With an estimated year of birth recorded as circa 1826 in the 1880 U.S. Federal Census, George Askew, my paternal 2nd great-grandfather, is the first traceable relative born into slavery. At the time of the enumeration, George was 54 years old and living with his family in District 486 of Henry, Georgia.
In 1900, George was recorded in the census as being 74 years old and widowed. He was living with his sister Ailsey Malsey in the Loves Precinct of Whitehouse in Henry County, Georgia. Unfortunately, the previous ten years are unaccounted for as the majority of the 1890 census records were destroyed in a fire in 1921.
The 1860 Slave Schedule for Henry County, Georgia recorded a Mulatto male, age 34, belonging to a Nancy Askew. If George’s estimated year of birth is accurate, he would have been 34 years old in 1860. But, there was no age or gender match for his wife, Harriet. There were, however, three other Mulattos owned by Nancy Askew, a 31-year-old male, a 16-year-old female, and a three-year-old male. A black female, age 60, is also recorded as being owned by Nancy Askew. It’s possible that this 60-year-old female could be the mother of George and the 31-year-old male, and the grandmother of the 16-year-old female and the three-year-old male. Of course, this is all just assumptions on my behalf and confirmation will prove to be difficult, if not impossible.
It has been noted in Vivian’s research that George had a brother named Jackson. If I could get an estimated date or year of birth, it would be easier to confirm what is recorded on the slave schedule. Still, Ailsey Malsey (sister) and Harriet (wife) are unaccounted for in 1860 at this time.