William G. & Sarah (Fosdick) Austin
Greenwood, Eaton, Clark County, Wisconsin


William G. Austin was born November 1, 1837 in Herkimer, Washington Co., New York. His parents moved to Wisconsin to farm and developed the first "improved" farm in the La Crosse Valley.

At one time William had a cooper's shop in Galesville, Wisconsin and in 1854 was living in Sparta and were located there at the time of the 1860 Census.

March 4, 1857, William married Mary Sarah Emeline Fosdick in Kenosha, Kenosha Co., Wisconsin. She was the daughter of Lyman and Bestsy Fosdick who settled in Kenosha in 1842. William and Mary Sarah Emeline were the parents of Ida/Ada E., Catharine M., William Irving, Vinona E., Alma E. and Sarah Jane Jennifer.

When he was 26 years old, William left his wife with three small children to enlist as a private with Company C, 19th Wis. Infantry in Madison, WI, 8 Dec 1863.  According to his military records, he had blue eyes, brown hair, a light complexion and stood 5 ft., 11 in. tall.  The township of residence listed for him on the 1885 Special Veterans Census was Eaton, with a Greenwood Address.


In January of 1870, William began working as a foreman in W. Davis' Cooper's shop in Galesville, a profession he claimed on both the 1870 and 1880 Census.


William was an officer in the Galesville Lodge, #238 of the I.O.O.F which was organized October 30, 1874.  He was the "District Deputy" of that organization.


William died 16 Jun 1919 at Mabton, Yakima County, Washington, and is buried in the Mabton Cemetery, Yakima County, Washington - Lot 71, grave 2.



The family of William & Mary Austin.


Census Records


1850 Federal Census, Wheatland, Kenosha, Wisconsin
Household MembersNameAge│Nativity│Occupation
Lyman Fosdick          45  NY Farmer
Betsey Fosdick         35  NY
Caroline Fosdick      16  NY
James Fosdick         13  NY
Emeline Fosdick       11  NY
William Fosdick          8  NY
Elizabeth Fosdick       5  WI
Leroy Fosdick             2  WI


1860 Federal Census, Sparta, Monroe, Wisconsin
SexHousehold MembersNameAge │Nativity│Occupation
M         William G Austin        22  NY Farmer
F          Sarah E Austin          21  NY (Sarah Emeline Fosdick?)
F          Ida E Austin                 2  WI
F          Catharine M Austin     1  WI
M         Jas E Fosdick           23  NY Farm Laborer
F          Sarah J Austin             9  NY   
M         Wm P Austin              16  NY Farm Laborer 



1880 Federal Census, Galesville, Trempealeau, Wisconsin
 Name  Relation Marital Sex Race Age Nativity Occupation F-Nativity M-Nativity
 Wm. G. Austin   Self   M   Male   W   43   NY   Cooper   NY   NY 
 Sarah F. Austin   Wife   M   Female   W   42   NY   Keeping House   NY   NY 
 Ada Austin   Dau   S   Female   W   22   WI   At Home   NY   NY 
 Irving Austin   Son   S   Male   W   18   WI   Cooper   NY   NY 
 Vinona Austin   Dau   S   Female   W   16   WI   At School   NY   NY 
 Alma Austin   Dau   S   Female   W   13   WI   At School   NY   NY 
 Jennie Austin   Dau   S   Female   W   11   WI   At School   NY   NY 



Military Records


Civil War Service

            Residence: Sparta, Wisconsin

            Private, Company C, 19th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry

            Enlisted: December 8, 1863                      

            Mustered Out: August 9, 1865 at Richmond, VA.     



Family Notes of William George Austin




Born: 1 November 1837 in Herkimer, Herkimer, New York (Military Record says Washington Co., NY)


Died: 16 June 1919 at Mabton, Yakima County, Washington.

Buried: Mabton Cemetery, Yakima County, Washington - Lot 71, grave 2


Married: 1856, William married Mary Sarah Emeline Fosdick in Kenosha, Kenosha Co., Wisc.

                March 4, 1857, William married Mary Sarah Emeline Fosdick


Spouse: Sarah Emeline Fosdick  b. May 1838, New York      

            Daughter of Lyman and Betsey Marie (Garrett) Fosdick

            Mother of 6 children (1900 Census: 6 of 6 children living)

            Died: 16 June 1906, at Mabton, Yakima County, Washington

            Buried: Mabton Cemetery, Yakima County, Washington - Lot 71, grave 3




   Ida Blanche           b. 2 January 1858, Sparta, Monroe, Wisconsin

                                    d. 22 May 1917, Mabton, Yakima, Washington, buried Mabton Cemetery


   Catharine Marie    b. 27 November 1859, Sparta, Monroe, Wisconsin                  

                                    m. Albert B. BARTLETT, 3 Nov 1877, Galesville, Trempealeau, Wisc.

                                    d. 28 September 1921, Mabton, Yakima, WA, buried Mabton Cemetery


   William Irving         b. 28 February1862, Little Falls, Monroe, Wisconsin               

                                    d. 9 April 1922, Mabton, Yakima, Washington, buried Mabton Cemetery


   Vinona Ellen         b. 24 January 1864, Sparta, Monroe, Wisconsin

                                    m. Virgil W. HATCH, 25 Sept 1888, Bangor, S. Dakota

                                    d. 1 July 1935, Mabton, Yakima, Washington, buried Mabton Cemetery


   Alma Edith             b. 2 April 1867, Sparta, Monroe, Wisconsin       

                                    m. Louis B. COOK, 24 October 1885, Greenwood, Clark, Wisconsin

                                    d. 10 Oct 1934, Belma, Yakima, Washington, buried Mabton Cemetery


   Sarah Jane "Jennie" b. 7 November 1868, Galesville, Trempealeau, Wisconsin

                                     m. George B. M. WARNER, 31 Dec 1884, Clark Co., WI

                                      d. 10 April 1942, Mabton, Yakima, WA, buried Mabton Cemetery    


Austin, Jennie (Marriage - 31 DEC 1884)

Married, in Greenwood, Clark County, Dec. 31st, 1884, by the Rev. G. C. Andrews, Mr. George Warner to Miss Jennie Austin. The ceremony which united the destinies of this happy couple was performed at the residence of the bride's father, W. G. Austin, at 11 o'clock a.m. in the presence of a small circle of relatives and friends, from whom they received the warmest congratulations. A goodly display of presents from friends betokened the universal wish for their prosperity and happiness. After partaking of a well spread repast and receiving the parting congratulations of those present, this newly wedded pair started on their wedding tour to be absent a short time. May happiness attend them, not only on this journey, but throughout the journey of life. CLARK COUNTY REPUBLICAN PRESS (Neillsville, Wis.) 01/08/1885





   1837 November - born in Herkimer, New York

   1857 March - married in Kenosha, Kenosha, Wisconsin

   1858 January - daughter, Ida, born in Sparta, Monroe, Wisconsin

   1860 Census - as of June 1 - Sparta, Monroe, Wisconsin

   1863 December - from Sparta, enlisted in Wisconsin Infantry, Co. C, 19th Regt.

   1865 August - mustered out of military at Richmond, Virginia

   1868 Nov - daughter, Sarah Jane "Jennie", born in Galesville, Trempealeau, WI

   1870 Census - as of June 1 - Gale, Trempealeau, Wisconsin

   1880 Census - as of June 1 - Galesville, Trempealeau, Wisconsin

   1885 Special Veterans Census - Eaton, Clark, WI

   1900 Census - as of June 1 - Mabton, Yakima, Washington

   1910 Census - as of April 15 - Belma, Yakima, Washington



Military Records


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William Austin is also featured in the book, "Civil War Soldiers in the heart of Clark Co., Wisconsin"


Newspaper Clippings, History of Northern Wisconsin (Vol. II), Trempealeau County Section; Census Records, Family Information & Courthouse documents.


Clark Co. History Buffs, Paul Forster, Marsha Hosfeld & Janet Schwarze.



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