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Austin family letters

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Mss 0025

Scope and Contents

The bulk of this collection consists of letters addressed to Louisa M. Austin, a mid-19th century resident of Perth Amboy, New Jersey and the state of New York. Most letters are postmarked from New York. Most early letters are written by Eliza Glover, the sister of Louisa M. Austin. Most chronologically late letters are from an A. Austin of New York, writing to his children, who appear to live with Louisa M. Austin in Perth Amboy. Other significant addressees include Hannah (H.L.) Woodruff, Louisa A. Austin, and a cousin Rebecca. Correspondence dates are 1835-1836, 1838, 1840-1843, and 1851-1854. The letters discuss family life, including illness, familial visits, and their social lives. There is some discussion by A. Austin in the later letters concerning inflation and the difficulty of finding a place to stay in New York.

The 1953 newsclipping relates the death of Lewis M. Johnson, originally of Perth Amboy, at age 74 in 1953. THe article mentions that Mr. Johnson had a brother, L. Austin Johnson, alive at that time.


  • 1835-1854

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

All materials available in this collection (unless otherwise noted) are the property of the Monsignor William Noé Field Archives & Special Collections Center and Seton Hall University, which reserves the right to limit access to or reproduction of these materials. Reproduction of materials or content is subject to United States copyright restrictions and may be subject to federal or state privacy regulations. Permission to publish exact reproductions must be obtained from the Director of the Archives and Special Collections Center.

Historical note

The Austin family lived in Perth Amboy, New Jersey in the mid-1800s. Louisa M. Austin and Elise Glover were sisters. A. Austin may have been Louis Austin's husband. The birth and death dates of the family members are unknown.

Descendants of the Austin family may include Lewis M. Johnson (d. 1953) and L. Austin Johnson, of Perth Amboy. Lewis M. Johnson was a lawyer, of the firm Heyward, Benedict, and Hurry, specializing in estate and trust law.


0.5 Linear Feet (, Approximately 50 items.)

Language of Materials



The Austin family of Perth Amboy, New Jersey, lived in the mid-1800s. The Austin family letters consist of letters to Louisa M. Austin from her sister Eliza Glover to the Austin children from their father A. Austin.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials found in the Archives and Special Collections Center. Origin unknown. Additional materials found in Msgr. William Noe Field's papers, but with no indication as to how he acquired them.

Related Materials

Salt family letters, 1808-1917 (bulk 1850-1890), Mss 0035, in the Msgr. William Noé Field Archives & Special Collections Center.

Austin family letters, 1835-1854
July 2012
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Repository Details

Part of the The Monsignor Field Archives & Special Collection Center Repository

Archives, Walsh Library
400 South Orange Ave
South Orange NJ 07079 US