John G. Austin was born in South Carolina in 1801. His father is unknown but his mother is believed to be Celia Austin who died in Forsyth County, Georgia, in May of 1850. In about 1822 he married Miss Elizabeth Jones. Very little is known about her other than she was the daughter of Mrs. Milly Jones of Virginia. In about 1825 he moved his young family from Greenville District, South Carolina, to Hall County, Georgia. In about 1831 they moved across the line into Forsyth County, Georgia. In 1838 John G. Austin drew a land lot in what was then Cherokee County, Georgia. It later became Bartow County and he sold it sight unseen.
While in Forsyth County they were members of Beaver Ruin Baptist Church. During the 1840's John was a Captain in the Georgia Militia and here after was know as Capt. Austin. In the 1850's he became a Constable in Forsyth County and remained in that capacity until they moved to Van Wert, Polk County, Georgia, in the late 1850's. While they lived in Polk County they were members of Van Wert Church until his death in about 1865. He is believed to be buried in the Old Van Wert Cemetery.
After Johns death his widow moved to Kingston in Bartow County, Georgia, where she lived with her youngest daughter, Sarah Melinda, who had married James Coker. She remained in Kingston until her death in the 1880's. She is believed to be buried in Connessena Church Cemetery. Their children were:
James Gideon Austin (1823-?) Married Mary Bennet in 1841. He served in the Mexican War in the 1840's.
Jane Ann Austin (1827-1909) married James A. H. Brownlow in 1846.
Wells Garret Austin (1831-c.1863) married Sarah Bell in 1856. He was the overseer on a Plantation in Van Wert, Polk County, Georgia.
Drury J. Austin (1833-1862) never married. He died in the battle of Fair Ground in Virginia during the War Between the States.
Celia A. Austin (1835-?) No further record.
Wiley C. Austin (1837-?) No further record.
John H. Austin (1842-1862) Never married. Died in the battle of Sharpsburg, Maryland.
Cassa C. Austin (1844-c.1925) married Dr. Pete Tollar and moved to Mississippi. She would take a train back to visit the relatives until her old age forced her to stay home.
Sarah Melinda Austin (1847-1920) married James Coker in 1866.