The Askins family is most probably of Scottish heritage, and the surname originally written as Erksine. The leader of the Erskine clan in Scotland was a Chieftain Robert, The Bruce, Lord Erskine. The first of this surname to come to America appears to have originally settled in Virginia. Some of the Askins in America may be of Irish hertiage and originally descending through John Askins of St. Mary's County, Maryland 1680's. He was a Catholic
William Askins, I (1747-1779) served in the Revolutionary War as part of Washington’s Army at Valley Forge. This William Askins was also a corporal in Capt. William Vance’s Company, 12th Virginia Regiment, and was enlisted for three years. He married a Mary Gregg (previously married to William Orr) and some of her family may have been the ancestors for the Gregg family* (see Gregg family section} which also became prominent settlers along the Pee Dee.
The Askins family which stayed along the Great Pee Dee began with William Askins, II, (son of William Askins, I) who indeed migrated south as a widower(?) from Virginia.
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