Austin family

Austin - LAN Bolton. The origins of this family is confused.

In the Bolton area there appears to be two descendant families from Thomas Austin and Ellen.

It is believed that Joseph Austin married ca1780 Elizabeth. Children were Ann b. 1785 and Thomas b. 1780 who married in 1803 Ellen b. 1784.

The second Austin family includes Sarah Austin b.1.6.1817 who married Joshua Kershaw. In the 1841 census Thomas resided at Mill Hall St, Bolton. Also present were Joshua and Lydia KERSHAW. Thomas died in 1843 aged 63. Children to Thomas and Ellen were Joseph 1806, Abraham 1813, Grace 1823 (married William HANCOCK) and Hannah. Ellen died at Little Bolton (a widow) 23.8.1859, aged 72. Grace Hancock (her daughter) then living in Liverpool was present at her death.

Joseph b. 19.1.1806 Bolton, met Sarah DRAPER an unmarried mother of William DRAPER born 27.8.1826, (William subsequently took the Austin name). Joseph married Sarah Draper at St Mary's 23.12.1829. They had John b. ca1831 before she died. Joseph then as a widower married Martha WOLLESCROFT daughter of Jacob Wollescroft and Bridgett BRADLEY, on 24th July 1837. Witnesses to their wedding were Sarah Austin and Joshua KERSHAW who subsequently married on 10.9.1837. Joseph and Martha’s children were Sarah Ellen 1838, who died 20.3.1852 in Halliwell, Bolton aged 14; Thomas Wollescroft 1840, who died in unusual circumstances in or since November 1865; Edward Wollescroft 1842 (who emigrated to Australia) and Elizabeth Ann b. Sep 1844 in Leigh, who married Thomas Henry TOMKIES.

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