Thomas Austin is first recorded in land transactions where he bought his farm near the village of Watervliet, New York, just north of the Hudson River terminus of the Erie canal. The town became known as "Tarrytown" because the canal workers "tarried" there until late at night in Thomas' tavern, located in a building known as the "Castle." The community later became Bethlehem, and even later, New Scotland. Thomas died in Bethlehem, December 1820.
Thomas married Abigail and had with her 8 children. Thomas' will, recorded 14 Dec 1820, provided for his wife, and behests of money, household goods and cattle to his children. The youngest child, Abraham inherited the farm who then sold it to his brother Matthew, the eldest child.
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