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Descendents of William Askam, namesake Askam, Pa.
Posted by: Hamlin King (ID *****0193) Date: October 29, 2006 at 06:57:14
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By Jessie Cave King of Columbus, Ohio in 1959
Edited and updated by her nephew, Hamlin C. King, Jr. in 2006

WILLIAM ASKAM, descendant of Roger Ascham, born in England, came to U.S., settled in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, came to Hanover from Wilkes-Barre about 1820; lived on the Middle Road, west of the stone house; married Elsie __________. In 1864 when a Post Office was established the office was named Askam. (Roger Ascham, son of a large landowner, English scholar and author 1515-1568, was a tutor for the first Queen Elizabeth.)
Bio 1. PENNSYLVANIA HISTORY BOOK. Hanover Twp. -- Luzerne Co. near Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Many years ago this place was known as Hanover Center. It is located on the Middle Road, about a mile north of the west end of Sugar Notch borough or Plumbton. When the Post Office was established In 1864, Joseph Neuhart was appointed postmaster and the office was named Askam, in memory of an eccentric gentleman who located here in the early settlement of this township. One day many years ago, the wife of William Askam requested him to go out and get her some wood. He obeyed orders as far as going out was concerned. After an absence of 7 years he returned, having in the meantime visited England. His family had remained in the same cabin in which he left them and upon his approach to the house he gathered up an armful of ovenwood, carried it in, laid it down carefully and turning to his wife said, “this is the ovenwood you sent me after". He lived at this place many years afterwards and died kindly remembered by all who knew him as “eccentric” Billy Askam. Methodist Church was organized in 1820 and among the early members were Elsie and William Askam.
Bio 2. HISTORY OF THE ASKAM FAMILY -- as I remember. December 19, 1959 Lola Askam King, Mrs. R.L. King). (Robert Leffler). Great Grandfather came from England. He was the eldest son and would have inherited the estate, quite wealthy. But for some reason was disgruntled. and wanted to come to America. He took some of their personal things to the boat coming here, asked his wife to go and see the boat. She once said they were moving and he replied only rocking when they did come out could not see land. They settled in Pennsylvania. There is a village there named Askam They had three sons. One lived in New York on the Hudson River, had no children but adopted 2 girls. When he died, my half Uncle Tom Gilbert who lived in Rawson, Ohio telephoned me on Grassland Farm, almost our first message on our new telephone. He and Uncle had corresponded. The second son lived in Leipsic, Ohio. He was married twice. First wife had several children. Mrs. Ross (Lakeside,Ohio) could perhaps tell how many as she knew some of them. When he was 60 he married a girl 20. She was so pretty. They visited us once. They had one daughter. They both died very close together, reported the second death heart broken. When Uncle Norris and Aunt Mary Askam went west, they saw a sign for a Dentist Askam in Utah. They called and found Dr. Askam was born in Leipsic. I do not think there are any other Askams in U.S. except decedents from my Great Grandfather. My Grandfather married Julia Bennett from _______. (Editor’s note: The name wife of Grandmother King’s grandfather John Askam was Julia Lueder (Leader) and not Bennett, but that is what this account says). They lived on a farm now in the Carnahan Addition in. Findlay, Ohio. They had 4 children , 1 girl and 3 boys. The girl drowned in the Blanchard River. 1 boy died. Uncle Bill and my Father. My grandfather had been threshing. He was so warm and drank too much cold water and died suddenly. Eliza Hoy’s (Vanlue,Ohio) mother was a half sister of Grandfather Gilbert and she said he wrote to Grandmother Askam soon after Grandfather's death that he wished to call on her when the proper time came. He had already buried 2 wives and had children by both wives. They were married and lived on a farm on the BIanchard river. When I knew them they lived in Vanlue. They had 7 children, three girls and four boys. At one time she had 4 sets of children, was considered a wonderful mother. Later Grandfather Gilbert died. She lived with her daughter next door Mollie McGuigan. They moved to Findlay, she died there at the age of 83 and buried in the Vanhorn. Cemetery west of Vanlue.
Maria               m. Thomas Brown,       she d. 1877
Caroline b. 1805         m. Christine Saum,       she d. 1853
William b. 1807         m. Lydia Learn
Katie                      m. Benjamin Carey.
John                      m. Julia Lueder
Burton b. 1818         m. Eliza M.
(Taken from History of Hanover Twp. and Wyoming Valley, Luzerne Co., Pa., page 388)


William 1
b. in Pa., 1807. m. in Pa. Lydia Learn. He d. Leipsic, Ohio, Nov. 19, 1880,
Charles W.
William J.
John H.

John 1 (Bro. of William 1)
b. in Pa., came to Findlay, 0., in 1837. m. in Pa. Julia Lueder (Leader) b. in Pa., Feb. 11, 1812 and d. June 23, 1893. He d. July 18 or 20, 1840. She m. Aquilla Gilbert July 6, 1841 and had 7 children.
Kelley d. as a boy
Rosa        d. as a girl drowned in Blanchard River, Findlay, 0.
William B.
Augustus Frederick

Burton 1 (Bro. of William 1)
b. in Pa., 1818, m. Eliza M. lived at Rondout on Hudson River, Ulster Co., N.Y. At one time owned land in Hancock Co., 0. No children.


George 2 (William 1)
b. Sep. 20, 1830, m. July 21 1850, Sabilla J. Baughman b. Nov. 17, 1833. He d. May 20, 1907 and she d. Oct. 11, 1893.
Minerva Guear b. Oct. 5, 1869
Otis Abraham

Charles W. 2 (Bro. of George 2)
b.       m. Catherine N. b. 1854.
Emma b. 1855 d. Feb. 16, 1875
Otto W. b. Aug. 15, 1857 d. 1880 (Single)
Burton S. b. 1864
S.M. (daughter) b. 1870
Mabel b. Feb. 4, 1882 (Leipsic, 0)

William J.2 (Bro. of George 2)
m. Bell
Lydia Jane
Lucinda L.
Emma G. b. 1859, d. Mar. 8, 1920
Henry F.
Andrew C.
WillIam J.
Daughter b. April       , 1868

John H.2 (Bro. of George2)
m. Jan. 18, 1866, Eliza Jennie McGill b. 1850.

William B.2 (John1)
b.       m. Sept. 7, 1862, Mary Litzenberger
Gilbert S. b.       1865. d. June 6, 1891.

Augustus Frederick2 (Bro. of William B2)
b. Findlay, 0. (Carnahan Addition) Hancock Co., March 6, 1838, m. Findlay, 0., April 29, 1859, Savilla Lee b. Feb. 18, 1838, d. May 16, 1865.
Henry Norris (mother Elizabeth Gilbert)
Alice Nay
Allen F. b Hancock Co., Nov. 3, 1863 d. May 16, 1864.
Alvin Lee
m. Caledonia, 0., Nov. 1, 1866, Malinda Ann Ault, b. on farm near Ca1edon1a, 0., Dec. 25, 1846. Lived in Vanlue, 0. Methodist. He d. March 5, 1889. She m. John W. Murphy, Sept. 29 1892. Lived in Missouri a short time. She d. Sept. 1, 1914.
His Bio: AUGUSTUS F. ASKAM, farmer, P. O. Vanlue, born March 6, 1838, in Findlay Township, Hancock Co., Ohio, is a son of John and Julia A. (Leader) Askam. natives of Pennsylvania, who came to Ohio in 1837-38, and settled in Findlay Township, this county. They entered land near what is now the city of Findlay. Of their family of three sons and one daughter, our subject is the only one now living. He was educated in Findlay, and, in 1859, married Savilla, daughter of Stephen Lee. She bore him three children, two of whom are now living: Alice M. (wife of J. Campbell) and Alvin L. Their mother died in 1865, and Mr. Askam married, in 1866, Melinda Ault, daughter of a pioneer of Marion County, Ohio. By her he has three children, now living: Lola M., John B. and Anna L. Mr. Askam has been engaged in mercantile business, has also followed the carpenter's trade, and for the last four years has been engaged in farming. He is a member of the I. O. O. F. and Good Templars. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Lola Montez
John Bayne
Infant Son b. Jan. 3, 1879       d. Jan. 28, 1879
Anna Leah
Ray Eugene


Otis Abraham3 (George2, William1)
b.       m. Nettle May Fye
Hillis Herbert b. Leipsic, 0. . July 29, 1896
Mary E.        b. Jan. 21, 1898
Keneta Hellen b. Mar. 12, 1904

Burton S.3 (Charles W.2, William1)
b. 1864, m. Aug. 16, 1888, Dora Sighter or Seiter.
Harry A. b. Blanchard Twp. Feb. 15, 1892
Son b. Dee. 24, 1898 d. Dec. 30, 1898

Lydia Jane3 (William J.2, William1)
b. Unknown m. March 15, 1871, Bishop Filmore Ramsey

Lucinda L.3 (Sister of Lydia Jane3)
b. Unknown m. Aug. 17, 1865 Elizah Buckley.

Henry F.3 (Bro. of Lydia Jane3)
b. Unknown m. Aug. 22, 1877, Eliza A. Cummer.

William J3 (Bro. of Lydia Jane3)
b. Unknown.        m. July 31, 1879, Emma Guear or Giles
Joseph R. b. Feb. 13, 1881
Sabilla b. Oct. 29,
Earl F. b. 1884 d. Mar. 5, 1886.
Clara C. b. Dec. 8, 1888

Henry Norris3 (Augustus Frederick2, John1) b. Mar. 9, 1856, Vanlue, 0. (Mother was Elizabeth Gilbert) m. Octavia Florence Lee. Divorced and m. Vanlue, 0. Mary Katherine Weber, July 3, 1886, b. March 30, 1865. She d. Sep. 14, 1943 and he d. Aug. 18, 1926. Lutheran. She had no children but raised her sister’s 2 children.
His Children:
Zina Jane b. near Findlay, 0., Nov. 12, 1876. m. Findlay, O., Dec. 25, 1901, Joseph Francis Bibler, b. Findlay O., Apr. 16, 1874. Plumber. He d. Oct. 17, 1955. She d. Dec. 1 1959. No children
Minta b. Findlay O., Oct. 22, 1878. m. Louis P. Werkheiser, b. March 12, 1877. She d. Dec. 15, 1952. He d. Jan.17, 1953.
Foster children:
Zina Louise
Ralph Frederick

Alice May3 (Half-sister of Henry Norris3)
b. Vanlue, 0., May 10, 1861, m. Findlay, 0., Feb. 27,1881, James Campbell, b. New York, N.Y., April 5, 1856. She d. April 7, 1929, he d. Dec. 23, 1935.
Erma Katherine, b. near Vanlue, O., Feb. 23, 1882, m. Findlay, O., Apr.
17, 1907, John Laurantz Moores, b. Loudonville, O., Dec. 13, 1878. Merchant. Presbyterian. He d. May 25, 1953. She d. Jan. 29, 1959.
Versa Dell b. April 23, 1883 d. Jan. 10, 1899 (near Vanlue, O.)
Lee Curtis b. June 26, 1887 d. Jan. 9, 1892
Edna Askam, b. Findlay, 0., Apr. 2, 1893. m. Findlay, O., Aug. 25, 1921, John A. Peirano, B. San Andreas, Cal., July 18, 1893.
Frank Bayne b.       Findlay, O., Aug. 9, 1895. m. Findlay, O., Feb. 24, 1921, Joyce May Otley, b. Cygnet, O., Aug. 16, 1899. He d. Aug. 6, 1944, Joyce remarried David

Alvin Lee3 (Half-brother of Henry Norris3)
b. Vanlue, O., April 4, 1865, m. Belle Center, O. April 3, 1888, Jane (Jeanie) Schultz Harris, b. April 27, 1866. She d. Aug. 15, 1938, he d. Dec. 12, 1948. Methodist. Merchant.
Harold Eugene b. Findlay, O., Dec. 29, 1888. m. Findlay, O., Aug. 30, 1911, Florence Emma Snyder, b. Aug. 6, 1890. Methodist. He d. Aug. 4, 1929.
John Charles b. Findlay, O., May 1, 1894. m. Findlay, O., Sep. 3, 1927, Dorothy Isabel Redman, b. Dee. 12, 1901. Business Executive of Ohio Oil Co., he d. July 29, 1957.
Frances Elizabeth b. Findlay, O., Apr. 14, 1898. m. Findlay, O., Oct. 20, 1917, Elmer Porter Hartman, b. near Findlay, O., Jan. 3, 1897. Industrialist. Methodist.
Kathryn Louise b. Findlay O. Mar 4, 1906. m. Findlay, O., Sept. 1930, Ray Beard, b. July 4, 1905. Divorced.

Lola Montez3 (Half-sister of Henry Norris3)
b. Vanlue, 0., March 4, 1868, m. Vanlue, O., June 4, 1891, Robert Leffler King, b. Aug. 24, 1863. Methodist. Farmer. After 25 years on farm moved to Springfield, O. Real Estate. Presbyterian. He d. Oct. 19, 1935, She d. June 27, 1964,Winterhaven Nursing Home, Columbus, O.
Columbus Dispatch Obituary, July 1, 1964: Mrs., R. L. (Lola) King, age 96, June 27, Winter Haven Nursing Home, Survived by son, Hamlin C. King, Columbus; Edwin A. King, Findlay, Ohio; daughter, Mrs. Ray Cave, 603 Crescent Rd., Columbus; Brother Ray E. Ascham, Findlay, Ohio; sister, Dr. Leah Ascham, Manhattan, Kan.; 10 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren. Service was held LITTLETON FUNERAL HOME, Springfield, Ohio, Tuesday, June 30, 1:30 P.M. Burial, Ferncliff Cemetery; Springfield.
Edwin Askam King b 2 ml. N. Vanlue, 0,, Mar. 12, 1892. m. Columbus, O., Feb. 5, 1916, Helen Marguerite Wetmore, b. Columbus, 0., Sep. 15, 1892. O.S.U. Graduate. Farmer. Methodist. d. July 30, 1984, Hocking County, Ohio.
Hamlin Caldwell King b. 2 ml. N. Vanlue, O., June 28, 1894. m. Cincinnati,
0., Nov. 22, 1917, Edith Cole, b. near Findlay, O., May 16, 1897. Teacher. Building manager. Methodist. She d. July 16, 1939. He graduate of O.S.U. He m. Springfield, O., July 27, 1940, Rose Marie Jetmore, b. Kalida, O., Dec 10, 1906. Teacher. Graduate of Wittenberg, College. He d. October 25, 1978, Zephyrhills, Florida. She d. May 22, 2001, Zephyrhills, Florida.
*Jessie King Cave, b. 2 ml. N. Vanlue, O., Aug. 2, 1897. m. Springfield, O., June 25, 1925, Ray Cave, b. on farm, Coahocton Co., near Trinway, O., Mar. 1, 1887. Graduates of O.S.U. Presbyterian. He Pharmacist. d. She November 11, 1980, Columbus, Ohio. He d. March 13, 1962, Columbus, Ohio.
Obiturary Columbus Dispatch November 19, 1980; CAVE Jessie King Cave. age 83, of 717 Neil Avenue (Westminster Terrace). Tuesday, Grant Hospital. 55-year member of Hoge Memorial Presbyterian Church (Women's Association of Hoge Memorial). O.S.U. Graduate. O.S.U. Alumni Club, American Association. University Women. Hiland Garden Club on the Hill- top, Life Member of Y .W .C.A., Life Member of Church Women, United of Columbus and Franklin County, and one of the founders of the Ohio Dietetic Association. Preceded in . death by husband. Ray Cave. Survived by son and daughter-in-Iaw, Richard K. and Yvonne Cave of Canton. Ohio: brother, Edwin A. King of Findlay, Ohio: several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral service Thursday, 11 ;30 a.m., Hoge Memorial Presbyterian Church, where family will receive friends after the funeral service in the church parlor. Rev. Hans Klee officiating. Private graveside services to follow. In lieu of flowers, family requests friends to contribute to Hoge Memorial Presbyterian Church or the American Cancer Society in her memory. Funeral arrangements by SCHOEDINGER HILLTOP CHAPEL, 3030 W. Broad Street.
*Note by Hamlin C. King, Jr. Jessie King Cave was the original author of this genealogy, which I only updated with a few deaths that took place after she wrote it. She was a very active lady. Some called her the "Mayor of Hilltop" (the area of Columbus where she lived). She was on a first name basis with the then Mayor Jack Sensenbrener. One year (1961, I believe) she was named "Church Woman of the Year". She was very proud of that. She was very taken with her birth date. She had a coin collection of coins with the date of her birth. Since we were born on the same day, she was always very nice to me. We used to go to her home for Christmas when I was a child. The adults would play canasta and my brother and I would watch primitive cartoons on the television. Unfortunately, her late son felt that she both dominated his life and she had no time for him when he was a child. He destroyed a lot of her treasurers after she died. In her last days, she was in a wheel chair in a Presbyterian nursing home. She had a breast and a leg removed due to cancer. She finally died of cancer. She did an extensive study of the Askam family.

John Bayne3 (Bro. of Lola M.3)
b. East of Vanlue, 0., Wyandot Co., Feb. 12, 1873. m., Arcadia, O., Aug. 15, 1896, Jessie June Biggs, b. Arcadia, 0., June 16, 1875. She d. Oct. 21, 1950, he d. Nov. 14, 1950. Minister. Methodist.
Mary Margaret b.       Delaware, O., Dec. 28, 1898. m. Constantinople, Turkey, Nov. 17, 1925, David Sherman Green, b. Feb. 7, 1897, Hartford, Conn. Diplomatic U.S. Service. Methodist. No children. She graduate of O.S.U.

Anna Leah3 (Sister of Lola M.3)
b. Vanlue, 0., Feb. 5, 1881. Single. Teacher. Methodist. Graduate of O.N.U., O.S.U. and Ph.D. from Yale Univ., Retired first to Manhattan, Kansas and then to Findlay, Ohio. Never married. d. April 21, 1969, Findlay, Ohio.

Ray Eugene3 (Bro. of Lola M.3)
b. Vanlue, O., May 7, 1886. m. 1 mi. N. Houcktown, 0., June 28, 1911, Jessie Florence Vansant, b. July 17, 1887. Geologist and Farmer. Methodist. He graduate of Ohio Northern Univ., Ada, O. Retired and lived in Findlay, 0. Both found dead in their home in Findlay, O. under mysterious circumstances. Both d. January 20, 1976.
Martha Ann b. Plattsville, Wis., August 16, 1913. m. Findlay, Ohio June 28, 1936, Joseph William Wanner, b. Marion, O., Oct. 13, 1911. Engineer. Methodist. She graduate of Miami U., Oxford, 0.
Jessie Katherine b. 1 mi. N. Houcktown O., Dec. 6, 1915. in Findlay, 0., June 24, 1939, Philip Stemple Blickensderfer, b. Orillia, Canada, Jan. 29, 1915. Research Chemist. Methodist. She graduate of Miami Univ., Oxford, O.
Julia Elizabeth b. 1 ml. N. Houcktown, O., Ju1y 2,1923. Lived in Dayton,0. Nurse. Methodist. Graduate of Miami Valley Hospital School of Nursing, Dayton, O.
Wilbur Ray b. 1 mi. N. Houcktcwn, O., May 30, 1926. m. Youngstown, 0., Sep., 1950, Ann Marie Petryck, b. Youngstown, O.,Aug. 4, 1931. Methodist. Food Processing. Graduate of O.S.U. He d. October 30, 2005 in Findlay, Ohio.
Ruth Eleanor b. 1 ml. N. Houcktown, O.,June 20, 1931, m. Findlay, O., July 27, 1952, Paul Flavis Pulse II, b. near Hillsboro, O., Dec. 25, 1930. Church of Christ. Air Force (weather pilot). She graduate of Univ. of New Mexico.

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