Rumors and speculation have always been the most regular and sometimes most humorous events of visits with family. If you come from a large one, you’re almost guaranteed at some point to hear the prompt, “Well, I heard…” or “There was talk…” and my favorite, “Folks was sayin’…” As a child, whenever I heard anyone of those three phrases, my ears would stand up like antennae. Even if I had no idea what they were talking about (old folks liked to speak in code back in the day), I knew it was something I wasn’t supposed to hear; which meant it was forbidden, and forbidden meant juicy gossip!
A gentleman by the name of Ron Peavey reached out to me regarding my blog. I responded, and we have been actively sharing and comparing information for well over a week now. Thoughtful consideration of the information that Ron shared, made me want to take a second look at everything that I’d gathered in the last few months. I’ve made the decision to go back to the beginning and start all over again. There may, perhaps, be details that I’ve overlooked, misinterpreted, or just plain ignored.
After months of almost non-stop research to the point of dreaming about research, I finally found sufficient evidence (by my standards) of Josiah Askew, Sr.’s role in the American Revolution.
Why is it that when someone dies, there’s always some kind of drama that the deceased unintentionally leaves behind? Or maybe, it IS intentional?
Josiah Askew, Sr.’s will and probate records can be found in the North Carolina, Wills and Probate Records, 1665-1998 for Edgecombe County. It is located in Volume E, 1810-1823 on pages 207-208.