Ocracoke was were the pilots, who escorted ships through the inlet between Ocracoke Island and Portsmouth Island to Pamlico Sound, lived. It was a private island and in 1770 the North Carolina Legislature placed it under the jurisdiction of Carteret County. In 1845, Ocracoke became part of Hyde County. The Carteret County Court Minutes, Deed Books and Tax records, have references to two separate Gaskill/Gaskins families.
William Gaskill of Carteret Co. was there before 1731 which is when he sold his 1721 Patent for land in Pasquotank Co. He appears to be the nephew of Robert Wallis of Carteret (also orig. of Pasquotank), who made his will in 1736/37 and left land to his "cousin" William Gaskill. William Gaskill mar. Ann Jarrat, dau. of John Jarrat. He made his will in 1768, naming wife Ann, sons William Gaskill, John Gaskill, Thomas Gaskill, Benjamin Gaskill, Joseph Gaskill, and Jacob Gaskill. Benjamin Gaskill mar. Jane Williams, dau. of John Williams. Joseph Gaskill mar. Mary Salter. John Gaskill made his will in 1819 and named his wife as Mirianne. William Gaskill died in 1813 and mentioned no wife in his will. The Gaskills and Wallis (Wallace) families intermarried several times.
A Robert Gaskill appeared for the first time in Carteret Co. records in March
1754 when he appeared in court and made oath that he had only one taxable in 1753 but was charged for two. He appeared in records in the Portsmouth District and died in 1769, at which time his son, Adam Gaskill, was apptd. administrator and petitioned for a division of the est. among the heirs. Zoarabable Gaskill appeared in records after this, many times in connection with Adam Gaskill, who appears to be his brother. I could find no estate records for Robert Gaskill. Robert, Adam and "Bable" were sometimes referred to as Gaskill and other times as Gaskins in the records. The legal pilots of Oacock Bar sent a petition to Gov. Martin in 1773. Adam Gaskins was one of the signers. In 1776, five companies (Militia) were raised to protect the inlets along the coast. Adam Gaskins was named 2nd Lt. of the company between Bogue Inlet and New River. Zorabable Gaskill was apptd. Constable from Hogg Island to Ocracock in March 1777. Adam "Gaskins" was listed on the 1790 Census in Carteret County. "Zorobabel Gaskell" was in Hyde County, as was Jacob Gaskill, son of William Gaskill and Jane "Gaskins", widow of Benjamin Gaskill.
I have not found a John Gaskill in these early records other than William Gaskill's son John Gaskill. Do you think it possible that Robert Gaskill/Gaskins is the person you are looking for? Zorabable Gaskin's son John Gaskins, whom you mention, was mar. to Nancy Gaskill in 1799, having obtained a Mar. Bond 18 Nov. 1799. Thomas Gaskill was security for the bond and may have been Nancy's father. Am still researching the Gaskills of Carteret Co., as William Gaskill was an ancestor as was his son John Gaskill.
Would like to compare information with you.
Ann Ohmsen, email@example.com
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