Dear Carol, I have just now seen your message of several years ago, and hope my information will get to you.
I am a direct descendent of the James Thatcher Auten you are searching for.He was born in Carroll Ohio in 1849 and traveled by wagon train with his parents and siblings to Nebraska in about 1871(?) and met his bride-to-be, Laura Alice HALL, at that time.They married in Saunders, Neb. March 26, 1876 and had 6 children.My grandfather was their eldest, born in 1876 - Leonidas J. AUTEN.He and his wife, Mary E. McVICKAR, moved with his parents and siblings to Alberta, Canada in about 1904(?)
If you get this and want more information, please contact me.I am very interested in anything you may have about the family as I have been unable to trace back further than the John W. Auten/Mary Miller connection.I know we are directly related to the New Amsterdam original Aatens but can't make the connection back from the JW Auten brick wall.