AUSTEN, John (d.1572), of Guildford, Surr.
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s. of John Austen of Chiddingfold by his w. Margaret. m. Joan, da. of William Snelling of East Horsley, at least 2s. inc. George.
Member, Guildford merchant guild 1561, recorder (i.e. town clerk) 1563, mayor 1566.
Austen’s father, probably related to the rector of Chiddingfold mentioned in Henry VIII’s Valor Ecclesiasticus, migrated to Surrey from St. Albans, Hertfordshire. The family was evidently connected with Guildford as early as 1509 when a John Austen of that borough executed the will of one of its most important benefactors. At the beginning of Elizabeth’s reign Austen himself was in touch with William