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Austin Peay -Confusion [KY vs. SC]
Posted by: Eric Huffstutler (ID *****6685) Date: May 16, 2004 at 19:58:29
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I am trying to establish a correct death date and cemetery for Austin Peay (1844-1898) who was born in Christian Co., KY and died there. His son was Austin Leavell Peay, Gov. of Tennessee.

I have seen several posts crossing the name between two different families. One can clearly see that there is a Austin Peay in Fairfield Co., SC and Austin Peay in Garrettsburg, Christian Co., KY both born 1844 and both in the 1880 census. One story says that this Austin moved to SC then to KY but that is where the mix-up starts. Printed histories tell that the Kentucky Austin's parents were from Virginia but possibly the mother was from South Carolina? His name (the father) given is also as Austin while the SC Austin is Nicholas. The fact that the only one of the two that shows up in the 1870 census is the SC Austin may add to the confusion? In 1860 and 1870, the KY Austin is still with his widowed mother who is head of household at Hopkinsville PO, Christian Co. He joined the service in 1861 and stayed through 1865.

The SC Austin died 1907 and buried at Longtown Baptist Cem., Fairfield Co., SC.

My interest is strictly with the Kentucky Peay's and knowing exactly when in 1898 Austin died and what rank he came out of the Civil War with?

Eric


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