Austin African-American Sailors

This list was compiled by Helen Cook Austin of AFAOA from a search for sailors named Austin at the following website. Note that not all of the men on the list actually served in the Navy after enlistment because of illness or other reasons. Not all of them were born in America. Resource: Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Database

This Database is the product of a partnership formed in 1993 among Howard University, the Department of the Navy, and the National Park Service. The researchers examined U. S. Government enlistment records and muster rolls of vessels for this information. These records are part of Record Group 24, Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel, at the National Archives, Washington, D.C. The enlistment records are Weekly Returns of Enlistments at Naval Rendezvous volumes 7-44 (Jan. 1858 - July 1865), inclusive. The muster rolls may be found among Muster Rolls of Ships.

Austin, Charles 28 negro Laborer   Maryland
Austin, George 35 negro Laborer   Maryland
Austin, Henry 26 black Waiter   Baltimore, MD
Austin, John 23 black     MS
Austin, John H. 23 yellow Cook   NY, NY
Austin, William 24 mulatto None   Norfolk, VA
Austin, William 20 Mulatto Carpenter   Jamaica