FAMILY TIES

Website offers ‘a little million’ Haskell descendants

Posted June 06, 2011, at 12:12 a.m.

There is a Haskell genealogy in some libraries which is rather short of dates and places. Much more information is available on the website of the Haskell Family Association, kept by Richard Haskell, at http://hfa.haskells.net/

Haskell is one of those old New England names that really does trace back to “three brothers” — Roger, William and Mark, who came from Charlton-Musgrove, Somerset, England, to Massachusetts in the 1630s. Gloucester, Mass., and Deer Isle are two locations known for lots of Haskells.

Roger, who married Elizabeth Hardy; William, who married Marie Tybbot; and Mark, who married Hannah Woodbury, were the sons of William and Elinor (Foule) Haskell.

All three of my Haskell lines go back to son William. I am twice descended from his great-granddaughter Susannah Haskell, who married Anthony Bennett (son of John, son of Anthony) in Gloucester. My great-grandparents Walter and Rena (Bennett) Bennett of Abbot, who married July 27, 1902, were second cousins through the Bennett-Haskell line.

Rena’s mother, Mary Alice (Cummings) Bennett Lord of Greenville and Guilford, was a great-great-niece to the Nathaniel Haskell who settled Greenville. Nathaniel was son of Nathaniel (Job, William, Mark, William). (The son Nathaniel was the father of Deborah (Haskell) Walden Young of Greenville, which provides one of my cousinships to the Waldens).

Mary and her husband, Prosper Alvarus Bennett, appear to be sixth cousins, once removed, through the Haskells.

The website for the Haskell Family Association has “a little million” descendants on it and their lines back to the Haskell brothers. Topics on the site are Haskell Journal, Reunions, Membership, Officers & Board, Genealogy and Haskell Links.

In addition to the Web, peruse the vital records books in the Bangor Room at Bangor Public Library or at Maine State Library in Augusta for towns in Essex County, Mass., such as Gloucester and Salem.

Membership in the Haskell Family Association is $15 a year if you get the newsletter online as a pdf, or $20 if you want it in print as well. Send checks to Haskell Family Association, 30 Griffin Road, Bangor 04401, or you can join on the website.

Moosehead Roots will offer “Researching Your World War II Ancestor” 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 11, at the Greenville Town Office. The presenter will be Jack Battick, retired history professor from the University of Maine, president of the Maine Genealogy Society and font of information about things historical.

Admission is by donation, and refreshments will be served. All are welcome. For information, call Betty at 695-2287.

The Gen. Henry Knox Museum will dedicate its new library and unveil its Henry Knox Papers Database at 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, at Cole House, next door to Montpelier, the big white mansion at the turn to St. George in Thomaston. Ellen Simmons, whose support along with that of her late husband Matthew Simmons made the creation of the library possible, will be on hand for the dedication. All are welcome.

The collection of books housed in the soon-to-be-named Elias Adams and Lougee Family Library at the museum’s Center for the Study of Early American History has grown in recent years. It includes volumes recognized as pillars of American history, books penned by past museum speakers Cokie Roberts, Brian Lamb, David McCullough and Doris Buffett, and many titles specific to Henry Knox. All materials are available to support staff, independent public researchers, curriculum planners and participants of the museum’s Summer Teacher Institute.

The Henry Knox Papers Database, a unique project in development, strives to make the papers of Henry Knox, his family and his business dealings more accessible to Knox scholars, genealogists, Maine historians and students of American history. As a searchable index, the database functions as a centralized research tool for precise access to the content of the Knox collections available not only at Montpelier, but at historic and cultural institutions around the country. The collections themselves are not online.

The database will help researchers planning to study Knox’s Maine business interests, as well as identifying and providing colorful background for people and locations in the original Knox papers.

The library and database are open to the public, and research assistance is available at the library for students, teachers, scholars and history buffs. To access the database, visit http://search.knoxmuseum.org/landing.aspx. To learn more about the June 7 dedication and public reception, call 354-8062 or email info@knoxmuseum.org.

Next week: World War II U.S. Navy Muster Rolls, and where you can find them.

Send genealogy queries to Family Ties, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor, ME 04402; or email queries to familyti@bangordailynews.net.

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