Joseph Walters immediate descendants

Joseph Austin

Joseph Austin

born 1810 in Croxton.

died 1882 Stone.

married.

Sarah

born 1815 possibly Whitmore.

died 1895 in Stone.

Joseph appears on the 1851 census records still presumably single aged 40 and living with his parents.
He must have met and married Sarah after 1851 and before 1861 they seem to have had no children that appear on the census records.

Census records.

1841.

Unable to find Joseph on the 1841 Census records.

1851

Census Records for 1851 Dwelling Croxton
Name Age Relationship Occupation Where born
Joseph Austin 71 Head Ag Lab Croxton
Mary Austin 72 Wife 0 Croxton
Joseph Austin 40 Son Charcoal burner Croxton
John Austin 30 Son Stone Mason Croxton

1861

Census records for 1861 Dwelling : Fair Oak, Croxton
Name Age Relationship Occupation Where born
Joseph Austin 52 Head Wood Collier Eccleshall
Sarah Austin 46 Wife 0 Whitmore

1871

Census records for 1871 Dwelling : Cottage, Croxton ( in or around Fair Oak )
Name Age Relationship Occupation Where born
Joseph Austin 61 Head Wood Collier Eccleshall
Sarah Austin 56 Wife 0 Whitmore

1881

Census records for 1871 Dwelling : Fair Oak
Name Age Relationship Occupation Where born
Joseph Austin 70 Head Labourer Eccleshall
Sarah Austin 67 Wife 0 Whitmore

1891

Looking at the 1891 Census records we find Sarah is a widow and living as an inmate of the Stone Union Workhouse, in Stone in Staffordshire.


It seems that after Sarah's husband Joseph died in 1882, she was left a widow with no children to help her, She would have been left with no alternative but to give up her home in Fair Oak
and move into Stone Union Workhouse. A sad reflection of these times it seems.



John Austin

John Austin.

born 1821 in Croxton.

christened 13th January 1822 in Eccleshall Holy Trinity.

Died 1875 in Stone Staffordshire.

Married.

in 1860 at St Pauls in Croxton.

Martha Clark.

born 1829 in Offley Hay, Salop

Johns children.

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John was the son of Joseph Walters Austin and Mary Butter. He appears on the 1851 census records aged 30 a stone mason and living with his parents in Croxton.

He married Martha Clark at St Paul's church in Croxton in 1860, he would have been aged around 39.

John and Martha went on to have seven recorded children.

John and Martha's children.

John Austin born in 1854 in Bishop Offley before they were married . John had 4 children Edna, Ada, Jessie and Harriet .
Walter Austin born 1861 in Croxton.
Henry Austin born 1862 in Croxton.
Francis Austin born 1867 in Chatcull.
Jesse Austin born 1868 in Chatcull.
Ada Austin born 1869 in Chatscull.
Joseph Austin born 1871 in Chatcull.

Census records.

1851

Census Records for 1851 Dwelling Croxton.
Name Age Relationship Occupation Where born
Joseph Austin 71 Head Ag Lab Croxton
Mary Austin 72 Wife 0 Croxton
Joseph Austin 40 Son Charcoal burner Croxton
John Austin 30 Son Stone Mason Croxton

1861


1861 census record. Dwelling: Croxton.
Name Relation Age Occupation Place of birth.
John Austin Head 40 Bricklayer Croxton
Martha Austin Wife 32 0 Newport, Shropshire
John Austin Son 7 0 Croxton

Fron the above census record, son John appears to have been born in 1854 six years before the marriage in 1860 at Croxton St Pauls.

1871


1871 Census record. Dwelling: Chatcull.
Name Relation Age Occupation Place of birth
John Austin Head 50 Bricklayer Croxton
Martha Austin Wife 42 0 Offley, Staffs
John Austin Son 17 Apprentice Bricklayer Bishop Offley
Walter Austin Son 10 0 Croxton
Henry Austin Son 8 0 Croxton
Jesse Austin Son 6 0 Chatcull
Francis Austin Son 4 0 Chatcull
Eda (?) Austin Dau 1 0 Chatcull

1881

1881 Census record. Dwelling: 67 Pyrest St Hanley.
Name Relation Age Occupation Place of birth
Martha Austin Head 57 0 Salop Newport
Walter Austin Son 19 Pottery slip Maker Stafford Croxton
Henry Austin Son 18 Potters ? houseman Stafford Croxton
Jesse Austin Son 16 Potters Thrower Stafford Croxton
Francis Austin Son 14 Mould Presser Stafford Croxton
Ada Austin Dau 11 Scholar Chatcull
Herbert Austin Son 9 Scholar Chatcull
Joseph Austin Son 8 Scholar Chatcull

From the above 1881 census record.
We can see that the family have moved away from the rural life in Chatscull and now live in Hanley where the children are  working in the Pot Banks and John seems to have died
leaving Martha to bring up the children alone.

1891

1891 Census record. Dwelling: 20 Mayo Street Hanley.
Name Relation Age Condition Occupation Place of birth
Martha Austin Head 62 Widow 0 Staffordshire Offley Hay
Henry Austin Son 28 Single Potters painter Staffordshire Chatscull
Frank Austin Son 24 Single Potter Holloware presser Staffordshire Chatscull
Ada Austin Dau 21 Single Potters painter Staffordshire Chatscull
Herbert Austin Son 19 Single Potter Holloware presser Staffordshire Chatscull
Joseph Austin Son 18 Single Potter Holloware presser Staffordshire Chatscull
Louisa Wagg Boarder 9 Single Warehouse woman Staffordshire Hanley

The census record above for 1891 sees Francis is now known as Frank and the family have moved to 20 Mayo Street in Hanley.

1901 Census Records

1901 Census record. Dwelling: 20 Mayo Street Hanley.
Name Relation Age Condition Occupation Place of birth
Martha Austin Head 71 Widow 0 Staffordshire Offley Hay
Henry Austin Son 38 Single Potters printer Staffordshire Chatscull
Frank Austin Son 34 Single Potter Holloware presser Staffordshire Chatscull
Ada Austin Dau 31 Single Potters sponger Staffordshire Chatscull

The 1901 census records show little change. Martha is still living in Mayo Street with Henry Frank and Ada who are still unmarried and working in the Pot Bank.

1911 Census Records

1911 Census record. Dwelling: 20 Mayo Street Hanley.
Name Relation Age Condition Occupation Place of birth
Henry Austin Head 49 Single Potters printer Staffordshire Chatscull
Francis Austin Brother 45 Single Potter Holloware presser Staffordshire Chatscull
Louisa Wagg Servant 51 Single Warehouse Burslam

The 1911 Census record show that Henry and Francis are still living at 20 Mayo Street in Hanley with the same Boarder Louisa Wagg.
Presumably Martha has died as she is no longer mentioned on this census record, and if living would now be 81 years old.

1911 Census record. Dwelling: 13 Gordon Street, Stoke on Trent.
Name Relation Age Condition Occupation Place of birth
Arthur Toft Head 40 Married Pottery Modeler Artist Hanley Staffordshire
Ada Toft Wife 41 Married 0 Chatscull Staffordshire
Wifred Eric Toft Son 14 0 0 Stoke Staffordshire
Reginald Charles Toft Son 12 0 0 Longton Staffordshire
Doris Ellen Toft Dau 10 0 0 Stoke Staffordshire

The 1911 Census records also show that Ada is now married to Arthur Toft and living at 13 Gordon Street in Stoke on Trent with his children.

Ada married Arthur at St Johns in Trent Vale in 1905. Staffs BDM ref 32/03/161.
This is Arthur's second marriage the first was to Florence E Wilbraham at Holy Trinity church in Hartshill in 1894. Staffs BDM ref 16/03/161.
The children would be by Arthur's first wife Florence who presumably has died.


Thomas Austin

Thomas Austin.

born 1809 in Croxton.

died 1891 at Beech Dale in Stone.

married.

in 1841 at Stoke St Peters.

Elizabeth Turner.

born 1822.

died 7th January 1863 in Cotes Heath.

then.

married.

in 1871 at Stoke St Peters.

Emma Tomkinson.

born 1848 in Market Drayton.

Thomas was christened at Eccleshall Holy Trinity church in 1809 although the IGI records seem to pick up several christening records for a Thomas Austin including two for 1816.
Thomas was married twice and had a total of twelve recorded children, four by his first wife Elizabeth and eight by his second wife Emma.

Thomas's children.

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Census records.

1841 Census record

The 1841 census record shows Thomas living with Elizabeth in Mucklestone he was working as a agricultural labourer and they had no children.

1861 Census Record

1861 Census records Dwelling : Cotes Heath.
Name Relationship Age Occupation Place of birth
Thomas Austin Head 45 Ag Lab Croxton
Eliza Austin Wife 39 0 Cotes Heath
John Austin Son 10 Scholar 0
Joseph Austin Son 3 0 Cotes Heath

1881 Census Record

1881 Census record Dwelling : Beech Dale, Stone, Stafford.
Name Relation Age Occupation Place of Birth
Thomas Austin Head 66 Farm Labourer Croxton
Emma Austin Wife 33 Labourers Wife Market Drayton
Hannah Tonkinson Step Daughter 10 Scholar Ashley, Stafford
George Austin Son 8 Scholar Shortwood, Stafford
William Austin Son 3 Scholar Marlpit, Stafford
Henry Austin Son 5 Scholar Cotes, Stafford
Ann Austin Dau 3 0 Beech, Stafford
Eliza Austin Dau 2 0 Beech,Stafford

Note: William is recorded as a scholar although he is only aged 3.

1891 Census Record

1891 Census record Dwelling : Beech, Stone, Stafford.
Name Relation Age Occupation Place of Birth
Emma Austin Widow 42   Salop,Market Drayton
George Austin Son 19 Farm Labourer Staffs, Eccleshall
William Austin Son 17 do do Staffs, Blacklake
Henry Austin Son 16 do do Staffs, Eccleshall
Ann Austin Dau 14 0 Beech, Stafford
Eliza Austin Dau 12 0 Beech,Stafford
Emma Austin Dau 2 0 Beech,Stafford
George Gregory Boarder 26 Farm Labourer London
Thomas Martin Boarder 25 Plasterer London

Thomas and Elizabeth Turner's children first marriage.


James Austin born 1842 in Cotes Heath and married Sarah Simkin.
Thomas Austin born in 1848 at Marlpit House in Stone.
John Austin born in 1851 at Marlpit House in Stone.
Joseph Austin born in 1853 in Cotes Heath.


Thomas and Emma's children second marriage.

David Austin born 1st Jan 1882 in Beech Dale, Stone.
George Austin born 12th September 1872 in Shortwood, Stanton and worked as a farm labourer.
William Austin born 1874, Blacklake, Shortwood and worked as a farm labourer.
Henry Austin born 1876, Eccleshall.
Anne Austin born 1877.
Eliza Austin born 1879, Beech.
Ellen Austin born 1884, Beech.
Emma Austin born 1889 died 7 May 1889, Beech.


James Austin

James Austin.

born 2nd March 1842 in Cotes Heath,Stone.

died 1917 in Stone Staffs.

married 1863 in Cotes Heath.

Sarah Simpkin.

born 1837.

died 1875.

then married 1876 in Stone Staffs .

Sarah Perkins.

born 1849.

Died 1886.

then married in 1886 in Swynerton Staffs.

Margaret Griffiths.

born 1855.

James children.

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James and Sarah's Simkin's children.


William Austin born 1863 in Cotes Heath.
Thomas Austin born in1864 in Cotes Heath.
Eliza Sarah Austin born 1866 in Cotes Heath.
John Austin born 1868 in Cotes Heath.
Emma Austin born 1870 in Cotes Heath.
William Austin born in Cotes Heath.
Joseph Austin 0
James Austin born in 1865. Died 12th August 1915 at Gallipoli.



James Austin

James Austin.

born 1865.

died 12th August 1915 at Gallipoli.

married 11th February 1879 in Farnham, Surrey.

Emily Maggie Hole.

born 28th March 1872.

died 21st February 1913.

jamesandmargaret


James, Ellen, Adolphus, Margaret.

Photo taken around 1901 and kindly supplied by Colin Graves .

James and Margaret Ellen Hole's seven children.



Margaret E Austin born 1897 and died 1989.
James A Austin born 1900 and died 1966.
Alice Winifred Austin born 1903 and died 1985.
Florence E Austin born 1905 and died 1934.
Arthur W Austin born 1906 and died 1919.
George Eric Austin born 1908 and died 1980.
Eva Dorothy Austin born 1910 and died 1993.

James was born in 1865 and was the son of James and Sarah. By the time he was 30, he was living and working in Farnham in Surrey as a postman. He also got married when aged 30 to Margaret Ellen Hole .

James blagged his way into the army as a 16 year old and went to serve in India. By 1900 he was back in the army fighting in the Boer War. His peace time job was working as a postman in Farnham.It is asssumed that he must have been bored as a postman and hankered after the excitement of serving in the army because by 1914 James had enlisted again at the age of 49!!! even though his wife had died 2 years previously, and so off he went to war leaving his family of 7 children to fend for themselves. When he died in action the following year his daughter Margaret Ellen Austin had to bring the whole family up and she was only 18 years old.

James's Marriage cert.

James died at Gallipoli on 12th August 1915 and the following is taken from the Surrey Advertiser.

An extract from an article in the Surrey Advertiser. (The second half of the story is missing)

THE SUPREME SACRIFICE
PRIVATE AUSTIN'S GALLANT DEATH.

Mr G.E. Aldridge, J.P., Chairman of the Farnham Urban Council, has received the following letter from Bugler W Kite, 2/4th, the Queen's, giving some particualrs of the death of Pte. J. Austin, of Farnham, whose name appeared in our casualty list recently. Writing from the Convalescent Camp at Malta, Bugler Kite says:

In reading the account of your Council's resolution of sympathy with the family of Pte. J. Austin, in the Surrey Advertiser, it appeared evident to me that you had not heard how our comrade met his death. On the last day of four days of glorious fighting, there were four wounded comrades who had been lying a few yards behind our line, who could not be removed for the time being. We had that day had the luxury of milk and jam to accompany our biscuits, and Pte. Austin's first thoughts were to give a share of his milk to the wounded. Word was sent to our Captain, and he came down to Pte. Austin and told him to come up to his dug-out for a larger supply for the wounded. He made a second journey for them, although both journeys meant risking his life, as we were being terribly worried by snipers. It was just as he was crawling back to his place in the firing line that he was wounded. All the men of Platoon 16 saw him hit, and we hardly expected him to survive, as he was so badly wounded. So when things were a bit quiet his mates jumped out and laid him down with the ones he had just been succoring (they were all lying in a bit of hollow ground), and at evening they were able to bring up the stretcher bearers.

The Gallipolian Spring 1994
An article by Jim Fallon .

A Family Jigsaw

In April 1993, a letter in the Southern Echo publicising the Association struck a very sympathetic chord with Mrs Margaret Samways of Southampton. She had just learned, as she researched her family history, that her grandfather James Austin had died at Gallipoli. As a result she contacted me to learn more about her grandfather and at the same time join the Association. From this chance beginning she has successfully obtained pieces of the jigsaw on her grandfather's life. It has led to contact with previously unknown cousins, while developing an ever growing and fascinating story which shows what can be achieved as a result of dedicated family research.
Investigations with the Records Department at the Duke of York's Military School at Dover revealed that James Austin had served in the Boer War and in India for a period of 7 years and 8 months. He worked at the Academy for a time and then joined the Post Office at Farnham, Surrey, where he acted as a rural postman. When war broke out he gave a false age to enlist, having reduced it by 4 years, and was accepted in the 2/4 Battalion, The Queens Royal West Surrey Regiment.

James Austin had married in 1897 and he and his wife initially lodged with a very well known Farnham character, Harry Hole, who later became a Chelsea Pensioner. They had 7 children. One son aged 13, saved the life of an Aunt from under the hooves of a runaway artillery team (Dover) but was trampled to death in the process. Mrs Austin died in 1913 and is buried in Farnham Churchyard. The tombstone includes Also of Austin, husband of the above, who died of war wounds received in action in the Dardanelles, August 1915, aged 45 years.
James Austin is also commemorated in Farnham with 3 other Post Office employees who lost their lives in the War, while his name also appears on the town War Memorial.

The War Graves Register for Hill 10 Cemetery, Suvla records Pte James Austin, 3249, 2/4 Bn. The Queens. Died of wounds 12th August 1915 Age 45. Son of the late James Austin, of Stone, Staffs; husband of the late Emily Maggie Austin.

A Farnham newspaper of the time reports a letter from Bugler W. Kite of the 2/4 Bn. The Queens:
On the last of 4 days of glorious fighting there were 4 wounded comrades lying in the open who could not be moved because of the intensity of enemy fire. Rations were delivered and included milk and jam to accompany the usual biscuits. Pte. Austin volunteered to go out to the men with food and water and made 2 journeys and at all times he was the subject of heavy sniping by the Turks. On the second trip he was crawling back to the trench when he was hit. The men of his Platoon, Number 16, saw him hit and hardly expected him to survive as he was so badly wounded. When things went a bit quiet his mates jumped out and laid him down with the ones he had been succouring and they were placed in a small hollow for protection, and then stretcher bearers were able to come up at night, and take them away.

The Queens Roll Of Honour and Soldiers Died In The Great War state: J. Austin [enlisted at Farnham], Died Of Wounds, HMT Transylvania: believed drowned 12 August 1915.
This last entry is a puzzle and Margaret Samways would be pleased to hear from anyone who might throw more light on her grandfather and of his service and subsequent death in Gallipoli. Information please to Mrs Margaret Samways, 35 Cedar Avenue, Shirley, Southampton, SO1 5GX.


jamesaustin

James Austin 1865 - 1915


jamesarmy

About 1914 James Austin is 4th from the left on the back row.

Regiment: Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) Enlistment Location: Farnham, Surrey.

medalset

James Austin Medal set.


graveinsulvabay headstone

Grave in Sulva Bay and Headstone in Farnham Surrey.


Headstone inscription reads:- "Also of James Austin, husband of the above (Emily Maggie)
who died of wounds received in action at the Dardanelles (Gallipoli) August 1915 aged 49.


postoffice


Certificate from the Post Office.

Many thanks to Colin Graves for the photographs.

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