCH AND IN POWELL'S VALLEY, CLAIBORNE COUNTY TENNESSEE. The Act establishing Claiborne County (from parts of Hawkins and Grainger) was passed October 29, 1801.A Nathaniel Austin is listed as among the lists of the first Magistrates of Claiborne County, who were present at the house of John Owens, in December of 1801, when the Court of Pleas and Quarter sessions was organized. Also, a Nathaniel Austin was present, and elected as a RANGER, when the Officers of the new county of Claiborne were elected.NOT SURE if this is the same Nathaniel Austin that resided in the Lost Creek area of White County until his death on September 27, 1869.
!SOURCE:A Nathaniel Austin was also among the first Grand Jury selected for the new Claiborne County Tennessee.The third meeting of this court was held in 1819, and Nathaniel Austin was NOT on the list.He may have already left.NOT SURE if this is the same Nathaniel Austin that resided in the Lost Creek area of White County until his death on September 27, 1869.
!SOURCE: A Nathaniel Austin was listed in Grainger County, TN records about 1799, and in Washington County, TN in 1819. NOT SURE if this is the same Nathaniel Austin that resided in the Lost Creek area of White County until his death on September 27, 1869.
!SOURCE: On page 209, in book titled: HERITAGE OF WHITE COUNTY TN, 1806-1999. Printed by Walsworth Publishing Company.It states:Siblings of John Austin, Sr., in a Bible in the possession of Col. Jimmie L. Akin (Ret) of Denver, CO, are listed as: Josiah-1770, Elizabeth-1772, Lucy-1774, William-1776, John-1779, Nathaniel-1781, David-1783, Hannah-1786, Robin-1788.
!SOURCE: Other sources include White County TN - Austin News Bulletin No. 1. dated Jan 1, 1966. Oldest Marriage Book Van Buren County Historical Society, Rhinehart, White County Marriage Book, 1859-1881. White County Cemetery List, Library in Sparta, TN. Austin's of America #177-5, p. 177. Goodspeed's History of Tennessee, White County. 1850 and 1860 White County TN Census.
!SOURCE: Upper Cumberland Genealogical Association, Inc., Vol. 8, No. 4, Page 116. White County Records, indexed by Charles T. Leonard. Shows the following: AUSTIN, NATHANIEL Inventories BB (1860-62), p. 152-3, recorded 10 April 1869. Wife Catherine Children:William Austin,James Austin, Thomas Austin,Rollen Austin, Roberson Austin, Mary Hudgens, Nathaniel M. Austin. Daughters:Elizabeth and Susan and Nancy Grandson: James Frasure.Witnesses:H. J. Camp, Nathaniel, his X markAustin.Alge S. Morgan.