John Haske
Hannah Sarah Jones
Joseph Hackett
Ann Woodhouse
William Askey
Sarah Laura Hackett

Pvt William Askey


Family Links

1. Lydia Laura Phillips

2. Josephine "Josie" Phillips

Pvt William Askey

  • Born: 7 Apr 1839, Burton, Warwickshire, England
  • Marriage (1): Lydia Laura Phillips on 2 Nov 1871 in Lancaster County, Nebraska
  • Marriage (2): Josephine "Josie" Phillips in 1900
  • Died: 29 Oct 1918, Oxford, Furnas County, Nebraska at age 79
  • Buried: Edison Cemetery, Edison, Furnas County, Nebraska

bullet  Noted events in his life were:

Military Service, 4 Sep 1861, 47th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. William Askey; Company I, 47th Illinois Volunteer Infantry

Residence Spring Bay IL; Enlisted on 9/4/1861 as a Private.
On 9/4/1861 he mustered into "I" Co. IL 47th Infantry
He was Mustered Out on 10/11/1864

Federal Pension Information:
He applied for a pension on 3/7/1890 from the state of NE application # 759,549

His Widow (Josephine Askey) applied for a pension on 3/8/1919 from the state of NE application # 1,137,294

Census, 1880, Nebraska, Furnas County, Dexter Precinct, District 20, Image 4 of 8. Age 43 yrs., farmer.

Census, 1900, Nebraska, Furnas County, Oxofrd Precinct, Image 1 of 20. Age 61 yrs., number of years married "0", father and mother born England, year of immigration to US - 1857, farmer.

Census, 1910, Nebraska, Harlan County, Emerson Township, Image 3 of 13. Age 71 yrs., married twice, married 10 yrs., own income.

History. William Askey was born 7 Apr 1839 at Warwickshire, England the oldest child of William and Sarah (Hackett) Askey. In the late 1850's this family migrated to United States and settled in spring Bay, Woodford County, Illinois. William and his brother, James, both young farmers, enlisted in the Union Army September 4, 1861. James was captured in April 1864 and died in Tyler, Texas at a prison camp. Another brother, Thomas, also enlisted in Co. I, 47th Illinois Infantry on January 26, 1864 and died in the line of duty April 1864. William Askey participated in the following battles: Farmington, MS - May 1862 Iuka, MS - May 1862, Corinth, MS - September 1862, Corinth, MS - October 1862, New Madrid Island, MS -November 1862, Jackson, MS - May 1863, Vicksburg, MS - May 1863, Fort Derussey, Hendrson Hills, Pleasant Hill, LA - April 1864, Morris Plantation, Cloutierville, Marksville, Lake Chiot, LA - June 1864, Tupelo, MS - July 1864, Abbeyville, LA - August 1864
William Askey was honorably discharged on October 11,1864. A diary he kept during his years in the serice has records of daily life, daily chores and rations he purchased for survival, along with other trivial information about his journey and service. In 1871 William migrated and took up homesteading in Furnace County, Nebraska. On November 2, 1871, he married Lydia Laura Phillips in Lancastera County, Nebraska. William Askey received his U.S. citizenship November 27, 1882. He was a member of the GAR Post 108 Oxford, Furnas County, Nebraska. He applied for and received a disability pension for his wartime health experiences. William Askey died October 28, 1918.


William married Lydia Laura Phillips on 2 Nov 1871 in Lancaster County, Nebraska. (Lydia Laura Phillips was born in Apr 1856 in Henry, Marshall County, Illinois, died in Mar 1888 in Furnas County, Nebraska and was buried in Edison Cemetery, Edison, Furnas County, Nebraska.)


William next married Josephine "Josie" Phillips in 1900. (Josephine "Josie" Phillips was born in Mar 1852 in Stephenson County, Illinios and died on 9 Dec 1938 in Palo Pinto, Texas.)

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