Alex. A. Austin was the son of Lt. Col. Alexander Austin (1784-1871), who had fought in the War of 1812, and his wife, Elizabeth Ann Burgess (1794-1857). The younger Alexander attended the University of Virginia in sessions 8-9 (1831-1833), and graduated with certifications of the schools of Medicine (medical jurisprudence), Law, and Moral Philosophy. (Farmer’s Register, 1833) A note of interest is that Alex. A. Austin’s designated “guardian” in the U.Va. Matriculation Books is “Thomas Burgis” of Halifax, North Carolina.
The younger Austin married Martha Williams Joyner (1821-1870) in Halifax County, NC, on Feb. 24, 1842. Martha Joyner was the daughter of another War of 1812 officer, Col. Andrew Joyner of Halifax County. Martha and Alexander had three daughters, Temperance Williams, Elizabeth “Bettie,” and Sarah “Sallie” Bridgeman Austin. In the 1850 U.S. Census, Martha Austin lived in Warren, North Carolina with her three daughters; she later married Francis Philemon Haywood as his second wife.
Alexander A. Austin was buried in the Poplar Grove Cemetery in Roanoke Rapids, NC. The WPA survey taken of this cemetery in 1936 and 1940 lists not only Austin, but also Martha Williams (Joyner) Austin Haywood, Tempe W. (Austin) Gee, and Martha Joyner’s father, Col. Andrew Joyner.
[Note–Alex. A. Austin’s birth date is from the U.Va. Matriculation Books. The WPA Survey of the Poplar Grove Cemetery had discrepancies noted, so we will continue to seek corroboration of the burial facts.— JLC]
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