16 February 2014
James Gow enlisted on 11 January 1842 into the 93rd Sutherland Highlanders Regiment in Dundee District, Scotland aged 18 years being
then 5 feet 2 3/4 inches. By the end of 1842 the Regiment was serving in Canada, returning to Scotland in August of 1848.
Private James Gow was now around 24 years old. In April 1850, the regiment was transferred to Edinburgh. By the 1851 Census, James
Gow was stationed in Edinburgh living in the Edinburgh Tolbooth area with his wife Catherine and 10 month old daughter, Isabella. Mary
Gow, their second daughter was reputedly born while stationed at Plymouth, England about 1853 but no birth record has been located and
may be held in Regimental archives.
In February 1854, the regiment departed Plymouth for the Crimea where they fought
at Alma, Sebastapol and Balaklava. Corporal James Gow was now 30 years old and,
for valour on "The Thin Red Line" at the port of Balaklava in October 1854, was
awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal .
James Gow also earned the Crimean War Medal with Balaklava clasp and the Indian
Mutiny Medal with Lucknow clasp for his later service in India.
Returning from the Crimea in July 1856, his son James Gow was born in England,
possibly in Dover or at Portsmouth around 1857 although no record of birth has been
located. In June of 1857, the regiment is again deployed to China but found itself
sent to India after hearing the news of the Indian Mutiny near Cape Good Hope.
While the Balaklava conflict was brief, sharp and traditional field warfare against the Prussian Army, the
Indian Mutiny was fierce, hand to hand urban fighting against well trained Sepoys. The British had
trained the Sepoys and knew their enemy.
Sergeant James Gow, DCM, was 34 years old when he took part in the seige of Lucknow and the Relief
of Lucknow in 1858. James served in the same regiment until his death in Lucknow on 11 March 1858
following sixteen years as a career soldier, having served through the Crimean War and on "The Thin
Red Line" at Balaklava. He was killed on the last day of fighting at the Begum Khoti which secured
Lucknow for the British. James Gow was buried with his fallen companions near the Dilkoosha Palace.
[Note: His service records at the National Archives in Kew near London reveal his pay and
muster details. He was a Corporal from 1854 until 1856 when he was promoted to Sergeant on
22 January 1857. He is listed on Mary's marriage certificate as Colour Sergeant but this is
untrue. Military records and battle history are held in the archives of the Regiment at the
Regimental Headquarters of the Argyll and Southern Highlanders Regiment in Stirling Castle in
Scotland visited personally in 2007.
The original painting called "The Thin Red Line" hangs in Edinburgh Castle and a copy of it is in
the Regimental Museum in Stirling Castle. The museum has a diorama with commentary
explaining battle details. The phrase has survived to this day as the chosen symbol of The
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.] read more
SUSAN HASKELL'S BLOG
2 February 2014
Yesterday I attended an Unlock my Past Seminar in Brisbane with Thomas MacEntee and Chris Paton as speakers. After
researching on my own for a number of years and getting a bit jaded, they inspired me to move forward by invigorating this blog
and my behind the scenes book writing effort on our "Legends and Larrikins, Saints and Sinners" theme.
With the benefit of all four categories of characters in our family trees, it is only fitting that these stories be put on permanent
record. Some of the facts are palatable, some less so, but they are a record what really went on in these ancestors' lives. My first
post in 2011 was about our most notable saint, Martha Plested. Scroll down to find more about her life in India. A number of
American Haskells were also men of the cloth or missionaries.
Of course, in Australia, we have our convicts. Are they Larrikins or Sinners? This is in the "eye of the beholder". They are definitely
Australian Royalty. In the Second Fleet are Thomas Eather and Elizabeth Lee and later on Patrick Kearns and Dorothy McCarthy
from Ireland among others. Also there is the ancestor who married five times without benefit of death or divorce. What is the
name for that? Bigamy, Trigamy, Quadigamy, Quinigamy??? Definitely a sinner.
Then there are the legends, the Haskell emigrants from England to America in the 1630's. What courage to travel in a tiny ship to
establish a completely new life in a strange and alien territory. Sgt. James Gow who was a career soldier in the Scottish
Regiment, 93rd Sutherland Highlanders, earned the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his valour. Many Haskell men earned the
Purple Heart for their valour in putting their lives on the line for their country, most paying with the ultimate sacrifice.
Coming next....more about James Gow.
14 November 2013
Ray and I were married twenty years ago on 13th November, 1993. The day snuck up on both of us, we are ashamed to report. He had
forgotten but saved the day by remembering before me. When he wished me Happy Anniversary, I had to admit that the morning
routine had also left my memory wanting. I shall not mention the "gift" Ray brought home for me which he had picked up as a bargain
from the Salvo's to save him from eternal embarrassment. I think he bought the item first and remembered our anniversary on his way
home. Our "forgeteries" are in perfect order!!! We went out to dinner,though. What a day! We had hoped to visit Tasmania but my
back gave out again in an untimely way.
Also, a Happy Birthday to Tom Haskell of Omaha Nebraska which is also on the 13th November.
A couple of days ago I received a welcome email from Robert K. Bain who is the Ward Manager for Wester Ross, Strathpeffer and
Lochalsh of the Highland Council in Scotland about a local story involving Albert Haskell who served as a blacksmith's mate in the Royal
Navy on HMS Zealandia shortly before the war began in Loch Ewe in Scotland. [
Robbie had thoughtfully forwarded, at his own initiative, this account about Albert Haskell who had died as a result of an accident on
board. The account of the happenings on the 14th April 1914 at Albert's funeral in Poolewe and the fire at Inverewe Lodge fire had
been recorded in the book “Poolewe: Londubh Burial Ground & Pictish Stone” Published by Wester Lochewe Community Council, 2006.
Cathy Dagg & Pauline Butler did the research and text respectively. Pages 20 and 21.
20th October 2013
How great it is to hear from so many cousins and other distant relatives who have such enthusiasm for finding their roots. This week I have heard
from people from only few miles away, interstate, and from England, America and Canada. Thank you all so much for your contributions. Without
your support it would not be possible to find some nuggets of information that only the closest relatives can provide.
The best story of all was to hear from Debbie Rohlack who had been cleaning an attic in Corpus Christi, Texas for a garage sale when she found
a framed newspaper clipping about the death of Lovell Haskell who met his end after being hit by an electric car in 1903. As a result, he was
written up as the the first apparent road victim in the United States.
Although, Debbie was not a Haskell, she desired to be able to return the framed clipping to a rightful descendant.
Through the information Debbie gave me, I was able to ascertain from the Haskell Family Database that Lovell Haskell was Jay Lovell Haskell
from Michigan. Some of his family went to live in North Colorado but as yet we are at a loss to explain how that clipping got to Texas! She is going
to let me know if the data I passed on was successful. His last known surviving descendant is a great grandson, Ronald Lee Haskell, whose three
brothers, Carl, Gerry and Steven have passed on.
Also it was great to put Robyn Joyce and Lesley McDowell, descendants of Phyllis Ida Haskell 1895-1967 in touch with each other. Phyllis was
born in Verwood, Dorset,England. She married John Henry Christie in England in 1919 then emigrated to Victoria, Australia. They had four children,
all born in Australia..
Simon Pearce is writing a book with Peter Chapman on the men from Romsey, Hampshire, England who served during the First World War. He was
asking for further information about Ernest Bone Haskell who was killed in action. Henry James Payne Haskell, his brother, was also killed in
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Susan Clarke Haskell. Life member, HASKELL FAMILY ASSOCIATION.
Sergeant James Gow falls into the "Legends" category. A soldier in the 93rd Sutherland Highlanders Regiment based in
Scotland, he served in the Crimea and fought in the Indian Mutiny where he met his end on the second last day of that
conflict in 1858. He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for valour displayed at Balaklava against the Prussian
Army. His memory is immortalized in the painting by Robert Gibb, "The Thin Red Line", The original is hung in Edinburgh
Castle, Scotland and it was a privelege to see it personally in 2007. Very emotional.
There are many notables included in the web pages of www.haskellfamilyhistory.com so it is always a good idea to read the
added notes and events for clues. Because of copyright, not all of their stories are able to be included on the website.
"Google" is always a good starting point for additional information on your own ancestors. In future blogs, my intention is to
highlight some of these notables.
Because this website has grown and so has its lists of friends and followers, it is now become a good idea to begin this blog
to keep in touch.This is my first attempt at a blog so your patience is appreciated. An email list is also on the plan of
This blog will give space to those anecdotes and experiences which have arisen from my genealogical quest.
I do hope my writing skills develop so that I may keep you entertained and informed.
Having to complete a blog page regularly will force me to write a new chapter so that gradually this book will move from
dream to reality.
7th June 2011
"Legends, Larrikins, Saints and Sinners"
For years I have been promising a book entitled "Legends & Larrikins, Saints & Sinners'. This title truly reflects the varying nature and exploits of all our
Those of us in Australia certainly appreciate the "Sinners" part of this title when we know where many of our ancestors came from and why. After all, many
Australians descend from convicts but I hasten to add that only applies to my husband's ancestors and not mine! Thomas Heather, Elizabeth Lee, Patrick "Moses"
Kearns, Dorothy Carthy and Joseph Onus are some of these Australian convicts.
The "Larrikins" are those ancestors who were not necessarily criminal by nature but who loved the good life as we say.There is even one fellow who married five
times without benefit of death or divorce. We have searched and searched and searched again and found no such records. He just changed his name and his
mother's maiden name slightly on each marriage certificate. See if you can locate him on my website!
My great grand aunt, Martha Plested was definitely a "Saint" giving saintly service for 37 years as a Baptist missionary to India. She loved India so much she
retired there and was brought home to Sydney for medical care where she died. She is buried in Toowong Cemetery in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia with a
substantial headstone honouring her service.
11th June 2011
Haskell Family History gets a New Look
Regular visitors will have noticed a marked change in the appearance of the Haskell Family History web pages over recent weeks. As an improving web designer
I insist on extending my design skills and have taught myself a very small amount of HTML code. Hopefully, it will be easier for you to read and navigate while
retaining the historical content.
After spending a few days sorting old resource files into my new computer I have discovered a few long lost articles written some time ago. Currently, I am
updating and uploading these into the Articles section...check it out by using the new Research tab above. The newest story is about George Haskell of Kaiapoi in
New Zealand who built a home over 100 years ago and which remains a loved family home.
During the past year, my husband, Ray Haskell had a major operation on his foot which incapacitated him for nearly six months and then after our local floods, I
contracted a rather persistent chest infection on top of several minor ailments which all decided to act up around the same time. We are both now on the mend.
Hopefully, this trend will continue so I can share with you more Haskell information such as the births, deaths and marriages transcriptions I have in my offline
Finally I have found out a way to make the pages created by the Legacy Family Tree program look like pages belonging to this website. Legacy Family Tree is a
great program which has a free version and a deluxe version. The Deluxe version is economical and the support team actually answer your queries individually
which is rather great. Naturally I subscribe to the Deluxe Version to enable me to meet the criteria for the web. If you would like to try Legacy Family Tree just
click on the Legacy Logo and follow the instructions.
Surnames of special interest include:
Haskell, Clarke, Cairns, Lakeman, Waldock, Eather, Norris, Cornwell, Sharp, Gow, Willis, Plested. Plunkett, Eaton, Nichols, Onus, Ison, Parsons,
World, Atkin, Kidu, Boustead, Macnamara, Townsend, Collins, Lee, Hesketh and Hill.
For the last 300 or so years, this, not-so-small house, has withstood the vagaries of Mother Nature, as well
as the follies of human nature. Through it all, the Haskell House has retained its architectural integrity. In
fact, this first period house, which officially dates to 1710 (some suspect even earlier into the late 1600s -
record keeping was a bit sketchier then), is so historically “correct” that is is on the National Register of
A magnificent architectural example of “plank and frame” construction, this 18th-century structure is filled
with incredible period features, from the original wide floor boards to hand-hewn ceiling beams. Each door
has a set of one-of-a-kind handmade hinges that run the gamut of styles. H&L is, of course, included, but
others are even more interesting, like a set of hinges that are reminiscent of an ancient scimitar.
Two of the original first-floor rooms are “anchored” by great walk-in brick fireplaces - there are five total -
that give off “tremendous heat on a cold winter’s night.” In a former life, they were also used for cooking.
Many of the original hooks, arms, etc. remain, as well as the original lintels. One has dentil molding;
another vertical sheathing.
Let’s not forget several “outdoor” features that include steps that are really huge granite millstones, hand-
hewn rough cedar clapboards and “original” storm doors. Oh, the front door is studded with handmade
square nail heads.
The house even has a grand setting abutting the salt marsh and Walker Creek. A magnificent giant Sumac -
you know this beautiful tree has been in place a long time - stands dramatically tall against this lush
27th November 2011
WILLIAM HASKELL HOUSE is for sale.
Situated at 11 Lincoln Street, Gloucester, Massachusetts,USA, this building is on the National Register and is officially known as the Haskell House,
this 18th-century home is believed to have been built by Richard Window, a carpenter, possibly as early as 1651. Records indicate that William
Haskell, who was born in 1618 in England, purchased the property around 1656.
Richard E. Haskell writes on Carey Haskell's website: "...William Haskell purchased the 10 acres of "improved land" this house is built on in Gloucester
from Richard Window in August of 1652 (though some references point to the sale as late as June of 1663). The home is not referenced in the deed,
but that was the norm for deeds of that era, which were based on land not buildings and the phrase "improved land" suggests that the home may have
been there. The home is referenced in William's will of 1693, dating it definitely as a 17th century structure, making it one of the oldest surviving
homes in New England. For over it's first 200 years of existence, until 1872, it was owned by members of the Haskell family, and except for a short
period of time in the mid 20th century has been used as a private residence. In June of 2010 I had a chance to meet the current owner of the home
and discuss the history of it at length. His theory, and it seems a sound one to me, is that the home was used as a residence for Haskells only in
William's lifetime and upon his death, when ownership of the property was split between William's children, it was rented out as a tenant farm for the
remainder of it's ownership by Haskell's."
Haskell House appears to have remained in the Haskell family until the mid-19th century. In 1924, Albert Atkins bought the house and installed the
“first water supply system the house has ever known, and the first modern electrical system,” which has since been updated. The current owners, who
bought the house in the mid-1950s, have cared for Haskell House lovingly and respectfully.The opportunity to own such a rare piece of New England
history doesn’t come along every day. Still, one more owner will be lucky enough to add their name to the list.
Dare we hope that Haskell House, once again, comes under Haskell ownership?
31st July 2012
This blog has been sadly neglected and I do apologize.
When updating, I noticed the article I wrote in June last year about my new computer...well, you guessed it, I now have another new computer to tweak and do
all those boring and repetitive tasks that go with getting it up to speed.
Last month I got a sudden message on the screen about my hard drive which said 'BAD AND REPLACE' !!!
Fortunately I was able to immediately back up all my files and emails...at least I did not forget my email lists.
It had also needed new ram and a new graphics card during its very brief life.
After much negotiation over several weeks with the retailer, insurer and manufacturer, and the parting with more dollars to upgrade, I now have a new
computer AGAIN! The second in just over a year. Now that I can add information to the website, I find that I need to do quite a lot of tweaking because many of
my customizations on the web pages have needed to be given new pathways. After all this, it will be great to get back to the real stuff...researching to build the
database for you all.
The 1940 U.S. Census is now being indexed. Ancestry.com and Family Search have recently added millions more images of old original vital records. The UK
1911 Census index is virtually complete. Much work now needs to be systematically done to update and consolidate all the family trees. It is easier and quicker
for me to add the sources to the individual notes section so you can quickly see why a long-held date has been altered. Being able to see the original registers
and certificates takes much of the guesswork out of research unless the handwriting is difficult or faded. Today we have so many digital images of original
records that we are able to accomplish much more than our predecessors in shorter time.
How I appreciate their painstaking efforts to preserve as much as they could for future generations.
The Haskell's Google Group continues to steadily expand. Welcome to all the new members. Also the Facebook page gets steady attention.
Let us all hope that this new computer is not the lemon that the last one was. Maybe then I will be able to stay in touch with you more often.
My love for genealogy has been a wonderful godsend as I am still able to spend many hours doing my "detective work" as I call it.
What makes it so wonderful is that barely a day passes without an email (or several) from Haskells and other relatives from around
the world. It is always a joy to hear from others who share a common heritage as there is always good rapport. The information and
corrections sent in are invaluable to a lone researcher on the other side of the world from most Haskells.
It seems that Haskells have been generally quiet on the newsfront during this past year as I monitor items that may be of interest to
you. I believe the Haskell House has been sold but am unsure what is to become of it.
Richard K. Hascall, the Genealogist and Historian for the Haskell Family Association has been in touch regularly. He is looking at ways
to combine our efforts a bit more so we can develop the Haskell family records more completely. By the way, the Haskell Family
Association is holding their Reunion at Concord, Massachusetts from September 21-23, 2013. Ray and I had the pleasure of joining
them in Deer Isle in 2008. That reunion seems like yesterday.
On a much brighter note, we have crossed one more treat from our bucket
list! In August we took a two week trip to Central Australia, flying to Darwin
and traveling on "The Ghan", our outback version of the Orient Express down
to Alice Springs and then on to Adelaide. The train is certainly a great ride
with "right royal" treatment all the way. We stayed over in Alice Springs
which allowed us to visit Uluru (formerly Ayers Rock) and Nitmiluk ( formerly
Katherine Gorge). We now have some lovely Aboriginal art we need to frame
and have eaten the "must do" crocodile, kangaroo and buffalo burgers at the
Humpty Doo Hotel (yes, that is what it is called) near Darwin!
Next on the list is Tasmania which, for the last four years, circumstances have
repeatedly conspired to postpone.
15th September 2013
From the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Well, what a year and more has flown by. Such changes in all our lives.
Our house on a small acreage was beginning to get the better of us. We had floods in 2011 on the land but they missed the
house only damaging fences and trees. Later in 2011- 2012, we had a mini tornado right on top of the house and fires nearby.
Someone was telling us something! We successfully sold in a market downturn, so here we are in a lovely house with a small
garden, a heated pool and high and dry on a hill with a view to the ocean.
We had decided to downsize late in 2012 using an unexpected financial windfall and began readying the house when further
family changes hit us and we have been adjusting ever since. Even though our family will never again be as it was, time is
passing and whatever can be resolved is now happening.
Ray had a major foot reconstruction in January 2011 just as the floods hit. We evacuated for a day and then had to endure
electricity, phone and water failures for the next week and road closures, diversions and repairs for a year afterwards meaning
our commute to the nearby city of Ipswich for medical and shopping needs was blown out from 30 minutes to near an hour
some days or 45 minutes if we had a good day. After the surgery, Ray found it more of a chore traveling to work so he retired
in 2012 after 22 years as an engineer with the government of Queensland. No sooner had Ray stopped working, early in 2012,
my back gave out badly. There are now two bulging discs to take care of daily with painkillers and physical therapies. This will
be ongoing. Really cramps our style!