The Everlasting Times – Volume 1, Number 2

by Chandra Askew Martin (Lish Askew Branch)

With COVID-19 still spreading through the United States and conflicting information being supplied by the current administration, the planning for next year’s family reunion is postponed depending on the outcome of the November election.  Without getting too political, the transfer of power (or non-transfer) will determine the continuation of planning or rescheduling the event for June 2022.

~ At the time of the August 2020 publication there were 406 names, and 135 families.  Early October 2020 presents 425 names, 136 families, and 17 branches.  These numbers will continue to grow as my research progresses.

~ The source identifications have been updated to appear next to referenced events as opposed to collecting next to the name of the family member.  To view this update, view Della Mae Askew’s page.

~ Derrick J. Holloway presented this obituary.  If you know this person and how (or if) she is related to us, please let me know.

Unsolved Mystery

~ The first wife of Josiah Askew I is still a mystery.  In Alice Ann Askew’s book she says, “His first wife may forever remain a mystery. There seems to be no clue to her personality, no facts that would make her into a flesh and blood woman. Even her name is unknown.”  I believe with enough diligent research she can and will eventually be found.  Click here to tell me what you know.

~ Who was the wife of Rogers Askew?  Rogers Askew is recorded as “widowed” on his death certificate.  The name of his wife and marital status has not been found in any research documents.  Click here to tell me what you know.

Research continues on the Askew Coats of Arms. I am currently searching Siebmacher’s Wappenbuch of 1605 to see if any Coats of Arms are recorded there. Since there are multiple spellings of Askew throughout history (Ascough, Ainscough, Ainscow, Aiskew, Echescol, Aykecogh, Aykecoghe, etc.) it has proven to be quite a task.

The following Askew Coats of Arms have been verified in Bernard Burke’s The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales.  

The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales is a registry of about 60,000 Coats of Arms of the British Empire.  The images pictured above match the descriptions found in the registry (see below).

In the Dictionary of American Family Names, Askew, Ascough, Ainscough and Ainscow, is recorded as being of Old Norse origin, and is a locational name from Aiskew in the North Riding of Yorkshire, deriving from the elements “eiki” meaning oak, plus “skogr”, wood; hence, “oak wood.”

The New York Public Library advises “Do not rely on internet resources alone. There are many, many documents that are not found in popular databases like Ancestry. That being said though, Ancestry continues to add new genealogical records regularly so you should always check for new information every few months.”

Sometimes, during my research my eyes will close and my mind will wander.  When this happens, I am trading places with my ancestors in an effort to understand what life was like for them.  In my mind’s eye I envision the scenery, smell the atmosphere, and taste the foods.  I mentally go through the motions of trying to buy a horse, carriage, or car; look for work; buy or rent a home; and purchase necessities.  These mental experiences always end with me having to accept being disrespected, cheated, overcharged, and/or lied to in order to avoid becoming “strange fruit.”  At times, I am pained to tears.

We have come a long way, but there’s still much work to be done.  The scales of equality are still not balanced.  Take a mental journey into the past and appreciate the power that we have in the present.  Use that power wisely and VOTE.  Vote for the future.  Vote on behalf of the people in the past that gave their lives for us to have this right.  Make your voices heard on November 3, 2020!

Until next time…

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