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Jane Austen, daughter of Rev. George Austen and Cassandra Austen [Leigh]
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Jane Austen was born on 16th December 1775 at the Rectory, Steventon, Basingstoke, Hampshire, the seventh child of George Austen (1731-1805) and Cassandra Leigh (1739-1827) who had married on 26th April 1764 at Bath. George Austen, who was descended from the Austens of Horsmonden, was born at Tonbridge; educated at Tonbridge School and St John's College, Oxford; ordained deacon at Oxford in 1754; priest at Rochester in 1755; and curate at Shipbourne; before the family bebefactor Thomas Knight of Godmersham presented George Austen to the living at Steventon, Hampshire in 1761. After his marriage to Cassandra the Austens moved into the rectory at Deane and then in mid summer 1768 into the rectory at Steventon where Jane Austen was born seven years later.

Jane Austen's novels - Sense and Sensibility (published 1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Parke (1814), Emma (1816), Persuasion (1818) and Nothanger Abbey (1818) - established her as a pre-eminent novelist in English literature. Howover, it was in October 1796 that Jane Austen had started to write Pride and Prejudice, under the title of First Impressions, as a reaction to Kent society after visiting her brother Edward and his wife Elizabeth at Rowling, Goodnestone, Kent. The novel was finished in August 1797 but declined by the publisher Thomas Cadell and not published untill 1813.

In 1801 the Austen family moved to Bath, and, on the death of her father George Austen in 1805, Jane, her sister Cassandra and her mother moved to Southampton and lived with her brother Frank and his family. In 1809, Jane's brother Edward acquired a cottage at Chawton in Hampshire for Jane, Cassandra and her mother, and it was here that Jane completed her later novels. Suffering from ill-health, Jane moved to Winchester in May 1817 where she died on 18th July 1817 at the age of forty-one.


Date
Type
Information
Source
 
16th Dec 1775
Born
At The Rectory, Steventon, Basingstoke in the County of Hampshire
ODNB web site
 
5th Apr 1776
Christened
At Steventon, Basingstoke in the County of Hampshire
 
18th Jul 1817
Died
At 8, College Street in the City of Winchester, Hampshire
ODNB web site
 
24th Jul 1817
Buried
In the City of Winchester, Hampshire


See also The Jane Austen Connection and
Ancestor's report
No descendent's report
Austin, Austine, Austen, Aust, Austen-Leigh, Austain, Auston, Austyn family records
The ancestral pedigree of Jane Austen
  
 John I Austenm: 14th Sep 1584 Lydd, KentJoan Berry 
 b: 1560
d: 1621
  b: 1568 daughter of Jeffery Berry of Midley
d: 9th Dec 1604 Horsmonden, Kent
  
          
John II  Benjamin Robert Joane Francis I Peter Richard Thomas 
b: 1585 Horsmonden, Kent
ch: 1st Aug 1585 St. Margaret's Church
d: 1650
  b: 1591 Horsmonden, Kent
ch: 16th May 1591 St. Margaret's Church
 b: 1594 Horsmonden, Kent
ch: 27th Oct 1594 St. Margaret's Church
 b: 1597 Horsmonden, Kent
ch: 10th Jul 1597 St. Margaret's Church
 b: 1600 Horsmonden, Kent
ch: 11th May 1600 St. Margaret's Church
d: March 1687/88 Horsmonden, Kent
bur: 15th Mar 1687/88 St. Margaret's Church, Horsmonden, Kent
 b: 1602 Horsmonden, Kent
ch: 3rd Oct 1602 St. Margaret's Church
 b: 1604 Horsmonden, Kent
ch: 9th Dec 1604 St. Margaret's Church
 b: 1604 Horsmonden, Kent
ch: 9th Dec 1604 St. Margaret's Church
 
  Jeffery                 
  b: 1588 Horsmonden, Kent
ch: 2nd Jun 1588 St. Margaret's Church
                 
                    
Great-Great-
Great-Great-
Grandfather record
   
   
   
 Francis I Austenm: c 1620Ellen 
 b: 1600 Horsmonden, Kent
ch: 11th May 1600 St. Margaret's Church
d: March 1687/88 Horsmonden, Kent
bur: 15th Mar 1687/88 St. Margaret's Church, Horsmonden, Kent
  b: c 1600
  
     
 John III Ellenor Anne Elizabeth 
 b: 1629 Horsmonden, Kent
d: 13th Jul 1705 Horsmonden, Kent
bur: after 13th Jul 1705 St. Margaret's Church, Horsmonden, Kent
 b: 1631 Horsmonden, Kent
ch: August 1631 St. Margaret's Church
 b: 1641 b: 1644 
             
Great-
Great-Great-
Grandfather record
  
  
   
 John III Austenm: 1654Jane Atkins 
 b: 1629 Horsmonden, Kent
d: 13th Jul 1705 Horsmonden, Kent
bur: after 13th Jul 1705 St. Margaret's Church, Horsmonden, Kent
  b: 1638 Brightling, Sussex
ch: 22nd Jan 1638 St. Thomas-à-Becket Church
d: March 1685/86 Horsmonden, Kent
bur: 2nd Mar 1685/86 St. Margaret's Church, Horsmonden, Kent
  
      
 Jane (Joan) John IV William Ellen Anne 
 b: 21st Nov 1655 Horsmonden, Kent b: 1657 Broadford, Horsmonden, Kent
d: 21st Sep 1704 Cause of death: consumption
 b: c 1659 Broadford, Horsmonden, Kent b: c 1661 Broadford, Horsmonden, Kent b: c 1663 Broadford, Horsmonden, Kent 
              
Great-Great-
Grandfather record
   
   
    
 John IV Austenm: 19th Jan 1693 St. Peter and St. Paul Parish Church, Tonbridge, KentElizabeth Weller 
 b: 1657 Broadford, Horsmonden, Kent
d: 21st Sep 1704 Cause of death: consumption
  b: 1671 Tonbridge, Kent
ch: 21st Dec 1671 St. Peter and St. Paul Parish Church
d: 1720
  
        
 Elizabeth John V Francis II Thomas William Robert Stephen 
 b: 16th Jun 1695 Horsmonden, Kent
ch: 30th Jun 1695 St. Margaret's Church
 b: 14th Aug 1696 Horsmonden, Kent
ch: 20th Aug 1696 St. Margaret's Church
d: 1728
 b: 25th Feb 1697 Horsmonden, Kent
ch: 15th Mar 1697 St. Margaret's Church
d: 1791
 b: 13th Oct 1699 Horsmonden, Kent
ch: 23rd Oct 1699 St. Margaret's Church
d: 1772
 b: 3rd Feb 1700 Horsmonden, Kent
ch: 18th Feb 1700 St. Margaret's Church
d: 7th Dec 1737 Tonbridge, Kent
bur: 12th Dec 1737 St. Peter and St. Paul Parish Church, Tonbridge, Kent
 b: 16th Sep 1702 Horsmonden, Kent
ch: 30th Sep 1702 St. Margaret's Church
d: 1728
 b: 27th Jan 1703 Horsmonden, Kent
ch: 11th Feb 1703 St. Margaret's Church
d: 1751
 
                    
Great-
Grandfather record
   
   
    
1st marriage William Austenm: 12th Jan 1727 LondonRebecca Walter 2nd marriage
 b: 3rd Feb 1700 Horsmonden, Kent
ch: 18th Feb 1700 St. Margaret's Church
d: 7th Dec 1737 Tonbridge, Kent
bur: 12th Dec 1737 St. Peter and St. Paul Parish Church, Tonbridge, Kent
  b: c 1695 Taplow, Buckinghamshire
d: 6th Feb 1732 Tonbridge, Kent
bur: 8th Feb 1732 St. Peter and St. Paul Parish Church, Tonbridge, Kent
  
     
 Hampson Philadelphia George Leonora 
 b: 1728 Tonbridge, Kent
ch: 14th Sep 1728 St. Peter and St. Paul Parish Church
d: July 1730 Tonbridge, Kent
bur: 13th Jul 1730 St. Peter and St. Paul Parish Church, Tonbridge, Kent
 b: 1730 Tonbridge, Kent
ch: 15th May 1730 St. Peter and St. Paul Parish Church
d: 1792
 b: 1st May 1731 Tonbridge, Kent
ch: 12th May 1731 St. Peter and St. Paul Parish Church
d: 1805
 b: 1732 Tonbridge, Kent
ch: 22nd Jan 1733 St. Peter and St. Paul Parish Church
d: 1783
 
           
Grandfather record
   
   
    
 Rev. George Austenm: 26th Apr 1764 St Swithin's Church, Bath, SomersetCassandra Leigh 
 b: 1st May 1731 Tonbridge, Kent
ch: 12th May 1731 St. Peter and St. Paul Parish Church
d: 1805
  b: 26th Sep 1739 Harpsden, Oxfordshire
d: 1827
  
         
James George Edward Henry Thomas Cassandra Elizabeth Francis William (Frank) Jane Charles John 
b: 13th Feb 1765 Deane, Basingstoke, Hampshire
ch: 17th Mar 1765 Deane, Basingstoke
d: 1819
 b: 26th Aug 1766 Deane, Basingstoke, Hampshire
ch: 29th Sep 1766 Deane, Basingstoke
d: 1838
 b: 7th Oct 1767 Deane, Basingstoke, Hampshire
ch: 22nd Nov 1767 Deane, Basingstoke
d: 1852
 b: 8th Jun 1771 The Rectory, Steventon, Basingstoke, Hampshire
ch: 12th Jul 1771 Steventon, Basingstoke
d: 1850
 b: 9th Jan 1773 The Rectory, Steventon, Basingstoke, Hampshire
ch: 25th Jan 1773 Steventon, Basingstoke
d: 1845
 b: 23rd Apr 1774 The Rectory, Steventon, Basingstoke, Hampshire
ch: 27th May 1774 Steventon, Basingstoke
d: 10th Aug 1865 Portsdown Lodge, Hampshire
bur: after 10th Aug 1865 Wymering, Hampshire
 b: 16th Dec 1775 The Rectory, Steventon, Basingstoke, Hampshire
ch: 5th Apr 1776 Steventon, Basingstoke
d: 18th Jul 1817 8, College Street, Winchester, Hampshire
bur: 24th Jul 1817 Winchester, Hampshire
 b: 23rd Jun 1779 The Rectory, Steventon, Basingstoke, Hampshire
ch: 30th Jul 1779 Steventon, Basingstoke
d: 1852
 
                     
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