Two days ago a reader left this comment: "E.M. Cloud has...written about the names Gaskill and Gaskins being interchangeable in some records. Do you know anything about that?"
Readers may have noticed that in my Ocracoke Newsletter for November, 2012
, I wrote, "When Lindbergh arrived at Cedar Hammock the men had
finished their supper meal and Uncle Ben Gaskill
, the station cook, was
cleaning up the large kitchen when he was told to bring a serving of food to a
However, the text under Ben's picture, from a newspaper clipping, reads, "BEN GASKINS
of Ocracoke was the cook at the Cedar
Hammock Coast Guard station at the time Charles A. Lindbergh dropped down out
of the skies and landed on the beach to spend the night on the island.
This is what Ellen Marie has written on an Ancestry.com Message Board
"Research of the names GASKILL and GASKINS calls for a lot of patience
and common sense. These two names were continuously intertwined. One
wonders if the two were at one time the same, and because of difference
in pronunciation and, or, spelling, they became two separate names. One
example is ADAM GASKINS, one of the earliest settlers, was referred to
as GASKILL in many documents. This happened to many families as they
were called GASKILL and later referred to as a Gaskins.
County Reg. of Deeds Book pg the names changes from Gaskins to GASKILL
and back to Gaskins several times in the same record.
"On the marriage
bond of BENJAMINE D. GASKILL (son of William F. GASKILL and SARAH E.
OWENS dated located in the Reg. of Deeds office in Swan Quarter,
Benjamine is listed as a GASKINS. On the bond his name appears as
Benjamine Gaskins three times.
"His son Benjamine GASKILL, Jr.
married my Grandmother's sister. They had all sons, Gaskills of course
and speaking of any one of them my mother distinctly called them
Gaskills, but when ever she spoke of their father, she called him Uncle
Ben GASKINS. When I questioned her about it, she said 'I don't know why
but I always called him that,' and was quite puzzled about the whole
thing. She had never realized that she had been wrong. Talking with
other residents I found many people called him Gaskins."
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