I am trying to establish the origin and parentage of one Bennie Lee Askew, who first appears in Atlanta, GA records about 1920 and was employed there for some years as a bacteriologist for the water/health departments. Bennie does not appear in an Atlanta census or the Atlanta City Directory in 1920-1, but he is in the City Directory in 1922 forward, and also in the 1930 Fulton Co., census (as Bennie L. Askey), so there is a fair chance that he arrived from some other part of Georgia to that city.
Bennie was born in Georgia about 1897 and on Nov 20, 1920 in Atlanta married Fannie May Davis who was born in Georgia about 1903. Bennie appears to have died in DeKalb County in 1941.
Bennie and Fannie had at least four children: Virginia L (1922), Kathryn M. (1924), Bennie Lee, Jr. (1925), and Mamie E. (1929).
Fannie is listed as a widow in the 1942-3 Atlanta City Directory, residing at 1411 May Avenue. In 1942, she is living at that address with her daughters Kathryn and Virginia. Virginia was a display woman for SH Kress & Co. Dept. Stores
Bennie Lee Askew, Jr. was born in Atlanta on 10-24-1925 and in 1947 in Marietta GA married Collette Hammond . He died in the Atlanta area on 4-7-1992.
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