AFAOA Project Case # 26 Is a Possible Native American Freedman, not proven, not on Dawes Roll. Resident in Choctaw Nation vicinity of OK in 1910. Note by H. Austin 2010. Although all census show Willis and family as black, there are many similarities to the Choctaw Freedmen. No application to the Dawes Commission for this Willis has been found by this researcher. However, a record may exist for this family.
CENSUS: 1870 U S Census, Rusk Co, TX, Henderson PO, Precinct 5, 1 Oct, page 502, Dwelling 549, Fam 555. Austin, Lucy 32, f, b, keeping house, b GA; Tom 17, m, b, farm laborer GA; Joseph 14, b, farm laborer GA; *William 11, m, b, at home, TX; Anthony 6, m, b, 11, TX; Anthony 6, m, b, at home TX; John 3, m, b, TX; Lewis 7/12 M, B, TX.
*Note by H. Austin 2010, "The location of Rusk Co, is in the natural migration pattern from GA, AL, MS, LA to Robertson Co, in East TX. The naming patterns in this family are similar to the ones in other Choctaw Freedman families of Austins." Note the Austin family next door Dwelling 548, Fam 554 is Southey Austin, 52, m, b, farm laborer b GA and Julia 45, b, keeping house, b VA; Children - James 20, Harry 17, Albert 15, Seeley 14, Mary F and Nathaniel, all born in TX. The name Seeley is a MS Choctaw name. This 1870 census is not positively proven as the family of Willis Austin of the 1880, 1900, 1910 Census, below."
CENSUS: 1880 U S Census, Leon Co, TX, Dist 86, 16 Jun, p 109, dwelling 234, fam 234. Austin, Wils, b, m, 23, laborer, b TX; Alice, b, 19, wife, LA, AL, LA; Anna, b, f, age 1, dau, TX, TX, LA.
CENSUS: 1900 U S Census, Robertson Co, TX, Just Pct 1, 14 Jun p 58A; Dwelling 229, Fam 237. Auston, Willis, head, b, m, Feb 1854, age 46 TX, TX, TX, farm laborer; Alice, wife, b, f, Sep 1862, 37, LA, ARK, LA; Annie dau b, Jan 1878, 22, TX, TX, LA; George, son, b, m, Oct 1882 17, TX, TX, LA; Corah, dau, b, Oct 1883 TX; Addie, Dau, b, Nov 1885, 14 TX; Frederick, son, b, m, Mar 1888, 12 TX; Joe N. son, b, Mar 1888, 12, TX; Edel, son, b, Mar 1890, 10 TX; Coby, son, b, Nov 1898, 7 TX; Alice, dau, b, Aug 1894, 5 TX; Dorah, dau, b, Jan 1898, 12, TX, TX, LA; Smith, Thulia, granddaughter, b Aug 1898 TX, TX, TX.
CENSUS: 1910 U. S. Census, Wagoner Co, OK, Wagoner City, Ward 1,Tyler Avenue, 24 Apr 1910, p 236; Dw 173, Fam 171; Willis M. Austin 51, black, m, b TX, fa b AL, mo b TX, odd jobs; Alice C. Austin 40, wife, LA, LA, LA; Alice Austin, 16, dau, TX, TX, LA; Edella Austin 19, TX, TX, LA, student; Coby L. Austin 17, student, laborer; Dora J. Austin, 12, dau; Thuly Austin 11, dau, TX; Beatrice N. Austin 9, AL. All are marked Black.
Next family 172: Joe N. Austin, head, male, black, 22, married 1 year, TX, TX, LA, laborer; Lillie Austin, wife, black, 19, m 1 yr., OK, TX, TX. This Joe is the son of Willis and Alice.