Deacon Thomas Skinner1

(25 July 1645 - between 1722 and 1732)

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Relationship9th great-grandfather of The 3 Tracys
Family Group:Ohlheiser
Trees14 Generations of Our Ancestors
Our Ohlheiser Family Pedigree
FatherThomas Skinner (c. 1617 - 2 Mar 1703)
MotherMary (c. 1621 - 9 Apr 1671)

Birth - Marriage - Death

ChildDeacon Thomas Skinner was baptized on 25 July 1645, in Subdeanarie Parish, Chichester, Sussex, England.2
GroomHe married Mary Pratt, daughter of Richard Pratt and Mary, say about 1665 in Charlestown, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts Bay Colony, New England.3,2
WidowerHe became a widower at 58 years of age when his wife Mary died on 26 March 1704.4,5,6
DeceasedHe died between 1722 and 1732 in Colchester, New London Co., Connecticut.2,7

Children with Mary Pratt:

Founder or First Settler

Circa 1700, Deacon Thomas Skinner and Mary Skinner were among the founders/first settlers of Colchester, New London Co., Connecticut Colony, New England. Thomas (as well as his sons John, Richard, Benjamin and Ebenezer) is named among the original proprietors of Colchester. The town records (vol. 1, p.1) show that at a town meeting on 31 January 1702, Thomas and his son Benjamin were granted a portion of the "Little Round meadow lying West from the town with the Swamp;" and in "May, 1702. granted and layd out unto Thomas Skiner a home lot in length 160 rods, in bredth 21 rods, bounded east by the street, north by John Waters his home lot, west on the Comons - further Thomas Skiner hath granted and layd out for his first Deuision (Division) 60 Akers Joyning Micaiell Tantors land on the southeast side, on the east of the littell Meadow. Bounded it by a run of water, by Micaiell Taintors (sic) land, so runeth westerly by said Tantor and the highway 138 Rods, to bounds set by the highway.8,5

Community Service

From 1703 to 1722, at Colchester, New London Co., Connecticut Colony, New England, Deacon Thomas Skinner appears frequently in the town records as holder of various town offices. e.g. In December of 1703 Thomas "was chosen Constable for the year ensuing" and was named on a list as a freeman of the town (along with his sons Richard, Nathaniel, Benjamin, and Ensign John) and on 18 December 1704 he was elected one of the townsmen (selectman).5

Sources - Citations

  1. [S161] National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, Compiler, Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970, online www.ancestry.com, (Louisville, Kentucky), Various Applicants, on Microfilm, 508 rolls.
  2. [S642] Natalie R. Fernald, Compiler, The Skinner Kinsmen, The Descendants of Thomas Skinner of Malden Massachusetts (Washington, D.C.: Pioneer Press, 1900), pg. 8.
  3. [S954] New England Historic Genealogical Register (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1847-), 167:15-22; Stanley E. Pratt, Richard Pratt of Maldon, Essex, and Malden, Massachusetts; names, events, dates, relationships, locations;.
  4. [S150] Lorraine Cook, Compiler, The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1994-2002), Death date: 26 Mar 1704; Death place: Colchester; Colchester Town Records p. 68.
  5. [S954] NEHGS - Register, 53:401; Zoeth Skinner Elderdge, Lieutenant John Skinner of the Continental Army; names, events, dates, relationships, locations.
  6. [S642] Natalie R. Fernald, The Skinner Kinsmen, pg. 8, and pg. 9 takes date from Colchester Town Records pg. 68.
  7. [S161] Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970, Birth date: 25 Jul 1645; Birth place: Chichester, England; Death date: 1722; Death place: Colchester, Connecticut.
  8. [S642] Natalie R. Fernald, The Skinner Kinsmen, ppg. 8, 9.
  9. [S954] NEHGS - Register, 53:401-403; Zoeth Skinner Elderdge, Lieutenant John Skinner of the Continental Army; names, events, dates, relationships, locations.
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