Aaron Austin was born in 1777 or 1778 in New Jersey.[1]He died January 4, 1860, at age 82, and is buried in the Austin Cemetery on Morning Sun Road (Ohio route 732) in Oxford Township of Butler County, Ohio.[2]

Aaron Austin married Hannah Doty (1783-1865)[3] circa 1800 in Venango County, Pennsylvania.[4]In 1810 Aaron Austin was living in Scrubgrass Township, Venango County, Pennsylvania, as was his father-in-law Samuel Doty (1765-1829)[5] Ten years earlier Aaron's father-in-law was living next to Moses Austin in Irwin Township of Venango County. Moses Austin's household consisted of an old couple and a young couple: a man and woman over 44 years of age, and a man and woman between 16 and 25 years of age.[6] It is tempting to conclude that Moses Austin was Aaron Austin's father, and that in 1800 Aaron and his wife Hannah were living with Aaron's parents next door to Hannah's father's family.

Aaron Austin owned a grist mill, which was erected about 1815 in Butler County, Ohio. The mill was a three story frame building with a sixteen-foot overshoot water wheel. After about 30 years the mill burned down. A year or two later Aaron's son Franklin rebuilt the mill, but soon after this mill was sold. Aaron owned over 200 acres of fine bottom land in section 23 of Oxford Township, Butler County, Ohio.[7]


Offspring of Aaron Austin and Hannah Doty (1783-1865)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Moses Austin (c1802-1890) 1802 1890
Samuel L. Austin (c1810-c1895) 1810 Pennsylvania, United States 1895 Rachel (c1816-?)
Zadock Austin (c1812-1855)
William Austin (c1813-?) 1813 Ohio, United States Eleanor (1823-?)
Benjamin Franklin Austin (c1815-?)
Martha Austin (c1828-?)
Alex Washington Austin(c1828-c1876)



  1. ^ US Census, 1850, Oxford Township, Butler County, Ohio.
  2. ^ Stroup, H. Butler County Cemetery and Church Records, vol. 1, p.45.
  3. ^ Executor of D. Doty deceased vs. Stephen Doty et al
  4. ^ RootsWeb ID: I531430836
  5. ^ US Census, 1810, Scrubgrass Township, Venango County, Ohio.
  6. ^ US Census, 1800, Irwin Township, Venango County, Pennsylvania.
  7. ^ A History and Biographical Cyclopedia of Butler County, Ohio, 1882, p. 505.

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