John Baskins was born in Ireland abt. 1695. He immigrated to America and settled in East Nottingham Twp, Chester Co, Pa., abt. 1735. A couple years later, he moved to Paxton Township, now Dauphin County, Pa. It is believed that he was the father of William, Francis and James Baskins, early settlers in the area.

Raymond Martin Bell, Washington & Jefferson College, Washington County, Pa., did considerable research on the Baskins family in the 1970s. Excerpts of his outstanding work are found on the website of the Northumberland County, PAGenWeb Archives, of the USGenWeb Project. The material was submitted by Karen J. Lambertsen. karenl@trib.com

Baskins Genealogy

Mr. Bell provides the various accounts of the murder and scalping of William Baskins and the subsequent abduction of members of his family by the Indians. He also provides the information available about Francis Baskins. Fortunately for us, he wrote the most about our ancestor, James.

James Baskins was born in Ireland abt. 1720 and died in January 1788 in what is now Penn Township, Perry County, Pa., but was then Rye township, Cumberland County. He married Elizabeth Mitchell abt. 1743 at Samuel Goudy's. Elizabeth was born abt. 1722 and died in January, 1792. They settled at the mouth of the Juniata River in 1750.

    The children of JAMES BASKINS and Elizabeth Mitchell were:
    1. Catherine Baskins b abt. 1744 (m. Alexander Stephens)   
    2. Sarah Baskins b abt. 1746, d abt. 1815 PA, m Dec 20, 1765 Henry
    3. Jane Baskins b abt. 1748
   +4. ELIZABETH BASKINS b abt. 1750; m. THOMAS McCOY 
    5. Francis Baskins b abt. 1752 d abt. 1805 - no issue
    6. Mitchell Baskins b Oct 6, 1754; d. 5 Jul 1809; m. MARGARET ATKINSON,
       d/o CORNELIUS.

  +ELIZABETH BASKINS b. abt. 1750; d. abt. 1800; m. abt. 1768 Lt. Thomas McCoy
   +1. MARY McCOY b 1769 d Monroe Co, OH, m WILLIAM ATKINSON, s/o CORNELIUS
    2. John McCoy.
    3. Gilbert McCoy b. abt 1775; m. MARY ATKINSON, b. 1789, d/o Charles (s/o Cornelius).
    4. William McCoy.
    5. Mitchell McCoy m. KEZIAH ATKINSON, b. 1788, d/o Charles (s/o Cornelius).