William G. & Sarah
Greenwood, Eaton, Clark County, Wisconsin
William G. Austin was born November 1, 1837 in Herkimer, Washington Co., New York. His parents moved to Wisconsin to farm and developed the first "improved" farm in the La Crosse Valley.
At one time William had a cooper's shop in Galesville, Wisconsin and in 1854 was living in Sparta and were located there at the time of the 1860 Census.
March 4, 1857, William married Mary Sarah Emeline Fosdick in Kenosha, Kenosha Co., Wisconsin. She was the daughter of Lyman and Bestsy Fosdick who settled in Kenosha in 1842. William and Mary Sarah Emeline were the parents of Ida/Ada E., Catharine M., William Irving, Vinona E., Alma E. and Sarah Jane Jennifer.
When he was 26 years old, William left his wife with three small children to enlist as a private with Company C, 19th Wis. Infantry in Madison, WI, 8 Dec 1863. According to his military records, he had blue eyes, brown hair, a light complexion and stood 5 ft., 11 in. tall. The township of residence listed for him on the 1885 Special Veterans Census was Eaton, with a Greenwood Address.
In January of 1870, William began working as a foreman in W. Davis' Cooper's shop in Galesville, a profession he claimed on both the 1870 and 1880 Census.
William was an officer in the Galesville Lodge, #238 of the I.O.O.F which was organized October 30, 1874. He was the "District Deputy" of that organization.
William died 16 Jun 1919 at Mabton, Yakima County, Washington, and is buried in the Mabton Cemetery, Yakima County, Washington - Lot 71, grave 2.
The family of William & Mary Austin.
1850 Federal Census, Wheatland, Kenosha,
Lyman Fosdick 45 NY Farmer
Betsey Fosdick 35 NY
Caroline Fosdick 16 NY
James Fosdick 13 NY
Emeline Fosdick 11 NY
William Fosdick 8 NY
Elizabeth Fosdick 5 WI
Leroy Fosdick 2 WI
1860 Federal Census, Sparta, Monroe,
Sex│Household Members│Name│Age │Nativity│Occupation
M William G Austin 22 NY Farmer
F Sarah E Austin 21 NY (Sarah Emeline Fosdick?)
F Ida E Austin 2 WI
F Catharine M Austin 1 WI
M Jas E Fosdick 23 NY Farm Laborer
F Sarah J Austin 9 NY
M Wm P Austin 16 NY Farm Laborer
|1880 Federal Census, Galesville, Trempealeau, Wisconsin|
|Wm. G. Austin||Self||M||Male||W||43||NY||Cooper||NY||NY|
|Sarah F. Austin||Wife||M||Female||W||42||NY||Keeping House||NY||NY|
|Ada Austin||Dau||S||Female||W||22||WI||At Home||NY||NY|
|Vinona Austin||Dau||S||Female||W||16||WI||At School||NY||NY|
|Alma Austin||Dau||S||Female||W||13||WI||At School||NY||NY|
|Jennie Austin||Dau||S||Female||W||11||WI||At School||NY||NY|
Civil War Service
Residence: Sparta, Wisconsin
Private, Company C, 19th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry
Enlisted: December 8, 1863
Mustered Out: August 9, 1865 at Richmond, VA.
Family Notes of William George Austin
Born: 1 November 1837 in Herkimer, Herkimer, New York (Military Record says Washington Co., NY)
Died: 16 June 1919 at Mabton, Yakima County, Washington.
Buried: Mabton Cemetery, Yakima County, Washington - Lot 71, grave 2
Married: 1856, William married Mary Sarah Emeline Fosdick in Kenosha, Kenosha Co., Wisc.
March 4, 1857, William married Mary Sarah Emeline Fosdick
Spouse: Sarah Emeline Fosdick b. May 1838, New York
Daughter of Lyman and Betsey Marie (Garrett) Fosdick
Mother of 6 children (1900 Census: 6 of 6 children living)
Died: 16 June 1906, at Mabton, Yakima County, Washington
Buried: Mabton Cemetery, Yakima County, Washington - Lot 71, grave 3
Ida Blanche b. 2 January 1858, Sparta, Monroe, Wisconsin
d. 22 May 1917, Mabton, Yakima, Washington, buried Mabton Cemetery
Catharine Marie b. 27 November 1859, Sparta, Monroe, Wisconsin
m. Albert B. BARTLETT, 3 Nov 1877, Galesville, Trempealeau, Wisc.
d. 28 September 1921, Mabton, Yakima, WA, buried Mabton Cemetery
William Irving b. 28 February1862, Little Falls, Monroe, Wisconsin
d. 9 April 1922, Mabton, Yakima, Washington, buried Mabton Cemetery
Vinona Ellen b. 24 January 1864, Sparta, Monroe, Wisconsin
m. Virgil W. HATCH, 25 Sept 1888, Bangor, S. Dakota
d. 1 July 1935, Mabton, Yakima, Washington, buried Mabton Cemetery
Alma Edith b. 2 April 1867, Sparta, Monroe, Wisconsin
m. Louis B. COOK, 24 October 1885, Greenwood, Clark, Wisconsin
d. 10 Oct 1934, Belma, Yakima, Washington, buried Mabton Cemetery
Sarah Jane "Jennie" b. 7 November 1868, Galesville, Trempealeau, Wisconsin
m. George B. M. WARNER, 31 Dec 1884, Clark Co., WI
d. 10 April 1942, Mabton, Yakima, WA, buried Mabton Cemetery
Austin, Jennie (Marriage - 31 DEC 1884)
Married, in Greenwood, Clark County, Dec. 31st, 1884, by the Rev. G. C. Andrews, Mr. George Warner to Miss Jennie Austin. The ceremony which united the destinies of this happy couple was performed at the residence of the bride's father, W. G. Austin, at 11 o'clock a.m. in the presence of a small circle of relatives and friends, from whom they received the warmest congratulations. A goodly display of presents from friends betokened the universal wish for their prosperity and happiness. After partaking of a well spread repast and receiving the parting congratulations of those present, this newly wedded pair started on their wedding tour to be absent a short time. May happiness attend them, not only on this journey, but throughout the journey of life. CLARK COUNTY REPUBLICAN PRESS (Neillsville, Wis.) 01/08/1885
1837 November - born in Herkimer, New York
1857 March - married in Kenosha, Kenosha, Wisconsin
1858 January - daughter, Ida, born in Sparta, Monroe, Wisconsin
1860 Census - as of June 1 - Sparta, Monroe, Wisconsin
1863 December - from Sparta, enlisted in Wisconsin Infantry, Co. C, 19th Regt.
1865 August - mustered out of military at Richmond, Virginia
1868 Nov - daughter, Sarah Jane "Jennie", born in Galesville, Trempealeau, WI
1870 Census - as of June 1 - Gale, Trempealeau, Wisconsin
1880 Census - as of June 1 - Galesville, Trempealeau, Wisconsin
1885 Special Veterans Census - Eaton, Clark, WI
1900 Census - as of June 1 - Mabton, Yakima, Washington
1910 Census - as of April 15 - Belma, Yakima, Washington
   
William Austin is also featured in the book, "Civil War Soldiers in the heart of Clark Co., Wisconsin"
Newspaper Clippings, History of Northern Wisconsin (Vol. II), Trempealeau County Section; Census Records, Family Information & Courthouse documents.
Clark Co. History Buffs, Paul Forster, Marsha Hosfeld & Janet Schwarze.
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