It was one of those EUREKA moments that happens every now and then, when poking around leads to finding that missing piece of the puzzle that makes everything fall into place. It makes the hair on your arms stand up, as anyone who has ever done genealogy research will attest.
I had left my search for Charles Thompson Askew and moved on. The questions remained unanswered until one day, with some time on my hands and my laptop at the ready, I tried a Google search using “Charles T Askew” and paper mill. The first result was a free Google ebook, called The Paper Mill and Wood Pulp News, Vol. 22. It listed Charles T. Askew or the Ulster Paper Mills of Saugerties, NY. Farther down the list of search results was Husted’s Oakland, Alameda and Berkeley Directory, 1907 listing Charles T. Askew at Merriam Paper Company. Several additional results, which I will detail in a future post, traced his work history from Baltimore, to New York, to California. This was all news to me.
Apparently I had never put his name together with the words ‘paper’ and ‘mill’ in a Google search before. There are two lessons here:
- Don’t restrict a search to just the person’s name. Include terms that describe things that you know about the person, like their occupation or hobby.
- Repeat searches from time to time. As more information comes online, new results will appear.
All of this information was interesting, but none of it was definitive until I saw this:
This article was published in The Atlanta Constitution on January 14, 1923. It has been digitized and can be found on the website www.fold3.com.
The key piece of information is in paragraph 4. Colonel William F. Askew of Raleigh, manufacturer of paper at the Falls of Neuse, is my great-great-great-grandfather. I have found Charles.
Now, what about Leila Dodson, the widow?