Thank you Eleanor for your reply.
I have much of your southern Gaskins in my family tree but not attached. I used the line to see what connections I might find. There are some who did move into Western Pa and some people by the 1750's were moving from Pittsburgh are to Central PA as there was various mining jobs they wanted. And of course other things to bring them. But did find that might be one possible avenue a Gaskins could have come. The thing that drew me to search out the missing links of those early Gaskins, just before they crossed the bay and moved further into VA, is that our Gaskins knew the military leaders and was used heavily in Northumberland PA to clear out the Indians before our American Revolution. Thomas's son Thomas was asked by Wash. to come to Valley Forge as he knew him.
If he isn't from the VA Gaskins he is from some who were in Philadelphia pre 1750. Though I think some of them were known to come from the bay area of VA. There are missing children's names in the VA Gaskins early on. So always that possiblity. The lifestyles and military duty of Thomas Gaskins in PA is very much like that of those of VA. Very loyal and spending lifetime in military life.
The oldest Gaskins we have in PA is b 1723 c 1790 in Washington Twp Dauphin Co, PA just north of Harrisburg. The military base was in that area and Carlisle as well in those early years and he moved over the mountain as far as settlement allowed at that time. Then Thomas settled in Northumberland, Northumberland Co, and married Elizabeth Agnes McLenahen McClennehan whose father was from Ireland.
So we were letting open room for our Thomas b 1723 to have been a member of your group as there are so many Thomas's and some with no marriage listed yet in your tree. So could be one who did come north to help clear the land over the mountains just as those in VA did.
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