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William H. Askew

SOURCE: History of Texas, Together with a Biographical History of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson Counties. (Chicago, IL: Lewis, 1893), p. 401-402.

William H. Askew - Along in the latter part of the 1860s, the State of Texas was receiving a class of permanent settlers, hundreds of young men from the other States, with more energy than money, more manhood than any other commodity. Among these were our subject. He left Alabama, his adopted State, in 1867, in company with G. W. Hunt, a neighbor boy, took up his westward march, overtaking at Montgomery, Alabama, the Anderson and Ellison families, with whom they completed their journey, making their first stop in Washington county.

Our subject worked on the farm of Mr. Hammon for a portion of the crop, while there, and when the agreement was executed, not caring to remain longer in the county, he came to Milam county, reaching here in March 1868, and that season worked on shares.

The next year, our subject bought a seventy-acre tract and cultivated it two years, but having a strong desire to see more of the State, he sold out the farm and bought a pony, making a tour of inspection over Comanche, Coryall, Eastland, Tarrant, Johnson, Bell and other counties.

He the returned to Alabama, where he remained from August 1871, to February 1872, when, in company with two brothers, the trip to Texas was again made. The second year here he bought the old site of the Smith land of R. H. Smith, and remained until 1880, when he purchased and moved to his present home. This contained, at that time, ninety acres, and was owned by J. M. Killen. The profits of the place have been sunk in good black soil as they accumulated, 738 acres being the sum total of his real holdings, 300 acres of which he cultivates. Hog creek runs through the farm, giving it good drainage and an ample water supply. In the management of his plantation, Mr. Askew shows rare tact and good judgement. His home is a model of neatness, and there hospitality reigns, even strangers being made to feel at home while under his roof.

In 1882, Mr. Askew engaged in feeding stock for market, ranging from 50 to 200 head, and his farm stock is of his own raising.

Elective office our subject has never held, but he is Notary Public of his precinct, and is Postmaster of Baileyville, appointed in 1890. In September 1890, he bought out C. W. J. Baileyís general merchandise business in Baileyville. He carries a stock of $3,500, his sales being $8,000 annually.

Mr. Askew is a Democrat, and a leader and molder of opinion in his county. Our subject was born in Georgia, in 1847, and is a son of H. J. Askew, who was born in the same state, in 1816. He received no education, but it was mainly his own fault, as he did not feel disposed to go to school, and became a successful farmer until the opening of the war. He lost heavily, then, and has never recovered. In 1852 he removed to Alabama, residing there until 1887, when he came to Texas in order to be among his children. He had been a soldier under Jackson in the Indian war.

The mother of our subject was in her maiden days Miss Eleanor Maddox, and the following children were born of that union: James Askew, killed at Atlanta; Joseph W. Askew; Uriah Askew, deceased, and Charlie Askew. Mrs. Askew died in 1862.

Two years later he married Mrs. Elliott, the sister of his first wife, and a daughter of William Maddox, of Georgia. By this marriage there were born the following children; John Askew, Fannie Askew, who married B. P. Bozeman; Benjamin Askew; Sidney Askew and Robert Askew.

Our subject married in October 1887, Miss Mollie Cargill, a daughter of Milton Cargill, deceased, from Louisiana. Mr. Cargill married a daughter of McClem Taylor.

Mr. and Mrs. Askew are the parents of two children; W. Lucian Askew and Gladys Askew.

We must say a special thank you to Doug Kirk of Waynesboro, TN, for typing the above biographical sketch for use on the Milam County TXGenWeb site.

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