I am trying to trace my husband's Family Tree.I seem to get as far as the Great-Great Grandfather mentioned as
WILLIAM THOMAS AUSTIN born in Caldwell County, N. Carolina
married to Sarah E. Fullwood ( sometimes called Sally) also born in Caldwell County, N.Carolina. This particular information was gleaned from our Great-Grandpa John Fullwood Austin's Delayed Birth Certificate from 1943 in Burke County, N. Carolina.His Birthdate was 8/15/1875, but for his parents Birthdates it just says 18_ _ Meaning he had no idea? I think Great- Grandpa John Fullwood Austin did the Delayed Birth Certificate to receive a Social Security # at that time.Anyway on the Delayed Birth Certificate I found under the Abstract of Evidence that the Family Bible Record of Birth & Marriage of the Registrant, Affidavit of Mrs. W.L. Austin of Morganton, N.Carolina. From Family pictures that we'd been handed down at my Father-in-Laws Funeral in 1989 we found one of an old guy Dad had written on the back as Uncle Ed.When we sent for Delayed Birth Certificates of our lineage of Grandpa William Amos Austin & Great-Grandpa John Fullwood Austin to Burke County, N. Carolina & wrote that we were trying to trace the Family Tree a dear soul there also sent us Samuel Edward Austin's ( Uncle Ed's) Death Certificate, 7/8/1869- 4/22/1965. On the Death Certificate his wife listed his parents as W.F.Austin & Sarah Fullwood.Whether she was mistaken as to the W.F.Austin because she was quite old at the time,or if Great Grandpa John was mistaken, I'm not sure?
This past week I started my search again & looked over
the few records I'd been able to get over the years. I obtained a few more copies of Delayed Birth Certificates of Sisters of Grandpa Amos & all said the same thing. That they were Affidavit of Mrs.W.L. Austin. I wondered if perhaps he was an even older Brother of Great-Grandpa John, & Samuel, & if the Family Bible & Records were passed on to the oldest son.
My husband, William T. Austin,Jrs. part of the family moved North to Ohio in the early 1900's & lost track of the N. Carolina Austin's once Great-Grandpa John died in 1950.I just recently have tried to further my search by computer & came across a man on the Internet that has alot of Burke County Records.So I E-Mailed him this information & within 24hrs. I heard back from him that in his records he found that a William I. Auston ( they always said to also
ck. Auston,Austen, as well as Austin)& a Sarah Fullwood had a son Walter Lenoir Austin who died in 1935. As I suspected
it was Samuel & John's eldest brother & who received the
Family Bible & Records. If he died in 1935 when Bill's Dad was 12 & our part of the family lived in Ohio it also answers the question of why we never heard anything about this eldest brother. It also explains why Mrs. W.L. Austin signed all the Affidavits for our Family members Delayed Birth Certificate.
I still can't figure out why in the Burke County Records one place he's listed as William I. Auston married to Sarah
Fullwood, then on Samuel's Death Certificate it has W.F. Austin & Sarah Fullwood, & then on John's he has William Thomas Austin & Sarah Fullwood? Perhaps they were illiterate
back then & depended on others to fill out their forms ?
Anyway this man, Jack Hall has a web site & perhaps he can help you farther. http://www2.vistatech.net
I hope this has been of some help to you.
Becky L. Austin