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William Haskell was Churchwarden at the Church of St. Stephen in Charlton Musgrove, England in 1627 – 1628.  He married Elinor Foule in 1600/1.  They had seven children who were baptised in Charlton Musgrove, Somerset, England. The three sons, Roger (bp. 6 Mar 1613/14), William (bp. 8 Nov 1618), and Mark (bp. 8 Apr 1621) emigrated to Massachusetts in the New World. Most Haskells in the U.S. are descended from one of these three brothers. Roger married Elizabeth Hardy in 1639 and had ten children. William married Mary Tybott in 1643 and had nine children. Mark married Hannah Woodbury, the widow of James Patch, in 1658 and had two sons. William has the most descendants, Roger has then next most descendants, and Mark, with only two sons, has the fewest descendants.

Of the four daughters of William Haskell and Elinor Foule only Joan emigrated to the New World. She may have died on the voyage or upon arrival. Nothing more is known of her. Cecille remained in England and on 30 July 1637 she married Edward Cobe of Wincanton at the Penselwood parish church, Somerset. Their descendants, if any, are not known. Dorothy and Elizabeth are thought to have died young in England; there is no further record of them.

Church of St. Stephens
Charlton Musgrove, England

  From David A. Haskell, Past HFA Historian/Genealogist:
Elinor/Ellin Foule's maiden surname is variously reported as Foule, Frowde, or Cook. Contributors to the Haskell Journal of the Haskell Family Association prefer to use Foule, pronounced to rhyme with "goal".  Elinor's first husband, William Haskell, Sr., died in 1630.  Sometime after his death, and most likely in England, Elinor married John Stone, who had two sons from a previous marriage, John Jr., and Nathaniel.

Probably in the spring of 1635 or 1636, John Stone, Elinor, and three of her Haskell children (Roger, age 21, William 16, and Joan 6) sailed from England, most likely from Bristol, and settled in the "Basse River" section (also called the Cape Ann side, now Beverly) of Salem, Massachusetts.  John Stone engaged in farming and fishing but also operated a ferry across the Basse River between the two settlements.  It is not known with certainty whether John Stone's sons of his earlier marriage accompanied their father to New England.

The youngest son, Mark, on 26 April 1635 was apprenticed by the Overseers of the Poor for Charlton Musgrove to John Whiting, a broadweaver of Shepton Mallet, Somerset, for a period of nine years.  The Overseers of the Poor were probably acting "in loco parentis" rather than alleviating a poverty case.  There were no disbursements to any Haskell family in Charlton Musgrove and no record that William's widow or his children ever were a burden to the parish.

Since Mark was less than 14 years old when his mother was planning to take the family to New England with John Stone, we do not know if he or his mother was allowed any say in his future or if the Overseers, backed by the parish courts, arranged the apprenticeship.  The clerics of the parish courts were not likely to be Puritans or were they likely to look kindly upon emigrants.  By April 26th, the date of Mark's apprenticeship, the family might already have embarked for the New World.  Sometime between the end of Mark's apprenticeship and 30 Sept 1652, when he was fined by the Salem Court for "wearing broad-lace", he had arrived in Massachusetts and settled in the Basse River section of Salem.  (Ref: the above two paragraphs concerning Mark are taken, with slight revision, from Howard V. Williams in the "Haskell Journal: Journal of the Haskell Family Society" Vol. 9, #2, pp 558-576, 1993.)



The Haskell Family Association maintains a Haskell Family Tree of Haskells in North America - Descendants of William Haskell and Elinor Foule. This extensive database is based on data compiled by past HFA historian/genealogist David A. Haskell. Please send any correction or additions to our current historian/genealogist, Richard K. Hascall , at

There are many other web resources for researching Haskell genealogy
Another good source of Haskell genealogy is Susan Clarke Haskell's website

that contains an extensive Haskell database.
The database manager can be reached at

Our Past Historian/Genealogist, David A. Haskell, has his personal Haskell (and other family) database at

To start your own Haskell family tree, free PAF Family History Software can be downloaded from

Good genealogy research sites for which you need to pay an annual fee include -
and the New England Historic Genealogical Society -

Another good source is the Beverly, Massachusetts Genealogy Project.

Family history is available on the website of the International Haskell Family Society (IHFS).

You can download many useful pdf files from the Internet Archive download site.
The following three links are particularly interesting, and we have included the pdf file here.

The Haskell journal ; a monthly magazine (1898)
(pdf file - also available on the Haskell Journal page of this website)

A Short Account of the Descendants of William Haskell of Gloucester, Mass. by Ulysses G. Haskell (pdf file)

Caleb Haskell's diary. May 5, 1775-May 30, 1776. A revolutionary soldier's record(1881)
(pdf file)

There are other Haskell related books in the Archive at

All past issues of The Haskell Journal are available in pdf format to HFA members on the Members Only page.

Books and CDs:

A classic history of the Haskell Family in America is
Chronicles of the Haskell Family by Ira Haskell, 1943.
This book can be purchased from Higginson Book Company.
A CD (or print) version is available from Quintin Publications.
A very useful name index for this book has been produced by Wilfred Bow and is available here (pdf).

Also available from Higginson Book Company and/or Quintin Publications are:

Genealogy of Roger Haskell of Salem, MA to November 1925 (Hardcover) by Geo. I. Randall. 99p. 1926. A CD version is also available from Quintin Publications.

In Search of Ancestors: More Haskell Chronicles (Hardcover) by Winthrop A. Haskell & Gertrude O. Haskell. 260p. 1990.

The Descendants of Thomas White of Marblehead and Mark Haskell of Beverly, Massachusetts with a Brief Notice of the Coombs Family., Derby, Perley (1872).

The following books are also available from Higginson Book Company:

The Haskell Family Anthology, Volumes I & II by W. A. Haskell, Ed., Trudy Haskell, Design/Typing.

The Haskell Family in the Armed Forces, Vol. 1: The United Kingdom and Commonwealth. by P. P. Haskell, Ed., 314 pp., cross indexed, illust., softbound.

The Haskell Family in the Armed Forces, Vol. 2: The U. S. A., Part One 1625 - 1853, by P. P. Haskell, Ed., 143 pp.

Digital Editions offers CD versions of
A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May 1692, by James Savage, Boston, 1860-1862,  4 Vols., 4to., 2541 pages.  Digital Edition on CD-ROM © February 2000.

The Pioneers of Massachusetts, a Descriptive List Drawn from Records of the Colonies, Towns and Churches, and other Contemporaneous Documents, by Charles Henry Pope, Boston, 1900,  8vo., 550 pages.

Search ReSearch Publishing Corporation provides CD versions of Early Vital Records of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to about 1850.

Haskell Genealogy and Family History in North America, is a CD prepared by David A. Haskell that preserves in digital format (pdf) the extensive researches and records of American Haskell genealogy and family history compiled by Marion S. Anderson of Timonium, Maryland, during her twenty-year service as genealogist and historian for the Haskell Family Association. Documents preserved on this disk are of two types: (a) family group sheets which display the vital records of the parents and children of a single family; and (b) ancestor charts which display the line of descent of a particular person. HFA Members can download the contents of this CD from the Members Only site.

Haskells of Deer Isle, Maine - Descendants of Mark and Jemimah (Tilton) Haskell is a CD prepared by David A. Haskell that contains two pdf files: Genealogyg and family history of the descendants of Mark and Jemimah (Tilton) Haskell, and Haskell burials in Deer Isle cemeteries. Both pdf files are available on the Members Only site.

Family Origins, by Harold N. Haskell, Barbados, B.W.I., 1951.
HFA Members can download the contents of this 11 page brochure from the Members Only site.


Many Haskells have produced family trees that are available on the web.

If you use the PAF Family History Software described above you can produce web files like the following:
Richard E. Haskell's ancestors going back to European royalty.
Some descendants of William Haskell and Elinor Foule particularly through their son, Mark.
The PAF software will also allow you to print (including in PDF format) Family Group Records. The following are examples of the Family Group Records for William Haskell and Elinor Foule as well as the three Haskell brothers.
William Haskell - Elinor Foule (PDF).
Roger Haskell - Elizabeth Hardy (PDF).
William Haskell - Mary Tybott (PDF).
Mark Haskell - Hannah Wood (PDF).

Ancestors of Carey Haskell and more Haskell family history can be found on his website

Brian Hurdle's Family History Website:
The Ancestors and Descendants of Nathaniel Haskill & Abigail (Sawyer) of Port Hope, Ontario. Nathaniel is "one" of the Canadian branches of the Haskell family. Emphasis is on the descendants of one of his grandsons, William "Wallace" Haskell. Other surnames on site include: Fretz, Giles, Hunt, Hurdle & Yeatman.

The Haskell Family Genealogy Web Ring is a selection of family, personal and other websites that are related to the Haskell surname Genealogy.

The David A. Haskell Family Tree Maker Page
The Genealogy Reports listed treat the American descendant family trees of the three pioneer Haskell brothers born in Charlton Musgrove, Somerset, England, sons of William and Elinor (Foule) Haskell. The page also contains information about both Haskell Family organizations and their reunions.

HFA board member Richard K. Hascall has an extensive rootsweb database and another FamilyTreeMaker website where he explores the branch of the Haskell family tree that changed the spelling of the last name to Hascall.


Other Genealogical Societies:

The Mayflower Society is open to descendants of those who sailed on the Mayflower in 1620.  Some Haskells will qualify through George Soule, father of Patience Soule, who married John (2) Haskell, son of Roger (1) Haskell.

DAR National Society – Daughters of the American Revolution: As one of the most inclusive genealogical societies in the country, DAR boasts 165,000 members in 3,000 chapters across the United States and internationally. Any woman 18 years or older-regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background-who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution, is eligible for membership.

NSSAR - National Society, Sons of the American Revolution: The SAR is a "lineage" society. This means that each member has traced their family tree back to a point of having an ancestor who supported the cause of American Independence during the years 1774-1783.
The Winthrop Society is open to all men and women of good character and proven descent from one or more passengers of the Winthrop fleet, or of others who settled in the Bay Colony and down east before 1634.  A good source for identifying these immigrants is The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III available from

The Federation of Genealogical Societies provides a state-by-state list of Genealogical Societies that have joined the Federation.

A list of links to Genealogy Military Resouces can be found at

For those interested in the Revolutionary War, the following site provides many useful links:

For those interested in the Civil War, the following site lists the major organizations for both sides:

Other useful Civil War sites are:

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

United Daughters of the Confederacy

Civil War Soldiers and Sailors (National Park System – Civil War) 
Click on Soldiers and type in Haskell for a list of 627 Haskell soldiers indexed.

Battle of Gettysburg: Regiments of the Army of the Potomac by State.

Another good site is the Gettysburg Stone Sentinels.
"This site features photos and information on over 850 monuments and markers at Gettysburg along with farms, other buildings and terrain features. You can use the menus to search by army, state or type of monument, or explore the battlefield with interactive maps."

A Gettysburg Battle App is available for the iPhone from It is useful only for Devil's Den and Little Round Top, which is just a small portion of Gettysburg.

Shotgun's Home of the American Civil War
This site contains a wealth of information about the Civil War including a lot of information about the Battle of Gettysburg.

The Civil War Home Page
This site contains lots of official records and images from both sides of the Civil War.

Civil War Rosters - Arranged by State
Links to Civil War soldiers by state, and in some cases by town.

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet has lots of links:

More links can be found on these Library of Congress sites:

The Deer Isle ~ Stonington Historical Society website ( shows the site of our 2008 Reunion.

Mrs. Blizzard's fifth grade class at Pinewood Elementary School in NY provided the following links, which they found useful in doing their genealogy/family history projects:
Starting Your Family History -
Ellis Island Genealogy -
Genealogy Research in Military Records -

From Immigrant to Local Citizen: The Ellis Island Story provides more genealogical links.

More information on Ellis Island and the history of New York City can be found on




  Headstones of Capt. Samuel Haskell (b. 15 Jun 1779, d. 28 Aug 1829) and his wife Peggy (Thissell) Haskell (b. 18 Mar 1785, d. 22 Aug 1827) Beverly Central Cemetery, Beverly, Massachusetts
Photo by Richard E. Haskell