An American Family History

Austin Family of Leeds County, Ontario

Leeds County, Ontario, Canada was first surveyed in 1792 in preparation for the United Empire Loyalists settlers. In 1850, Leeds County merged with Grenville to create theĀ United Counties of Leeds and Grenville.

William Austin was born about 1764 in New York.

He married Elizabeth Stevenson. She was born about 1772.

Margaret Austin (1772, married James Thompson),
Maurice Austin (1796 married Electa Robins),
Elizabeth Austin (1796, died 1801),
Susanna Austin (1798, married Harvey Derbyshire)
William Austin, Jr. (1800, married Agnes Nicol, Isabella Nicol, and Agnes McIntire),
Gilbert Stevenson Austin (1802, married Elizabeth Fargerson),
Mary Austin (1804, married John Donald William),
James Austin (1806),
Robert Moffet Austin (1811 married Sarah Wing), and
Charles Gordon Austin (1814, married Pamelia Tyler).

The Austin family moved to Yonge Township, Leeds County, Ontario about 1802 and appeared in the 1805 assessment.

At the time of the 1820 census, William and Elizabeth had 1 girl and five boys.

The first European settlements in Ontario were after the American Revolution when 5,000 loyalists left the new United States.


William Austin, Jr. was born on March 10, 1800 in New York. He was the son of William Austin and Elizabeth Stevenson

He married Agnes Nicol on January 1, 1822.

William and Agnes raised a girl called, Lucinda Shipman. Lucinda was born about 1822 and some researchers believe she was the daughter of Olive Lee and Daniel Shipman.

He married Isabella Nicol on June 15, 1846.

He married Agnes McIntier on July 15, 1853.

William died on July 3, 1887 in Utah.