Austin, Orlo Henry
Age: 24, credited to Brownington, VTVITALS
Birth: 08/13/1838, Eden, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
Pleasant View Cemetery, Orleans, VT
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Orlo Henry Austin
Was born in Eden, Vt., 13 August 1838. His grandfather was one of the earliest settlers of Waterbury, Vt., coming from Connecticut; and his father, Asa Austin, was in the battle of Plattsburgh. His mother, Nancy Gregg, was a native of New Hampshire.
He was fitted for college at Craftsbury academy under A. W. Wild, and in 1859 entered the University [UVM] from Essex. He received his A.B. degree in 1865 and that of A.M. in 1884. Near the close of his junior years (August 1862) he enlisted in Company F, 11th regiment Vermont volunteers, and was chosen second lieutenant; later in the war he was promoted to be first lieutenant, and again promoted to a captaincy. A fearless and efficient soldier, Captain Austin was content with a faithful discharge of duty, seeking neither favor nor promotion. He was a participant in all the battles of his regiment save the assault on Petersburg, but he was more fortunate than the majority, as he escaped wounds. With the many brave boys from his couny and State he fought a good fight and finished his course with honor.
After the war he engaged in mercantile pursuits at Barton Landing. More than once a disastrous conflagration robbed him of much of his estate, but never daunted he rebuilt, and left for others a monument of his perserverance. In 1877 he became partner in a large insurance business. Having studied law during his leisure moments he was admitted to the bar of Orleans county in February 1880, and in November of the following year was appointed judge of probate for the district of Orleans, which position he held until his death in his prime of manhood 15 September 1893.
He thoroughly mastered the principles of probate law and kept abreast of current decisions. Although many close and bitter contests came before him, yet on account of a cool and sound judgment and a firm adherence to justice and law, few appeals were made from his decisions, and his judgments were never reversed.
Source: University of Vermont Obituary Record, Compiled by a Committee of the Associate Alumni, No. 1, Burlingtom, 1895, pages 126-127.