Name: William BASKIN Sr.
Given Name: William
Birth: 1705 in Donegal, Ireland
Death: 1767/1770 in Abbeville Co., SC
places where the children were born need to be revised to a more accurate timeline
Change Date: 15 Sep 2015 at 20:58:46
William was born in Ireland, probably County Donegal (for there are still many Baskins there today) in approximately 1705. In about 1730, William and his friend, John Pickens, came to the Pennsylvania colony in the New World. William first settled in East Nottingham Twp. in Chester Co. and moved to the newly opened Paxton [Paxtang?] region a few years later. William may have been married before he came to Pennsylvania, but it seems more likely that he married there.
Little is known of William's wife, Mary Stuart/Stewart, but it seems she and William began having children shortly after William's arrival in Pennsylvania. Whether she was born in Ireland or the New World we may never know. William and Mary had eight children who lived to be recorded - 6 boys and 2 girls.
About 1740, the Baskin and Pickens families moved again to Orange County (later Augusta County), VA. There the family joined the congregation of Rev. John Craig at the (Augusta) Stone Presbyterian Church. Rev. Craig, a prominent minister, baptized Charles Baskin on March 15, 1741. He later married Rev. Craig's daughter, Mary. In 1742 William's name appeared on the muster roll. He apparently served as constable for the area until 1745 when he resigned. In 1747, 42 year old William became a road overseer and purchased 212 acres on Lewis Creek. In 1749 he purchased another 232 acres from John Pickens on Buffalo Run, and the family had a servant in 1752 and 1761.
There were constant threats to the safety of the settlement. Both William, Jr. (age 21) and John Baskin (age 25) were members of Captain Israel Christian's company August 9, 1756. William, Jr. continued his service during the French and Indian Wars in Pennsylvania, and was stationed at Fort Ligonier in 1761 - 62.
This fighting opened up a new land on the South Carolina frontier near the current Georgia border, and in 1763, after the war concluded, John Baskin moved there and purchased land. Around 1765 his family joined him. William and Mary had already celebrated the marriage of their son, Thomas, to Margaret Hartgrove in 1759. In 1765 Charles married the Rev. Craig's daughter, Mary, and John married Elizabeth, who may have been Mary's sister. But this happiness was short-lived as William, Sr. died that year, too.
Father: John BASKIN b: 1669 in Andara, Donegal Co., Ireland
Mother: Mary MONTGOMERY b: 1680 in Ireland
Mary STEWART b: ABT 1709 in Ireland
in Chester Co., PA
- John BASKIN b: 6 Jun 1731 in East Nottingham, Chester Co., PA
- Thomas BASKIN b: 1733 in East Nottingham, Chester Co., PA
- Margaret BASKIN b: 1735 in Northern Ireland
- William BASKIN Jr. b: 14 Feb 1735/1736 in Ninety-Six Dist., SC
- James Crosby BASKIN b: 1739 in Augusta, VA
- Charles BASKIN b: ABT 15 Mar 1740/1741 in Tinkling Springs, Augusta Co., VA
- Hugh BASKIN b: Mar 1742/1743 in prob Augusta Co., VA
- Elizabeth BASKIN b: 10 Dec 1745 in Orange Co., VA