AFAOA Project Case # 27
Notes of Helen C. Austin 2009: This Isaac and his son John Henry Austin b 1865 in GA do not appear to have any Cherokee blood and are not mentioned on the DAWES ROLL of Applicants to the Dawes Commission for the Five Civilized Tribes. However, the wife of John Henry Austin and his children are all registered on the Cherokee Registration of 1924 and for several more years. See footnotes for Vianey Newton Austin for proof of Cherokee ancestry.
CENSUS: 1860 U S Census, Murray Co, GA. Note that this census is not indexed on Ancestry.com. A page-by-page search must be done in order to locate the Austin family. It was in 1860 that part of Murray County split off to form Whitfield County. The location of Tunnel Hill, GA is in Whitfield Co. where some early Austin families lived. The family of Isaac Austin lived in Spring Place which was in the Eastern part of the old Murray County. More research must be done to locate the family of Isaac S. Austin. If he had not yet married he would probably be living with his parents whose names are not known.
CENSUS: 1870 U S Census, Murray Co, GA, Spring Place PO, Militia Dist 835 30Jun 1870, p 499B
Dw 24, Fam 24. Isaac S Austin 34, m, w, farmer, laborer, can't read or write, GA; Emily Austin, 24, f, w, keeps house, GA; Nancy 5, f, w, GA; John 3, m, w, GA; George 3/12, b March, m, w, GA.
MILITARY: CSA Pvt. enlisted 21 Jun 1861in 4th Regt, GA Cav. (Clinch's), see NARA film M226, roll 3.
Note by Helen Austin: There are only two pages in his packet, a cover sheet with his name and unit, and a second page which is an Oath of Allegiance (to the U.S.) Isaac S. Austin, Pvt 4 Cav GA, dated 11 Apr 1864, residence Murray Co, GA. Description: complexion dark, hair black, eyes hazel, ht, 5'11", signed by a mark. Endorsement shows "Roll of deserters who have taken the oath of Amnesty at Chattanooga, TN. This is on Roll 10, sheet 6 (665). No individual sheets showing his attendance at Musters of his unit are in the file.
A study of the CSA GA Troops 4th Regt, on NPS website shows that the 4th Regt GA Cav was formed Jan 1863 using the 3rd GA Cav Attn as a nucleus. The Regt served on the GA coast until summer of 1864 when it was assigned to M W Hannon's command. It skirmished in GA and AL, took part in the defense of Savannah and was active in the campaign of the Carolina. It was included in the surrender of the Army of TN.