International Haskell Family Society
The IHFS offer the following books, available only to members.
The Haskell Family Anthology, Volumes I & II
(W. A. Haskell, Ed., Trudy Haskell, Design/Typing)
The Haskell Family in the Armed Forces
As it has been shown in Haskell Whence the Name it is believed that our family
descended from King Cnut’s Hurscarles they would therefore be skilled in the
use of weapons, and would have defended their villages and settlements from
attack, and the same maxim holds true today. In the books that I have
compiled about the military service of members of our family from earliest time
up until the present day I have attempted to discover their family background
and where they fit into the Haskell scheme of things, this is not always possible
as records were not made in ancient times, indeed the Royal Navy did not keep
records of ratings until 1853, although in some cases ships Muster Books are available.
Before 1660 in England there was no regular army and when soldiers were needed
the King would call on the nobles to muster their retainers, but by 1485 towns
and parishes had to provide “Parish Soldiers” whose weapons were kept in the
vestry of the churches, an early form of Militia, and the names were recorded on
the Muster Rolls. It may come as a surprise to realize that the regular British
army has only been in existences for just over 360 years. Thousands of records
of World War One soldiers were destroyed between 1919 and 1939, due to problems
of storage, and a further five million records were destroyed by fire during the Blitz
of 1940, thus making the task of research difficult.
When Haskell’s immigrated to the New World they found a similar form of Militia
in existence. All able bodied men between 16 and 60 were obliged to arm themselves
with modern weapons and hold themselves in readiness to repel attacks on
their colonies giving rise to the term “Minutemen”, the names of some of these
men are on record. This practise continued until 1775 when the Continental Congress
raised regiments for service during the American War of Independence. At the
cessation hostilities Congress disbanded all it troops except for a handful of men
who became the nucleus of the regular United States Army.
United States service records are somewhat easier to access so I have been able to
discover the much more detail of the family history of the men involved.
I hope that you will gain as much enjoyment in discovering more about our family
members as I have in compiling and editing these books. In the meantime
research continues, if you have further information on the service lives of
you relatives please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Peter P. Haskell
The Haskell Family in the Armed Forces, Vol. 1:
The United Kingdom and Commonwealth.
(P. P. Haskell, Ed.), 314 pp., cross indexed, illust., softbound.
The Haskell Family in the Armed Forces, Vol. 2:
The U. S. A., Part One 1625 - 1853,
(P. P. Haskell, Ed.), 143 pp.
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