Person:Perry Austin (3)

m. 11 Jun 1843
  1. Perry Lucius Austin1844 - 1920
  2. LaFayette Carver Austin1847 - 1921
  3. Herman Delos Austin1853 -
  4. Cassius Parley Austin1855 - 1948
  5. Emma Jane Austin1862 - 1946
m. 27 Sep 1866
  1. Willis S Austin1868 - 1954
  2. Grove B Austin1873 - 1882
  3. Charles Perry Austin1877 - 1951
  4. Freddie Austin1880 - 1880
  5. Jessie Elvira Austin1882 - 1943
Facts and Events
Name Perry Lucius Austin
Gender Male
Birth? 17 Jun 1844 Hamburg, Erie, New York, United StatesWhites Corners
Baptism? May 1856 Hamburg, Erie, New York, United States
Marriage 27 Sep 1866 Hamburg, Erie, New York, United Statesto Arabelle Loretta Stoddard
Death? 25 Dec 1920 Waukegan, Lake, Illinois, United States
Burial? Waukegan, Lake, Illinois, United StatesOakwood Cemetery

History of Perry L. Austin and Family by Perry L. Austin 1918

Ancestry and Childhood

My grand father John Austin was born July 15, 1789 and raised in Vermont and also my Grandmother Lucy French was born November 28, 1786 and they were married there August 5, 1805. They emigrated to western New York about a year after they were married. They went there with an ox team; they located in the town of East Hamburgh, twelve miles south of Buffalo. Grandfather built a little log house and moved in before he had the outside door on, and he had to go to Buffalo, so he left Grandmother, with a little baby girl in bed and his rifle at the head of the bed and a blanket up to the door. She saw the blanket move, so she took the rifle and fired, she re-loaded the rifle but heard no more noise. Grandfather got home just before dark and there lay a large black bear. He called to Lucy and she was all right. So he rolled the bear out of the way and went in and after a while he went out and dressed the bear so they had meat and a nice robe. The baby’s name was Eliza, she was born July 15 1807. The next child born was a girl Culista, born June 22, 1809. The next was my father Harmon. He was born August 6, 1811. The next was James, born Nov. 1, 1818. Next was Ira, He was born July 11, 1819, Next Phidelia, she was born Oct. 8, 1821. Next Harriet was born April 8, 1825 and the next, Sophia, born June 8, the year 1828. Grandmother Austin died when she was Seventy-four years old in 1854. Grandfather Austin died when he was eighty-six years old in 1866. I was in the Army, was home on a furlough a short time before his death which was at the time of President Abraham Lincoln’s re-election. Grandfather Austin was totally blind for six years and bedridden for two years before he died. Their oldest daughter married Bltis(?sp) Colvin, the second married Joseph Putney, the third married Syrous Mills and the fourth Perry Parks. The fifth married James Hull. My father married Jane Wilson. She lived about a year and died. Then nearly two years later, my father Harmon Austin married Elvira Parks, my mother. Perry L. Austin, their oldest child was born June 17, 1844. I have three brothers, Lafayette C. Austin, born May 16, 1847, then Herman Delose, born August 5, 1853, then Cassius P. born Dec. 28, 1855. And I had one sister Emma Jane Austin, June 8, 1862. Jane R. Austin died March 10, 1842, Harmon Austin's first wife. They were married March 16,1841. He then married Elvira Parks June 11, 1843. My father Harmon Austin died when he was sixty-two years old on Nov. 16, 1873. My mother Elvira Austin died when she was eighty three years old in 1906.. Grandfather James Parks was born in Mass., and so was Grandmother Polly Brown, her maiden name. After they were married they emigrated to Western N.Y. and settled in the town of West Hamburg on what is now called the copper road. They built a log house and began life there. Grandmother Parks was second cousin to Commodore Perry and was proud of it. They had six children, their oldest, Sarah Parks, married Philander Rathbone, the next, Perry Parks, who married my father’s sister, Harriet Austin. The next, my mother Elvira Parks then next was Elizabeth Parks, she married Frank Oaks. Next was Parley Parks who married Josephine Fish. The next was Julia Parks and she married Truman Clough. I began going to school at the age of three. My aunt Julia Parks was my teacher. I was raised on a farm adjoining my Grandfather Austin’s farm and he had a saw mill, water powered. So when there was water I used the mill apart of the night and went to school. I was 12 years old when I united with the Baptist Church at White Corners in May 1856. I was baptized in the eighteenth mile creek near Watervalley. Buffalo was our market. I have sold beach and maple wood for one dollar and a half per cord and potatoes for 10 cents per bu. and strawberries for three cents a quart. Oh those were great times, lots of wild fruit and nuts. It was a common thing to see wagon loads of butternuts, walnuts and hickory nuts and bushels of chestnuts and beechnuts and such husking bees and rearing bees and oh the cider and doughnuts. We used to make all the maple sugar and syrup we wanted to use the year around. Talk about buckwheat cakes and Johnnycake! We used to have those. Those were the happy days and the fourth of July was a day long to be remembered. Patriotism, the country was full of it then. The Presidential campaign of Abraham Lincoln, it was not long before the country was full of “Wide Awakes” and I joined them and went out in the torchlight processions. Those were lively days.

Military Service

Then the war broke out, I enlisted three times before father would give his consent. I enlisted at a war meeting in the old Methodist church at White Corners the third time so he concluded to let me go. I served two years and eleven months and fourteen days. I met President Lincoln, in Washington D.C. and had the honor of shaking his hand, in Camp Relief he called me the second rail-splitter. I was not in my uniform yet, I was in my every day clothes that I wore on the farm and was the tallest man in my company. It was M Co. Scott's, 900, Cavalry. Went on the first raid the second day after I got into camp. It rained all the time we were out which was two days, so I was pretty well initiated by the time I got back to Camp Relief. Was at our head quarters for nineteen months, then we got orders to New Orleans. We had another trip along Cape Hatteras, got to New Orleans the fourth of July, sixty-four. Stayed there three days then we went up the Mississippi River, doing patrol and scouting throughout Louisiana, went up Red River with Gen. Banks, came back to Baton Range, stayed there three months, went on the Pascagoula raid from there we started out with six days rations, was gone thirty days, foraged our living till we met the transport and at Key West we got aboard of the transport and went back to Baton Range. Then we went to Vicksburg and nearly froze to death. It was zero weather. We went from there to Memphis Tennessee from there to Germantown Tenn. We did patrolling and scouting duty there till the close of the war. Had a good many battles with the Bushwhackers while there. We were mustered out of the service at Memphis Tennessee. Came home by way of Chicago, Ill. Got our Discharge at Buffalo N.Y. June 18, 1865. Got home in time to celebrate my birthday June 19, 1865.

After the War

After a few days at home I made a visiting tour, then got back to the work I had done before the war. I was married Sept. 27, 1866 to my wife Arabell L. Stoddard. Father Austin helped me get a farm and I began housekeeping on the 8th of December 1866. We sold our farm April 12, 1869 to my brother Lafayette and I took a trip west looking for land. On the way back home I stopped at Buroy Junction and hired out on a farm owned by Henry Knox for six months. I hired out to my wife’s uncle T.C. Estie, at Waukegan Illinois and run the Ed Dennis farm for him till he sold the farm to Judge McAllister in 1873. I worked for the Judge till he sold the farm in 1876, and then I moved to town and began working at my trade as a carpenter and joiner for the Porter Brothers. I bought a lot in the Ladds and George Additions to Waukegan and built our home on it, where we spent many happy hours and went through some severe trials… We had two fine boys, when we started there. The oldest was. Willis S. Austin who was born in East Hamburg, N.Y July 18, 1868, and Grover B. Austin who was born in East Hamburg July 17, 1873. We lost him there with typhoid fever Nov. 22, 1882. We lost another baby boy here, Freddie Austin. He was born Nov. 17, 1880. He died Nov. 19, 1880. Charlie Austin was born Jan. 20, 1877 and the youngest was Jessie E. Austin, born May 25, 1888. I lost my darling wife June 13, 1900. Her maiden name was Arabell L. Stoddard and she was born April 28, 1848. Her death was caused by blood poisoning. I commenced as a builder and contractor with my son Willis S. Austin who had been in with Henry Crosby in 1884, went on the retired list in 1908. Was elected President of the contractors association in 1902, served six years. I was elected deacon of the first Baptist church of Waukegan Illinois in 1914. I served as commander of the Waukegan Post G.A.R. 374, in 1904 and again in 1919. Served as noble grand of the Waukegan Lodge I.O.O.F. 795 in 1913. I was a member of the Rebecca’s and Honor Member of the W.R.C. and the Daughter of the G.A.R. and a Son of Veterans and have taken great pleasure in lodge work and great comfort in church work. Took part in the Dedication of Service Flag at the high school and Swedish church and the order of the Ben Hurs and the First Baptist Church in April 1918. This was first written by Perry L. Austin in May 1918.

Image Gallery
  1.   Perry L. Austin. Perry Austin Memoir, 1918, Primary quality.
  2.   Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System. (National Park Service).

    Perry Austin (First_Last)
    Regiment Name 11 N. Y. Cavalry
    Side Union
    Company M
    Soldier's Rank_In Priv.
    Soldier's Rank_Out Sergt.
    Alternate Name
    Film Number M551 roll 4


    11th Regiment, New York Cavalry

    Organized at New York City December, 1861, to May, 1862. Left State for Washington, D. C., May 5, 1862. Attached to Military District of Washington and 22nd Army Corps, Dept. of Washington, May, 1862, to March, 1864. (A Detachment in 8th Army Corps, Middle Department.) District of LaFourche, Dept. of the Gulf, to June, 1864. District of Baton Rouge, La., Dept. of the Gulf, to August, 1864. 2nd Brigade, Cavalry Division, Dept. of the Gulf, to February, 1865. 2nd Brigade, Cavalry Division, District of West Tennessee, to July, 1865. Consolidated to a Battalion July 21, 1865. District of Memphis, Tenn., to September, 1865.

    SERVICE.-Duty in the Defences of Washington, D. C., till March, 1864. Action at Blue Ridge Mountain, Va., June 18, 1862. Poolesville, Md., December 14. Near Fairfax Court House, Va., June 27, 1863 (Cos. "B" and "A," "C"). Bolivar Heights June 30. Harper's Ferry July 7. Near Harper's Ferry July 14. Halltown July 15. Edwards' Ferry, Md., August 27 (Detachment). Expedition from Leesburg August 30-September 2 (Co. "F"). Rockville, Md., September 22. Ordered to Dept. of the Gulf Msrch. 1864, and duty in the District of LaFourche, La., till June, and in the District of Baton Rouge, La., till August. Action at New River, La., May 15. Manning's Plantation June 10 and July 20. Orange Grove, near Donaldsonville, July 31. Doyall's Plantation and Donaldsonville August 5. Expedition from Baton Rouge, La., to Clinton, Greensburg, Osyka and Camp Moore October 5-9. Bayou Sara October 5. Lee's Expedition from Baton Roiigo to Brookhaven, Miss., and skirmishes, November 14-21. Brookhaven, Miss., November 18. Near Jackson November 21. Clinton November 23. Liberty, Miss., November 24. Davidson's Expedition from Baton Rouge, La., against Mobile & Ohio Railroad November 27-December 13. Franklinsville November 27. Ocean Springs December 27. Ordered to Memphis, Tenn., February, 1865. Expedition from Memphis, Tenn., into Northern Mississippi March 3-11. Germantown March 28 and April 18. Duty at Memphis, Tenn., and in District of West Tennessee till September. Mustered out at Memphis, Tenn., September 30, 1865, and honorably discharged from service.

    Regiment lost during service 1 Officer and 22 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 2 Officers and 319 Enlisted men by disease. Total 344.

  3.   Smith, Thomas West, and 11th (1861-1865) United States. Army. New York Cavalry Regiment. The story of a cavalry regiment: "Scott's 900", eleventh New York Cavalry, from the St. Lawrence River to the Gulf of Mexico 1861-1865. (Washington [District of Columbia]: Library of Congress Photoduplication Service, 1988), 256,339.


  4.   Calvert, Henry Murray. Reminiscences of a boy in blue, 1862-1865. (Bethesda, Maryland: University Publications of America, c1992).
  5.   Lake, Illinois, United States. 1880 U.S. Census Population Schedule.

    Perry L. Austin carpenter 36 NY NY NY, wf Arrabelle 31 NY NY NY, son Willis 12 IL, dau. Bertha 8 IL, and son Charles 3 IL.

  6.   Lake, Illinois, United States. 1900 U.S. Census Population Schedule.

    P.L. Austin Jun 1844 55 NY, wife Arrabelle Apr 1848 52 NY, son Charles Jan 1877 23 IL, and dau. Jessie May 1882 18 IL