Uncle Augustus and Aunt Maria

Augustus Austin and his wife, Maria Eldred Austin.
Photo courtesy of cousin Kathy T.

The Mill on Halfway Brook tells the story of the January 1916 birth of Phebe Maria Eldred just 10 days after her parents, James and Polly Mulford Eldred arrived and settled in a log cabin near Halfway Brook in the Town of Lumberland, New York. The location of the cabin became the southeast corner of Halfway Brook Village, still referred to as “the Village” as late as the 1940s, even though the hamlet was officially named Eldred in 1873.

In 1834, Augustus Alonzo Austin married Phebe Maria Eldred in the Town of Lumberland. Augustus and Maria were aunt and uncle to the children of William Henry Austin (Augustus’s younger brother) and Mary Ann Eldred Austin (Maria’s half sister).

The daughters of the 2 Eldred-Austin couples exchanged letters, many of which are included in The Mill on Halfway Brook. Uncle Augustus, Aunt Maria, and their family play a part in Aida Austin’s 1881 Diary.

I was quite excited to receive some “new” old scans from an Austin cousin of some of the Eldred-Austin relatives. I’ll include some more photo scans in the next post.

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2 Responses to Uncle Augustus and Aunt Maria

  1. Louise says:

    I am so excited to hear from a descendant of “Uncle Augustus and Aunt Maria” Austin.

    Thank you for your comment and I am happy to exchange information with you.

  2. Darren Foster says:

    My Name is Darren Foster. I came across your site researching my grandmother’s grandmother’s genealogy. I am a descendant of Aruna and Phoebe Eldred Austin. I am descended from one of their daughters Miranda Austin (1846-1919). I hope maybe we can exchange info. Look forward to hearing from you.

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