John Askin was born in Ireland in 1739, and came to North America with the British Army in 1758. Following the British takeover of New France, Askin entered the fur trade, working out of Detroit. Account book of John Askin, recording money paid and received for goods as part of a trade route between Detroit and Albany, 20 May - 21 July, 1762. Trade locations include Detroit, Niagara, Fort Ontario, Oswego Falls, Fort Brewington, Blockhouse, Fort Stanwix, Little Falls, Schenectady, and Albany. Persons named include Robert Rogers, Cezar Cormick, Alexander Steele, John Keating, Warren Tracy, Dennis Croughan, Thomas Lottridge, Collen Andrews, Isaac Van Valkenburg, and Edward Cole.