Date of Death: 21 Apr 1874
Subject: Thomas Austin
Source: Andrew County Republican, 22 May 1874, p. 8
On Wednesday morning, at 2 o'clock, Thomas Austin (familiarly known to every one as "Uncle Tommy") died, after a long, lingering illness. The funeral services took place yesterday morning at 9 o'clock, at the sixth street Methodist church, conducted by Rev. J. Gillies. A large number of friends were in attendance. Thomas Austin was born in New Jersey, sixteen miles west of Philadelphia, on March 5, 1805. In 1815 the family removed to Greene county, Ohio. From thence he went to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he kept hotel successfully for ten years, accumulating some property. He returned to Greene county afterward, and at the close of the late war removed to Savannah, where he continued to reside and do business until his death. He first bought the Union House, (afterward the Clifton House, and burned down) which he kept a number of years, and subsequently took the St. Charles Hotel, which he managed up to shortly before the time of his death. Deceased was married three times, but leaves only a single heir, the wife of Mr. Charles Barber. "Uncle Tommy" was a thorough-going business man, and enjoyed and deserved the confidence and respect of all who knew him.