Rev George Austen

Rev George Austen

Birth
Death 1 Jan 1805 (aged 73–74)
Burial Bath, Bath and North East Somerset Unitary Authority, Somerset, England
Memorial ID 10841984 · View Source
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British clergyman, father of Jane Austen. George Austen was born in Tonbridge in Kent, one of four children of William Austen, a surgeon, and Rebecca (nee Hampson.) Both parents died before George was nine, and he was raised by his uncle, Francis Austen, a wealthy lawyer, who paid for George's education at Tonbridge School and St. John's College, Oxford. In 1755, he was ordained in Rochester Cathedral. For some years, he taught at his old school, then became the assistant chaplain at his old college until, in 1761, he was presented, by a distant cousin named Thomas Knight, with the living of Steventon in Hampshire. Later, Francis Austen added to this the neighbouring parish of Deane. On the 26th. April 1764, at St. Swithin's Church in Bath, George Austen married Cassandra Leigh (q.v.). They remained in Hampshire for thirty years, until he retired to Bath. On the 2nd. January 1805, Jane Austen wrote to her brother, Frank, who was on duty with the Royal Navy: "We have lost an excellent Father. An illness of only eight and forty hours carried him off yesterday morning between ten and eleven. His tenderness as a father, who can do justice to?"

The inscriptiion on his grave reads:
"Under this stone rests the remains of
the Revd. George Austen
Rector of Steventon and Deane in Hampshire
who departed this life
the 1st. of January 1805
aged 75 years."


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  • Created by: Iain MacFarlaine
  • Added: 23 Apr 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10841984
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rev George Austen (1731–1 Jan 1805), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10841984, citing St. Swithin Churchyard, Bath, Bath and North East Somerset Unitary Authority, Somerset, England ; Maintained by Iain MacFarlaine (contributor 46514200) .