|Birth: ||May, 1847|
|Death: ||Nov. 15, 1917|
West Virginia, USA
Catherine was the daughter of William Rogers, Sr. and wife Rebecca. She married Philip Gordon Austin in March 1863 in Taylor County, Virginia. They had thirteen children: Mary; James; Jane; Oliver; Ida; Cassa; George; Robert; Senora; Samuel; Eve; Minnie; John.
Sometime after the youngest was born Gordon and Catherine either divorced or separated, and they lived apart for many years. It appears the household broke up before 1889. Beginning in April 1889, family members began living in the poorhouse (County Infirmary) off and on for years. Catherine, six children and Elizabeth Jane's illegitimate baby were admitted that April and stayed for 85 days; Gordon was admitted April 13th; all were discharged June 24th. In Dec 1894 four children and Ida's illegitimate baby were admitted; in January 1895 P.G. (Gordon) joined them, and all but the two youngest were discharged in Mar. 1897. From 1904 onward, Gordon was a familiar face at the poorhouse, spending the last three and a half years of his life there. From 1907 onward, they listed him by his nickname, Gordy. Many of the children cannot be located in the 1900 census; it appears they moved from household to household rather than having a regular home.
Among Gordon and Catherine's children, there were two illegitimate babies born to daughters, three other children didn't marry until 35, 38 and 45, Oliver Perry was divorced once and then went on to have a second family, Robert Lee was divorced, Nora was divorced at least twice, and John was divorced at least once. George and Minnie are the only two who married fairly young, stayed married, and had the usual large family.
*the below obituary was found on the Austin Family Association of America website which is a wonderful source for Austin info. FAG does not allow us to show the website address but you can email me direct and I will give it to you, or you can Google it
John Austin of Monongalia, Virginia
Compiler: Susan Joy Lewis
Grafton Sentinel (microfilm at WV Archives) [Grafton, Taylor Co.,WV newspaper], Friday, November 16, 1917, page 6.
DIED TODAY Catherine E. Austen [sic], widow of the late Gordon Austen, in the east end of town this morning at 6 o'clock after an illness of three months during which she suffered from dropsy and other complications. She was 77 years of age. The deceased was born and raised in the Haymond Settlement about six miles east of Grafton, and has a host of friends and relatives in that section who will learn or [sic] her demise with much regret. She is survived by nine children her husband having preceded her to the beyond many years ago. The children are: Mary, James, Lizzie, Ida, George, Robert, John and Samuel Austen. [NOTE: 8 children listed - Oliver Perry and Minnie were omitted.] The funeral services will be held at the home of her son Samuel Austen in the East end of the city tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. E. H. Waters of the United Brethren curch [sic] of this city, officiating. The remains will be then conveyed to the Haymond Settlement and interred in the Rogers cemetery with Funeral directors Perine, Bartlett and Company in charge.
Phillip Gordon Austin (1838 - 1916)*
Mary Virginia Austin Summers (1862 - 1959)*
James William Austin (1866 - 1938)*
Jane Elizabeth Austin Keener (1867 - 1940)*
Oliver Perry Austin (1869 - 1962)*
Cassa H. Austin (1873 - 1874)*
Ida May Austin Grimes (1873 - 1934)*
Note: there is no marker for her
West Virginia, USA
Created by: Michelle Shreve
Record added: May 18, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 70000238