The English ancestry of Jonah Austen has been documented 2 generations back to Stephen Austen, born about 1520 in Staplehurst, Kent Co., England. Jonah was born 3 Dec 1598 in Staplehurst, and died 30 Jul 1683 in Taunton, Bristol Co., Massachusetts. He married Constance in Tenderden, Kent Co., England on 22 Jan 1626/1627. Jonah sailed on the Hercules of Sandwich in 1634 with his wife Constance, their children Jonah and Mary, and step-daughter Lydia Robinson. They settled first in Cambridge, then ultimately Taunton, Bristol Co., Massachusetts.
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