Askins Family

 

Compiled by Robert Buecher

 

Phillemon Askins was one of the early settlers of the Millstadt area having settled near there about 1828.  He was born in Farquair County, Virginia on February 20, 1768, a son of Edward Askins and Nancy, nee Waters.  Edward had served in the Revolutionary War and married Nancy  on 4 October 1765 in Farquair County, Virginia.  The family also lived in Fayette County, PA until about 1789 when they moved by keel boat to Washington County, KY where they settled near Springfield.

 

Phillemon Askins and Philena Staton were married on July 1, 1790 in Nelson Co., KY.  Philena was born in Maryland on October 19, 1771.

 

The Askins family came to Illinois about 1818 and first settled near Granite City.  They then moved to Scott County, IL about 1826 where the mother, Philena Staton Askins, died on March 28, 1826.  After the death of his wife, Phillemon Askins brought several of his children to settle near Millstadt about 1828.  Phillemon died in May 1831 and is buried in Union Hill Cemetery [1], near Millstadt.

 

The following 12 children were born to Phillemon and Philena Askins, nee Staton [2]:

 

  1. Nancy Askins; born April 27, 1791;  died April 3, 1857;  married (1) Rev. John M. Bloom [3] on May 11, 1817 St. Clair County, IL  (2) Rev. Thomas W. Talbot [4] on May 29, 1845.
  2. John Askins; born January 17, 1793;  died August 2, 1805
  3. Polly Askins;  born October 23, 1794;  died November 20, 1850;  married Edward Tankersley March 28, 1816
  4. Thomas Askins; born September 10, 1796;  died August 4, 1850; married Polly Anthoney in Fall of 1823
  5. Wesley Askins; born October 11, 1798;  died September 19, 1874; married Nancy Clark April 30, 1820
  6. Margaretta Askins; born December 19, 1801;  died August 7, 1819
  7. Philley Askins; born October 26, 1803; died November 6, 1852; married James Carlton Sept. 14, 1820
  8. Phillemon Askins; born March 20, 1806;  died April 12, 1825
  9. Martha Askins; born December 25, 1808; died September 1892; married Joshua W. Hughes [5] July 28, 1831
  10. Charles Tankersley Askins [6]; born May 27, 1810;  died March 11, 1885;  married Mrs. Malinda Jane Drew [7], nee Russell 1854
  11. Lidiana Askins; born April 7, 1813;  married William Turner February 20, 1834
  12. Arrean Askins; born March 21, 1816;  died August 19, 1876;  married Richard Frazier Oct. 19, 1843

 



[1]   The tombstone inscriptions from Union Hill Cemetery were published in Millstadt Township Cemeteries, St. Clair County, IL, by the St. Clair County Genealogical Society, June 2007; pp. 78-82.

[2]   Askins Family Bible Records were published in the St. Clair County Genealogical Society Quarterly, Volume 9 (1986) # 3, page 138-139

[3]   According to his tombstone inscription in Union Hill Cemetery, Rev. John M. Bloom was born 1 Feb. 1776 and died 11 August 1841.

[4]   According to his tombstone inscription in Union Hill Cemetery, Rev. Talbot died on 26 March 1855 at the age of 66 years.

[5]   Joshua Waters Hughes died in Scotland County, Missouri in March 1901.

[6]   His biographical sketch was published in the History of St. Clair County, Illinois; Philadelphia: Brink, McDonough & Co.; 1881; p. 257.  Another sketch, written by a descendant John G. Askins, was published in the History of St. Clair County, IL; 1988, pp. 118-119.

[7]   Malinda Jane Russell Askins died on May 9, 1904.  Her obituary was published in the Millstadt Enterprise,  May 13, 1904, page 4.