I've delighted to come across this thread... Only today did I find this message board. My wife's father's line traces back to a William H Gaskill of Burlington NJ b 1859 (or close, I see different years all in the 1850s) d 1935. He married Lydia Seeds b 1856 d 1923.
In one or more trees on ancestry, they say that William H Gaskill's father was a Thomas Gaskill, but no years, and no documentation for that that I've seen.
Now I see, as in this thread and elsewhere too, that a family of Gaskills arrived in Salem, MA in the 1600s, perhaps, as Quakers, ran afoul of the Puritan authorities there, and moved south to settle in Burlington NJ. They apparently prospered there, and it looks like Burlington NJ may in fact be the Gaskill worldwide headquarters!! But I can't connect any of those earlier Gaskills to our William H Gaskill of the same county.
I've been telling me wife it's like we're trying to build the transcontinental railroad - we know the two halves of the line are supposed to meet in Burlington NJ - but we can't find exactly where!
For those of you who have been studying the Gaskills for a few years or more, is there any reason NOT to believe that all the Burlington Gaskills are related?
And has no one here had their male Gaskills y-DNA tested? I found a thread on this over on the ancestry.com message board, but not much evidence that it took off. The FamilyTreeDNA Gaskill surname project only has 10 people listed - and the project seems to be without an administrator. It would be great to get some more people participating and see if we can sort out the Gaskill lineage a bit more.(We're working on my wife's brothers, hoping to get one of them to agree to participate.)