|The Haskell Family|
|This Haskell family line descends from William Haskell born in England in 1544.|
William Haskell (2) (1573 - 1630)
Capt. William Haskell (3) (1607 - 1693)
Joseph Haskell (1646 - 1727)
Ebenezer Haskell (1690 - 1723)
Stephen Haskell (1736 - 1809)
Abraham Haskell (1771 - 1849)
Henry Haskell (1800 - 1880)
Forbes Phelps Haskell, Sr. (1844 - ?)
Forbes Phelps Haskell, Jr. (1873 - ?)
Oliver Howard Haskell (1904 - 1955)
External Link (Carey Haskell's family site) to Photos of the house that Capt. William Haskell (3) purchased in 1652.
For information on the above indiviuals and others that are not direct descendants of this line please take a look at my database found on the WorldConnect Project at RootsWeb.com or go to my index on this site.
William (1) was born in 1544 and in 1570 he was married to Ann (Hannah).
William (2) carried the same given name as his father and his son and was born in Wincanton, Somerset, England in 1573. He married Elinor (Cook) around 1600 and died in Carlton-Musgrove, Somerset, England in 1630. Elinor lived another twenty years until her death in 1650.
Captain William Haskell was born in Somerset, England in 1607. He emigrated with his brothers Roger and Mark aboard the Elizabeth in 1635. They settled first in Beverly, Massachusetts, and later moved to Gloucester where William and several subsequent generations of Haskells lived until Forbes, Jr. moves west to Tacoma, Washington. According to Ira J. Haskells Chronicles of the Haskell Family, Captain William Haskell appears to permanently settle in Gloucester by 1658, where he owned several large lots including one of 20 acres with a house and barn at Walkers Creek. William served as selectman and also as a representative of the General Court. In 1681 he was appointed lieutenant of the local militia and later his rank was elevated to captain, a title that he retained until his death in 1693. William was married to Mary (Tybott) on November 16, 1642 in Gloucester. She was born on November 6, 1628 and died on August 16, 1693.
Joseph Haskell was the first Haskell of this line to be born in America. He was born on June 2, 1646, married Mary (Graves) on December 2, 1674, and died in Gloucester in 1727. Deacon Joseph was popular in Gloucester where he served as selectman for several years and was an influential member of the First Church of Gloucester, hence the nickname Deacon. Joseph and Elizabeth had ten children although one (Walter) died in infancy and another (Elizabeth) lived only until she was twenty-one years of age. The ten children were Mary, Walter, Elizabeth, Joseph, Hannah, Dorcas, Daniel, Ebenezer, Dorothy, and Naomi.
Ebenezer Haskell, son of Joseph and Mary, was born on February 22, 1690 and lived to be 81 years old. On February 23, 1723 Ebenezer married Elizabeth (Goodhue) and the two of them parented a family of eight children. Elizabeth was born on February 7, 1696 and died some time around 1768. Ebenezer died three years later on June 23, 1771.
Deacon Stephen Haskell was born on December 1, 1736. Stevens first wife Sara (Ring) was born on February 21, 1734. Anna (Lane) was Stevens second wife. Stephen was a selectman in Gloucester for sixteen years and he died August 31, 1809.
Born about 1771 ,Abraham (Steven and Saras son) was married to Betty or Betsydepending on the source(Davis), who was the daughter of Lucy (Haskell) and Captain Elias Davis. Abraham is recorded as having died on August 17, 1849. Stephen, Sarah, Judith, and Enoch were Abrahams siblings. I have little other information on Abraham.
Henry Haskell was born in 1800. Henrys wife was Sara (Phelps). Henry is listed in the 1850 Massachusetts census as a shoemaker (although Ira Haskell writes that Henry was a sail maker) and his business at that time was valued at $1,000. He and his family lived on the ancestral farm at Walkers Creek in Gloucester that had been in the family since at least 1656. Henry was also a captain of the militia and a member of Gloucesters first city government. Henry had four brothers named Abraham, Ezra, Phineas, and George.
Forbes Phelps Haskell, Sr. was born on April 6, 1844 in Gloucester, Massachusetts in Essex County. His wife, Emma Frances (Howard), was the daughter of Elizabeth Powers (Haskell) and Oliver Foster Howard. Forbes, Sr. was one of ten children. His nine siblings are mentioned in Ira J. Haskells Chronicles of the Haskell Family as being Phineas, William P., Francis, Andrew, Henry, Walter A., Sarah, Elizabeth (called Libby), Abby R., and Susan.
Forbes Phelps Haskell, Jr. was born in 1873 and married to Mary Elizabeth (Lovell). He was responsible for moving the Haskells from Gloucester, Massachusetts to the Pacific Northwest. The 1920 Federal census for Pierce County, Washington lists his sons Oliver, age 15, and Donald, age 20, as living in the household of Forbes along with Marys seventy-five-year old mother Margaret Lovell and Marys twenty-five-year old brother Don Lovell whos occupation is listed as laborer. Forbes, like his son Oliver, was a banker. He served as president of Puget Sound Bank.
Oliver, was a banker serving as vice president of the Peoples National Bank in Seattle, Washington. He was born on May 24, 1904, and married Clarice (Miller) in 1928 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 1954 Oliver resigned as Vice President stating ill health as the reason but he continued to serve on the board of directors for the bank. A year later during the winter of 1955 Oliver died on December 16. Olivers wife Clarice lived in a house on the shores of American Lake in Tacoma, Washington where many years later she lost a battle she was waging against cancer. She died on March 8, 1971.
The surname Haskell meaning the marsh is variously spelled Hascal, Haskill, Hascol, Haskall, etc., and is according to some authorities of Walsh origin, but other authorities trace the patronymic as well as the family to Norman sources. The family is said to be descended from a companion of William the Conqueror, and to be of Norman-French stock. That the family is one anciently distinguished is evidenced by the fact that it is an armigerous family and that legend traces the origin of the crest to a definite incident which is said to have occurred at the battle of Hastings.
The legend is this: At the battle of Hastings, William the Conqueror, being faint from the lack of food, saw in the distance, near the lines of Harold, an apple tree in fruit. Expressing the belief that some of the apples would revive him until the fortunes of the day should be decided, one of his attendant knights, Roger de Haskell by name, dashed forward amid a shower of the enemy's arrows and brought to his sovereign a scarf filled with the fruit, whereupon the Conqueror bade him bear as his crest a fruit-bearing apple tree pierced by a flying arrow. The arrow seems to have disappeared, but the apple-tree remains as a reminder to posterity of the courage of an early progenitor. [By Herbert A. Hull, St. Louis, MO, from Americana, vol. 21, page 436]
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