English (northern): habitational name from a place in North Yorkshire named Aiskew from Old Norse eik ‘oak’ + skógr ‘wood’ or possibly from another minor place in northern England likewise named with the same elements such as Aiskew in Marrick (North Yorkshire) or the … Continue reading

A Second Look: Josiah Askew and Artis Clark

In May of 1815 Edgecombe County court records recorded Artis Clark (Clark Artis), an eight-year-old “girl of color” as being bound as an Apprentice to Josiah Askew.  He entered into a bond of $500.