South Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Jul. 18, 1812|
Flat Rock (Kershaw County)
South Carolina, USA
Children of Ezekiel Gaskins and 1st wife Sarah J. Gaskins:
1.(Vincent)Vinson Gaskins b:1763 m:Jane Howell
2. Ezekiel Gaskins ,Jr. b:1764 m:Rebecca D. Eaddy
3. Samuel Gaskins b:1765
4. Catherine(Cathron) Gaskins b:Abt. 1766 m:John McAllister
5. Maith Gaskins b: Abt:1767
6. Charity Gaskins b:Bet. 1765 - 1768 m:James Kennedy
Children of Ezekiel and Tallitha Graham Gaskins:
David Gaskins b:1784 m:Isabella Peach b:1786 d:1857
Daniel Gaskins b:1789 m: Margaret Creighton
John Gaskins b:08 Nov 1789 m:Elizabeth ?
Dennis Gaskins b:1793 1st m:Nancy Drakeford
Margaret Gaskins b:1794 m:Harwell Gabriel Coates
Thomas Gaskin b:19 Mar 1796 1st m:Nancy Drakeford
2nd m:Sarah Drakeford
Darling Monroe Gaskins b:1801 m:Mary Polly Nelson
The Gaskin name is a geographic or place name. The first Gaskins were Gascons who came from Gascony in Southwestern France. The Gascons were descended from the Basques, an ancient and mysterious race, who have lived in the Pyrenees Mountains between France and Spain as long as history has been recorded. The Gaskins name began to evolve in England in the 12th century when Gascons began moving there. There are many variations of the name, but Gaskins and Gasciogne is the most common.
The first Gaskins to come to America, as far as is known, was Thomas Gascoigne, who came in 1636. His name eventually became Gaskins. His descendants married into the Lee family of Virginia. An oral tradition among Gaskins today is that the ancestor of the Williamsburg, Florence, and Kershaw County Gaskins came to South Carolina from Scotland with a brother (or brothers) and that they received grants of land from the King.
Records show that only two Gaskins received grants from the Crown before the Revolution. Ezekiel Gaskins received 100 acres on the Northeast side of Lynches Creek (now called river) in what was then known as Georgetown District, Prince Frederick's Parish, and Craven County. (The early Gaskins settlement was in Craven County, then in Williamsburg, and finally in Florence County.) The Gaskin cemetery at Hanna is believed to be the present-day site of that grant, though no proof has been found. The other grantee was one Amos Gaskins whose grant of 150 acres was situated on High Hill Branch. It would seem that he was a brother of Ezekiel Gaskins. Both had names from the Bible, something that was peculiar to almost all members of that family.
During the American Revolution Ezekiel Gaskins gave supplies of crops, food, and livestock to the Patriots, but apparently did not join in the fighting. Because of his contributions, his name is listed today in the Patriot Index of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Amos Gaskins, on the other hand, served the King's forces as a captain. Francis Marion's group at Tear Coat Swamp killed him in 1780 while sitting around a campfire playing cards.
After the Revolution, in the 1780's, Ezekiel and his sons received state grants of land totaling around 2000 acres. These grants were located on the southwest side of Lynches Creek (river) on Lynches Lake (Lake Swamp), Camp Branch, and High Hill Branch. The greatest concentration of Gaskins settlement appears to have been in the area on Lynches Lake near the present-day sites of the Gaskins, Lee, Cockfield, and Carter cemeteries. Ezekiel appears to have moved there from the northeast side of the creek. Records show Ezekiel and his sons having lands adjacent to Josiah Cockfield and near Charles McAllister and the Kennedy family. Two of Ezekiel's daughters married into the McAllister and Kennedy families.
Ezekiel appears to have been married as early as 1764, or earlier. His wife's name is unknown. Their known children were Vinson, Samuel, Ezekiel, Jr., Catherine, Charity, and Maith (Faith?). Their dates are not known, but Vinson and Ezekiel, Jr., are on the records of landowners in 1786, making them adults at that time.
These male Gaskins are the ancestors of the Williamsburg and Florence Gaskins of today. Due to the loss and destruction of public records, little is known about them. Samuel seems to have moved away. Ezekiel's will made it seem that Vinson and Ezekiel, Jr. were both dead by 1810. His will left money only to their heirs. Vinson may have been the oldest son. He already had land when Ezekiel, Jr., was receiving a state grant. Vinson and his family seem to have been the wealthiest group. Practically nothing is known about Ezekiel, Jr. For some reason, the Williamsburg Gaskins seldom got on the census records. Their father, Ezekiel, was always listed all his life. Neither Vinson nor Ezekiel, Jr., left wills.
Ezekiel Gaskins' first wife died around 1780. He then married Tallitha Graham. Their known children were Daniel, David, Dennis, John, Thomas, Margaret, and Darling Monroe. There is some doubt among some people that Ezekiel had two wives, but the records are pretty clear. In his will he speaks of his first children by name as "my children". In speaking of his younger children by name, he called them "my children" and "her children" (Tallitha's). In her will Tallitha does not mention the older children at all, but the young children are all referred to by name as "my children".
Records show that Ezekiel left Williamsburg in 1795 and moved to Sumter District (now in Lee County) where he purchased 455 acres on Horse Pen Branch and Scape Ore Creek. Highway 34 from Camden to Bishopville crosses Scape Ore at that point today. He seems to have lived there with his younger children until at least 1803, farming and operating a gristmill. Between 1795 and 1803 he purchased several hundred acres of land along the north prong of Black River near the site of present-day Wilsacky, SC. In 1803 he sold all of his Black River holdings and purchased hundreds of acres in Camden District near Westville, between Camden and Kershaw. The land on Horse Pen Branch was kept until 1810. At Westville, Ezekiel continued to farm and to operate another gristmill. In several of his land transactions in Sumter and in Kershaw District, he is referred to on record as a miller. Almost every piece of land he acquired in that area either had a millpond or a place suitable to build one. At least one of the pieces of property in Williamsburg had a millpond in later years, indicating that he may have been a miller even before going upstate.
Ezekiel Gaskin is said to have died on July 18, 1811. He left a fairly large estate for a man with no education and poor origins. It totaled more than $5,000 in disposable property (including seven slaves) and about 2,000 acres of land. On all his deeds and papers in lieu of signature he made a big "E" or "X". Tallitha made her "T". Tallitha lived on until May 1840, when the Camden Journal gave her age as 85-90. Ezekiel and Tallitha lie lost in unmarked graves in the woods on property belonging today to the Herb Young family. Very few Gaskins live in the area today.
Above article written by James M. Gaskin and taken from the above online site.
Tallitha Graham Gaskins (1755 - 1840)
John Gaskin/Gaskins (1789 - 1855)*
Darling Monroe Gaskins (1801 - 1861)*
Specifically: Ezekiel and Tallitha lie lost in unmarked graves in the woods on property belonging today to the Herb Young family, South Carolina.
Created by: C. LATTA
Record added: Nov 11, 2011
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