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About us

The derivation of one line of surname Askey is from Thomas Erskine (1727-1807).  Erskine's father was born in Scotland and moved to Antrim, Northern Ireland around 1700. Erskine moved to North America around 1742 (Maryland) and settled in Pennsylvania. His name was changed to Aspy, Aspey and Askey on official records and military documents. The Askey name stuck although one of Thomas Erskine/Askey's sons (William) reclaimed the Erskine name in Pennsylvania and his descendants moved west throughout the US and Canada.  Another variation: Askay, was created in the 1800s in Ohio.  Thomas had a brother James who migrated with the family but little shows up in the paper trail.  A James Erskine from Antrim (b. 1757) is known who could be Thomas' brother or nephew.  The only way to sort out the various Erskines and Askeys in North America and Europe is through DNA testing.

This group is open to all similar surnames and will attempt to differentiate based on yDNA markers and Haplogroups.  Also, several different surnames are close matches to the Thomas Erskine/Askey line and are welcome to join so that we can determine the history behind the various surnames.

The initial project administrator is Andy Askey who is a descendant of Thomas Erskine/Askey.  As more members join, additional administrators will be needed to keep up with the project group.