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The Haskell Children

      Only Eliza and Maria of Jonathan and Phebe’s four children lived to an old age.  John was the first child, the one born in Warwick, Rhode Island.  He captained steamboats on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers and sailed from New York for Cuba and Latin American ports.  He married Mary Ann Carolton.  One child, a daughter, was born while John was at sea.  She lived only three days.  John died in 1825 on board ship; the cause, yellow fever. 

      The second child was Charles.  Until his marriage, he flatboated produce down the Mississippi River for the farmers of Belpre.  He married Elizabeth Dana, and they had two daughters, Mary Ann and Pamelia Francis.  Charles made a living as a merchant.  When Mary Ann was four and Pamelia two, tragedy stuck this young family.  Charles drowned while swimming to capture boats that had broken loose. 

      Maria and Eliza married brothers; Maria married Jesse Lawton, a son of James and Susannah Gould Lawton.  They had six children; Maria was born on November 20, 1800, and died on July 5, 1870.  Eliza married James Lawton, who left his recollections, and they were parents to eight children.  Eliza died in 1898.