1761 – Born in Durham on the 4th of October.
1784 – Moved to Philadelphia to enter the dry goods business with his brother.
1785 – He married into the affluent iron mining family of Mary Brown.
1796 – In December, Austin and a companion traveled to investigate the Spanish mines.
1798 – The Spanish crown granted to Moses one-league.
– He moved his family from Austinville and built his home, Durham Hall, an imposing southern-style mansion, in Potosi.
1808 – He founded the town of Herculaneum on the Mississippi River.
1813 – Austin petitioned the territorial legislature to create Washington County, with Potosi as the seat of government.
1820 – On the 11th of March, he was arrested at his house for his nonpayment of his debts.
1821 – Died on the 10th of June.