Hannah Honor Austin

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Hannah Honor Austin (Love)

Birthplace: Saponia Indian Plantation, Bertie, North Carolina, United States
Death: before April 20, 1778
Pittsylvania, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Alexander Love and Elisha Love
Wife of John Champness Austin, I
Mother of Agathy Webb; Mary Sally Webb; Richardson Austin; John Champness Austin, Jr.; Stephen Austin and 9 others
Sister of Amos Love; James Allison Love, Sr.; John A Love, I; Judith Greene; Elizabeth Love and 3 others

Tribe: Saponi
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About Hannah Honor Austin

John's wife was an Indian woman, of the Saponia tribe, apparently of the Cattaba Nation .

  • "Abstract of Minutes of Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Rowan Co., NC, 1753-17 62," by Jo White Linn, p 38. NOTE: Source apparently states that John Austin, Jr's mother was an Indian.
  • A recording in the Rowan County (NC) Book, p 72 and dated 19 Apr 1755. Handwritten text was difficult to read (by Liz Austin Carlin), but best effort follows. TEXT: "Whereas John Auston (this would be John Austin, Jr.) and a Saponia Indian and Marry (Mary?) a Susquohanah Indian and Thomas Cattaba applied for a pass to the Catabe Nation being now on their journey to conclude a general peace with the Cattabas in behalf of the said nations and also presented three belts of Wampum to said Court by which the said Treaty is to be concluded.".
  • "Some researchers have indicated that John Austin, Sr had a second wife, or mistress that was a Saponi. No record has ever been found to support this except for the fact that John, Jr identified himself as a Saponi at a court hearing in Surry County. Valentine was also identified as an Indian at a court hearing in Surry County. Later, it was discovered the Richard (son) and Joseph were identified by the state of Virginia as Melungeons (Not of pure Europea n blood). Since four of the five known children have been identified as "mixed blood" it is felt that there was only one mother for all the known children." Charles Edwin Austin

Evidence that Hannah Austin died before April 20, 1778, is the initial entry recorded in the Pittsylvania Co., Virginia Accounts Current Book 1, p 199. This accounting is entitled "Hannah Austin, deceased in account with Joseph Austin." The first entry date is April 20, 1778, which lists the tax on 4 slaves and brings the account forward with each entry date. Under the year 1783, is a charge for moving up from Amelia Co., VA in the year 1775, in the amount of 3 pounds, and directly beneath that entry: "Moving your goods to John Fulton 's and back, 15 shillings", then directly beneath that was written "Maintenance of Self & Negro for attendance for 4 years 50 pounds."

PROBATE: Order dated 17 Feb 1784 and recorded in Pittsylvania Co., VA Court Order Book 5, p 64. NOTE: Joseph Austin qualified as Administrator of Hannah Austin's estate. Another entry, dated 15 Mar 1784 and recorded on p 71 of Book 5, was an order to record Hannah Austin's estate's Inventory and appraise. Another entry, dated 16 Oct 1786 and recorded on pp 342, 384, was an order to record accounts current - Hannah Austin Estate.

RESIDENCE-LAND: Hannah Austin was residing in the Parish of Raleigh, Amelia Co., VA in 1767 and 1771, according to the records in Pittsylvania Co., VA regarding the building of the County's first Clerk of Courts office. The office building was built on land which Hannah Austin sold to the building contractor, James Roberts, Jr. A court order, recorded during the June 1767 session (held at Peytonsburg, VA) in Court Order Book 1, p 3, ordered that the court be adjourned until a hearing could be held at the plantation of James Roberts, Gentleman, on Sandy River. The purchase was consummated by a deed recorded 9 Mar 1771 in Pittsylvania Co., VA Deed Book 2, p 70,71 - James Roberts, Jr. from Hannah Austin for 45 pounds current money, and 303 acres on Sandy River, bounded by George Jefferson, James Smith. The first part of this deed reads as follows: "This Indenture made this ninth day of March in the year of our Lord Christ, 1771, between Hannah Austin of Amelia County of the one part, and James Roberts, Jr. of Pittsylvania County of the other part...." Hannah signed this deed with her mark in the presence of Joseph Austin, Adam Stubbs, and Joseph Morton. A duplicate of this transaction was recorded 30 Jan 1772 in Pittsylvania Co.,

Deed Book 2, pp 384, 385. The first part of this deed reads as follows: "This indenture made on 30th day of January 1772, between Hannah Austin of the Parish of Raleigh and County of Amelia (VA) of the one part and James Roberts of Camden Parish and County of Pittsylvania (VA) of the other part..." This was signed sealed and delivered in presence of William Compton, Gregory Durham, David Weatherby, Jean/Joan Oakes, George Peayo, Joseph Austin and Syrus Roberts. 
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Hannah Honor Austin's Timeline

Saponia Indian Plantation, Bertie, North Carolina, United States
November 4, 1723
St. Peters Parish, New Kent, Virginia
Saint James City, Brunswick, Virginia, United States
United States
September 14, 1726
James City, Cornwall, Virginia, United States
Brunswick, Virginia, United States