AUSTIN of Romney Marsh (Kent)

(Placenames in red indicate place of birth. Placenames in blue indicate place of baptism or marriage.)


First generation - John Austin

John Austin married Mary Wright on 23 March 1779 at Brenzett
Elizabeth
2 January 1780
Snave
Catharine
7 April 1782
Snave
George
9 August 1783
Snave
John
29 October 1786
Snave
James Irons
24 January 1790
Snave
Mary
18 March 1792
Snave
Sarah
23 June 1799
Snave
Thomas
22 June 1800
Snave


Second generation - George, son of John Austin

George Austen (1783-1853) married Ann Sharwood on 6 October 1807 at Brenzett
Dinah
4 September 1808
Snave
John
4 March 1810
Snave
Francis
24 March 1811
Snave
William
25 December 1813
Snave
Harriet
14 May 1815
Snave
Elizabeth Ann
16 November 1817
Brenzett
Naomi
14 September 1828
Brenzett

At the time of the Tithe Award (c.1840), George Austen is listed as the owner and occupier of a garden.


Second generation - John, son of John Austin

John Austin (1786-1852) farmer married Harriet Chittenden (1790-1865) on 13 March 1816 at Snave
Adam (1817-1846)
30 November 1817
Snave
Leah
4 July 1819
Snave
Zilpah (1821-1854)
8 July 1821
Snave
Abel (1824-1874)
4 April 1824
Snave

At the time of the Tithe Award (c.1840) John Austen occupied a house and garden, with 3 fields of arable land, belonging to John and Roper Hogben. Also 3 acres of arable land belonging to the Piddlesden family.

Census: 7 June 1841
Address Name of
each person
Age last birthday Profession or occupation Where born
Snave John Austin54 farmer of 3 acresKent
Harriet 50---Kent
Adam 24parish clerkKent
Leah 22---Kent
Zilpah 20---Kent
Abel 17---Kent
James 1---Kent

James was the illegitimate son of Leah, baptised at Snave on 25 August 1839. Leah married Edward Brooks on 11 July 1846 at Snave. Edward was presumably not the father of James, otherwise he would surely have gone to live with them, and, as we can see below, he didn't.

Adam Austin died of tuberculosis or "pulmonary consumption" on 12 April 1846, aged 29. The Romans probably introduced TB to Britain, and by the mid-17th century it was responsible for one in five deaths in London. It wasn't until the 1940s that an effective antibiotic was found (streptomycin). In the 1950s vaccinations against TB were introduced in Britain.

Census: 30 March 1851
Address Name of
each person
Relation
to
head of
family
Condition
as to
marriage
Age last birthday Profession or occupation Where born
Snave John Austinheadmarried64 farmer of 3 acresSnave
Harrietwifemarried 60---Romney
Zilpahdaughterunmarried 29at homeSnave
Abelsonunmarried 26at homeSnave
Jamesgrandsonunmarried 11at homeSnave

Zilpah Austin died from chronic liver disease on 14 February 1854, aged 32. Her father, John, died in 1852.

Census: 7 April 1861

Address Name of
each person
Relation
to
head of
family
Condition
as to
marriage
Age last birthday Profession or occupation Where born
Hamstreet
[parish of Warehorne]
Edward Brooksheadmarried40 blacksmith and farrierBilsington
Leah Brookswifemarried 42---Snave
John Austin Brookssonunmarried 14scholarBrookland
William Edward Brookssonunmarried 9scholarRuckinge
Herbert George Brookssonunmarried 3scholarWarehorne
James Austinwife's sonunmarried 21apprenticeSnave
Hannah Banksservantunmarried 14house servantKingsnorth
Harriet Ann Sheildsvisitorunmarried 7scholarAshford


James Austin (1839-1912) married Elizabeth Barlinge (c.1846-1914) on 16 July 1864 at Warehorne
Leah Mary
---
Ada Harriet (c.1871- )
Ruckinge
Sophia Kate
---


In 1891 we find James Austin, his wife, Elizabeth, and their daughter Ada (now 20) back in Snave, where James is making a living as a shepherd, like his grandfather before him. Obviously his apprenticeship to Edward Brooks came to nothing.




Second generation - James, son of John Austin

James [Irons] Austin (1790- ) married Eleanor ---
George
28 June 1812
Snave
William
14 Nov. 1813
Snave
Mary
24 Dec. 1815
Snave
Jane
25 May 1817
Snave
James
31 October 1819
Snave
John
20 May 1821
Snave
Elizabeth
9 March 1823
Snave
Catherine
4 July 1824
Snave
Ephraim
27 Nov. 1825
Snave
Thomas
9 March 1828
Snave
Sarah Ann
20 September 1829
Snave
Charles
1 April 1832
Snave
Maria
18 March 1834
Snave
Noah
12 February 1837
Snave


Census: 7 June 1841
Address Name of
each person
Age last birthday Profession or occupation Where born
Snave James Austin51 farmerKent
Jane 24---Kent
James 21---Kent
Elizabeth 18---Kent
Thomas 13---Kent
Sarah Ann 12---Kent
Maria 8---Kent
Noah 6---Kent
Ann 2 months---Kent

Ann was the illegitimate daughter of Jane.


At the time of the Tithe Award (c.1840) James Austen was the owner and occupier of a cottage, barn and garden, plus a small amount of arable land. He is also listed as the occupier of a house, garden and over three acres of pasture land belonging to Edward Marsh.


Third generation - Abel, son of John Austin

Marriage solemnized at the Parish Church in the Parish of Bonnington in the County of Kent
When married Name and surname Age Condition Rank or profession Residence at the time of marriage Father's name and surname Rank or profession of father
21 November 1853 Abel Austin 29 bachelor looker Snave John Austin farmer
Ann Kesbey 25 spinster --- Bonnington John Kesbey farmer
Witnesses: John Kesbey, Mary Kesbey
Harriet Mary
(1854- )
Bonnington
Anna Alma
(1855-)
Snave
Agnes Charlotte
(1857-)
Snave
Walter John
(1859-)
Snave
Laura Keturah
(1863-1944)
Snave
Rosa Isobel
(1865-)
Snave
Curtis Frank
(1867-)
Snave
Arthur Edward
(1870-)
Snave


Census: 7 April 1861
Address Name of
each person
Relation
to
head of
family
Condition
as to
marriage
Age last birthday Profession or occupation Where born
West Cottage, Snave Abel Austinheadmarried37 shepherdSnave
Annwifemarried 31---Bonnington
Harriett Marydaughterunmarried 7scholarBonnington
Anna Almadaughterunmarried 5scholarSnave
Agnes Charlottedaughterunmarried 3---Snave
Walter Johnsonunmarried 1---Snave
Harriett[mother]widow 70shepherd's widowNew Romney


Census: 2 April 1871
Address Name of each person Relation
to
head of
family
Condition
as to
marriage
Age last birthday Profession or occupation Where born
Snave Abel Austinheadmarried47 shepherdSnave
Annwifemarried 42---Bonnington
Harriot Marydaughterunmarried 17---Bonnington
Anna Almadaughterunmarried 15---Snave
Agnes Charlottedaughterunmarried 13scholarSnave
Walter Johnsonunmarried 11scholarSnave
Laura Keturahdaughterunmarried 8scholarSnave
Rosa Isabelldaughterunmarried 5scholarSnave
Curties Franksonunmarried 3---Snave
Arthur Edwardsonunmarried 9 months---Snave


Abel Austin died on 3 July 1874 and was buried at Snave.


Third generation - George, son of James Austin

George Austen (1812- ) married Fanny Wheeler on 18 January 1835 at Biddenden
Catharine Eleanor
24 September 1837
Snave
Elizabeth
11 August 1839
Snave
George
25 July 1841
Snave
James Irons
16 June 1844
Snave

Census: 7 June 1841
Address Name of
each person
Age last birthday Profession or occupation Where born
Snave George Austin28 ag. lab.Kent
Frances 30---Kent
Catharine 3---Kent
Elizabeth 2---Kent



Fourth generation - Laura Keturah, daughter of Abel Austin

Laura Keturah Austin (1863-1944) married Aaron Terry (c.1860-1942) on 14 November 1880 at Mersham and died in July 1945 at the age of 82. She was buried at Lyminge on 1 August. At the time of her death she was living at Reynard, Rhodes Minnis.


Other families


Francis Austen married Mary Butterwick on 10 May 1767 at Brookland
Elisabeth
8 May 1769
Brenzett



William Austen married Jemima Noble on 10 June 1839 at Brenzett

Census: 7 June 1841
Address Name of
each person
Age last birthday Profession or occupation Where born
Snave William Austin25 ag. lab.Kent
Jemima 23---Kent