John Skinner

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  • Name John Skinner 
    Born 5 Apr 1675  Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 27 Aug 1740  Colchester, New London, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2338  Petersen-de Lanskoy
    Last Modified 12 Jan 2015 

    Father Joseph Skinner,   b. 1643, Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1724, of Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Mother Mary Filley,   c. 3 Aug 1651, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Apr 1711, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 59 years) 
    Married 5 Apr 1666  Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1045  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah Porter,   b. 1 Jun 1677, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1747/1748, of Colchester, New London, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married Bef 1697  of Colchester, New London, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2015 
    Family ID F1203  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
      1. There appears to be some who believe that this John may be the son of Richard (and not of Richard's brother Joseph) who was the son of the original John Skinner who removed to Colchester; however, the land record detailed below of 27 Mar 1705 from Joseph Skinner of Windsor "to my son John Skinner of Colchester" would seem to indicate Joseph as the father. Stiles's "Ancient Windsor," quoted below and in giving no detail except to refer to the book "Loomis Genealogy," indicates that the son John of Joseph died 1704 - but this may be a simple transposition of 1740.

      2. Rootsweb Worldconnent database "Wskinner" 29 Dec 2007 Wes Skinner :
      "It is possible that John is Deacon John Skinner of Colchester. Cutter, WR. (1911). Genealogical and Family History of the State of Connecticut, Vol II. p. 990 [ref #14]: John, son of Richard Skinner, son of John of Hartford. About 1696 he removed to Colchester; was deacon of the First Church there in 1703. E86.0705.03 Stengele, Linda fgs. 904 Ski Hill Rd, Fox River Grove, IL 60021: references: p 340 Probate Records Vol XIII; pP. 31 & 32. Fernald, The Skinner Kinsmen, John of Hartford; JR Skinner, 405 Pine Valley Rd, Jacksonville, NC 28540. Will inventory 11 Sep 1740. E87.0828.01 Brown, Barbara (6/87) Vital records. 26 S Main St Colchester CT 06415 1701 Jul 20: John Skinner of Windsor to Benjamin Allyn of Windsor; 7 acres and mansion house in Windsor (Windsor LR 2:453). 1703: Appointed deacon of the Colchester First Church, he and Samuel Loomis being the first deacons of that church. Sarah, wife of Deac. John Skinner, was on list of members in 1732; date of her admission unknown, since the church records prior to 1732 are lost. 1703 Jan 11: Town of Colchester granted to John Skinner his first division of land "on the hill where he has broken up" 1704: At a town meeting in Colchester, John Skinner was appointed to lay out highways and inspect those already made; again in 1711. He was chosen many times as a surveyor to lay out divisions, sequestrations, etc. Evidently one of the most respected men as far as surveying and land assessments were concerned. 1705 Mar 27: Joseph Skinner of Windsor "to my son John Skinner of Colchester;" for "money paid by Jonathan Filley of Windsor; 5 acres at Messenger's farm in Windsor (Windsor LR 3:8). 1705 May 28: John Skinner of Colchester to Robert Westland of Windsor; 7 acres of woodland which was my grandfather Porter's and which was made over to me by my father Porter (Windsor LR 3:15). Selectman: 1705, 1706, 1715, 1716, 1717, 1720, 1724, 1725, 1726, 1727. Surveyor of Highways (waywardeb): 1705, 1712. 1706: Committee to build meeting house. 1708: Committee to run bounds with Lebanon. 1710: Lister. 1711 & 1714: Committee to settle bounds between East Haddam, Middletown & Colchester. Referred to as Sergeant (militia rank) as early as 1709; Ensign 1712; Lieutenant 1717 1711 Jan 15: Granted to Charles Williams, John Skinner, Jonathan Northam, Nathaniel Foot the right to dam and set up a saw mill on Pine Swamp Brook. School committee: 1715, 1726. Deacon Skinner on list of freemen, ca 1717-18. 1721: Empowered to sell land for the proprietors, which he did for several years afterward. 1722 Jan: Granted 40 shillings for his time & expense at court, June and Nov last - on town's business. 1723: Committee to seat the meeting house. 1723: Town paid Lieut. John Skinner for keeping school 2 months the winter past at 50sh per month; £5. 1723 Apr: Town paid Lieut. John Skinner for his service in keeping school on the Hill; 3£ (the Hill was the Westchester district of Colchester). 1726: Committee to handle such lawsuits as the proprietors might have; committee to run the bounds of the new parish (Salem Society). Deputy to General Court: 1726, 1727. 1729: Committee to inquire into bounds with Middletown; committee to deal with trespassers. 1737 Oct 10: Town meeting voted to build a bridge on the Jeremy River, below Deacon Skinner's mill where the old bridge stood. Deacon John Skinner died of consumption; he was nursed in his last illness by his daughter Ann, Mrs. Seth Dean (Hartford County Superior Court, Files 1764, Colchester v. Hebron). Will of John Skinner, dated Feb 12, 1739/40; wife to receive 1/3 of moveable estate and use of house. Sons John, Daniel, Joseph, Aaron and Noah have received their portions by deed. Rest of estate to be divided into 5 equal parts: heirs of dau. Sarah deceased, formerly wife of Nathaniel Loomis (her 2 sons and a dau., Sarah); daus. Ann Dean, Joanna Loomis, Mary Kilborn, Elizabeth Sexton (Manwaring, "Early Connecticut Probates, 3:339). E89.0726.04 Skinner, Margaret R: Excerpt from: The Skinner Kinsmen / Descendants of John Skinner. pp 9-10. E89.0726.06: Letter from Colchester Historical Society: b Simsbury, CT; "John didn't come to Colchester until about 1701, when the town was first settled." This information is from the Skinner Family Association"

      3. Henry R. Stiles, "The History and Genealogies of Ancient Windsor, Connecticut," 1892, v. 2, p. 687: "Joseph Skinner (son of John), m. 5 Apr 1666, Mary (dau. Wm.) Filley of Windsor (O.C.R.); bought land in Windsor 1666, west side of Broad St., abt. midway of which he was possessed 1684, and prob. res. there. There was an affirmative vote passed by the Windsor Church on his application to receive baptism on owning the cov't, 1679, as follows (O.C.R.): 'Feb. 16, (16)78 (79), Joseph Skinner having never been baptized, desired that he might be baptized, and ye Church granted it, so (i.e. on condition that) he would be tried (examined) concerning his knowledge and blameless life, and own ye Ch. Cov't, and come under dissipline to be owned as a (church) member, and so any others might come in, in like manner, man or womankind. On ye 2 of March there was none that lay any blame on him in point of his conversation, so he owned ye Ch. Cov't and was baptized.' His wife d. 13 Apr 1711 (East Windsor Church Records); resided East Windsor. Children:
      A. Mary, b. 22 Sep 1667. - O.C.R.
      B. John, who d. 1704. - 'Loomis Geneal.' [Kerry's note: this appears to be a misprint of 1740 for death date - confirm from Loomis book.]
      C. Elizabeth, b. 23 Jun 1669. - O.C.R.
      D. Joseph, b. (prob.) about 1673.
      E. Isaac, b. 16 Aug 1691.
      F. Thomas, s. Joseph, bp. 23 Dec 1677. - O.C.R."

      4. From the book "The Descendants (by the Female Branches) of Joseph Loomis, who Came from Braintree, England, in the Year 1638 and Settled in Windsor, CT, in 1639," by Elias Loomis (Yale Professor), 1880, v. 1, p. 108:
      A. "Mary Loomis, daughter of Joseph Loomis, m. John Skinner of Hartford, who d. in 1650. She d. 19 Aug 1680. Children:
      a. Mary, b. 1637, m. Robert Reeve.
      b. Ann, b. 1639, m. John Colt.
      c. John, m. Mary ___. He d. 15 Sep 1690. She d. 18 Jun 1695.
      d. Joseph, b. 1643, m. Mary Filley of Windsor 5 Apr 1666. She d. 15 Apr 1711.
      e. Richard, b. 1646."
      B. "Children of Joseph Skinner, Windsor:
      a. Mary, b. 22 Sep 1667.
      b. John, b. ___, d. June 1704.
      c. Joseph, b. ___, m. 1st Dorothy Hosmer 1 Jan 1696, who d. Mar 1702; m. 2d. Elizabeth Olmsted 28 Jan 1707-8.
      d. Isaac, b. 16 Aug 1691, m. Hannah Moore 5 Dec 1716. He d. 31 Oct 1762.
      e. Deac. John, b. 1675, m. Sarah ___. Removed to Colchester and d. 27 Aug 1740.
      f. Richard, b. ___, m. Hannah Pratt 24 Nov 1708. Colchester.
      g. Ebenezer, b. ___."

      5. FHL publication "The Skinner Kinsmen. The Descendants of John Skinner of Hartford, Connecticut," compiled by Mrs. Natalie R. Fernald (The Pioneer Press; Washington, D.C.), pp. 31-35:
      Deacon John Skinner (3), Joseph (2), John (1), was born April 5, 1675, married Sarah, daughter of John and Joanna Porter. [Handwritten note in margin "Joanna nee Gaylord."] He died in Colchester, Conn., August 27, 1740.
      Children, all born in Colchester:
      -Sarah (4), b. July 17, 1697, m. Colchester, Aug. 7, 1721, Nathaniel Loomis, b. Oct., 1700, d. Windsor, Conn., Mar. 8, 1788. She d. before 1750.
      -Ann (4), b. Oct. 1, 1700, m. Colchester, Oct. 2, 1721, Seth Dutton [Dean? See John Skinner's probate.]
      -John (4), b. Aug. 30, 1703, m. Esther Harris.
      -Daniel (4), b. Aug. 30, 1705, m. Colchester, Dec. 22, 1727, Elizabeth, dau. of John and Elizabeth (Jones) Hitchcock, b. May 23, 1708, d. Sept. 3, 1791. He d. May 18, 1776.
      -Joanna (4), b. Jan. 27, 1707, in. Colchester, Feb. 28, 1728-29, Lieut. Caleb Loomis, b. Dec. 23, 1693, d. East Haddam, Aug. 4, 1784.
      -Joseph (4), b. Oct. 7, 1710, m. 1st Colchester, Nov., 1733, Elizabeth Williams. She d. Aug. 22, 1754. He m. 2nd Colchester, Apr., 1756, Mary dau. of Tristram and Anne (Fuller) Blish, b. Colchester, Mar 8, 1736. He d. Apr. 3, 1773.
      -Deacon Aaron (4), b. June 14, 1713, m. Colchester, Aug. 4, 1737, Eunice, dau. of Deacon Michael Taintor, b. Apr. 18, 1714. He d. Colchester, Nov. 17, 1766.
      -Noah (4), living in Colchester in 1739.
      -Mary (4), b. 1715, m. Colchester, Oct. 20, 1734, Jonathan Kilborne, b. 1706, d. Oct. 14, 1785. She d. Aug. 11, 1780.
      -Elizabeth (4), at. Knight Sextone, bp. Aug. 30, 1713.
      CONTEMPORARY Records .
      From Windsor, Conn. land records.
      1698, May 3. John Porter, of Windsor, to John Skinner of same, two pieces of woodland west side Conn. River, bounded South on Samuel Loomis, west on common, East on grantor's pasture, North on … 7 acres part of my Wolf pit lot, bounded West on grantor and all other sides by common (vol. 2, p. 288).
      From Colchester, Conn., land records.
      Town meeting held Colhcester, Conn., Feb. 3, 1703. Granted to Andrew Carrier, Nextly granted to John Skinner the swamp lying at the Norwest End of Long meadow in Lieu of 6 acres of meadow and to have his full proportion of meadow joyning thereto Next, to Josiah Gillet & his son Josiah, Ebenezer Dibble, Joseph Pratt & Ebenezer Colman.
      1703, John Skinner his mark is a half Penny Cut on the under side of the off Ear Entered to his sons Aaron April ye 8, 1760.
      1735, June 20. John Skinner, of Colchester, for the better performance of a certain exchange agreed upon between my son John Skinner & Joseph Pepoon both of Colchester (vol. 3, p. 330).
      1737, April 5. (Dea.) John Skinner for love to son Aaron Skinner both of Colchester, two tracts of land in Colchester, first, contains 24 acres and 120 rods, and is part of farm I now live on and part of my draught in first division, 60 acres, ye west end of sd division bounded West on highway 60 rods ... North on road to Moodus ... 6 rods southly on land of Samuel Loomis, 66 rods Eastly on my own land; also, another tract of 16 acres is part of Ebenezer Kellogg's 5th Division and joins sd Kellogg's and John Coleman's. Ack. by Deacon Skinner.
      1738, Aug. St (Dea.) John Skinner for love to son John Skinner, both of Colchester, one tract of land in Colchester, 10 acres, bounded North by John Bulkley's and on all other parts by highways (vol. 4, p. 230).
      1739, March 13. John Skinner to son Daniel Skinner both of Colchester three tracts of land in Colchester 50 acres of my 4th Division in North part of which his house stands ... the south part I have given to my son John; also 1/2 my lot in Stebbins meadow so called, the south part of it, than given the north part to son John Skinner; also abt. 10 or 11 acres on the highway leading to Jabez Rowley's; also a £50 right in commons (vol.5, p.149).
      1739, March 13. John Skinner to youngest son Joseph Skinner both of Colchester, all my lands on west side of Salmon River, in Colchester, better than 100 acres, being part of my 5th division; also a £25 right in the common land in Colchester (vol. 5, p.119).
      1739, March 13. John Skinner to son Joseph Skinner both of Colchester three tracts in Colchester, 50 acres by Jeremy River on which his dwelling house stands; one parcel North from his house, viz. 50 acres of my 6th Division; bounded South on highway, East on Moses Fuller, North and West on common lands, South on Sergt. Carrier's East on Salmon, West on sd River; also a £25 right in common lands (vol. 5, p. 120).
      From Manwaring, Digest of the Early Conn. Probate Records.
      Deacon John Skinner, Colchester, Invt. ₤413-10-09. Taken 11 Sept., 1740, by Nathaniel Foot, Ebenezer Kellogg and Andrew Carrier. Will dated 12 Feb., 1739-40. I, John Skinner of Colchester in the County of Hartford, do make this my last will and testament: I give to my wife Sarah Skinner (whom I take sole executrix to this my last will and testament) one third part of all my movable state after my just debts be paid out of the whole, then she to take ye 3rd part for herself clear forever; and also half the use of my dwelling house and barn so long as she remains my widow; and also one-third of all my orcharding and improved lands during the term of her natural lift. Nextly, to my son John Skinner I have given him several tracts of land by deed, which makes his full portion of my estate which belongs to him: also to my son Daniel Skinner, and to Joseph Skinner and to Aaron Skinner, and to Noah Skinner, I have given them their portions by deed. It is to be understood that when I was in health I considered the state of my lands, and with advice and to the satisfaction of all my sons I give them each one his portion of my estate, and my will is that they shall not have any more. But the remaining part of my estate my will is that my wife shall have one-third part clear as is above written, and the remaining part to be paid out by my executrix in manner following, that is to say, to be divided into five equal parts according to the number of my daughters but considering my daughter Sarah wt married to Nathaniel Loomis is dead and left three children, one daughter and two sons, my will is that the two sons have 10s paid to them by my executrix out of the one fifth part of the whole, and the remainder of that one-fifth part to be paid to Sarah Loomis, daughter to my sd daughter Sarah decfd and my will is that the other four eqqual parts be paid out, to my other four daughters now surviving, namely, Ann Dean, Joanna Loomis, Mary Kilbourne and Elizabeth Sextone, to be paid to each of them out of my estate as it shall be appraised, at the discretion of my executrix. I make my wife Sarah my sole executrix.
      Witnesses: Nathaniel Foot; Ebenezer Kellogg; Israel Foot.
      Court Record p. 71. 18 Sept.,1740, will proven (vol.3, p. 339)."

      6. FHL publication "The Skinner Kinsmen. The Descendants of John Skinner of Hartford, Connecticut," compiled by Mrs. Natalie R. Fernald (The Pioneer Press; Washington, D.C.), pp. 9-12:
      "Deacon Joseph Skinner (2) John (1) was born in 1643 married in Windsor, Conn., April 5, 1666, Mary, daughter of William and probably Elizabeth Filley, not Margaret as on p. 1. It is certain that William Filley left a widow Elizabeth. Mary was born in 1647 and died in Windsor, August 26, 1734. They settled in Windsor, removed to Simsbury, Conn., in 1670, and evidently came back to Windsor about 1690. He died, in Windsor, May 31, 1724.
      -Mary(3) b. Windsor, Sept. 22, 1687, m. 1st Suffield, Conn., Nov. 19, 1685, Nathaniel Harmon, he b. Springfield, Mass., Mar. 13, 1654, d. 1730, m. 2d John Hanchett.
      -Elizabeth (3) b. Windsor, Jan. 25, 1669, m. 1st Windsor, June 5, 1690, John Grant. He b. Apr. 24, 1664, d. July 19, 1695. She m. 24 May 12, 1697, Capt. Joshua Willis, Jr. She d. Oct. 9, 1707.
      -Deacon Joseph (3) b. abt. 1671, in. 1st Windsor, Mar. 13, 1694, Mary, dau. of Samuel and Mary (Porter) Grant, b. Jan. 23, 1675, d. Windsor, Apr. 15, 1711, m. 2d Windsor, Aug. 21, 1718, Esther Drake, she d. Dec. 28, 1755. He d. Jan. 19, 1756.
      -Richard (3) m. Windsor, Dec. 25, 1702, Sarah, dau. of Samuel and Anna (Burnham) Gaines, b. 1681, d. Nov. 18, 1753. He d. June 20, 1758.
      -John (3) m. Sarah, dau. of John and Joanna Porter, d. Aug. 27, 1740, Colchester.
      -Thomas (3) b. Nov. 15, bp. Dec. 23, 1677, m. Windsor, July 19, 1703, Sarah. dau. of Samuel and Grace (Minor) Grant. Thomas not mentioned in father's will.
      -Anne (3) b. 1684, m. John Rockwell, b. May 31, 1671 or 73, d. Aug. 6, 1746; she d. April 1, 1756.
      -Isaac (3) b. Windsor, Aug. 16, 1691, in. Windsor, Dec. 5, 1716, Hannah, dau. of Capt Thomas and Deborah Moore; he d. Oct 31, 1762.
      CONTEMPORARY Records .
      From Manwaring, Digest of the Early Conn. Probate Records.
      Deacon Joseph Skinner, Windsor. Invt. of real estate, ₤-02-09. Taken June 30, 1724 by Matthew Allyn, Thomas Marshall, and Henry Allyn. Will dated 13 January, 1715-16.
      I, Joseph Skinner of Windsor, doe make this my last will and testament: I give unto Mary my wife the use and improvement of all my estate, both real and personal, for her subsistence during her natural life. I give to my eldest son Joseph, his heirs and assigns forever, besides what I have already given him, half of my meadow on the east side of the Great River in Windsor. Item. I give unto my son Richard the other half of my sd. meadow on the east side of the great River besides what I have already given him. I give unto my son Isaac my dwelling house and barn in Windsor, with the home lot on which it standeth, being about 4 acres of land given to me and my wife by our father William Filley, also about 4 acres of land at a place called Swamp Field. Also a paire of looms and tacklin which I have already given him to carry on his trade. It is to be understood that the abovesd. lands as they are given are to be injoyed by each of them from and after the death of my sd. wife now, and not before. And further, my will is that all my personal or moveable estate that remains after the death of sd. wife, my just debts and funeral expenses being paid, shall be divided as followeth: To my grandson John Grant, son of my daughter Elizabeth deceased, 20 shillings in money; the rest is be equally divided among my now surviving children or to their legal representatives, viz. Joseph, John and Richard, and Isaac Skinner, Mary Hammond and Ann Rockwell. Finally, I do make and ordain my son Joseph Skinner sole executor.
      Signed: Joseph Skinner. Witness: Matthew Allyn, Josiah Allyn.
      Court Record, pp. 52-4. August, 1724. Will exhibited by Joseph Skinner - Proven (vol. 2, p. 27).
      From Windsor land records.
      May 29, 1666. Joseph Skinner hath purchased of Tahan Grant 2 acres more or less; North on land that was Thomas Newel dec'd, South and West by John Moore senr, East by the common way.
      June 3, 1684. These may certify that the above specified parcel of land recorded to Joseph Skinner he stands possessed of in his own right and it may be confirmed to him according to law. Signed: Benjamin Newberry, Commissioner, Henry Wolcot, Register, Thomas Stoughton, Townsman (vol. 1, p. 188).
      April 3, 1683. Timothy Halls of Southfield, Ma to Joseph Skinner of Windsor land on East side of Great River in Windsor 10 rods broad at river and runs Easterly three miles; West on the Great River, East on the commons, North by George Phelps, and South on John Porter (vol. 2, p. 91).
      Mar. 27, 1705. Joseph Skinner senior of Windsor for valuable sum paid by Jonathan Filley of the same town to my son John Skinner of Colchester; Land In Windsor near Messengers Farm (vol. 3, p. 8).
      Jan. 9, 1707. Agreement about settlement of estate of William Filley of Windsor Between Samuel Filley and Joseph Skinner, senr of Windsor and Elizabeth Filley widow of said William and Samuel Filley to have 1/2 of estate (vol. 3. p. 85).
      Feb. 19, 1707-8. Joseph Skinner senr of Windsor to Jonathan Filley of same all interest in estate of William Filley under the foregoing agreement (vol. 3, p. 86).
      March 5, 1711-2. Joseph Skinner senior to son Joseph both of Windsor Land on East side of Conn. River "where he has built his house" (vol. 3. p. 144).
      March 5, 1711-2. Joseph Skinner senr to son Richard Skinner both of Windsor. Land on East side of Great River where he has built his house; West on highway, North on Joseph Phelps, South on land my sons bought of Hezekiah Porter, East on land I made over to my two sons, Joseph and Richard. Also 1/2 of land from foot of hill which I have given to my son Joseph to run West to the plain meadow known by the name of the Husk. The whole of the land is bounded North on Joseph Phelps, South on Hezekiah Porter, East on land I have given my son Joseph, West on my own land. Also 1/2 of land on East side of Country road besides what I have given him as above. The whole of the land bounded North on Joseph Phelps, South on lands my sons bought of Hezekiah Porter, West on land I have given my son Richard as above, East on the commons (vol. 3, p. 144).
      Oct. 17, 1728. Mary Skinner, widow of Deacon Joseph Skinner of Windsor dec'd, in consideration of twenty shillings per annum for life secured to me, quit claims to her son Isaac Skinner also of Windsor all interest in the homestead of said Deacon Joseph Skinner bounded East on country road, West on Josiah Moore, North on Thomas Allyn, South on Benoni Bissell, also 4 acres North on Country road, South on Hez. Parson, East on Josiah Filley, West on Jonathan Filley (vol..5, p. 204)."
      CORRECTIONS. [KP note: even though the following note was attached by the compiler to the descendants of John2 (John 1), it also concerns the children Joseph2 (John1). In regards to Joseph, the compiler believed the wives of Joseph 3 were of Joseph son of John2; however, I am currently of the opinion that the pertain to Joseph son of Joseph 2 - more research is needed to confirm.]
      A study of the original records of Windsor, Conn., has convinced me that the early genealogists whose work has heretofore been widely accepted, fell into some errors concerning the marriages of the children of Corporal John2 Skinner (John1). There is credible evidence that:
      Deacon Joseph married 1st Dorothy Hosmer, 2nd Elizabeth Olmstead, and did not marry Mary Grant.
      Richard did not marry Sarah Gaines. She was the wife of Richard (3) Joseph (2).
      Thomas. Some doubt is thrown on the identity of his wife by the fact that Thomas (3), Joseph (2) married Sarah, daughter of Samuel and Grace Grant on July 19, 1705."