Skinner Family


Descendants of Jacob SKINNER and Phebe BUCK

Submitted by : Maxine (Boyce) Buckman - nutmeg272@netzero.net; contact her for notes and sources, and for ancestors of Jacob Skinner
My grandmother was Eva May SKINNER, a descendant of Jacob SKINNER b Nov. 19, 1766 and Phebe BUCK. They came to Norwich, NY from Hebron, CT in 1790. They built a log cabin on crest of West Hill, Norwich, NY and afterward a frame structure where both he and his wife died. He died June 3, 1847 and Phebe died February 1, 1842. Jacob SKINNER was a descendant of John SKINNER and Mary LOOMIS, original proprietress of Hartford, CT (followers of Rev. Thomas Hooker). (We are not advised where Jacob first settled but he occupied the Timothy Johnson farm about 1795 only a few years)

Jacob had as siblings: 1. Anna (Skinner) TAYLOR, 2. Joseph SKINNER m Lois TRAIN and settled on a farm on East side of Chenango River about 1 mile above Norwich Village, 2. Hannah SKINNER who m Daniel SKINNER (a cousin of father's half brothers?), 3. Dolly SKINNER m Roswell CLARK 4. Justin SKINNER, 5. Betsy Williams SKINNER (will proved May 24, 1856 Norwich, NY), 6. Lois SKINNER m DAY, 7. Daniel SKINNER m cousin Hannah (Day) SKINNER.

Jacob SKINNER and Phebe BUCK of West Hill in Norwich, NY had the following children.
John SKINNER (ancestor of Maxine) b Mar 23, 1791  d May 9, 1865  married Mary STAFFORD b Jun 1, 1793 for first wife and after her death, Esther STAFFORD (sisters).  He lived on farm in Norwich Quarter all his life.  Job STAFFORD of Preston, NY was the father of Mary and Esther.
Abigail S. b 1798 d Feb 10, 1846  married Alexander McCULLOUGH
Betsy SKINNER b abt. 1804   married William BARNES
Ann Day SKINNER    married Ransil MORTON
Louisa SKINNER  b 1807  d March 19, 1820
Justin SKINNER b 1809  d 1840
Hannah SKINNER b Aug 12, 1812  d May 6, 1879  mar Abel BREED

John SKINNER and Mary STAFFORD had the following children. 1. Juliana S b Feb 15, 1821 m Dewitt Clinton GUILE Aug 31, 1845 Norwich, NY. 2. John SKINNER b Norwich, NY 1823 m Julia JACOBS 3. Phebe E. S b July 16,1825 Norwich, NY mar Randall HUNT. Both d at their home in S. New Berlin, NY 4. Luke SKINNER (ancestor of Maxine) b Dec 14, 1826/7 d Feb 3, 1885 S. New Berlin, NY married Laura CURTIS 5. Levi SKINNER b Aug 20, 1828 d April 1883 Brookland Township, Tioga, PA mar VAN WINKLE 6. Amy Ellen SKINNER b Oct 8, 1831 d 1894 m Oscar MATHEWSON son of Noah MATHEWSON, New Berlin, NY I have more information on above lines but will continue on with my direct ancestral lineage!

Luke SKINNER and Laura CURTIS had following children. John C. SKINNER b July 17, 1849 married Lydia GUILE 2.Luke SKINNER b 1851 m Mary BELDEN *3.Giles SKINNER (my ancestor) b Apr 19, 1854 d Nov 21, 1886. 1st wife was Eunice PICKENS. 2nd wife(my ancestor) Alice M. HEATH b Jan 5, 1882 d May 23, 1932. Mary A. SKINNER b Aug 12, 1856 d Dec 20, 1934 in Brooklyn, NY. M (1) Will BUTLER (2) Marks McCORMICK. Maria H. SKINNER b Aug 31 married Wesley MILLER. Lived in S. New Berlin, NY. Esther SKINNER b Aug 5, 1864 m Wm. M. WHITE Dec 17, 1884 lived in Norwich, NY. Hattie SKINNER b June 11, 1866 m Leonard LINGEE lived in S. New Berlin, NY. Anna L. SKINNER b Jan 26, 1868 m Russell B. COLWELL, Feb 8, 1888. Lived in New Berlin, NY near Chenango Lake died Jan 4, 1922. George SKINNER b Mar 13, 1871 m Frances F. FIGARY, Nov 23, 1899. Dec 19, 1941.

Giles SKINNER and Alice HEATH, who m 2nd (after Giles died) George HAYNES of Norwich, NY, had two children. *1.Eva May SKINNER (ancestor of Maxine) b Aug 17, 1883 d Mar 20, 1962 in Norwich, NY. She m Ivan Albert BOYCE in home of George HAYNES in North Norwich. 2.Luke SKINNER b October 27, 1884 m Emma Mae POWERS Sept 17, 1907.

Eva May (Skinner) BOYCE and Ivan Albert BOYCE had the following children.

Russell Ivan BOYCE (my father) b Nov. 7, 1907 in Brookline, MA d May 17, 1987 in Wallingford, CT. Nellie E. Boyce b June 21, 1909 d Jan 14, 2001 in Branford, CT. Florence M. Boyce b Aug. 27, 1911 d Edward Giles Boyce b Jan. 26, 1914 d Dorothy Mable Boyce b Sept. 10, 1915 Newton Boyce b Nov. 11, 1919 d Oct. 6, 1990. Frances Skinner Boyce b Aug. 14, 1924.

Eva May SKINNER graduated from Norwich High School in June 1901, as did her husband, Ivan Albert BOYCE. They married in the home of her stepfather who was George HAYNES in Norwich, NY. She taught school in District 13, Chenango Lake, town of New Berlin from 1902 until 1906 when she and Ivan were married.

Much of the information above is in a booklet titled, " Genealogy of the Skinner Family" compiled by Ida A. BROWN in the 1930s. Ida was the daughter of Amy (SKINNER) MATHEWSON. She married Gardner BROWN of Plymouth, NY. Her information on the Skinner lineage was erroneous before Jacob as two Skinner groups were intertwined for many years before research done by Fernald, Wahl, Stengle separated the Thomas SKINNER of Malden, MA group and the John SKINNER of Hartford, CT group out.


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