- THE LOYALIST (PERTH
of Lucy C. Whitwell Parker, dau. of Gertrude Skinner and James
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- REVEREND WILLIAM
SKINNER (b. 1687,
Scotland; d. 1758, age 71) -
- Of England, then
Philadelphia, became a missionary at Perth Amboy in 1723; first
Rector of St. Peter's Church at Perth Amboy, 1724 to his death in
- 1st wife - MARY
BILLLOP BROOK, daughter of Christopher Billop and the
widow of Rev. Br. Brook, no children.
- 2nd wife - ELIZABETH
VAN CORTLANDT (b. May 24, 1694), daughter of Stephanus
Van Cortlandt of New York.
- 1. GERTRUDE SKINNER - (d. Feb 10, 1811, age 71)
Married JAMES PARKER (b. 1725; d. Oct 4, 1797)
- 2. CORTLANDT SKINNER - loyalist (b. Dec 16, 1727 old-style; md. Nov
30, 1751; d. Mar 15, 1799 Bristol, England):
- Practiced law in Newark,
New Jersey Attorney General from 1754, Speaker of the Provincial
Assembly from 1765; Brigadier-General of the New Jersey Volunteers,
Sep, 1776; eventually forced to leave Perth Amboy and America;
requested a position or monetary support from England; to England
with his family where he was compensated for his forfeited estate.
- Married 30 Nov 1751
ELIZABETH KEARNY of Perth Amboy (b. 1731; d. 1809, Belfast,
Ireland), daughter of Philip Kearny of Amboy. She inherited a small
amount of land from her father at Six-Mile Run, NJ.
- WILLIAM SKINNER - English navy; died young.
- PHILIP KEARNY SKINNER, Lieutenant-General (d. April 7, 9 or 10,
1824, 1826, 1827 or 1828, London) - loyalist:
- ensign, English army,
1782; served in England, Ireland, Spain and the East and West
MCGREGOR SKINNER -
in the Governor's Guards in New Jersey; Blind in one eye and losing
an arm to a cannonball, he drowned in Holyhead, England in 1830.
a midshipman in the British Navy and lost one of his arms in an action
with some Colonial batteries on the Hudson. He was ardently attached
to the Loyalist cause in War of 1812, and his wife was as firmly
wedded to the American and this difference of sentiment caused an
estrangement although it never resulted in a separation, although
thirteen years elapsed after the second war with Great Britain before
they saw each other. During the latter part of his life he was a
retired Lieutenant, but still followed the sea. He was drowned at sea
in a storm, Oct. 31, 1832, while in command of a packet ship between
Holyhead and Dublin. Whitehead in his history of Perth Amboy states
that he was a bachelor, but this is probably a mistake. He is said to
have married Elizabeth Ford, born 1785, died August, 1851, who was the
daughter of Thomas Ford.
Children - Catherine McGregor Skinner (d. 1856), Lewis F. Skinner
(1792-1827), Ford C. Skinner (1797-1866), Jane McGregor Skinner
(b. 1801), John McGregor Skinner (b.1805), William McGregor
Skinner (d. 1794), John F. Skinner (1794-1821), Benjamin Ford
Skinner (b. 1799), William F. Skinner (1804-1841), Phineas Manning
Skinner (1807-1873; married Susan Applegate)
- CORTLANDT, JR. -
- Was left by his father for
several years in this country with brother-in-law Mr. Terrill.
- Stayed some time after the
Revolution; commissioned in the British army in 1782; died in
- First wife - ___
Kingsmill; second wife Isabella McCartney; he left several children,
including Philip Kearny Skinner and Arthur Skinner, mentioned in
Will of Cortlandt's brother, Philip Kearny Skinner. [KDS note - per
www.familysearch.org, 2003, children were Cortlandt, Arthur,
Philip, Maria, Elizabeth and Isabella Skinner].
- DOWNS SKINNER -
- From England to Jamaica
where he died previous to 1803; left one daughter.
- SUSAN - married Major Jasper Farmer of the British
army and when he died, his brother Thomas Farmer. Descendants living
in Nova Scotia.
- ELIZABETH - married William Terrill (Tyrell), lawyer of
New York ( he married Isabella McCartney for his second wife); one
son John, of England and four daughters.
- EUPHEMIA - married Oliver Barbarie; two sons - John and
- CATHARINE - married Sir William Henry Robinson, British
army; died 1843, age 75 Marlow, England, and left several children.
- MARIA - married 1797, Captain (later General) Sir
George Nugent, G.C.B.D.C.L., lived in England, India and Jamaica.
Sir George died March 11, 1849 leaving four children.
- ISABEL - married a Doctor Frazer, while living at
Long Island; he subsequently went to England and she followed with
her father at the close of the war. Several children, one of whom
was a captain in the British army.
- GERTRUDE - married June, 1780, Long Island to Captain
Meredith, who died previous to 1800 leaving her with four children,
one of whom, Richard, was a captain in the British Navy.
3. STEPHEN SKINNER, Major (d. 1790, Nova Scotia per Sabine or
circa 1809, based upon his pension) - loyalist:
International trader and
shopkeeper of Perth Amboy; 1763, Province Treasurer; Judge of Common
Pleas of Middlesex Co.; was the owner of much property in the counties
of Middlesex and Sussex; 1776, advised to leave and removed to Newark;
made prisoner with his family in 1776 and harshly treated; served as a
guide during the British occupation of New Jersey; 1777, removed to
New York and raised a company of 100 Loyalists, most from New Jersey
and was appointed Major; 1784, his confiscated lands advertised for
auction; he and his family removed to England and was compensated for
his losses with land at Nova Scotia; nine or ten children, all dying
without issue at England and Nova Scotia.
JOHNSTON (d. July, 1802), daughter of Andrew Johnston, and from
whom she inherited property.
[KDS note - Andrew Johnston's
name appears on numerous Deeds in New Jersey. Marriage date was 10 Oct
1761; NJ Archives, Vol. XXII, per notes of VEM.]
4. WILLIAM SKINNER, Lieutenant-Colonel - loyalist, but did not
live to serve in the war:
[KDS note - this must be the
William Skinner whose name appears on many land transactions in the
Born in Elizabeth, NJ. Entered
the provincial service, serving as Captain Skinner in Col. Schuyler's
regiment at Oswego in 1756; taken prisoner to France, 1756, and
transferred to England, 1757; 1759 - 1763, served in the wars against
the French and Indians in America for which he was granted 10,000
acres of land in America; removed to England after 1763 and died in
England about 1778.
Married SUSANNA WARREN,
daughter of Admiral Sir Peter Warren. Only child - Susannah Maria
Warren married Henry Kennedy.
5. JOHN SKINNER, Major (d. Dec, 1797 Perth Amboy) - loyalist
and fourth son of Rev. William Skinner:
Entered Provincial Service as
a Lieutenant in the company of his older brother, Captain William
Skinner, in Col. Peter Schuyler's New Jersey Regiment, in the French
and Indian War of 1755 and 1756; taken prisoner to France, 1756, and
transferred to England, 1757, with his brother; visited America with
his regiment, 1768 to 1770; retired from the army in 1784; returned to
America after the war in a mercantile business in his native Perth
Married Feb 16, 1774
SARAH KEARNY (d. 1797, Perth Amboy), daughter of Philip Kearny,
Perth Amboy lawyer and his second wife Isabella Hooper. Rivaud Kearny,
brother to Sarah, appears in numerous NJ records.
- JAMES SKINNER - died at Amboy in 1827, leaving a wife and
daughter; the daughter may be the last descendant of Rev. William
Skinner in America, though John Downer has disputed that. [KDS
note - John Downer, utilizing mistaken info from Franklin Skinner,
published a newspaper article circa 1920 showing that a large clan
of South Jersey Skinners, of which Franklin was one, descended
from the Perth Ambory Skinners. His info was incorrect.]
- References for above:
(Exhibits 13, 14, 15, 16, 20).
- FIRST BATTALION, NEW
JERSEY ROYAL VOLUNTEERS, MONMOUTH COUNTY, per (exhibit-13):
- CORTLAND SKINNER
- brigade commander, 1776; described above.
- BENJAMIN. G. SKINNER,
Colonel - ancestry
unknown; loyalist; 1st NJ Volunteers, 1781.
- ELISHA SKINNER,
ancestry unknown; loyalist: NJ Volunteers; killed in the War.
- [KDS note - Franklin
Skinner (Franklin-1a) recorded that Colonel B. G. Skinner and Elisha
were brothers to Cortlandt, Sr. However, this sibling relationship
is not mentioned in any other histories of the Perth Amboy
- MISC. NEW JERSEY
LOYALIST SKINNERS, per (exhibit-13):
- JOHN SKINNER,
loyalist; (d. 10 Oct, 1827), born in New Jersey but not known to be
a relation to the above Skinners.
- Ensign in the British
Army, 1772; served during the War in campaigns in South Carolina;
served in Jamaica in 1795 and later in other Caribbean efforts.
- Wife, Anne (MacLean)
- Three sons in the British
Army - Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Skinner; Ensign John Skinner, died
in Jamaica, 1821; Captain James Skinner, mortally wounded in India
- A daughter married the
Lieutenant-Governor of Prince Edward Island.
- THOMAS SKINNER - loyalist; probably related to
Lieutenant-General John Skinner
- Was a baker born in New
York City and lived in his own house at Perth Amboy from 1725 to
1775, when he was taken prisoner and banished to Cranbury (KDS note
- South Brunswick, NJ). His estate was confiscated for which he was
compensated by the British government.
- JOHN SKINNER, who was in England in 1784, while Thomas
was in New York in 1788.
- TWO SONS, unnamed, served on the American side in the
war and to whom he refused to speak. One son obtained a discharge
following his father's threat.
- [KDS note - Per Monnette,
p390, a Thomas Skinner appears in a list of Proprietors provided to
George Willocks in 1697. This would be the earliest appearance of
the Loyalist Skinners in NJ records.]
- JONATHAN D. SKINNER - loyalist; ensign in the 1st NJ Volunteers,
on half-pay until 1808.
- TIMOTHY SKINNER - loyalist
- Born in America and lived
in Sussex Co., NJ. He did not go within the British lines during the
war and therefore was considered to be a marginal loyalist. But he
was at Niagara, on the Canadian side, in 1787.
- [KDS note, per email from
Charlou Dolan dated 12/5/2001:
- LDS FHL #540,605:
Index to Deeds, Grantor & Grantee: 20 Sep 1783 -- Book A-M,
page 78: Timothy Skinner et ux, land in Sandytown, Essex Co. to
- KDS COMMENTARY:
- The Loyalist Skinners,
also referred to as the Perth Amboy Skinners, were a well-to-do
group of Loyalists, primarily one family, active in the church,
military, and political affairs of New Jersey up to the War. They
are unrelated to the Woodbridge/Rahway Skinners - the 'working
class' descendents of Richard Skinner and Susannah Poulain.
- Some of the Perth Amboy
Skinners, in particular William Jr. and Stephen, were able to amass
large tracts of land in the 1700's, particularly undeveloped tracts
of land to the west of Essex and Middlesex Counties. At the same
time, the Woodbridge/Rahway Skinners also joined in the western
migration of the population. Thus, these two unrelated families are
intertwined geographically until the War.
- The Perth Amboy family
also appear prominantly in Monmouth County, just south of Middlesex
Co., and in Burlington County, to the southwest. At the time,
Burlington Co. included present day Mercer Co.
- The positions of power
that had brought the Perth Amboy Skinners such wealth in
landholdings proved to be their demise, as their visibility in the
government and military made them targets in the efforts to evict
Loyalists and to seize Loyalist properties. The British government
compensated many of them with land in Canada and/or military
assignments elsewhere in the world.
- A few members of the
family remained in New Jersey beyond the War. James Skinner,
grandson of Reverend William, died in 1827 at Perth Amboy. His
father, John Skinner, remained in Jersey as well. In addition,
Jonathan D. Skinner, of unknown parentage, continued to appear in
New Jersey records into the 1800's. For more about Jonathan,
reference my Commentary section in the file pertaining to Jonathan
Skinner and wife Apphia Ball.
1 - "History of Monmouth County, New Jersey", Franklin
Ellis, Philadelphia, R. T. Peck, 1885, per the notes of VEM:
- "Most of the Tories of
Monmouth County, who entered the service of the British were found
in the First Battalion of the brigade know as the "New Jersey Royal
Volunteers," otherwise often called "Skinner's Greens, " from the
name of their brigade commander and the color of their uniforms.
Following are given names of officers of this corps, as far as they
have been ascertained, viz.: Brigadier-General Cortland Skinner,
brigade commander; First Battalion - B. G. Skinner, Colonel in 1781;
Elisha Skinner, Lieutenant-Colonel."
- Exhibit 1a - Newspaper
Articles written by Franklin Skinner, appearing in a column called
"Our History Club, Compiled by John R. Downer", The Glassboro
- November 11, 1921
- "Reverend William Skinner
was born in Scotland in 1687 and left England for America in 1721;
he was a MacGregor, one of the Scottish clan proscribed for
supporting the Old Pretender in 1715. He took the name of Skinner,
probably his mother's maiden name, and was sent as a missionary by
the Church of England to America and became the first rector of St.
Peter's Episcopal Church of Perth Amboy, New Jersey, where he
remained until his death in 1758.
- He married Elizabeth,
daughter of Stephen and Catherine VanCortlandt of Cortlandt Manor,
who was born May 24, 1694, by whom he had seven sons and a daughter
named Gertrude Cortlandt, Stephen, William, Elisha, John, Richard,
Benjamin and Gertrude Skinner.
- All of the sons except
Richard adhered to the Royalist Cause.
- Elisha Skinner, the fourth
son, was a Lieutenant Colonel in the New Jersey Brigade under his
brother, Cortlandt. He was killed in the War.
- Richard Skinner, sixth
son, cast his lot with the Patriots and was made Captain in the
Middlesex County Militia of New Jersey. He was killed in an
engagement at Cross Roads Tavern between Rahway and Woodbridge, N.J.
on July 1, 1779.
- Benjamin Skinner was
Colonel of the 1st Regiment of his brother's corps. He survived the
War and as I find by an old deed was living in Rahway in 1799. By an
old letter in my possession he was living in 1801 and had two sons,
Benjamin and John, and still further on by an old will I find he had
a daughter Catharine. Researches of Manning Skinner, great grandson
of Cortlandt Skinner.
- References: Biographical
Records of N.Y., Volume 5, page 72; History of Middlesex County,
page 570; Biographical Sketches of the Royalists of the American
Revolution by Lorenzo Sabine; Contributions to New Jersey History by
- November 11, 1921
(Continued next week)."
2 - "History of the St. Peter's Church in Perth Amboy, Rev.
W. N. Jones, 1923, per notes of VEM/1964:
- p158, marriages - James
Skinner to Isabella Ford, by J. Chapman, May 14, 1815.
- p138 - Sarah Ann Skinner,
born Sep 22, 1815, baptized Aug 4, 1817, by J. Chapman.
- p138 - John Kearny
Skinner, born Jun 8, 1817, baptized Aug 1817, by J. Chapman.
- p162 - child of James
Skinner, died Jul 12, 1819.
3 - NJ Archive Will Summaries:
- [KDS note - Many NJ
Archive Will summaries are available for Perth Amboy Skinners. I
made no attempt to capture all of them. It is important to
understand that Perth Amboy is in Middlesex Co., increasing the
chances of confusing the Perth Amboy Skinners with the other Skinner
family of the same locale. The chance for confusion becomes even
greater given the large landholdings and positions of power of the
Perth Amboy Skinners throughout New Jersey.]
- "1762, Aug 2. Skinner,
Wm., of Perth Amboy, Middlesex Co., Minister, Int. Admin'rs.
Cortlandt Skinner and Stephen Skinner, two of the sons of said Wm.,
Fellowbondsman - Andrew Smyth, all of said place. Witness: John
Smyth, Lib. H. p.165."
per Abstracts of Wills - 1761-1770, Vol XXXIII, NJ Archives, First
Series, 1941, p388, per files of VEM.
- "1787, Feb. 12. Skinner,
William, of Perth Amboy, Middlesex Co., minister. Int. Adm'r -
Philip A. Schuyler. Fellowbondsman - Arent J. Schuyler; both of
- 1787, Feb. 8. Renunciation
by J. Skinner, one of the sons of William Skinner. Witness - Ravard
Kearny. Lib. 29, p416."
- Abstracts of Wills -
1786-1790, Vol XXXVI, NJ Archives, First Series, 1941, 4/18/98/KDS
- [KDS note - This appears
to relate to the first-generation William who died in 1758. Note the
surname Kearny which is closely associated with the Perth Amboy
Skinners. Note also the surname Schuyler - William Skinner, Jr.
served in a regiment commanded by a Schuyler during the French and
Indian Wars in 1755 and 1756. Per Fernald-4, Schuyler was also the
maiden name of William Sr.'s mother-in-law.
- The fact that this record
is dated 1787, long after William's death, may call into question
who this pertains to. I would not lose sleep over this - the
previous record, for the same William, also differs from his actual
death in 1758. Hopefully, no one has been using these record dates
as death dates.]
- Per notes of VEM -
- Essex County - Formed
1681/2 - Newark, Co. Seat
- Skinner, William -
6598-6603 G. - B. 29, p. 416 - Intestate 1787 - Ren. 1787.
- "1798, May 18. Skinner,
John, of Middlesex Co. Int. Adm'r - Revaud Kearny. Fellowbondsman -
John Bayard and James Kearney; all of said Co. ....."
- Abstracts of Wills -
1796-1800, Vol XXXVIII, NJ Archives, 1944, 4/18/98/KDS.
- "1802, Aug. 18. Skinner,
Catherine, of Burlington Co. Int. Adm'r - Stephen Skinner. ....."
- Abstracts of Wills -
1801-1805, Vol XXXIX, p406, NJ Archives, 1946, 4/18/98/KDS.
- "1807, Dec. 19. Goelet,
James F., of City of Perth Amboy, Middlesex Co., will of. .... "
Witnesses include James Skinner.
- Abstracts of Wills, p140,
NJ Archives, 1946, 4/18/98/KDS.
- LDS IGI records, batch
- Thomas Skinner
married to Elizabeth Hubbell 2 Feb 1750, Elizabeth, Essex Co., NJ
3x - per rootsweb.com, 2003:
New Jersey Marriages
FHLC 0888702; Vol. C
(1735 - 1797) [total of 778 bonds] #251-#300 -
#264; Jonathan CLAWSON of
Woodbridge and Thomas SKINNER Jr of Perth
Amboy... [bound to]...
Francis BERNARD, Governor... 500 pounds... 27 May
1760. ... Jonathan
CLAWSON... obtained license of marriage for himself and
for Mary BARON of Woodbridge
aforesaid, spinster... [w] John SMYTH [the
following was filmed after
#265; affidavit] Perth Amboy... Jonathan
CLAWSON... declares... that
Samuel BARON father of... Mary BARON consents
to the depon'ts marrying...
#390; David CROW and Thomas
SKINNER (Jr), both of the County of
Middlesex... [bound to]...
William FRANKLIN, Governor... 500 pounds... 16
April 1764. ... David
CROW... obtained license of marriage for himself and
for Sarah LAFORCE of
Pascataway... [w] John MACKAY
FHLC 0888704; Vol. G,
1739-1791 (total of 327 bonds) #051 - #100 -
#089; Edward GRIFFIN and Thomas
SKINNER, both of Perth Amboy... [bound to]... Francis
BERNARD, Gov'r... 500
pounds... 20 June 1758. ... Edward GRIFFIN... obtained license of
marriage for himself and for
Martha DUNHAM of Amboy af'd, widow... [w] blank
FHLC 0888704; Vol. G,
1739-1791 (total of 327 bonds) #001 - #050 -
#017; John GIFFORD and Thomas
SKINNER, both of Perth Amboy... [bound to]... Lewis MORRIS,
Governor... 500 pounds... 3
Jan 1743. ... John GIFFORD... obtained license of marriage for
himself and for Mary
BLANCHARD of New Brunswick, widow... [w] Tho's BARTOW, Sec'ty
FHLC 0888701; Vol. B
(1711 - 1797) [total of 873 bonds] [#101- #150] -
#128; Joseph BARNET of
"Eliz'th Town" and Thomas SKINER (Tho's SKINNER) of "P. Amboy"...
Governor... 500 pounds... 6 June 1751 ... Joseph BARNET... obtained
license of marriage for
himself and for Sarah ROLPH
of the same place, widow... [w] Tho's BARTOW
- Rivington's New York
Newspaper (Loyalist Press):
- Lt. Wynantz of the rebel
militia - surprized Sunday last near Elizabeth Town, NJ, by a party
of Loyalist refugees from Staten Island. Pub. 2/2/1780
- Prisoners taken by
Loyalist refugees at Elizabeth Town Jan. 25, 1780:
- Major Eccleston, Major
Williamson, Capt. Grey, Thomas Woodruff, Capt. Sam Morehouse, Capt.
Isaac Scudder, Capt. William Smith, Capt. Guilford, John Culles, Ja.
Knot, William Frucker, John Sullivan, Charles Gough, John Gormand,
John Roelby, John Lumox, Thoedoric Lindsay, James Davison, Joseph
Farson, John Blades, John Creaton, John Ryon, Thomas Gordon, John
King, Joseph Austin, James Dues, Michael Coughlon, John Miles,
Michael Rowland, John Lisk, E. Pruket, Isaac Dukeson, James
Morrison, Jonathan Huckson, Benjamin Garrison, Philip Knolt, Abraham
Rosier, Joen Brown, Andrew Patterson, Andrew M'Farland, David
Buddel, Albert Slarret, Henry Rendett, Ralph Price, Ab. Price, Jerub
Price, John Gray, John Mulford, and James Shay. Pub. 2/9/1780
- Prisoners taken on Staten
Island by Loyalist refugees on Jan. 10, 1780: [list includes]: David
Clarke, Thomas Skinner, Timothy Ball, Samuel Ball ... Pub.
- Prisoners brought in by
Col. Norton: [includes]: Capt. Abraham Watson, Seth Gardner, Ezekiel
Crane, James Parker, Nehemiah Pearson, Henry Wilson... Pub 2/9/1780
3a - per email from Charlou Dolan dated 12/5/2001:
"13 Apr 1765 -- Thomas Skinner Jr.,
prime creditor, was named administrator of the estate of Abraham Loofbarrow
of the City of Perth Amboy; bondsman Thomas Crowell; witness John
"25 Apr 1770 -- Book L,
page 256: Will of Philip Kearny, of Perth Amboy, Middlesex Co. Wife,
Isabella, all the land which was formerly her father's, and land
joining thereto, which I bought since our marriage, and both being in
Perth Amboy, on west side of High Street; also the land on the north
side of Courtland Skinner's farm. If she dispose of none of the lots,
then I give the same to my son, Michael; and I give the house and lots
where I live, and the pasture lot opposite the Barracks, which I
bought of John Stevens the 1st of May, 1762; also the farm where
Samuel Nevil lately lived, formerly belonging to Peter Sonmans, which
I lately bought at Sheriff's sale, which bounds the north side of
Rariton River, also the farm and salt meadow, which bounds the south
side of said river, where William Pricket now lives; also 2 lots which
I lately bought of Resia Runyon, near the same, to my said wife, while
my widow. I also give her L500, and the use of household goods, but if
she marry, then I give her 1/4 of the goods, and the rest to my
daughters, Sarah, Isabella, and Joanna, when they are 21. I also give
my wife a wench that I lately bought of Widow Biddell. Son, Phillip,
the ground rent of L9, arising out of the house and lot in
Philadelphia, near the old church, now or lately belonging to John
Lawrence, which was given to me by my grandmother, Elizabeth
Brittain; also the ground
rent of the wharf, and brick house which I lately gave him, which he
sold to Joseph Donnalson, was also given to me by my grandmother; also
the lot of ground I bought of John Martin, and his wife Mary, lately
belonging to the estate of my father, for which I have a deed dated
10th of Aug., 1764, lying in Perth Amboy, on the north side of Smith
Street, and bounded on the east by David Goaling and on west by
Alexander Carns; also the stone house and water lot I lately bought of
Doctor Peter Sonmans, lately belonging to the estate of George Frazer,
deceased; also the land I bought of Samuel Nevill, by deed the 16th of
Nov., 1762, lying on Piscataway road, and which said Samuel bought of
John Dadsworth; also the land I bought of David Demarest, 6th of Aug.,
1763, and bounded on south by Rariton River, formerly Peter Sonman's.
Whereas I purchased of Timothy Hay, and Mary, his wife, formerly Mary
Robertson, by deed the 10 of Sep., 1734, 1/3 part of 1/8 part of 1/24
part of a Propriety in East Jersey, I give the same to my son,
Phillip; also the sum of L1,000. To son, Ravaud, the house which I
bought of John Hull, where he now lives, which joins the house where Thomas Skinner
lives; also the pasture lot which I bought of Elizabeth Leslie and
George Willocks Leslie, and lies on the Piscataway road; also the land
on the west side, which I bought of Andrew Johnson, deceased, which 2
lots are a part of a lot patented to Robert Barcley; also the lot I
bought of Samuel Fleming; also the farm on the south side of Rariton
River, which I bought of John Mott the 4th of Mar, 1752; also the salt
meadow joining thereon, and as far north as Stephen Skinner's ditch;
also that land in Sussex Co., taken up by me in right of John
Harrison, deceased, and joining land belonging to Martin Ryerson; also
land I bought at Sheriff's sale in Sussex Co., 21st Dec. last, and
lying on the Delaware River. To daughter, Elizabeth Skinner, the wife
of Courtland Skinner, L200, which is in the joint stock of Old South
Sea Annuity, now in the name of John Anthony, mill merchant in London.
I have an Exchequer Annuity in London of L42 per annum, now in trust
for Ferdinand Ravaud, and I give the same to my kinsman, James Kinsey,
of Burlington, attorney-at-law, in trust for the use of my daughter,
Susanna Stevens, the wife of Richard Stevens. Whereas John Parr, late
Sheriff of Philadelphia, by deedpoll, 8th of May 1767, for L405, sold
to me 2 negro boys and some goods, I give same to James Kinsey, in
trust, for the use of my daughter, Susanna Stevens. Whereas I have
lands at Barnagate, in Monmouth Co., which I hold in partnership with
William Burnet, and also land near Six Mile Run, in Middlesex Co., and
other lands which I hold in partnership with Doctor Lewis Johnston. I
give 1/4 part of said lands to my son, Philip, and 1/4 part to my son,
Ravaud, and 1/4 part to my daughter, Elizabeth Skinner, and 1/4 part
to kinsman, James Kinsey, in trust, for my daughter, Susanna Stevens,
but if she be dead, then to my grandson, Philip Kearny Skinner.
Whereas I have 1/6 part of land in Wall Pack Township, in Sussex Co.,
by virtue of a deed from Samuel Nevill, dated 10th of Feb., 1755,
whereon there is supposed to be a copper mine, I give the same to my
sons, Philip Kearny, Ravaud Kearny, Michael Kearny and Francis Kearny.
Whereas, I have several freehold rights, and parts of rights to lands
in Woodbridge Township, I give same to my son, Ravaud Kearny. Sons,
Michael and Francis, each L500, when 21. Daughters, Sarah Kearny,
Isabella Kearny and Joanna Kearny, each L1,000, when they are 21.
Kinsman, James Kinsey, land in Sussex Co., joining to his land, taken
up by me in the right of John Harrison, deceased, of 133 acres.
Grandson, Philip Kearny Skinner, all that lot in Perth Amboy, near
Coles Point, facing the Bay, which I bought of the Executors of
William Plumsted, and also that lot on the north side of Smith Street,
which I bought at Sheriff's sale, lately belonging to the estate of
Joseph Leigh, deceased, by deed dated 15th of Aug., 1764; also 100
acres in Woodbridge, which I bought by sheriff's sale, late the
property of Samuel Moore, deceased, by deed 7th of July, 1760. The
Rest of my lands I give to my wife during her life, and then to my
sons, Michael and Francis. Executors, wife, Isabella, and Andrew
Elliot, of New York City. Witnesses: James Stevenson, John Johnston,
2 Aug 1776 -- Codicil: I have
lately bought lands, which I give to my children. Witnesses: Gertrude
Barberie, Thomas Barstow, John Johnston. Proved Aug 11, 1775."
Apr 1771 -- Book K, page
322: Estate of Elizabeth Skinner of Essex Co.; administrator, John
Stiter [KDS note - Stites.] of said Co., on the estate of
Elizabeth Skinner, deceased, and late Executrix of the will of
13 Apr 1771 -- Inventory,
L80.10.3, made by John Clawson and William Pool; of estate of
Elizabeth Skinner, late Elizabeth Hampten, widow, and Executrix of
15 Jan 1772 -- Account by
Adm'r. Paid John Clawson, for house rent and funeral charges, L5.16.9.
Paid Elizabeth Bird, for nursing, L3. To legacy of my wife, who is
daughter and legatee of said Jonathan Hampton, L70. [See will of
Jonathan Hampton, in Lib. D, p. 262]"
4 - Letter from Genealogist Natalie R. Fernald to John R.
Downer, per files of VEM:
- "November 16, 1921
- To Mr. John R. Downer,
- Will you please have Mr.
Franklin Skinner give proof that Capt. Richard Skinner, who was
killed at Woodbridge was the son of Rev. William?
- I had some correspondence
with him some years ago, when he refused to give me proof, but
merely wrote that he was satisfied. That does not do especially when
one has data showing that the statement is wrong.
- Why doesn't he put dates?
I will give what I have on these families, if I am wrong submit your
- Rev. William Skinner was
of the Clan MacGregor, he had to flee from Scotland after the battle
of Preston, 1715. He was born 1687, married first Mary, daughter of
Capt. Christopher Billop and widow of the Rev. Mr. Brooks, who was
lost at sea, 1707. He married second Elizabeth, daughter of Stephen
and Gertrude (Schuyler) Van Cortland. She was born May 24, 1694. He
- 1. Cortland (2) Att. Ben.,
Brig. Gen., born 1728, married Nov. 30, 1751. - Elizabeth Kearny. He
died at Bristol, England in 1799. She married second _____ Simpson
and died in Ireland in 1810/
- 2. Gen. Stephen, married
Oct. 10, 1761, - Catherine, daughter of Andrew Johnson of Perth
Amboy. He was treasurer of the Province and a refuge.
- 3. Lt. Gen. Col. William
(2) married Susanna, daughter of Sir Peter and Susan or Anna
(Delancey) Warren, his first cousin. He was in the French and Indian
Wars, and died in England in 1778.
- 4. Capt. John (2) married
February 15, 1774, - Sally Kearney. He died in England October 10,
1827. She died in Perth Amboy Dec. 1797.
- 5. Gertrude (2) married
Hon. James Parker, who was born Oct. 4, 17097. She died Feb. 10,
- The Story of the Old
- New Jersey Records
- Whitmore Heraldic
- Browning's Amer. Royal
- New York Hist. Soc.
- Bolton's Westchester
- Moore Genealogy.
- Other Skinner family
continued next page.
- page 2
- John Skinner (1) of
Woodbridge, N. J. Joined Presbyterian Church August 20, 1708,
married Anna, died 1749. His will was probated August 19, 1749.
- [KDS note - wife's name
should be Ann, not Anna]
- 1. Catte
- 2. John (2) married
Elizabeth Cutler or Cutter, at Woodbridge, March 20 1736. (I will
say here that the date of John (1) death may be wrong, but, either
his will was probated on that date or it was this John's.)
- 3. Daniel (2) perhaps
moved too Orange Co., N.Y.
- 4. Richard (2) born 1707,
died Dec. 7, 1771.
- 5. Benjamin (2)
- 6. Ann (2) not of age
- 7. Mary (2)
- Reference: Early
Germans in N. J.
- Data was sent me by Miss
Henton, c/o Peru Republican, Peru, Ind., who is a descendant of
- Deacon Richard (2), John
(1), born 1707, died Elizabethtown, N.J., Dec. 7, 1771. Will
probated Dec. 31, 1771-72.
- [KDS note - should not say
- 1. John (3)
- 2. Capt. Richard (3) ...
- 3. Mary (3) probably
married Samuel Kempton
- 4. Katherine (3)
- 5. Daniel (3) probably
married Elizabeth Todd, June 27, 1789.
- 6. Amos (3) probably of
- 7. Rebecca (3)
- Mr. Charles S. Myers, 704
Wells Fargo Bldg., Portland, Oregon, sent me some of this data.
- Mr. Frank Sewell Skinner,
62 Seaman Ave., Inwood on Hudson, N.Y.C. is also a descendant of
Capt. Richard, born 1740, killed by the British.
- I am going to subscribe to
your paper, (Glassboro Enterprise). Dr. Iszard sent me a copy, which
I received this morning and I have set right down to send what I
have collected, which at least puts a question mark after the date
- He, no doubt, has valuable
material but he has arranged it to please himself and when facts
throw out his way, he ignores facts.
- In one of the latest N. J.
Hist. Col. there are facts that prove some of my statements.
- Very Truly Yours,
- Natalie R. Fernald"
5 - per notes of VEM:
- "General Records of
Middlesex County -
- William Skinner -
3867-3868 L - B. H. p165 - Int. 1762.
6 - "History of Hunterdon and Somerset Counties, New
Jersey", compiled by James P. Snell, 1881, 12/8/1995/KDS:
- "Somerset County, New
Jersey", p708 - "The land in the north part of the township was
first purchased by Dr. John Johnston. The earliest purchase from
that time of which any record is obtained was on March 18, 1757,
when Andrew Johnston, William Skinner, and Dr. Lewis Johnston,
executors of the last will and testament of Dr. John Johnston, and
Mary Alexander, wife of James Alexander and daughter of Dr. John
Johnston, sold a small tract of 12 acres to Garre Van Derveer, who
afterwards sold to John Smalley."
- [KDS note - Andrew
Johnston is father of Catharine Skinner, wife of Stephen Skinner, of
the Perth Amboy Skinners. The William Skinner mentioned is
undoubtedly William Skinner, Jr., brother of Stephen Skinner.
William, Jr., Stephen, and Andrew Johnston all had large
landholdings in NJ.]
7 - "New Jersey as a Royal Province", Edgar J. Fisher,
Columbia University, 1911, 4/2/1996/KDS:
- pp173-186 - James
Alexander was surveyor general of East Jersey from 1716 to 1756 and
held large tracts of land in north Jersey.
8 - "Colonial Conveyances, Provinces of East & West New
Jersey, 1664-1794", computer print-out, Rutgers University library,
- "Skinner, William from
Leslie, George et ux; book C-3, p163; 6/10/1729; Woodbridge,
- Skinner, William from
Loofbourrow, Thomas et ux; bk C-3, p165; 4/27/1730; Woodbridge,
- Skinner, William from
Murray, Joseph; book G-2, pp523,525; 3/20/1746; Woodbridge,
- Skinner, William et al
from Frost, Elizabeth; book K, p236; 3/15/1731; Quit Claim, P.
- Skinner, William et als
from Coxe, William; book H-2, pp202,203; 3/27/1754; Quit Claim,
Smst. & Mrs.
- [KDS note - the phrase
'Smst & Mrs.' probably refers to Somerset and Middlesex County]
- Skinner, William et als
from Henry, Daniel; book H-2, p279; 6/20/1754; Bedminster, Somerset
- Skinner, William et als
from Leslie, George estate of; book H-2, p253; 4/11/1753; Pepack,
- Skinner, William et als to
Parker, James et al; book H-2, p255; 8/21/1754
- [KDS note - James Parker
(d. 1797, age 72) married Gertrude, daughter of Rev. William
- Skinner, William et als to
Smyth, John; book H-2, p107; 3/27/1753; Bedminster, Somerset"
- [KDS note - all of the
above entries relate to Rev. William Skinner (d. 1758, age 71) of
Perth Amboy, Middlesex Co., or his son William Jr. William Jr. had
large landholdings in NJ. A Nathaniel Loofbourrow, probably a
relative to the Loofbourrow named above, is also listed in a land
transaction involving Stephen Skinner, another son of Rev. William
Skinner. William Coxe is likely a part of the large, loyalist Coxe
family, descendants or relatives of the Daniel Coxe reviewed in the
9 - "Collections of the New Jersey Historical Society:, Vol
IX, Newark, 1916, 4/2/1996/KDS:
- pp81-88 - Daniel Coxe II -
b. 1640 or 41; d. Jan 19, 1730. "Although he never came to America,
he acquired large possessions in New Jersey, and was at least
nominally Governor of the Province 1687-1691. By sundry deeds,
1686-1691, Dr. Coxe acquired from the heirs of Edward Byllinge all
their interest in West Jersey, together with the right of
government, and thus became the largest proprietor in that division
..... Later generations had numerous tracts of land, including
Sussex and Burlington counties, and were openly adhered to the
10 - Old Stone House
- "List of names from an old
daybook, circa 1755-1760, of Bedminster township from the "Old Stone
House" papers - includes Skinner, William, Jr.; Manning, Ben; ...".
per Somerset County Historical Quarterly, 1918, Vol. VII, p51-53,
- "Not far from Bedminster
is located the "Old Stone House" made famous by Mellick's "Story of
an Old Farm." It was built in 1752 by Joannes Moelich and is now
owned by Charles Scribner, Jr." per "Northwestern New Jersey,
History of", A. Van Doren Honeyman, Vol I, 1927, p237, 1/6/1996/KDS.
11 - Summary of Land Transactions, Computer Print-Out,
Trenton State Library, 3/25/1999/KDS:
- Name / book # & page /
date / location (city/county)
- Skinner, Cortland / fr
Forescue, Lord / F-3 , 334 / 3/16/1771, rec'd 6/17/1771, Pwer. Atty.
- fr Letts, Ezekial / H-3 ,
225 / 11/13/1771 / Perth Amboy, Middlesex
- fr Scott, John et ux / B-3
, 202 / 10/10/1765 / Sussex
- to Skinner, John / E-3 ,
257 / 3/6/1764
- to Skinner,
Stephen	 / E-3 , 258 / 4/?/1762
- Cortlandt et al / to
Christ's Church / H-3 , 28 / 12/16/1774 / Newtown, Sussex
- Cortland et ux / to Ellis,
Daniel / A-H , 457 / 10/28/1765 / Burlington, Burlington
- Cortland et al / to Ogden,
David / B-3 , 324 / 10/31/1765 / Both si. Rockaway., Morris
- Cortland et ux / fr
Kearny, Philip / I-2 , 191 / 6/1/1757 / Perth Amboy, Middlesex
- Elizabeth, Jr. et al / fr
Kearny, Philip / I-2 , 190 / 6/1/1757 / Perth Amboy, Middlesex
- Stephen / fr Deare,
Jonathan / A-3 , 98 / 5/4/1763 / Perth Amboy, Middlesex
- fr Deare, Jonathan / H-3 ,
177 / 1/1/1773 / Matcheponix, Middlesex
- Hedden, Joseph, Jr. / G-3
, 389 / 4/14/1772 / Newark, Essex
- fr Inliss, Thomas / H-3 ,
193 / 12/21/1772 / Perth Amboy, Middlesex
- fr Johnston, Augustus /
H-3 , 190 / 10/21/1765 / Perth Amboy, Middlesex
- fr Johnston, David / A-3 ,
118 / 4/2/1763 / Perth Amboy, Middlesex
- fr Johnston, Stephen / H-3
, 186 / 4/23/1773 / Perth Amboy, Middlesex
- fr Johnston, Thomas est.
of shf. / H-3 , 29 / 8/28/1764 / Perth Amboy, Middlesex
- fr Kearny, Michael estate
of / E-3 , 206 / 9/14/1764 / Perth Amboy, Middlesex
- fr Loofbourrow, Nathaniel
shf. / H-3 , 138 / 7/10/1775 / Woodbridge, Middlesex
- fr Munro, Hugh, et ux /
P-3 , 123 / 1/1/1770 / Woodbridge, Middlesex
- fr Skinner, Cortland / E-3
, 258 / 4/7/1762;
- fr Sybrandt, Sovereign /
E-3 , 253 / 10/25/1765 / Bor. Of Elizabeth
- fr Terrill, William et ux
/ H-3 , 184 / 4/1/1773 / Perth Amboy, Middlesex
- fr Watson, Alexander / H-3
, 182 / 5/25/1775 / Woodbridge, Middlesex
- fr Webb, William / B-3 ,
28 / 9/1/1763 / Perth Amboy, Middlesex
- fr White, Jeremiah est. of
shf./ H-3 , 188 / 5/17/1766 / Perth Amboy, Middlesex
- Stephen by agent / to
Johnston, John / 3269 AM / 12/1/1788 / South Amboy, Mdsx., forfeited
- Stephen et al / to Bland,
Elias / H-3 , 13 / 7/21/1773 / Perth Amboy, Middlesex
- Stephen et al / fr Gordon,
Andrew et ux; / A-3 , 324 / 3/22/1764 / Perth Amboy, Middlesex
- Stephen et al / fr Noe,
Peter by sheriff / H-3 , 10 / 7/16/1766 / Perth Amboy, Middlesex
- Stephen et ux / fr Smyth,
John / K-2 , 380 / 7/21/1762;
- Stephen et ux / to Smyth,
John / K-2 , 379 / 7/20/1762;
- Stephen et ux et als/ fr
Corne, Peter / F-3 , 176 / 10/19/1762 / recd 6/1/1770 Perth Amboy
- Thomas / fr Justin, Thomas
/ F-3 , 325 / 6/4/1771 / recd 6/12/1771
- Thomas, Jr. / fr DeLancey,
Oliver / B-3,9 / 10/14/1762 / Perth Amboy, Middlesex
- fr Griffith, Thomas / K-2
, 51 / 4/12/1748 / Perth Amboy, Middlesex
- fr Hooper, Robert L. Jr. /
P , 137,138 / 7/3,4/1759 / Amwell, Hunterdon
- fr Hull, Benjamin heirs of
/ I-2 , 288,289 / 7/11/1759 / S. si. Bound Br., Psctway., Mdsx.
- fr Leslie, George W. / A-B
, 284,287 / 2/19/1761 / Readingtown, Hunterdon
- fr Leslie, George W. /
K-2, 155,156 / 2/23,24/1761 / Perth Amboy, Middlesex
- Timothy et ux / to Layten,
Thomas / A-M , 78 / 9/20/1783 / Sandystone, Sussex
- William / fr Leslie,
George et ux / C-3 , 163 / 6/10/1729 / Woodbridge, Middlesex
- fr Loofbourrow, Thomas et
ux / C-3 , 165 / 4/27/1730 / Woodbridge, Middlesex
- fr Murray, Joseph / G-2 ,
523,525 / 3/20/1746 / 3/21/1746, Wdbrdge., Mdsx.
- William et al / fr Frost,
Elizabeth / K , 236 / 3/15/1751 / Quit Claim, P. Amboy, Mdsx.
- William et als / fr Coxe,
William / H-2 , 202,203 / 3/27/1754 / Quit Claim, Smst. & Mdsx.
- fr Henry, Daniel / H-2 ,
279 / 6/200/1754 / Bedminster, Somerset
- fr Leslie, George estate
of / H-2 , 253 / 4/11/1753 / Pepack, Somerset
- to Parker, James et al /
H-2 , 255 / 8/21/1754
- to Smyth, John / H-2 , 107
/ 3/27/1753 / Bedminster, Somerset
10a - Somerset County Records, on microfilm, Trenton State
- Somerset County Index to
Mortgages, film #900533, roll 12
- "Mortgagee / Mortgagor /
Vol & # / Page / Date of Record
- Skinner, Richard / James
Moore / A / 364 / May 31, 1773 / Princeton
- Skinner, Sarah al / Dennis
Tunison / A / 490 / Apr 2, 1776 / Bwater Twp
- Skinner, Sarah / al
Cornelius Tunison / A / 493/ "
- Skinner, Rachel / Jabez L.
Pruden ux / Y / 393 / Feb 13, 1866 / "
- Somerset County Index to
Deeds, by Grantor, film #900530, roll 9
- "Grantors / Grantee / Vol
/ Page / Date of Record
- Skinner, James / al George
McDonald / D / 462 / Nov 20, 1805 / ---
- Skinner, James / Absolom
Martin / F / 365 / Apr 17, 1811 / Bwater Twp
- Skinner, James / ux &
John Kearney / J / 62 / Apr 16, 1818 / ---
- Skinner, John / Charlotte
Skinner / P / 333 / May 25, 1832 / Warren Twp
- [KDS note - Sarah and
James Skinner, as well as Johm Kearny, are all names associated with
the Perth Amboy Skinners.]
12 - "Session and Trustee Records of the First Presbyterian
Church of Woodbridge, NJ", Presbyterian Church Library, Phila, PA,
Vault BX9211.N57095 F51, Vol I., 9/14/1995/KDS:
- Session Records
- Woodbridge August 9, 1758
- "Begun w/prayer.
- Mrs. Bloomfield entered a
complaint against Robert Stone (only from report) that __ Stone has
detained some money __ he received for his grand-Mother Heard, of Thomas
- Thomas Skinner's
evidence being produced. Nathaniel Heard accused Robert Stone of
detaining some money he received of Thomas Skinner, in the behalf of
James O__, for his mother Heard."
13 - "The Loyalists of New Jersey in the Revolution", by
E. Alfred Jones, 1927, per notes of VEM dated July, 1964:
- "SKINNER LOYALISTS
- The Loyalists of New
Jersey in the Revolution. - Their Memorials, Petitions, Claims, Etc.
From English Records
- By E. Alfred Jones, M. A.,
F.R. Hist. Soc.
- Author of The Old Silver
of the American Churches; American Members of the Inns of Court; The
Loyalists of Massachusetts, Etc. Newark., N. J. New Jersey
Historical Society 1927
- CORTLANDT SKINNER
- He is described in his
memorial as Attcrney-General of New Jersey from 1754 and Speaker of
the House of Assembly from 1765, and the father of twelve children,
who early in the War "were turned out of Perth Amboy., with their
mother, by General Mercer."
- In his letter of February
10, 1786, he says that Philip Kearny and his own wife were entitled
each to one-fourth of their father's property at Six-Mile Run, New
Jersey. Their father, after making his will, had disposed of this
tract, except 150 acres. This statement is confirmed by a
certificate, dated December 7, 1785, of their brother, Ravaud
- With this letter and
certificate is a copy of an order, dated Perth Amboy, July 29, 1776,
that the following persons were suspected of being disaffected to
the American cause and were ordered by the Convention of New Jersey
to be removed into the country, at a distance from all communication
with the enemy: Mrs. Cortlandt Skinner and family; Mrs Antill and
family; Mrs. Debage; Mrs. Homfray and family; Mrs. Kearny and
family; Mrs. Holland and family; Peache and wife; Hunter and wife;
and Thomas Stevens and wife.
- In the same bundle (A.O.
13:111) are: A letter from Cortlandt Skinner, dated March 9. 1786,
giving the date of his birth as December 16, 1727, Old Style, and
adding that he has three daughters grown up and four sons who call
for his assistance; particulars of the estate inherited by his wife
from her father; also a schedule of his own property.
- Sir. William Howe, in a
letter dated March 26, 1784, stated that Cortlandt Skinner from his
consequence was by him granted a commission to raise a Corps (the
New Jersey Volunteers) of four Battalions, which, though not
entirely completed, was in great measure effected to Howe's
satisfaction. (A. 0. 13:79).
- The Commissioners in
reporting upon his claim declared that he was one of the most
respectable men from the Continent of America and had done material
services in the War. He was now in want of assistance, and no man
was better entitled to ask for it from the British Government. His
very modest application, with a large family of twelve, add to their
respect for his character. If the Government at any time have any
high legal office vacant in the British Dependencies they recommend
him as one who would fill it with great honor to himself., and they
are very sure that he deserves every reward from England. (A. O.
12:100, f. 31).
- In his letter to Lord
Sidney he refers to his petition for relief and complains that some
Provincial Corps, junior to his, had already been put on the
establishment (entitling the officers to half-pay). He sets forth
his military and civil services, and concludes with a gloomy account
of his prospects, with nothing left to support his wife and family.
- Cortlandt Skinner was
awarded L5,169 from his claim of L1O,382, and at the rate of L500 a
year during the War for the loss of his official income of L576. (A.
- The above accounts of his
career may be supplemented from another official source. In
September, 1775, he was called upon before the Town Committee at
Morristown and was found guilty of being inimical to the liberties
of America., but, on declaring himself generally a friend to
liberty, his friends on that Committee "took advantage of these
general expressions and obtained his discharge for him." In August,
1775., he was offered the command of the 'Provincial troops, by Mr.
Carter, Secretary to the Provincial Congress, and by Mr. Ellis and
Mr. Stewart, acting for the Provincial Congress, with whatever rank
in Now Jersey he might choose, but he refused the offer. He was
obliged to quit in January, 1776, and his wife and family were
forced later to leave the Province. The date of his commission as
Brigadier-General of the New Jersey Volunteers is September 1776.
His library contained 482 volumes. (Loyalists' Claims," PP. 113-5).
- Cortlandt Skinner, in
evidence in behalf of Philip Kearny in London on February 4, 1785,
admitted that he approved of Kearney and other Loyalists signing an
"Association paper" drawn up by Skinner himself that they were
friends of Liberty and the Constitution. (Ibid., p.300).
- The Brigadier-General, who
was a lawyer of marked ability and strict integrity, was the son of
the Rev. William Skinner, first Rector of St. Peters Church,
Perth,,Amboy (originally a MacGregor) and his wife, Elizabeth
VanCortlandt, and was the brother of Major John Skinner (q.v.). His
mother was a daughter of Colonel Stephen VanCortlandt., and his
wife, Elizabeth, was the daughter of Philip Kearny, lawyer, of Perth
Amboy. A son-in-law was William Terrill (q.v.).
- He died, March 15, 1799,
at Bristol in England, to which country he went after the Peace, and
his widow died in 1810 at Belvoir Park, near Belfast, Ireland. His
daughter, Catherine, married Sir William Henry Robinson (1765-1836),
Commissary-General in the British army, fifth son of Colonel
Beverley Robinson, the distinguished New York Loyalist. (T.50:11;
A.0. 461:16; Ind.: 5605-6; A.0. 13:85; A.0.12:13, ff. 27-60; A.0
12:74, ff. 83-6; A.0. 12:89, f. 10; Force, "American Archives, "
Ser. LV., Vol. IV, pp-363, 1607; "Ontario Archives," PP. 1232-9;
Stryker; Sabine. A long account of Rev. William and Gen. Skinner is
in Whitehead's "Hist. of Perth Amboy").
- His son., Cortlandt, was
appointed Ensign in the 70th Foot, on November 11, 1780, and was
promoted Lieutenant on December 26, 1787. Hls name appears in the
army lists until 1795. Another son was Lieutenant- General Philip
Kearny Skinner (q.v.).
- JOHN SKINNER
- He was born in New
Jersey*, but not known to be of any relation to General Cortlandt
Skinner (supra). He began his military career in the British army as
an Ensign in the 16th Foot on September 4, 1772. In the American War
of Independence he served in the campaigns in the Southern colonies,
in the actions at Beaufort and Stone Ferry in South Carolina and in
the sieges of Savannah and Charleston. He commanded a troop in
Tarleton's British Legion (Cavalry) in the Battles of Blackstocks,
Cowpens and Guilford Court House.
- In 1795 he served in the
reduction to submission of the revolting Maroons in Jamaica, and
thus saved that Island from the fate of St. Domingo, and in 1804 he
commanded the 16th Foot in the expedition against Surinam. He was in
command of a brigade at the capture of Guadaloupe in 1810. While
holding the rank of Major-General., this American-born officer acted
as Governor successively of St. Martin's, Santa Cruz and Guadaloupe.
- Three of his sons became
officers in the British army, namely, Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas
Skinner; John Skinner, and Ensign, who died of yellow fever in
Jamaica in 1821; and Captain James Skinner, of the 61st Bengal
Native Infantry, who was mortally wounded in India in 1842 by the
hand of an assassin. A daughter married Captain Sir Henry Vere
Huntly, Royal Navy, Lieutenant-Governor of Prince Edward Island.
General Skinner died on October 10, 1827, and in his will he
bequeathed all his property to his wife, Anne, whom he left as
guardian to his children. His brother-in-law, Donald Maclean, of 37,
Brunswick Square, London, is mentioned in his will. (Savine; Army
Lists; original will).
- *There was a John Skinner,
of Woodbridge, born in 1733, who, in 1799, removed to (present)
Franklin Co., Pa., but he was not this John Skinner. nor have his
ancestors been traced.
- JOHN SKINNER (Major)
- He was the son of the Rev.
William Skinner, of Perth Amboy,, and brother of Brigadier-General
Cortlandt Skinner (q.V.). He entered the Provincial service, (circa
1755) at the same time as his brother, William (q.v.), and was
Lieutenant in the same Company. Both were taken prisoners at Oswego
in 1756, and were taken to France and then transferred to England.
While waiting in England for a commission in the regular army he
volunteered his services in a secret cruising expedition in the
Mediterranean, returning in October, 1757.
- His commissions in the
regular British army are as follows: Ensign in the 3rd Foot (Colonel
Howard's), on September 27, 1757; Lieutenant in the 61st (Colonel
Grey's) Foot, from December 11 1758, to 1762, serving therein as
stated in the War with the French in North America. On June 25,
1762, he was promoted Captain-Lieutenant in the 119th Foot (Captain
Charles Fitzroy's). Promotion as Captain came to him in the 70th
Foot on June 10, 1768, and he returned with it to England in 1770.
He was made Major in that Regiment of November 17, 1780. In 1784 he
retired from the army and settled as a merchant in his native place
of Perth Amboy. Here he died in December, 1797, leaving one son,
James, by his marriage on February 16, 1774, to Sarah Kearny,
daughter of Philip Kearny, the prominent lawyer of Perth Amboy and
his second wife, Isabella,, daughter of Chief Justice Robert Lettice
Hooper. (Army Lists; A.0. 13:33; Whitehead's "Perth Amboy," p. 119).
- JONATHAN D. SKINNER
- Ensign in the 1st. New
Jersey Volunteers, on half-pay until 1808, (Ind.:5605-6). No further
- PHILIP KEARNY SKINNER
- He was the son of
Brigadier-General Cortlandt Skinner (q.v.). On December 21, 1782, he
received a commission as Ensign in the 23rd Foot (Royal Welsh
Fusiliers), and was promoted Lieutenant in the same Regiment on
November 23, 1785.
- The young American
remained in this Regiment as Captain (October 22, 1793) and
Captain-Lieutenant (September 1, 1795). until his promotion as
Lieutenant-Colonel in the 56th (or the West Essex) Regiment of Foot
on December 11, 1799. He served in Ireland, 1800-1805. On October
25, 1809, he became Colonel, having served since June 20, previous,
as Assistant Adjutant-General.
- His next promotion dates
from August 1, 1811, when he was appointed Quartermaster-General in
the East Indies. He was granted the rank of Major-General on January
1, 1812, and Lieutenant-General in 1825. He became a member of the
Consolidated Board of General Officers.
- General Skinner's active
service includes the expedition to Ostend (where he was taken
prisoner), and in the East and West Indies and Spain.
- PHILIP KEARNY SKINNER
- Before his death in Regent
street, London, on April 7 (or 9), 1826, he had withdrawn his claim
for property at Perth Amboy and elsewhere in America. (A-0. 13:83).
In his will, dated April 3, 1826, he bequeathed all his property in
trust for his sister, Gertrude (wife of Captain Meredith, of the
70th Regiment), for his nephews, Philip Kearny Skinner
- and Arthur Skinner (sons
of his brother, Cortlandt). Other beneficiaries were his sister,
Euphemia, wife of Oliver Barbarie, and her two sons, John and
Cortlandt; his sister, Catherine, wife of Sir William Henry
Robinson; his sister, Susan, wife of Major Jasper Farmer; his
brothers, Cortlandt (q.v.) and Major John Skinner (q.v.); his
nieces, daughters of his brother-in-law, William Tyrell (Terrill)
Esq., (q.v.), of New York, and his wife, formerly Isabell Macartney.
To his nephew, William Henry Robinson, Ensign in the 72nd Regiment,
he left his freehold property at Aylesbury in the county of Bucks,
England (Swabey 237).
- STEPHEN SKINNER (Major)
- He was a "gentleman and
merchant" of Perth Amboy, son of the Rev. William Skinner and
brother of Cortlandt Skinner (q.v.), and was bred to the sea. He
was, from about 1763, Treasurer of the Province and had also been
Judge of the Court of Common Pleas for Middlesex county. While
Treasurer of East New Jersey, in 1768, he reported the robery of the
treasury, and a Committee of the Legislature reported that he was
the robber, after which (but not until 1774) he resigned and
Governor Franklin, his firm friend, appointed him to the Council.
- In the early Spring of
1776 he was privately told that his stay in Perth Amboy was
disagreeable to his political enemies and consequently his friends
advised him to depart, as his brother, Cortlandt, had fled. Acting
upon this warning, and "to avoid the persecution of the Amboy and
Woodbridge Committees," he removed to Newark, but could not obtain a
house without the recommendation of the Committee of Perth Amboy. He
then purchased a house and twenty acres of land outside Newark. In
March, however, he went on board a brigantine, of which he was half
owner, then lying opposite Newark, accompanied by his wife, ten
children, a sister and a few friends, taking with him some furniture
, 40 pipes of Madeira and 4 pipes Of Lisbon wine. The party were
safely landed with the assitance of his friend, Captain Archibald
Kennedy (q.v.), at Second River.
- By order of Governor
Livingston he was made prisoner in July, 1776, and, with Captain
Kennedy, sent to the Provincial Congress at Trenton and thence as
prisoner to Morristown. Meanwhile his wife and six small children
were treated with severity; their wearing apparel, wagons, horses
and a chaise were taken from them and they were turned into a road
in a snow storm and obliged to walk four miles to Elizabethtown.
- Stephen Skinner served as
guide during the British occupation of New Jersey and performed
other military services. He removed to New York in the Spring of
1777, and there raised a company of 100 Loyalists, mostly from New
Jersey. In 1778 this Company was joined to a Battalion of which he
was appointed Major.
- His wife, Catherine,
inherited property from her father, Andrew Johnston, who left
property to his other children, Gretrude, Barbarie, Mary, John,
Stephen and William Fennil.
- This Loyalist was the
owner of much landed property, which is described at length, with a
long list of his debtors, in A.0. 13-11l. His house at Perth Amboy
was occupied by the 33rd Regiment. So considerable was his property
that the very substantial sum of L4,764 was awarded to him as
compensation for the loss of it from his claim of L6,975. (A.0.
12:109). H's confiscated and forfeited lands in the counties of
Middlesex and Sussex were advertised to be sold by public auction in
the "New Jersey Gazette" for August 9, 1784.
- The Skinner family were in
great distress at Chester in England in June, 1785, according to a
pathetic petition signed by Governor Franklin, David, Isaac and
Peter Ogden, Philip Van Cortlandt, Elisha Lawrence, J. Burnet,
Vincent Pearse Ashfield and William Taylor. (A.C. 13:111). With this
petition is a letter from Stephen Skinner to Governor Franklin,
dated Chester, December 3, 1784, in which he says that he was the
head of the party at Perth Amboy to oppose Rebel measures and was
the only gentleman who appeared in person to oppose the erection of
the Liberty pole there. His pension was continued until his death in
or shortly before 1809.
- (Teaas. 1:622; T. 50:8; T.
50:21; T. 50:22). But Sabine says he died at Shelburne, Nova Scotia,
in 1790. (A.0. 12:14; ff. 31-59; A.0. 12:100@, f. 112; A.O. 12:101,
f. 221; Sabine).
- THOMAS SKINNER
- He was probably related to
Lieutenant-General John Skinner (q.v.); was a baker born in New York
City and lived in his own house at Perth Amboy from 1725 to 1775,
when he was taken prisoner and banished to Cranbury.
- His son, John, was in
England in 1784, while he himself was in New York in 1788. There is
a schedule of Thomas's confiscated estate, for which he claimed
L1,348 and was awarded L750. (A.0. 13:111; A.0. 13:1I3; A.0. 12:12,
ff. 33109; A.0. 12: 10, f. 3: A.0. 12:109).
- Two sons took part with
the Americans. He refused to speak to them and threatened to
disinherit them, unless they produced their discharge. Ore son
obtained his discharge after this threat. ("Loyalistas'Claims,"p.
- TIMOTHY SKINNER
- He was born in America and
lived in Sussex county, New Jersey. He did not go within the British
lines during the War, and, therefore, was not exactly regarded as a
Loyalist. But he was at Niagara, on the Canadian side, in 1787.
(A.0. 13:81; A.0. 12:16, ff 421-4; A.O. 12:63).
- WILLIAM SKINNER
- A brother of Gen.
Cortlandt Skinner (q.v.), and third son of Rev. William Skinner. He
was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and had his first military
experience as Captain in the Provincial Regiment of New York. He was
at Oswego, N.Y., in August, 1756, became a prisoner under Gen.
Montaalm, and was sent to France, being exchanged in the Summer of
1757. On September 21, 1757 he was commissioned Lieutenant in the
24th Foot and, on August 2, 1759, he was transferred as Captain in
the 85th Regiment (or Royal Volunteers), in which he served in the
wars against the French and Indians in North America. He was
promoted Major on February 11, 176., and on March 9, 1763,
Lieutenant-Colonel in this Regiment, which was disbanded at the
Peace in 1763, and he was then placed on half-pay.
- Three years later Colonel
Skinner petitioned for a grant of 10,000 acres of land in America
for his services in this War.
- A diverting instance of
his determined spirit, which had won for him the thanks of his
General and a recommendation for promotion, no mean tribute at the
time, is illustrated by his determination to present a petition to
the King in person at a levee, in face of the opposition of a Yeoman
of the Guard, who told this American soldier that, as the Court was
in mourning for the Queen of Prussia, he was not properly clad in
Court mourning. The young American, however, succeeded in presenting
his petition to his Majesty, who afterwards told Lord Barrington,
- War, that he liked
Skinner's looks and commanded him to provide a commission for him in
the regular army, with the result that within three months he was
appointed Lieutenant in Cornwallis's Regiment. But the young soldier
was dissatisfied and declined the commission; he wanted something
better in the army. He left Lord Barrington in a happier mood upon
receiving promise of a better military appointment. ("Docs. relating
to Colonial Hist. of New Jersey," IX).
- Governor Franklin appears
to have been alarmed in 1767 at a alleged plot to deprive him of his
high office and darkly hinted at William Skinner as the plotter; but
the Governor's suspicions were allayed by the fact that the supposed
plotters prospects in the army were so good, combined with his
marriage to a lady of fortune (a daughter of Lady Warren) as to
render his alarm unnecessary.
- Colonel Skinner did not
live to engage in the Revolutionary War.
- He was in England after
about 1763 and, while he desired to get over to America again, for
some reason did not. He died in England about 1778. (Whitehead's
"Perth Amboy," pp. 112-119).
Appendix III - Additional
New Jersey Loyalists, By A. Van Doren Honeyman, Plainfield, N. J.
- SKINNER, B. G., Colonel,
Ist N. J. Uols., 1781. (2 Sabine's Loyalists of the American
Revolution, 2 volumes, Edition of 1864. 309).
- Skinner, Cortlandt, Jr.,
commissioned in British army, 1782. (2 Sabine 306) Skinner. Elisha
(bro. of Cortlandt,), Lieut.-Colonel, N. J. Vols. (2Sabine 308)."
14 - "CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE EARLY HISTORY OF PERTH AMBOY AND
ADJOINING COUNTRY, WITH SKETCHES OF MEN AND EVENTS IN NEW JERSEY
DURING THE PROVINCIAL ERA. BY WILLIAM A. WHITEHEAD. PUB. BY D.
APPLETON AND COMPANY, 346 & 348 Broadway, New York, 1856. P. 99,
per files of VEM:
- THE SKINNER FAMILY
- Among the most influential
families of the ancient capital, were the Skinners, descendants of
the Reverend William Skinner., the first rector of St. Peter's
Church. This gentleman was a MacGregor,, and among those of that
clan proscribed after the rebellion of 1715, having taken an active
part in the restoratory struggles of the Stuart family. He had
received a superior education at one of the first literary
institutions in England (thought to have been Oxford University).,
and possessed mental endowments of a sterling character. Obliged to
leave Scotland after the battle of Preston Pans, in which he was
wounded., and prevented from bearing the name of his clan, he
assumed that of a friend in Edinburgh, from whom he received favor
- As William Skinner, he
left England for Holland,, in company with Lord Belmerino, and
subsequently, by way of Barbadoes, or Antigua, came to Philadelphia,
where he had,, or made., a friend in a Mr. Logan., ---one of the
family of so much notoriety in the annals of Pennsylvania,---with
whom he found a home; probably in the capacity of tutor, as it is
understood the sons of that gentleman received from him instruction
in the languages, which he was well qualified to impart.
- Mr. Skinner probably
pursued theological studies while residing in Philadelphia; for
after a few years he returned to England, and received ordination
from Robinson, Bishop of London. While there (in 1721) he was
appointed missionary to Perth Amboy, from the "Society for
Propagating the Gospel in Foreign Parts," and entered upon his
labors in September, 1723. The following year he was called to the
rectorship of St. Peter's Church, and for thirty-five years
continued to discharge his duties faithfully and acceptably,
occasionally officiating in the neighboring towns; death putting an
end to his earthly career in 1758, in the 71st year of his age. HIs
remains were deposited in the rear of the Church, but the precise
spot not having been marked by any monument, is now unkovm.
- Mr. Skinner is said to
have been exceedingly kind-hearted., generous and hospitable;
and--almost a necessary consequence from the possession of these
virtues--very regardless of money; living unostentatiously himself.,
in order that his resources might be greater for his charities;
fully complying with the directions to all their missionaries by the
society, in whose service were his first ministerial labors; "that
as they be frugal in opposition to luxury,, so they avoid all
appearance of covetousness, and recommend themselves according to
their abilities by the prudent exercise of liberality and charity."
- He was twice married. Hs
first wife was a daughter of Christopher Billop, of Staten Island,
and the widow of the Rev. Dr. Brook, one of the society's
missionaries, whose indefatigable labors in New Jersey are elsewhere
alluded to. His second wife was Elizabeth, youngest daughter of
Stephanus Van Cortlandt of New York. His children, all by this lady,
were-- one daughter, Gertrude, who became the wife of James Parker,
and was the mother of the present elders of that family;-and four
sons, 1 Cortlandt, 2 Stephen, 3 William, and 4 John-who will be
noticed in succession.
- CORTLANDT SKINNER
- Cortlandt, the eldest son
of the Rev. William Skinner, was educated for the bar, studying the
profession in the office of David Ogden, an old and distinguished
practitioner at Newark, at which place he also, for sometime, was
established after his admission to practice.
- In 1752 he married
Elizabeth, daughter of Philip Kearny of Amboy, and shortly after, if
not before, took up his residence permanently in the place of his
birth. Although not of studious habits, he became eminent in his
profession, his natural abilities being good, and his oratorical
powers considerably above mediocrity. He was soon appointed the
King's Attorney- General for the province, and continued to hold
that office until the Revolution put an end to the authority whence
it was derived. In 1761 he was elected to the Provincial Assembly
from his native city, in the place of Andrew Smyth, deceased, and
continued thereafter to be a prominent member of that body while it
existed; in 1765 (Nov. 28th) receiving a convincing proof of the
esteem and confidence of his associates in their choice of him to be
- During the early stages of
the struggle of independence, Mr. Skinner, like many others who in
the end became royalists, was strongly opposed to the encroachments
of the British Ministry upon the liberties of the colonies; and his
being chosen speaker, to succeed Robert Ogden,---whose course as a
delegate from the province to the New York Congress had so
displeased his constituents as to lead to his
resignation,---together with his appointment, at the same session,
as one of the Committee to correspond with agent of the colony in
England, shows conclusively that he was considered to be a friend to
the colonial cause at that time.
- P. 108
- After the revolution
General Skinner went to England with his family, and received from
the government compensation for his forfeited estate, and the half-
pay of a Brigadier-General during his life. He died March 15th,
1799, aged 71. ---His wife survived him, after a union of 47 years,
and continued to reside among her children, in England and Ireland,
until her death.
- The following is the
inscription on General Skinner's tombstone in St. Augustine's Church
, Bristol-: "Near this place are deposited the remains of
Brigadier-General Cortlandt Skinner. Born in New Jersey, North
America, where he was many years his Majesty's Attorney-General.
Died at Bristol, 15th March, 1799, aged 71. Descended from an
honorable family in Scotland, of distinguished loyalty, he proved
the inheritor of their virtues, in the steady performance of all the
duties of life which will make his death ever regretted by his
family, most of all by his afflicted widow., Elizabeth Skinner, who
erects this monument to his memory." Cortlandt Skinner had several
- William was placed in the English navy, and died
- Philip Kearny entered the Army, and died in London in 1827
or 1828., unmarried. He was taken prisoner on one occasion by the
French, and detained for some time at Lisle. On his release and
return to England, in 1799 he found he had been promoted to an
Adjutant-generalship, and before his death was Lieutenant-General,
commanding at Bombay.
was a Lieutenant in the young company call the "Govenor's Guards,"
Elsewhere mentioned. Soon after a memorable review day he was
required to doff his cap, with its motto "Liberty or Death," and was
sent on board the Phenix frigate, at Sandy Hook, and entered as a
midshipman. Soon after this, the Phenix on passing up the North
River came within range of the guns at Fort Washington, and young
Skinner had the misfortune to have his right hand shot off by a
ball, which did no other injury on board. He had previously, while
playing in the market Square, at Amboy, lost the sight of one eye
from a cork-dart; and thus mutilated he passed through life, a
bachelor, ever active and cheerful, benevolent to a fault, an
affectionate son and valued citizen.
- JOHN SKINNER
- As post-captain, he for
many years commanded the Holyhead packet, and while in the discharge
of his duty was accidentally drowned in 1830; being swept overboard
in a sudden squall. A monument., erected by public subscription,
attest the estimation in which he was held.
- "What most interested me
at this place (Holyhead), was a lofty and tasteful Monument on a
neighboring height, to the memory of Captain Skinner, the son of an
American Refugee, who formerly commanded a jacket out of this port,
and was accidentally drowned a few years since. It was built by
subscription, and so widely and favorably known was the subject of
it, that contributions were received from all quarters in the north
of Wales, the west of England, and in Ireland,"--Correspondent of N.
Y. Com. Advertiser, London, Sept. 4th, 1843.
- Cortlandt was left by his father for several years in
this country, with his brother-in-law, Mr. Terrill, but afterward
went to England, and eventually established himself in Ireland, and
died in Belfast.
- He held different offices,
and for several years was Comptroller of the Customs, being highly
respected and esteemed. After the death of his father, his house
became the residence of the widow, who described his premises in her
letters to her friends in this country, as being highlv improved,
and pleasantly situated. He subsequently resided at Dungannon Park,
the property of Lord Dungannon, who was his personal friend. He was
twice married. His first wife was Miss. Kingsmill, the second Miss
Isabella McCarty, and he left several children.
named probably by Mrs. Governor Franklin, as that was her maiden
name, went from England to the Island of Jamaica, whither his
brother-in-law, Sir George Nugent, was sent soon after as Governor,
and married there. He returned to England for his health in 1801,
but finally died in Jamaica, previous to 1803. He left but one
daughter, named after his mother, Elizabeth Kearny, who married a
Rev. Mr. Simpson of England, and has two children, William and
Adelaide, twins, born on the dav Queen Adelaide was crowned. General
Skinner had seven daughters:
married Major Jasper Farmar of the British Army, and after his death
his brother, Thomas Farmar, who are elsewhere noticed, and
descendants bearing the name of Murphy are living in Nova Scotia.
- Elizabeth married William Terrill., of New York, and
had four daughters,
- who never married, and one
son, John, who is yet living in England and has children,__one of
his daughters married Henry Meigs, of the Metropolitan Bank, New
York, and left one daughter.
- Euphemia became the wife of Oliver Barberie., who
studied law with her father, and is noticed on another page.
- Catharine married Sir William Henry Robinson, son of
Col. Beverly Robinson, of New York. She died at Marlow, England, in
1843, aged 75, and left several children.
married, in 1797, Captain (afterward General) Sir George Nugent,
.-G.C.B. D.C.L., and accompanied her husband both to India and
Jamaica, whither he was sent by his government to discharge
important trusts; and a diary kept by her has been printed for
private distribution since her death., which took Place in 1834. At
one period they resided in great splendor at Dublin. Sir George
Nugent died March 1lth, 1849, aged 92, leaving four children. His
heir is Sir George Edmund Nugent, born in 1802, who in 1830 married
the daughter of Lord Colburn. He is a captain in the Grenadied
Guards. There is another son, and two daughters-Lady Freemantle ard
- p. 110
- Isabel married a Doctor Frazer, while the. family
were on Long Island. He subsequently went to England, and she
followed, with her father, at the close of the war. They had several
children. One son (Thomas) became a physician; another is, or was, a
captain in the British Army,, and a third a clergvman.
- Gertrude married (June, 1780, at Jamaica, L.I.)
Captain Meredith, of the 70th, regiment of foot, who died previous
to 1800, leaving her with four children, one of whom (Richard) is a
captain in the British Navy.
- STEPHEN SKINNER
- Stephen, the second son of
the Reverend William Skinner, was for many years previous to the
Revolution engaged in mercantile pursuits, in 1758-9 making a
trading voyage of severa1 months' duration among the West Indian
islands, and up to August, 1767, keeping at Amboy what was then
called "a general store," which he then sold out. His residence was
on the bank, on the north side of Smith street, where during the
present year (1855) some buildings have been erected, adjoining the
- Although chosen by the
good people of his native town to represent them in the Provincial
Congress, in April, 1775, in conjunction with James Parker and
Jonathan Deare, there is nothing known of his sentiments, rendering
it probable that he was favorably inclined to the colonial cause.
Certain it is that soon after the commencement of hostilities he
removed his family to New York, and thence to England, the property
left behind him in New Jersey being confiscated to the use of the
State. His house was accidentally set on fire on 28th December,
1776, and entirely consumed; the New York papers of the time stating
that, by fire, and "the depredations of the rebels," ', Mr. Skinner
had suffered within the month a loss of L3000.
- p. 112
- He married Catharine,
daughter of Andrew Johnston, by whom he had nine or ten children,
but they all died without issue, wither in England, or in Nova
Scotia, to which province the family eventually removed, having
received a grant of land there, as compensation for his losses in
- WILLLAM SKINNER
- William, the third son of
the Rev. Mr. Skinner, entered earlier in life the provincial
service, and served as a captain against the French in Colonel
Schuyler's regiment, participating in all the trials and dangers of
the campaigns of 1755 and 1756.
- Captain Skinner was at
Oswego, in August, 1756, when the fortress was surrendered to the
French under General Montcalm, and as a prisoner of war was sent to
France, where he remained until the following May (1757), when he
was permitted to pass over to England on his parole to await an
exchange, which was effected in the course of a few months with his
intimacy with the family of Sir Peter Warren, whose widow was his
- (Lady Warren was a
daughter of Stephen DeLancey of New York, who married Anne
VanCortlandt, sister of EIizabeth, wife of Rev. Wm. Skinner. Another
sister, Margaret, married Stephen Bayard., and their daughter
married Peter Kemble. Sir Peter Warren died at Dublin, July 26th,
1752, after three day's illness of inflammatory fever, leaving four
daughters, aged respectively, fourteen years, six years, three
years, and three months.)
- p. 118 The following year
he accompanied the Army, under Lord Loudon, to Portugal, and Lord
Viscount Pulkney, his superior, having been placed temporarily in
command of another corps, Major Skinner held the rank of
Lieutenant-colonel; and the following April (1763) received the
promotion regularly, in consequence of the death of that nobleman.
Shortly after this, he returned to England. In a letter written at
this time he expresses an opinion that his regiment would be broken,
and he hoped in a few months to see his American friends; but this
was never gratified. Previous to the Revolution he had risen to the
rank of Colonel. He died in England about 1778.
- Colonel Skinner married a
daughter of Lady Warren, and his only child, (Meauna Maria) (Son in
the ''English Peerage," but the relations of the family here say she
received at baptism the simple name of Susannah) married Henry, 3d
Viscount Gage, and her son, Henry Hall Gage, is now the possessor of
titles and estate of the family.
- ( Thomas Gage, Commander
in Chief of the English Forces in North America during the first
part of the War of Independence, was second son of Thomas, first
Viscount Gage. He married, in 1758, Margaret, daughter of Peter
Kemble, of New Jersey, (she died in 1824, aged 90,) and died in
1788, leaving several children, among them Henry, 3d Viscount Gage,
who inherited the title October 1lth, 1701, in consequence of the
death, without issue, of his uncle, Wm. Hall, 2d Viscount./ He was
born in 1761, and married Miss Skinner in 1782. He became a
Major-general in the British Amy, and left two sons- Henry Hall (4th
Viscount) and Thomas William. Henry Hall Gage (4th Viscount) was
born December, 1791, and succeeded, on the death of his father
January 29th, 1808, to the titles of the family, which are Viscount
Gage of Castle Island and Baron Gage of Castlebar, Peerage of
Ireland; Baron Gage of High Meadow, Peerage of England; and a
Baronet of England of date 1622. He married, March 1813, Elizabeth
Maria, eldest daughter of the Hon. Edward Foley, second son of
Thomas, first Lord Foley, second son of Thomas, first Lord Foley,
and has issue; Henry Edward Hall (born 1814, married, in 1840, to
the only daughter of Sir Charles Knightley, Bart., who was in her
13th year, and in 1844 be was a Lieutenant in the Rifle Brigade);
Elizabeth Maria; Anna Maria; William (born in 1820, was a Lieutenant
in 83d Foot, in 1844); Caroline Harriet; Edward Thomas; Fanny
Charlctte. The seats of Lord Gage are: Firle Place, Sussex; Westbury
House, Hants; Town Residence, Gullain Hotel, Albemarle Street. )
- JOHN SKINNER
- John the fourth son of the
Rev. Mr. Skinner, entered the Provincial service at the same time
with his brother William., as Lieutenant in his company; was taken
prisoner with him at Oswego, 1756, and was his companion during his
sojourn in France and on his transfer to England.
- While awaiting the result
of an application for a commission in the regular army, he
volunteered his services in a secret expedition then fitting out,
and during the cruise (in the Mediterranean) performed duty in the
Grenadier Company attached to Lord Loudon's Regiment. The fleet
returned to England in October, 1757, and so well pleased were his
superiors with Mr. Skinner's conduct that they petitioned the
Secretary of War in his behalf, and he received a regular commission
as Ensign in that regiment.
- In 1759, he had risen to a
Lieutenancy in the regiment of Colonel Grey, and his brother writing
at that time, gives us an insight into his character. "His pride,"
says he, "will hinder his promotion. He thinks it beneath a man of
honor, and one entitled to promotion for his services, to ask a
favor of any one, or even wait upon people whose interest would
prefer him immediately." The regiment to which he was attached being
ordered to America, he had the pleasure of again meeting his family
and friends. He was promoted to a captaincy, June 10th, 1763, and in
September of that year he attended Governor Franklin to Fort Stanwix
to assist at the Council held there with the Indians. He rose to be
a Major in the 70th Regiment, and returned with it to England, in
1770, and continued there during the revolution. He subsequently
sold his commission, returned to America, and took up his residence
again in Perth Amboy, entering into mercantile business. He married
(Feb'y 16th 1774) Sarah, daughter of Philip Kearny, and died in
December, 1797, leaving one son, James, who died at Amboy in 1827,
leaving a wife and daughter--that daughter, previous to her marriage
to Mr. Laforge, was the last of the descendants of the Rev. Wm.
Skinner, in this country, bearing his name. (this is not true
according to John Downer)
- p. 125
- Oliver Barberie commenced
the studv of Law in the office of Cortlandt Skinner, subsequently
entered the British Army, and became a Lieutenant in the Loyal
American Regiment. He married a daughter of his legal preceptor, and
one of his sons now holds an honorable post in the Army or Navy of
England. He died in the Province of New Brunswick. (Euphemia
- P. 133
- James Parker was the only
child of John Parker, senior, who left issue. He married Gertrude,
only daughter of Rev. William Skinner, and was the father of the
present elders of the Parker family. -- In 1771, and in other years,
he was Mayor of Amboy, and in April, 1775, was appointed with
Stephen Skinner and Jonathan Deare, a delegate from.Amboy to the
Provincial Congress, but he did not attend its sessions. --
- Mr. Parker died October
4th, 1797, aged 72, and she followed him to the grave, on 10th
Feb'y, 1811, aged 71. They rest side by side in the cemetery at St.
- Their children were:
- John, who married Ann,
daughter of John Lawrence, and left two daughters; iMaria, married
to Edward W. Dunham, who died in 1834, leaving several children, and
Gertrude Aleph, yet living, unmarried.
- Elizabeth, who died
unmarried, October 27th, 1821.
- Janet, who married Edward
Brinley, of Newport, R. I., and left four children -- Gertrude
Aleph, who became the wife of the Rev. Edwin Gilpin of Nova Scotia.,
and left children; Elizabeth Parker, who married the Rev. Job F.
Halsey, of New Jersey, and has one daughter; Catharine Sophia, who
died unmarried; and Francis William, who has several children.
- Gertrude, who is yet
- Susan, who died unmarried,
April 23d, 1849.
- Maria., who married Andrew
Smvth., and died without issue.
- William, who died young.
- James, who was born March
3d, 1776, and is yet living, having filled many important public
offices and trusts, been a member of the State Legislature and of
Congress, a Comissioner to settle the Boundary Line between New
York, New Jersey, &c. His first wife was Penelope, daughter of
Anthony Butler; his second Catherine Morris, daughter of Samuel
Ogden, of Newark. By his first wife he had (besides two children who
died in infancy):-
- James, married to Anna,,
daughter of Cleaveland A. Forbes, and residing in Cincinnati, Ohio
(being one of the Judges of that State), and has several children.
- William., married to Lucy
C. Whitwell, of Boston, and now a resident of that city, having
- Margaret Elizabeth,
married to William A. Whitehead of Newark, and having issue.
- Gertrude, and Sarah Coates
Levy, died unmarried.
- Cortland, who married
Elizabeth Wyne, daughter of Richard W. Stites, of Morristown, and
resides in Newark, having children; and Penelope, who married Edward
Dunham, of Brooklyn, L. I.
- JAMES PARKER FAMIIY: P-137
- Catherine Montgomery, who
married James Hude Kearny, and is yet living (1855) a widow having
two daughters married. (Vide page 91).
- Cortlandt Lewis., who
married Elizabeth Gouverneur, was bred a merchant, and died in the
island of Curacoa, in 1826, while holding the office of American
Consul; leaving several children, of whom two sons, names Cortlandt
and John, and three daughters, are living in New York or its
15 - Unsourced Notes of VEM:
- (1) Courtland Skinner
- b. Dec. 16, 1727 old style
- d. March 15, 1799, at
- m. Nov. 30, 1751 Perth
Ambor NJ Archives, 1st Series, Vol. XXII, Marriage Records 1665-1800
- w. Elizabeth Kearney
- b. 1731 Perth Amboy
- d. 1809 Belvoir Park near
- 12 children, 5 sons and 7
- (1) Catharine Skinner - h.
Sir William Henry Robinson (b. 1765, d. 1836), 5th son of Colone
Beverley Robinson, NY
- (2) William Skinner,
English Navy, b. Perth Amboy, d. died young
- (3) Philip Kearny Skinner
(Lieut. General - 1825), b. 1758 Perth Amboy, d. Apr 10, 1826,
Regent St. , London, in 68th year, pub. May 31, 1826, Wood. Village
Herald, Will dated Apr 3, 1826, London
- (4) Gertrude Skinner - h.
- (5) Euphemia Skinner - h.
- (6) Susan Skinner - h1.
Jaspar Farmer, Major, h2. Thomas Farmer, brother of h1.
- (7) Elizabeth Sknner - h.
William Terrill (Tyrrell), Esq. of NY; w2. Isabell McCartney
- (8) Courtlandt Skinner,
Jr., Commissioned British Army, 1782, w1. Miss. Kingsmill, w2.
- (9) John Skinner, Captain
d. 1830, drowned, Holyhead monument
- (10) Downs Skinner, d.
- (2) Stephen Skinner
- d. 1790, Nova Scotia
- m. Oct 10, 1761, NJ
Archives, 1st Series, Vol. XXI, Marriage Records 1665-1800
- w. Catherine Johnston,
dau. of Andrew Johnston
- d. 1802 Burlington Co.
- (1) Gertrude Johnston
- (2) Barbarie Johnston
- (3) Mary Johnston
- (4) John Johnston
- (5) Stephen Johnston
- (6) William Fennil
- (7) - (10) ?
- (3) William Skinner
- b. Elizabeth, NJ
- d. 1778, England
- w. Susanna Warren, dau. of
Admiral Sir Peter Warren and Lady Warren
- (4) Elisha Skinner,
Lieut-Colonel, NJ Volunteers)
- d. killed in war
- (5) John Skinner, Major -
Nov 17, 1780
- d. 1797, Perth Amboy
- m. Feb 16, 1774, NJ
Archives, 1st Series, Vol XXII, Marriage Records 1665-1800, p. 349,
both of Perth Amboy
- w. Sarah Kearney, dau. of
Philip Kearny, lawyer of Perth Amboy and 2nd wife Isabella Hooper,
dau. of Chief Justice Robert Lettce Hooper
- son - James Skinner, d.
May 8, 1798
- (?) Gertrude Skinner
- b. 1740
- d. Feb 10, 181, ages 71
years, NJ Archives, 2nd Series, Vol I, p454
- h. James Parker, Mayor of
Perth Amboy for two years, son of Elisha Parker
- b. 1725
- d. Oct 4, 1797 Perth
Amboy, NJ, NJ Archives, 2nd Series, Vol I, p454
- dau. Catherine Montgomery
Parker - h. James Hude Kearny (b. Dec 27, 1758, d. Dec 2, 1811 Perth
Ambor of yellow fever), son of Ravaud Kearny and Ann Hude."
16 - "History of the St. Peter's Curch in Perth Amboy,
Organized 1698", Rev. R. N. Jones, 1923, per notes of VEM/Feb, 1964:
- "Rev. William Skinner
rector - 1722-1758, rector 36 years until his death 1758 in his 71st
year. Took part in the Rebellion of 1715 and was wounded in the
battle of Preston - pans fighting for the "old pretender."
- He was twice married - hs
first wife was Mrs. Brooks, the widow of the former Rector, the Rev.
John Brooke and daughter of Christopher Billop of Staten Island.
There was no issue to this marriage. His second wife was Elizabeth
Van Courtlandt, daughter of Hon, Stephanus Van Courtlandt of New
York. He was in the vestry the first time Sep 10, 1723.
- William Skinner came to
this country as a school teacher by way of Holland and the West
Indies. After being in Philadelphia a short time he returned to
England and sought ordination from the Bishop of London as the
following letter shows ---- dated Nov. 3, 1720."
- p178 - Stephen Skinner
warden of the Church 1772-1774
- Vestrymen - Cortlandt
Skinner 1763-1771; Stephen Skinner 1763-1771
- Exhibit 17 - "Historical
Collection of the State of New Jersey", New Edition 1852, Entered
according to the Act of Congress, in the year 1844, by John W.
Barber and Henry Howe in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of
Connecticut, Published by Benjamin Olds, for Justice H. Bradley, New
Haven, Ct, by J. W. Barber, per files of VEM/Feb, 1964:
- pg 307 - "Perth Amboy -
The first city charter was obtained in Aug., 1718, during the
administration of Gov. Robert Hunter, - William Eier being appointed
Mayor, and Jas. Alexander, (the father of Lord Stirling, and officer
in the revolution.) Recorder until an election should be held.
Previous to that time no local government, save the "Courts of
Common Right" as they were called, seems to have existed.
- The Church of England was
the first established here. The proprietors, by resolution passed
21st Feb., 1698, ordered one of their houses, built in 1685, (one
stone of which, bearing the date, is inserted in the rear wall of
the present St. Peter's Church.) property of Andrew Bell, Esq. to be
given for the use of a church, - the first minister of which was the
Rev. Edward Pathuck, sent over to the province at that time by the
Bishop of London, at the solicitation of the proprietors. How long
Mr Perthuck remained here is not known, after his retirement, the
congregation was visited from time to time by different
missionariess' and among them, Humprhies (in his Historic Acct. of
the "Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts")
mentions the Rev. Mr. Brook. This energetic clergyman was stationed
at Elizabethtown, but extended his labors over a section of country
more than 50 miles in extant, - preaching at Elizabethtown, Rahway,
Amboy, Cheesequakes, Piscataway, Rocky Hill, and expanding and
catechizing 14 times a month besides. His labors were highly
beneficial, but, it is supposed, occasioned his death in the midst
of his arduous duties. He received from the society L60 per annum.
- The Rev. Mr. Halliday, was
established here from 1711 to 1719, when again missionaries
officiated until 1723, during which year the Re. William Skinner,
became the rector of the church, and so continued until his death in
1758. It was not until after Mr. Skinner's arrival that the present
church, edifice was fully completed in its original form and size.
The collection of materials had commenced as early as 1705; and in
1718, the congregation received a charter from the king by his
representative, Gov. Hunter. Although during the revolution the
church was turned into a stable, and the premised desecrated in
every possible way, by the British troops, yet the records were
- Exhibit 18 - per
According to "Encyclopedia of British, Provincial and
German Army Units, 1775-1783," by Philip R. Katcher, 1973, the New
Jersey Volunteers (Skinner's Greens) were "Initially three battalions
raised in New York, 1776, although eventually six battalions fielded.
The battalions served in the New York garrison until one battalion sent
to East Florida and then to the capture of Savannah, fighting at that
city's defense, Eutaw Springs, King's Mountain, and a detachment at
Yorktown. The third battalion sent on New London, CT raid, August 1781.
All battalions disbanded in New Brunswick, 1783. Strength: first
battalion, 887; second battalion, 718; third battalion, 845. Uniform:
Green coats, later red coats faced blue; officers metal, silver.
Regimental Commander: Brigadier General Cortland Skinner; First
Battalion Commander: Lt. Colonel Joseph Barton; Second Battalion
Commander: Lt. Col. John Morris; Third Battalion Commander: Lt. Col.
Isaac Allen; Fourth Battalion Commander: Lt. Col. Abraham Van Buskirk."
John McGregor Skinner
Exhibit 20a -
Birth: ABT 1750/1775
Death: 31 OCT 1832
Father: Cortlandt SKINNER
Mother: Elizabeth KEARNY
Family 1: Elizabeth FORD
1. Catherine SKINNER
2. William SKINNER
3. Lewis F SKINNER
4. John F SKINNER
5. Ford C SKINNER
6. Benjamin Ford SKINNER
7. Jane SKINNER
8. William F SKINNER
9. Phineas Manning SKINNER
_William SKINNER _________
_Cortlandt SKINNER _|
|_Elizabeth VAN_CORTLANDT _
|_Elizabeth KEARNY __|
!.....E05.1126.17 Jones, Rev. W. Northey, M.A., Rector of St. Peter's
Church, Perth Amboy. The History of St. Peter's Church in Perth Amboy, New
Jersey. The Oldest Congregation of the Church in the state of New Jersey.
From its organization in 1698 to the year of our Lord 1923 and the
celebration of the 225th anniversary of the parish. Also a genealogy of
the families buried in the churchyard. (p. 464) He was a midshipman in the
British Navy and lost one of his arms in an action with some Colonial
batteries on the Hudson. He was ardently attached to the Loyalist cause in
War of 1812, and his wife was as firmly wedded to the American and this
difference of sentiment caused an estrangement although it never resulted
in a separation, although thirteen years elapsed after the second war with
Great Britain before they saw each other. During the latter part of his
life he was a retired Lieutenant, but still followed the sea. He was
drowned at sea in a storm, Oct. 31, 1832, while in command of a packet
ship between Holyhead and Dublin. Whitehead in his history of Perth Amboy
states that he was a bachelor, but this is probably a mistake. He is said
to have married Elizabeth Ford, born 1785, died August, 1851, who was the
daughter of Thomas Ford, who built Manning Lane. (Notes of Mrs. Manning
!.....E 95.0417.07 SKU 12(2):32 Jones, E Alfred, M.A., F.R. Hist. Soc. The
Loyalists of New Jersey / Their Memorials, Petitions, Claims, Etc. From
English Records Newark, NJ New Jersey Historical Society 1927
Exhibit 20b - http://records.ancestry.com/john_macgregor_skinner_records.ashx?pid=6920864:
John Macgregor Skinner
Found 10 Records, 10 Photos and 1,818,777 Family Trees
Born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, USA on 1760 to Cortlandt Skinner and
Elizabeth Kearny. John Macgregor married Elizabeth Ford and had 10
children. He passed away on 31 Oct 1832 in Holyhead, Dublin, Ireland.
Catherine McGregor Skinner Unknown-1856
Lewis F Skinn r 1792-1827
Ford C Skinner 1797-1866
Jane McGregor Skinner 1801-Unknown
John McGregor Skinner 1805-Unknown
William McGregor Skinner Unknown-1794
John F Skinner 1794-1821
Benjamin Ford Skinner 1799-Unknown
William F Skinner 1804-1841
Phineas Manning Skinner 1807-1873
Exhibit 20c - History of Union
and Middlesex Counties, New Jersey: With Biographical ...
edited by W. Woodford Clayton, googlebooks, 2015KDS:
"The Skinners, an old family at Spottswood, are descended from John
Skinner, who came to that place from England. He married Elizabeth
Ford, and his sons were William (died in infancy), Lewis Ford (a sailor),
Ford C. (a shoemaker), Benjamin F. (manufacturer), William (died in
Philadelphia), and Phineas Manning. The latter was a paper-maker by
trade, but was a snuff manufacturer for some time before his death.
He had three sons and five daughters. Of these, William A. and Lewis
E. Skinner are prominent residents of Spottswood." p761
"The Tecumseh SNUFF-MILLS - The Tecumseh Snuff-Mills were established in
May, 1854, by Phineas M. Skinner & Son, on the old paper-mill
property, which Phineas M. Skinner had purchased of Phineas Mundy on the
9th of the preceding January.
In 1872, Mr. William A. Skinner succeeded the firm of Skinner & Son,
subsequently admitting Lewis E. Skinner to a partnership in the business,
the title of the firm changing to Skinner & Co." p821
Exhibit 20c2 - "History of
Middlesex County, New Jersey: 1664=1920, John P. Wall and Harold E.
Pickersgill, Vol II, 1921, p476, 4/9/1996/KDS:
"For some time between 1800 and 1881, ...; ...; Phineas, William and Lewis
Skinner, ... have all been extensively engaged in snuff manufacture."
Exhibit 20c3 - "Index to NJ
Wills", edited by Lee Smeal & Ronald Vern Jockur, Trenton State
Skinner, Phineas M. / Middlesex Co., NJ / 14227 / Inventory / PB1873
Skinner, Phineas M. / Middlesex Co., NJ / 14227 Will / PB1873
Phineas Manning Skinner Sr.
Exhibit 20d - http://www.genealogy.com/ftm/m/a/c/Gavin-Macgregorskinner/WEBSITE-0001/UHP-0116.html:
Phineas Manning McGregor Skinner (son of John Macgregor Skinner and
Elizabeth Ford) was born April 1807, and died May 28, 1873. He married
Exhibit 20e -
Phineas Manning Skinner
Middlesex County, New Jersey, USA
Son of Richard Skinner and ? . [KDS note - should be Son of John Skinner
and Elizabeth Ford???]
Phineas M. ( snuff maker in Middlesex County, NJ) and Susan Skinner.
Children: William 21, Lewis E. 19, Catherine 15, Viginia 12, Phineas M. 8,
and Susannah 6, as the youngest in 1850 NJ Census.
Richard Skinner (1762 - 1839)
Susannah Skinner (1810 - ____)*
Susannah A Skinner Rue (1843 - 1903)*
Created by: Iriss Hill
Record added: Jul 16, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 93724816
Phineas Manning Skinner Jr.
Exhibit 20f -
Mary Matilda Perrine
Found 10 Records, 10 Photos and 195,926 Family Trees
Born in New York, New York, USA on 9 May 1839 to Henry M Perrine and Jane
E Lawrence. Mary Matilda married Phineas Manning Skinner.
Henry M Perrine
Jane E Lawrence
Phineas Manning Skinner
Exhibit 20g - Phineas Manning
Skinner per www.familysearch.org,
b. 08 FEB 1838 Of, Spotswood, Middlesex, New Jersey
Spouse: Mary Matilda Perrine
Exhibit 20h - Spotswood is located
just south of New Brunswick and Perth Amboy, NJ [per KDS]
Exhibit 20i - Federal Census' per