I just picked up your Aug 20, 2001 query on the Gaskins family. My Gaskins family also is located in PA, VA, DC. My maternal grandmother was Elizabeth Gaskins Washington. Her father was Frank Gaskins and her mother was Roxanna Jackson Gaskins.My father, George Washington, was raised by his mother's sisters in VA and DC. in the early 1900's. I think we may have apossible connection. The names you mention are prevalent in my Gaskins family, especially Louise and Helen. I live in Pittsburgh, PA. Do you know your great great grandparents names? Looking forward to hearing from you.