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B. H. Askew

B. H. Askew, merchant and postmaster, Milford, Baker County, Georgia, son of David R. and Eliza Ann (Jordan) Askew, was born in Spalding County, Georgia. His Grandfather Askew came from North Carolina and settled in Georgia in the early part of the present century. Mr. Askew’s father moved to Griffin to educate his children, where he remained until 1873. That year he removed to Baker County and settled at Haggard’s Mills, and later moved to Plattville, Early County, Georgia, where he engaged in merchandising until 1876, when he moved to Milford, where our subject now lives, and continued his business until his death, in 1878, aged fifty-eight years.

In early life he was a whig, but later became a democrat, and served four years in the Confederate Army. His wife survived him some years. To them three children were born:
Tallulah Virginia, wife of S. B. Chancy;
B. H., the subject of this sketch;
Elizabeth, wife of Mr. Thompson.

The maternal grandfather of Mr. Askew, Willis A. Jordan, was born in Hancock County, was a physician of fine reputation, and a Methodist preacher. He moved to Spalding County, where he successfully practiced his profession and preached until called “to that bourne whence no traveler returns."

Mr. Askew passed his early life in Griffin, where he was educated, attending a school taught by Prof. W. F. Slaton, now superintendent of the public schools of Atlanta. In 1879 he embarked in a general merchandise business at Milford, continuing in it until now, carrying a large and varied and well-selected stock, and is the leading merchant and postmaster of the place.

Mr. Askew married Miss Mary L., daughter of Dr. I. H. Hand, of Baker County, and to them seven children have been born:
Ben Hill,
Birdie May,
E. Bower,
Fannie Roslin,
Gladys,
and Floy and Laura, deceased.

Mr. Askew is a master Mason, and financially and socially he and his family rank with the best in the county.

Source: Memoirs of Georgia, Containing historical accounts of the states civil, military, industrial and professional interests and personal sketches of many of it’s people, Volume I, The Southern Historical Association, Atlanta, Georgia, 1895.







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