About Algernon E. Skinner
Algernon E. Skinner (1867-1943) aka Algie Skinner; Farmer and worked for Erie Railroad on the Port Jervis, New York to Jersey City, New Jersey run as a fireman in 1900; Died of Gangrene induced by Diabetes (b. June 09, 1867, Port Orange, Orange County, New York, USA - d. December 02, 1943, 9 Hancock Avenue, Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, USA)
Parents: Son of James Cyrus Skinner (1836-1906) and Esther Amelia Snelling (1840-1906). Esther was born in England.
Birth: Algernon was born on June 09, 1867 in Port Orange, Orange County, New York according to his death certificate, but the 1900 US Census lists his birth as "December 1867".
Siblings: Algernon had the following siblings: Abner J. Skinner (1857-1929) who married Sarah M. Pond (1863-?); Robert Skinner I (1859-?) who married Eliza X; Flora M. Skinner (1867-1934) who married William Handrim; Grace Estelle Skinner (1870-1934) who married Frederick Jacob Balmos (1867-1932); and Clarence V. Skinner (1877-1902) who never married.
First Marriage: Algernon married Mary Caufield (1875-c1920) aka Mamie Caufield, around 1890.
Children: Together they had the following children: Hattie Skinner (1894-after1930) who was institutionalized for insanity; George Skinner (1895-1982) who never married; Mary Skinner (1898-after1900); Winifred Skinner (1899-1993) who married George Francis McManus (1896-1989); Florence Catherine Skinner (1901-1986) aka Flossie Skinner, who married Eugene Freudenberg (1900-1956) aka Gene Freudenberg; and Robert Skinner II (1904-c1942) who may have died of syphilis.
Second Marriage: After Mary Caufield's death Algernon married Nora Belle Piatt (1874-1955) aka Belle Piatt.
Occupation: Algernon was a farmer and worked for the Erie Railroad which ran from Port Jervis, Orange County, New York to Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey.
Deerpark, New York: In 1880 Algernon was living at his parent's home in Deerpark, Orange County, New York, and his father was working for the Erie Railroad as a fireman.
Jersey City, New Jersey: In 1891 Algernon was living at 60 Carlton Avenue in Jersey City, New Jersey and he appears in the city directory. By 1892 he had moved to 137 Carlton Avenue. In 1893 he was living at 10 Stagg Street and he was still living there in 1900 when he was working as a locomotive fireman. He is listed on the 1900 census as "Albert Skinner" and his birth is given as "December 1867".
Watchman: In 1930 he was living at 134 Beacon Avenue, and working as a watchman at a factory. He was living in the same home as George Francis McManus (1896-1989) his son-in-law; and Winifred Skinner (1899-1993). His wife was listed as "Bella Skinner" and he was listed as "Algie Skinner".
Death: He died in 1943 of gangrene caused by his diabetes. At the time he was living at 9 Hancock Avenue in Jersey City with the family of Ralph Freudenberg (1903-1980). Otto Mack handled the funeral.
Burial: He was buried on December 06, 1943 in Hillside Cemetery in Lyndhurst, New Jersey with his second wife, Nora.
Obituary: His obituary appeared in the Jersey Journal on December 06, 1943 and it reads as follows: "Algernon Skinner, 78 of 9 Hancock Avenue, died of gangrene in a leg Thursday at the Medical Center, where he had been a patient since November 7. The funeral was to be held today. He was born at Port Orange, New York, where he had been a farmer until his retirement 20 years ago, when he moved to Jersey City. Mr. Skinner is survived by his wife, Mrs. Nora Skinner (Piatt); his sons, George and Robert Skinner; his daughters Mrs. Winifred McManus and Mrs. Florence Freudenberg, and a stepdaughter, Mrs. Nora Freudenberg."
Uncompleted tasks: His date of birth comes from the funeral home. His birth, marriage, and death certificates have not been ordered from the archives as of this writing.
Source: Researched and written by Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) for Findagrave starting on July 25, 2003.