Lawrence Manning Austin (29 Jan. 1838-13 Jul. 1864)

L. Manning Austin was the son of Dr. Thomas Collins Austin (1790-1883), and his wife, Mary Turner James (1805-1889). The family lived in Greenville, South Carolina, where Dr. T. C. Austin had a medical practice and a large amount of real estate. According to the Austin Families Association of America (AFAOA) website, Dr. T. C. Austin was a grandson of Nathaniel Austin, Sr., who immigrated from England and built Gilder Plantation at Simpsonville, S.C. (Austin, J. W.; Carlin; Clarence)

L. M. Austin attended the University of Virginia in the 36th session (1859-1860), where he studied Chemistry, Medicine, Physiology and Surgery, and Anatomy. (U.Va. Catalogue, session 1859-60) After a year at U.Va., Austin entered the University of Louisiana Medical College, which at the time was considered one of the best medical schools in the South. He graduated with a medical degree in 1861. The class of 1861 was the largest class graduated until that time at the U. La. Medical College. As many of his classmates did, he volunteered for Confederate military service.

Dr. Austin entered service as an Assistant Surgeon, and was promoted to Surgeon in 1863. (Confederate Congress) He served with the 13th Regiment of Mississippi Infantry, in the Barksdale Brigade, a unit which fought at Harpers Ferry, Malvern Hill, Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, and the Wilderness, among others. (Austin, J. W.; Austin, L. M.) Thirteen members of the U.La. class of ’61 died in battle, and sixteen died of other causes, such as disease. (U. La. Catalogue) Dr. Austin was one of the latter.

The details of his death are uncertain, because various resources give different dates and locations of his death. According to records in the National Archives–which is the only primary source I have found for this information–L. M. Austin died on 13 Jul. 1864, “of disease.” (Austin, L. M. service record) Kirkland’s Broken Fortunes states that Dr. Austin died on 19 Jul. 1863, at home. The Carlin website (with information based on Austin, J. W.) gives his date of death as 13 Jul. 1863, and also states he died while “on leave at the home of his father in SC.” The Catalogue of the Medical College of the University of Louisiana, states that he died in 1863 (no month or day) in Richmond, Virginia, of typhoid fever. I have not been able to find out where he was buried. He was single at the time of his death. (Austin, L. M.)

[N.b. L. M. Austin’s birth date of 29 Jan. 1838 appears in the U.Va. Matriculation Books; the information in these books was recorded by the students themselves when they registered each year.—JLC]


  • Austin, James Waddy & Knight, Josephine Manning Austin, The Austin and Allied Families, 2nd Ed. Atlanta, GA, 1972, p. 150.
  • Austin, L. M., service record, in the Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Mississippi. Record group 109.  M269. Thirteenth infantry, Mississippi.
  • Carlin, Liz Austin. “Nathaniel Austin of Greenville, South Carolina.” Austin Families Association of America. (AFAOA) [website]
  • Clarence: “The Atkins, Atwoods, and Austins from Northwest Georgia.” Rootsweb [online database]
  • Confederate States of America. Journal of the Congress of the Confederate States of America.  Washington, 1904, v. 3, p. 167-171
  • Kirkland, Randolph W., Jr. Broken Fortunes; South Carolina soldiers, sailors, and citizens who died in the service of their country and state in the War for Southern Independence, 1861-1865. Columbia, SC, 2012.
  • South Carolina Plantations. [website]
  • University of Louisiana Medical College. A catalogue from 1834 to 1872 of the professors, other instructors, and alumni : with an historical sketch of the medical college (from its origin in 1834 to 1847), and of its successor, the Med. Dept. of the University of Louisiana (from its establishment in 1847 to 1872). New Orleans [La.] : Printed at the Bronze Pen Book and Job Office, 1871, p. 11, 16, 32.
  • University of Virginia. Catalogue of the University of Virginia. Session of 1859-’60. Richmond, 1860.
  • University of Virginia Matriculation Books, 1825-1904, Accession #RG-14/4/2.041, Special Collections Dept., University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.
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9 Responses to Lawrence Manning Austin (29 Jan. 1838-13 Jul. 1864)

  1. Annette Candelaria says:

    I was wondering if a Isaiah Simeon Stephens attended the University of Virginia sometime between 1855 and 1865? He later became a teacher and a Baptist Preacher. Trying to retrace his steps and hopefully find out where he came from. He was born around 1839, perhaps in Georgia.
    Thank you!

    • Yes. He attended in sessions 32-34 (1855-1858) The address of his parent or guardian in the matriculation books is Newnan, GA.

      • Annette Candelaria says:

        Thank you so much. I currently live in Japan so I have no way of looking this up in person at the moment. I wish I could take a look at that record for myself. This was wonderful information. Again, thank you so much for your help!!

    • If it helps, the Matriculation books also give his birthday (self reported) as May 16, 1839, and his parent or guardian as George Stephens, sen. And ISS studied Law, and got a Bachelor of Laws.

      • Annette Candelaria says:

        Dear Jean, it feels like Christmas…I’m just about bouncing up and down with joy over here. I am looking through the 1850’s census for Coweta co, GA right now and I just found a George Stephens with a son named Joziah S, that I think could be a potential match. And the birth date he provided match the one on his tombstone. Thank you so much! This help meant a lot and you are so appreciated.

    • I can work on a short bio of Stephens for this blog in the next little while, and maybe that will help other people looking for him. Thanks for bringing this person to my attention. — Jean

      • Annette Candelaria says:

        Dear Jean, thank you. Yes that will be helpful. I know someone else was looking for him a few years ago, before I started. Do you need any additional information from me? I might have his parents, I am going to look into that today. I do have info about his wife and children and where he ended up. Again, thank you so much. I love learning about ordinary people and genealogy really brings history to life.

      • Yes, it would be very helpful to know where you found additional information. Also his death date. (I couldn’t find his tombstone in — thanks, Jean

  2. Annette Candelaria says:

    Dear Jean, so far I have not been able to locate his actual birth record. But the information on his headstone and the information he gave to the University both have the same date, May 16th 1839. He passed away on Sep 23rd 1893 and he is buried at the Floyd cemetery in Gilmer, Upshur Co, Texas. The findagrave website has his last name misspelled. You can find him here

    If I am correct, Isaiah Simeon was the son of George Stephens and his wife Esther Lambert. George was a farmer and in the 1850’s census for Coweta Co, GA, he is listed together with his wife Esther and sons George A, Allen G W, Jiziah I G (Isaiah Simeon) and Jilijah M (Elijah).
    You can see the census here:

    I found him in the 1840’s census as well, but it’s not very usefl since only heads of households are listed with their names. In the 1860’s census Isaiah Simeon is missing, so far I haven’t located where he was living.
    Somewhere around 1869 he married Leona Adelaide Floyd. According to an unconfirmed source, they married in Upshur County,TX, on Jan 22 1869. I have not been able to locate that marriage record yet.
    I found a Isaiah Stephens with a wife Addie living in Marianna, Jackson Co, FL in the 1870’s census. I don’t know if that is him.
    But in the 1880’s census I found him living in Goshen, Henderson Co, TX with his wife and the children George, Alma and another little daughter with the initial “L”. Isaiah is listed as a school teacher.
    In a Texas newspaper, the Hopkins County Echo from 1994, I found a flashback column with info from 1909. In the article Dr George Stephens, the son of Isaiah Simeon, had shared items belonging to his father. That’s how I found out Isaiah Simeon had been a student at the University of VA.
    I hope this is helpful.
    Kind regards,


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