Thomas Skillman, Sr. (c.1637 - 1699) MP

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Birthplace: Rotherheigh, Surrey, England
Death: Died in Maspeth Kills, Long Island, New York
Occupation: musician in the British Army
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About Thomas Skillman, Sr.

Thomas was both a freeholder and a landowner.

"Mary Beekman, daughter of Gerardus Christopher Beekman and Catharine Van Dyke his wife, born in 1733, died in 1809; married Thomas Skillman, born in 1727, son of Isaac Skillman, born in 1706, a descendant of Thomas Skillman who came to America with the English forces in 1664, as a musician in the army, and took part in the capture of New York from the Dutch. He settled in Long Island, in 1668."

Abraham Skillman, son of Cornelius Skillman and Ida Stryker, is the sixth generation in the line of Thomas Skillman, who came to this country with the English forces in 1664. He was a musician in the English Army and was with them when New York was captured from the Dutch. He was discharged in 1668 and settled on Long Island. His great grandson, Thomas, father of Cornelius, married Mary Beekman, daughter of Gerardus Beekman of Griggstown.

SKILLMAN, THOMAS. Was in this country as early as 1671, and by tradition emigrated in 1664. Suppose he resided in Brooklyn. Issue:--Thomas Junr; and Elsje.

Captain Thomas Skillman was father of Thomas Junr; and Elsje [Teunis G. Bergen, compiler, Register in Alphabetical Order of the Early Settlers of Kings County, Long Island, N. Y., from it's First Settlement by Europeans to 1700 (New York: S. W. Green's Son, Printer, Electrotyper and Binder, 1881), Pg. 263].

He was a musician in the Nicolls forces, and all his life, tradition says, was a musician. With his commander he sailed in the "Guiney," the chief of the three (possibly four) very small vessels that brought the adventurers to these shores. Down to this day he is known among his descendants always as Captain Thomas Skillman, a courtesy title, or one gained in later service in this country, or possibly it came from some militia connection merely. He was really "more Dutch than English."

The Skillmans of the New World are quite commonly assumed to be of Dutch descent. In one way this is a mistake, though in another clearly a fact. They are Dutch in two respects. First, the mothers of them on this continent were of Dutch or Huguenot lineage, though the father was an Englishman, an enlisted soldier under Col. Nicolls, to whom Nieuw Amsterdam surrendered in 1664, becoming thereafter New York.

This conquest achieved, the ancestor, so the story goes, being specially attached to his commander, now made Governor of the Province, did not return with his comrades in arms to the home land, but soon took a wife and settled permanently in the Newtown, (L. I.) region, at Maspeth or Dutch Kills. Then the children afterwards intermarried with their Hollandish neighbors, and so the family ultimately came to be much more largely of Belgic than of British blood.

But secondly, even in England, the Skillmans were of Dutch stock originally. Their paternal forebears came to Britain from the Low Countries, some of them hundreds of years before the Nicolls or Duke of York Expedition set sail from Portsmouth Harbor for America [Rev. William Jones Skillman, "The Skillmans of America and Their Kin", New York Genealogical & Biographical Record Vol XXXVII Jan 1906 - Vol XXXIX Oct 1908 (1906-1908) : Chapter 1: The Record, Vol. XXXVII, Jan., 1906, pp 22-26].

He was born between 1635 and 1640 in London, England [Rev. William Jones Skillman, "The Skillmans of America and Their Kin", New York Genealogical & Biographical Record Vol XXXVII Jan 1906 - Vol XXXIX Oct 1908 (1906-1908) : Chapter 1: The Record, Vol. XXXVII, Jan., 1906, pp 22-26 and Westfield Chapter, compiler, Gerardus and Jacob Branches of Thomas Skillman Family and Allied Families (Westfield, NJ: Westfield Chapter, 1937), pg. 27 (per NYGBR Vol XXXVII)].

He "by tradition emigrated" in 1664 [Teunis G. Bergen, compiler, Register in Alphabetical Order of the Early Settlers of Kings County, Long Island, N. Y., from it's First Settlement by Europeans to 1700 (New York: S. W. Green's Son, Printer, Electrotyper and Binder, 1881), Pg. 263].

He was a soldier under Colonel Richard Nicolls in the expedition of the Duke of York, ordered by the King on 25 February 1664. He emigrated from England, leaving 15 May 1664; sailed from Portsmouth [Rev. William Jones Skillman, "The Skillmans of America and Their Kin", New York Genealogical & Biographical Record Vol XXXVII Jan 1906 - Vol XXXIX Oct 1908 (1906-1908) : Chapter 1: The Record, Vol. XXXVII, Jan., 1906, pp 22-26 and Westfield Chapter, compiler, Gerardus and Jacob Branches of Thomas Skillman Family and Allied Families (Westfield, NJ: Westfield Chapter, 1937), pg. 27 (per NYGBR Vol XXXVII)].

He immigrated to New York, arriving 18 August 1664; dropped anchor in the harbor of Nieuw Amsterdam (near present Fort Hamilton). He was fifth in a list of 60 or more, bearing such names as Ogden, Drake, Tuttle, Dickenson, Whitehead, Woodruff, Crane, Marsh, and others, he took oath of allegiance to King Charles II on 19 February 1665 in Elizabeth Town, New Jersey [Rev. William Jones Skillman, "The Skillmans of America and Their Kin", New York Genealogical & Biographical Record Vol XXXVII Jan 1906 - Vol XXXIX Oct 1908 (1906-1908) : Chapter 1: The Record, Vol. XXXVII, Jan., 1906, pp 22-26].

He stayed in this country after the surrender of the Dutch and became "inhabitant and freeholder" at Newtown (L. I.), under Nicolls' Patent on 23 January 1666 [Rev. William Jones Skillman, "The Skillmans of America and Their Kin", New York Genealogical & Biographical Record Vol XXXVII Jan 1906 - Vol XXXIX Oct 1908 (1906-1908) : Chapter 1: The Record, Vol. XXXVII, Jan., 1906, pp 22-26 and Westfield Chapter, compiler, Gerardus and Jacob Branches of Thomas Skillman Family and Allied Families (Westfield, NJ: Westfield Chapter, 1937), pg. 27 (per NYGBR Vol XXXVII)].

He lived on 23 January 1666 in Newtown, Long Island, New York. He took to another spell of soldiering, or was one of twenty-five men, sent apparently as a special contingent by the Governor himself, to chastise the Indians who three years previously had perpetrated the cruel Wiltwyck Massacre circa 1667. He served in the Esopus War before 6 April 1668. He ended military service on 6 April 1668; honorably discharged, and also was given "14 oz. of plate for services at Albany under Captain Lewis." [Rev. William Jones Skillman, "The Skillmans of America and Their Kin", New York Genealogical & Biographical Record Vol XXXVII Jan 1906 - Vol XXXIX Oct 1908 (1906-1908) : Chapter 1: The Record, Vol. XXXVII, Jan., 1906, pp 22-26].

He married Sara Pettit, daughter of Sergeant Thomas Pettit and Christian Mellowes , in 1669.3,5 He was "in this country as early as 1671" [Teunis G. Bergen, compiler, Register in Alphabetical Order of the Early Settlers of Kings County, Long Island, N. Y., from it's First Settlement by Europeans to 1700 (New York: S. W. Green's Son, Printer, Electrotyper and Binder, 1881), Pg. 263].

He died circa 1697 [Rev. William Jones Skillman, "The Skillmans of America and Their Kin", New York Genealogical & Biographical Record Vol XXXVII Jan 1906 - Vol XXXIX Oct 1908 (1906-1908) : Chapter 1: The Record, Vol. XXXVII, Jan., 1906, pp 22-26].

He died on 1 April 1699 in Newton, Queens County, New York.6

[1]Teunis G. Bergen, compiler, Register in Alphabetical Order of the Early Settlers of Kings County, Long Island, N. Y., from it's First Settlement by Europeans to 1700 (New York: S. W. Green's Son, Printer, Electrotyper and Binder, 1881), Pg. 263 - SKILLMAN, THOMAS. Was in this country as early as 1671, and by tradition emigrated in 1664. Suppose he resided in Brn. Issue:--Thomas Junr; and Elsje.

[2]Teunis G. Bergen, Kings Co., pg. 263.

[3] Rev. William Jones Skillman, "The Skillmans of America and Their Kin", New York Genealogical & Biographical Record Vol XXXVII Jan 1906 - Vol XXXIX Oct 1908 (1906-1908) : Chapter 1: The Record, Vol. XXXVII, Jan., 1906, pp 22-26.

[4]Dr. Amos Canfield, "Town Records of Newtown, Long Island," in Long Island Source Records, From the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1987), pg. 124 (pg. 123).

[5] Westfield Chapter, compiler, Gerardus and Jacob Branches of Thomas Skillman Family and Allied Families (Westfield, NJ: Westfield Chapter, 1937), pg. 27 (per NYGBR Vol XXXVII). -------------------- 1. Thomas Skillman was born about 1637 in Rotherheigh(?), Surrey, Eng.. He died about 1697 in Newtown(Maspeth Kills), Queens, NY. Ancestral file says died 4/1/1699. He was buried on 4 Apr 1699 in Newtown(Maspeth Kills), Queens, NY. His SOA Number is 1. Sailed from Portsmouth, England on May 15, 1664 with Colonel Richard Nichols. Their frigate, GUINEA, anchored August 26, 1664 at Nyack, near Gravesend Bay. 4 ships, 92 guns, 450 men settled the Dutch/English dispute, bloodlessly. New Netherlands became New York under Colonel Nichols. Thomas Skillman settled in Newtown, Long Island. Inventory of his estate is dated May 4, 1676.

From SOA:

Soldier under Col. Richard Nicolls in Expedition of Duke of York, ordered by the King, Feb. 25, 1664, sailed from Portsmouth, May 15, and dropped anchor in the harbor of Nieuw Amsterdam (near present Fort Hamilton [ed. Brooklyn, next to Verrazano Narrows Bridge]), Aug. 18, same year. After the surrender he stayed in this country and became "inhabitant and freeholder" at Newtown (L. I.), under Nicolls' Patent of Jan. 23, 1666. Served in Esopus War; honorably discharged April 6, 1668. (See Introduction, ante). In 1669 he m. Sara, dau. of John Petit, Newtown, of whom Huntingdon (Hist. of Stamford) says: "John Petet was here (Stamford, Ct.) early, and had children recorded to him before 1650. Inventory, dated 5, 4, 1676, made by Richd. Law and Francis Bell, mentions his widow, Sarah (Scofield), two sons (names not given), and daus. Sarah, Mary, and Bethia. Richd. Law appointed guardian of his (John Petet's) children in a court of magistrates, the Govr. being present, 14, 4, 1662. Debrow Pettit here (Stamford) in 1657. Name afterward spelled Petit." Rev. Samuel Orcutt (Hist. of Stratford and Bridgeport, p. 103) says: "John Pettit was in Roxbury in 1639, and at Stratford in 1651. Probably soon removed to Stamford, and thence to Newtown, L. I." John Petit and Sarah Scofield, his wife, were the parents of Sara, wife of Thomas Skillman.

Thomas Skillman and Sarah Scofield Petit were married in 1669 in Stamford, Fairfield, CT. Sarah Scofield Petit (daughter of John Petit and Sarah Schofield) was born about 1648 in Newtown(Maspeth Kills), Queens, NY. She died about 1704 in Newtown(Maspeth Kills), Queens, NY. She was buried about 1704 in Newtown(Maspeth Kills), Queens, NY. Of Dutch or Huguenot lineage Thomas Skillman and Sarah Scofield Petit had the following children:

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Thomas Skillman II. 

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Elsje Skillman. 

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iii.
Sarah Skillman. 

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iv.
Lijsbet Skillman. 
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Capt. Thomas Skillman's Timeline

1637
1637
Rotherheigh, Surrey, England
1664
1664
Age 27
1664
Age 27
1669
1669
Age 32
Newtown, Queens, New York, USA
1671
1671
Age 34
Maspeth Kills, Long Island, New York
1672
1672
Age 35
Newtown(Maspeth Kells), Queens County, New York
1675
1675
Age 38
1676
1676
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1676
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Age 40
Newtown, Queens, New York, USA