Solomon Austin was originally from North Carolina. He was a private in the Queen’s Rangers and served all through the American Revolutionary War. On one occasion, at least, he exhibited conspicuous bravery. This was at the battle of the Horseshoe. The standard-bearer was killed and the flag fell to the ground and was in danger of being lost. Solomon Austin leaped forward, and grasping the standard bore it bravely till the close of the action. After the battle Major-General Simcoe inquired his name, praised him in public before the marshalled company, and gave him to understand that if he could ever be of service to him afterwards his bravery would not be forgotten.
After the war North Carolina passed a Confiscation Act, which
embraced sixty-five specified individuals, the terms applied not only to the lands of these persons, but their negroes and other personal property as well. Some of these continued to live in their native state, although the majority immediately proceeded to Canada.
Solomon Austin, however, remained in Carolina till 1794, but in that year determined to remove his family to Upper Canada, where General Simcoe, his old friend, was Governor. In June, 1794, he appeared at Newark with his wife and family of nine children (four sons and five daughters). He met with a very flattering reception, the Governor offering him a home in his own house until he should make a selection of land. He was also offered six hundred acres in any unselected part of the province. The Governor directed him to inspect the country and choose for himself. Accordingly he made a trip through the western district on foot with his eldest son, going as far as Detroit. Finally he chose a home on Patterson’s Creek, now called the River Lynn, about three miles south-east of Simcoe, in the
County of Norfolk. This proved to be a very pleasant and fertile district. It is now known as Lynn Valley.
To this spot he removed with his family in the early spring of 1795, and by the end of the summer had a log cabin erected and almost an acre of land cleared and fall wheat planted.
In the War of 1812, true to their principles of loyalty, the father and four sons (Solomon Jr., Jonathan, Phillip and Moses) shouldered their muskets and marched under Brock to fight the hated “Yankees,” once more. They fought at Malcolm’s Mills (Oakland), Fort Malden, and Lundy’s Lane. In the 2nd Regiment Norfolk Militia two of the sons soon obtained the rank of captain. The descendants of this family are the most numerous of any of the families of the settlement.
Veteran SummarySolomon Austin
Unknown, 2nd Regiment Norfolk Militia
Place of Birth
Orange County, NC, USA
Place of Death
Woodhouse twp, Norfolk, Ontario, ON, CAN
Died on: 15 FEB 1826
Reason: Old Age
Location of Grave
Vittoria Baptist Cemetery, 1661 Charlotteville Road
Vittoria, ON, CAN
Latitude: 42.754779N Longitude: -80.278185