Smith County, Texas

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By Andy Leath

John Austin born c1791 VA died 1861 married Delila ___ born c1800 VA died 1868.

They moved to Smith Co. about 1850. The town of Flora was founded on part of their property. Smith County Federal Census Images - 1850 - 0077a

Children of John Austin and Delila:

  • 1. Eliza Austin born 1823 TN died 1889 m. James Terrell Copeland b. 1820 TN/SC d. 1898 both bur. Carmel Cem. See COPELAND family.
  • 2. Mary Austin b. 1827 TN d. 1873 m. Willis Jones b. 1824 d. 1876 bur. Carmel Cem. He was a farmer and Justice of the Peace. Smith County Federal Census Images - 1850 Image 0077a, 1860 Flora Beat Image 0036b, 1870 Garden Valley Image 0290b
    • i. Narcissa J. Jones b. c1847 GA d. bef. 1870 m. 1867 Smith Co., TX, Edward B. Noble, no children.
    • ii. Samuel Jones b. c1848 GA dsp 1870s
    • iii. Mary A. Jones b. c1851 TX m. 1869 Smith Co., TX, Milton C. Noble b. c1830 MS
    • iv. Jesse Jones b. c1854 TX d. 1860s
    • v. Amanda D. Jones b. 1857 TX died 1947 m. 1873 Smith Co., TX, Cicero Alonzo Rush b. 1850 d. 1924 both bur. Kaufman City Cem., Kaufman, TX.
    • vi. Willis Jones b. c1859 TX
    • vii. Sarah V. Jones "Ara" b. 1862 TX d. 1949 m. 1881 Smith Co., TX, Dallas S. Lankford d. 1932 both bur. Mineola City Cem., Mineola, TX.
    • viii. Cordova Jones b. c1866 TX m. H. W. Kutzman
  • 3. Sarah Jane Austin b. c1829 TN d. 1862 m. Christopher Columbus Taylor b. TN d. 1859 buried Oakwood Cem., Tyler, TX. He was a merchant in Tyler. Smith County Federal Census Images 1850, Tyler Beat 0079b
    • i. William Texas Taylor b. c1851 TX dsp 1870s.
    • ii. Mary Isabella Taylor "Belle" b. c1853 TX dsp 1870s.
    • iii. Alice Taylor b. c1856 TX m. 1874 Smith Co., TX, Benjamin T. Selman
  • 4. James H. Austin living 1868 Marshall Co., MS
  • 5. Lucinda Austin born c1834 TN died c1926 m. Alexander K. Copeland b. c1828 TN d. c1890. See COPELAND family.
  • 6. Robert A. Austin b. 1840 TN d. 1906 m. 1880 Smith Co., TX, Calista A. Scarborough b. 1850 LA d. 1906 Baird, TX. Her parents: Andrew Jackson & Emily Saphronia (Stell) Scarborough. Smith County Federal Census Images - 1870 Garden Valley, Image 0291b,
    Image 109-27b - Biography
    • i. Emily Belle Austin b. 1880 TX
    • ii. Maude E. Austin b. 1885 TX
    • iii. Robert A. Austin, Jr. b. 1886 TX d. 1965 Dallas Co., TX, buried Carmel Cem.
    • iv. Ross Austin b. 1888 TX
    • v. Earl Austin b. 1894 TX
  • 7. Henry C. Austin b. 1845 TN d. 1883 m. 1867 Smith Co., TX, M. Abigail Oliphant b. 1850 d. 1870s. Her parents: Samuel J. Oliphant & Martha D. Noble. Smith County Federal Census Images - 1870 Garden Valley, Image 0291a, 1880 Image 100-55, 1900 ED 109-11b
    • i. Ernest K. Austin b. c1870 m. Mittie J. ___.
    • ii. Henry M. Austin "Harry" b. c1872
  • Henry C. Austin m 2nd 1880 Mary S. ___ born 1850 GA. (After his death, she married c1887 (William R. Copeland)
    • iii. Frank Z. Austin b. 1883 m. 1903 Smith Co., TX, Lula K. Gentry.




Smith County Probate Records:

  • Case 6 John Austin decd.;
  • Case 18 C. C. Taylor, decd;
  • Case 1 Sarah Jane Taylor, decd;
  • unnumbered case William Texas Taylor, et al., minors;
  • Case 529 Willis Jones, et al., minors;
  • Case 755 E. K. Austin, et al., minors; 1935 R. A. & C. A. Austin decd;
  • Case 1953 Earl Austin, minor.

Smith County Deed Records 38:233 (heirs Willis Jones)

Cemetery Records of Smith County, Texas, Vol. II (Tyler, TX: East Texas Genealogical Society, 1983)

Marriage Records of Smith County, Texas 1846-1899 (Tyler, TX: East Texas Genealogical Society, 1979)

Marriage Records of Smith County, Texas, 1900-1926 (Tyler, TX: East Texas Genealogical Society, 1999)

Smith County Deed Records

  • 219:398 (heirs R. A. Austin),
  • 119:262 & 219:389 (heirs Willis Jones),
  • 87:132 (heirs C. C. Taylor)

Chronicles of Smith County, Texas, Vol. 25, No. 1 (Summer 1986), p. 7.


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