Saturday, November 2, 2013

Surname Saturday ~ Skinner of Hartford, Connecticut


John Skinner (1590 – 1650) was a member of Reverend Thomas Hooker’s company, who came to Connecticut in 1635.  He was an original proprietor of Hartford, Connecticut and his name is on the Founder’s Monument.  His original grant of land was on the west side of Main Street, but he traded this with Richard Olmstead for a lot on the highway that is now Trumbull Street.

John’s widow, Mary Loomis, daughter of the settler Joseph Loomis, remarried to Owen Tudor in 1651.  Owen’s daughter, Sarah Tudor, married James Porter.  She was the grandmother of Sarah Porter, who married John Skinner’s grandson, John Skinner (1675 – 1740).

His son, Joseph Skinner, my 8th great grandfather, was admitted to the church at Windsor, Connecticut by a special vote on 16 February 1678/79. He had never been baptized, and that was performed on 2 March of the same year.  He eventually became a deacon of the church.  Joseph Skinner was one of the early settlers of Massacoe (Simbury), but returned to Windsor after Simsbury was burned by the Indians on 26 March 1676.

My Skinner lineage:

Generation 1: John Skinner, son of William Skinner and Margery Trotter, was born about 1590 in Braintree, Essex, England, and died 30 October 1650 in Hartford, Connecticut; married about 1637 in Windsor, Connecticut to Mary Loomis, daughter of Joseph Loomis and Mary White.  She was born about 1620 in Shalford, England and died 19 August 1680.  She remarried on 13 November 1651 to Owen Tudor.

Generation 2:  Joseph Skinner, born about 1643 and died 15 September 1690 in Windsor; married on 5 April 1660 in Windsor to Mary Filley, daughter of William Filley and Margaret Cockney.  She was born about 1647 in Windsor, and died 13 April 1711 in East Windsor.

Generation 3: John Skinner, born 5 April 1675 in Windsor, died 27 August 1740 in Colchester, Connecticut; married in 1696 in Colchester to Sarah Porter, daughter of John Porter and Joanna Gaylord.  She was born 4 June 1677 in Windsor, died 22 February 1747 in Norton, Massachusetts.

Generation 4: Aaron Skinner, born 14 June 1713 in Colchester, died 17 November 1766 in Colchester; married on 4 August 1737 to Eunice Taintor, daughter of Michael Taintor and Eunice Foote.  She was born 13 April 1713 in Colchester and died after 1779. 

Generation 5:  Charles Skinner, born 3 January 1748 in Colchester, died before 1837 in Nova Scotia, Canada; married on 24 November 1774 in Passamaquoddy, Maine or New Brunswick to Sarah Osborn, daughter of Samuel Osborn and Sarah Wass.  She was born 22 July 1760 in Fredricton, New Brunswick, Canada and died 15 July 1848 in Pleasant Valley, Cornwallis, Nova Scotia.

Generation 6: Ann Skinner, born 9 March 1786 in Cornwallis, died 19 October 1815 in Cornwallis; married on 30 September 1802 in Cornwallis to Thomas Ratchford Lyons, son of David Lyons and Elizabeth Ratchford. 

Generation 7:  Isabella Lyons m. Reverend Ingraham Ebenezer Bill
Generation 8: Caleb Rand Bill m. Ann Margaret Bollman
Generation 9: Isabella Lyons Bill m. Albert Munroe Wilkinson
Generation 10: Donald Munroe Wilkinson m. Bertha Louise Roberts (my grandparents)

For more information:

Families of Early Hartford, Connecticut by Lucius Barnes Barbour, reprinted Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1977

Descendants of Joseph Loomis in America and his antecedents in the Old World, by Elisha Scott Loomis, 1952, Volume 1, page 108 (available to read online at

Skinner Family Association

Descendants of John Skinner are eligible to join the Society of the Founders of Hartford

Available at the Connecticut State Library RG 074:053, John Skinner, of Hartford and Some of His Descendants by Charles W. Skinner, 1935 manuscript one volume and loose sheets.  This record is stored off-site and may not be available for a same day basis for access.  See the website for rules and procedures for researchers using archival records and secured collections policy

There is a sketch of John Skinner at The American Genealogist, Volume 74, pages 97 – 100

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Copyright 2013, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

1 comment:

  1. My eyes nearly popped out of my head when I spotted my ancestral connections listed here among the first and second generations. Owen Tudor and Mary Loomis gave birth to a set of twins, one of them, Samuel Tudor, married, his wife, and my seventh great grandmother, Abigail Filley, in Windsor, CT in 1685. My connection is with Abigail and her first husband, John Bissell 1659-1684. Abigail Filley's parents are William Filley, 1617 –1642 and Margaret Cockney 1621 – 1665. Thank you for posting this in your blog!