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March 31, 2016 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Notables: The Austin Family, Part VII


Buckingham Court House, Photo by Joanne L. Yeck

Dr. James M. Austin

Dr. James M. Austin was the son of Grace Richardson (Booker) and Archibald Austin. His first wife was Susanna Eldridge, daughter of Rolfe Eldridge, Clerk of Court in Buckingham County. They were married on May 28, 1833 and the nuptials were announced in the Richmond Whig. Later, he married Lucy Moseley, daughter of Mary (Branch) and Benjamin Moseley, who built the house at Richmond Hill for the couple. See: Richmond Hill a.k.a. Derby.

In 1843, James Austin of Buckingham County offered for sale two farms on Slate River. One was sold, in 1847, to James W. Haskins. See: Slate River Lands for Sale!

Following the sale to Haskins, Dr. Austin remained in Buckingham where he was enumerated on the 1850 census. A widower, age sixty, he lived with three adult children: Agnes, Archibald, and James.

A founding member of the Buckingham Medical Society, Austin’s prominence in the county is clear in this brief article which ran in the January, 1852 edition of The Stethoscope, and Virginia Medical Gazette:

Buckingham Medical Society.

A meeting of the physicians of Buckingham county was called at the courthouse on Monday, the 12th day of April, for the purpose of organizing a County Medical Society; whereupon, the following gentlemen enrolled their names as members:

Drs. James Austin, W. P. Moseley, W. M. Swoope, W. J. Eppes, W. P. Hall, C. F. Moseley, C. E. Davidson, W. E. Osborne, A. Moseley, L. Bolling, D. W. Moseley and John Austin.

On motion, Dr. James Austin was appointed president, and Dr. W. J. Eppes, secretary pro tem.

On motion, the election of permanent officers for the society was then proceeded with, and resulted as follows:

P. Moseley, M. D., President.

James Austin, M. D., 1st Vice President.

M. Swoope, M. D., 2d Vice President.

E. Davidson, M. D., Secretary.

P. Hall, M. D., Treasurer.

On motion, a committee of three was appointed by the chair, to draft a constitution for the society, composed of the following gentlemen, viz: Drs. Wm. M. Swoope, William P. Hall and Charles E. Davidson; which committee reported, and the constitution was adopted.

On motion, Drs. Wm. P. Moseley and James Austin were appointed a committee to draft a code of medical ethics, and report at the next meeting.

Dr. Wm. P. Moseley was unanimously elected to represent this society in the American Medical Association to be held at Richmond, Va., on Tuesday, May 4th, 1852, and Dr. W. J. Eppes to represent us in the State Medical convention to meet at Richmond on the 27th of April.

The society then adjourned to meet again on the second Monday in May.


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  1. Bill Davidson / Mar 31 2016 9:45 am

    Dr. Charles Edward Davidson mentioned in this post was a surgeon for the Confederacy, and he married Eveline Parrack. He was a descendant of the David Davidson who appeared (with David’s apparent brothers Edward Davidson and William Davidson, Senior) on the 1764 Buckingham Co., VA tithe list (and David and those two apparent brothers had been on the Goochland Co., VA tithe list in the mid-1740s). Charles was the co-author of a letter to President Jefferson Davis, where he offered the services of an unnamed British man who could smuggle arms into this country to help the Confederacy (I understand that the original of that letter is at Rice University….but copies are readily available). Charles is buried at Maysville Presbyterian Church in Buckingham. Charles was a member of my overall Davidson family, and this family has been traced back to the “early” David Davidson (born in Holland) who was in James City Co., VA by at least 1682 (this is DNA “Family 10” at the Davidson Y DNA testing project).

    • Joanne Yeck / Mar 31 2016 9:52 am

      Thank you Bill for adding this biography of Dr. Charles Edward Davidson. Do you know, did he go by Edward? Joanne

      • Bill Davidson / Mar 31 2016 10:43 am

        Sorry…I do not know if he went by Edward.


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