Source: Hardesty, Henry H. Hardesty’s Historical and Geographical
Encyclopedia. New York: H.H. Hardesty and Company, 1884.
Rpt. in West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia. Ed. Jim Comstock.
Richwood: Comstock, 1974.
SAMUEL H. AUSTIN, M. D. – born in Augusta County, Virginia, March 18, 1840,
took up residence in Greenbrier County in 1865. In the same year, on
the 28th of June, in Lewisburg, he was united in marriage with Mary C.
McPHERSON, and to them in the years that have ensued have been born
seven children: Amanda J., April 28, 1866; Mary A., March 4, 1868;
Addie L., July 9, 1871; Samuel Mc., July 11, 1873; Charlie V., October
4, 1875; Erle H., March 10, 1881; Hale B., December 14, 1882 – all are
at home. The birth of Mrs. AUSTIN was in Lewisburg, and she is a daughter
of Joel and Amanda (McCLUNG) McPHERSON. Her father was born in Fauquier
County, Virginia, in October 1807, and came to Greenbrier County in 1828,
and her mother was born in this county, July 4, 1808. The parents of
Dr. AUSTIN were natives of Augusta County, Virginia, and are now residents
in Harrison County, West Virginia. Alexander M. AUSTIN, his father, was
born January 3, 1803, and his mother, whose maiden name was Mary L.
HUNTER, was born in October, 1808. Samuel H. AUSTIN was four years in
the Confederate army, the first two years as lieutenant in Company B,
22nd Virginia Infantry, and the last two as assistant surgeon of the
20th Virginia Cavalry. He was in the battle of Lewisburg, in May, 1862,
and of Winchester, September 19, 1864, and others. He graduated in
medicine from the Virginia Medical College in March, 1866, and has been
practicing ever since. Since 1881 he has been United States examining
surgeon at Lewisburg, and he is serving his second term of three years
as school commissioner at Lewisburg, his place of residence and address.
Submitted by Valerie Crook
Email: vfcrook @trellis.net 1999