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Leah Jones (Gaskill) Ballance Austin
(April 14, 1855 - March 8, 1935)

Leah Austin and 4 or her grandchildren

Leah Jones Gaskill was born in Ocracoke, Hyde County. She was first married to William Allen Ballance on August 22, 1875.  William was born December 27, 1845 at Hatteras Banks, Hyde Co. and drowned October 8, 1880.  Leah and William had two sons:

Leah next married Levin Burrus Austin at Hatteras on Nov. 17, 1881.  Levin was born at Hatteras, Hyde Co. on Oct. 8, 1850 and died Dec. 22, 1921.  Leah and Levin had the following children:

(Photo kindly submitted by Jack Oden, great-grandson of Leah Austin.)

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