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Dea. Thomas Skinner

Birthdate: (77)
Birthplace: Subdeanerie Parish, Chichester, Sussex, England
Death: March 26, 1723 (77)
Colchester, New London County, Connecticut Colony, Colonial America
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Skinner, of Malden; Thomas Skinner; Mary Skinner, of Malden and Mary Skinner
Husband of Mary Skinner and Joanna Skinner
Father of Mary Russell; Thomas Skinner; Dea. Abraham Skinner; John Skinner; Richard Skinner and 7 others
Brother of Abraham Skinner and John Skinner

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About Dea. Thomas Skinner

Thomas Skinner, Deacon Thomas, (Thomas1) was baptized on July 25, 1645, possibly at Subdeanery Parish, Chichester, England, and died on March 26, 1722/23, probably at Colchester, New London, Connecticut.

He married, first, Mary Pratt in 1665/66 at Charlestown, Middlesex, Massachusetts. Mary was born on September 9 or July 30, 1643 (44) and died on March 26, 1704 in Colchester, New London, Connecticut. Mary was the daughter of Richard and Mary Pratt of Charlestown, who came from Malden, Essex County, England (see below).

Thomas married, second, Joanna _?_ after 1704.

The children of Thomas and Mary, all born in Malden, were: (46)

  • Mary Skinner, born November 3, 1666.
  • Thomas Skinner, born November 3, 1668 in Malden, died June 9, 1757, married Hannah Carpenter circa 1694. Thomas and Hannah were listed as among the early planters of Wrentham in 1695. (47) At Charlestown, on July 3, 1710, A Thomas Skinar was taxed to pay for a school teacher. Thomas moved to Norton, Massachusetts. (48) He was the first schoolmaster there, began teaching in 1719. His will was probated May 19, 1750.

Thomas SKINNER , Deacon

  • Birth: ABT 25 Jul 1645, Chichester, Sussex, England
  • Death: 16 Mar 1731/32, Colchester, New London, CT Age 85
  • Father: Thomas SKINNER , Sgt.
  • Mother: Mary GODDEN

Family 1: Mary PRATT

  • Marriage: 1665, Chaslestown, Suffolk, MA
    • 1. Mary SKINNER
    • 2. Thomas SKINNER III
    • 3. Abraham SKINNER
    • 4. John SKINNER
    • 5. Richard SKINNER
    • 6. Hannah SKINNER , twin
    • 7. Joseph SKINNER , twin
    • 8. Benjamin SKINNER
    • 9. Ebenezer SKINNER , Sgt.
    • 10. Nathaniel SKINNER
    • 11. Abigail SKINNER


Deacon Thomas Skinner II

Posted on June 15, 2010

Thomas SKINNER II (1645 – 1723)

Deacon Thomas Skinner II was baptized 15 Jul 1645 in Subdeanerie Parish, Chichester, Sussex, England. His parents were Thomas SKINNER I and Mary GODDEN. He married Mary PRATT in 1665/66 at Charlestown, Massachusetts. After Mary died, he married Joanna [__?__]. Thomas died between 26 Mar 1722/23 in Colchester, Connecticut.

Mary Pratt was born 30 Sep 1643 in Charlestown, Massachusetts. Her parents were Richard PRATTand Mary [__?__]. Mary died 26 Mar 1704 in Colchester, New London, Connecticut. Alternatively, Mary died 9 Apr 1671 at Malden, Mass and Joanna was the mother of the younger children.

Children of Thomas and Mary: (Name Born Married Departed)

  • 1. Mary Skinner - 3 Nov 1666, Malden, Mass; married Joseph Russell - 1687, Boston; 28 Mar 1716, Boston
  • 2. Thomas SKINNER III - 3 Nov 1668 Malden, Mass; married Hannah CARPENTER - 16 May 1694 Swansea, Mass.; 9 Jun 1757 Norton, Mass.
  • 3. Abraham Skinner - 16 Jun 1671, Malden; married Abigail Chamberlain - 24 Nov 1708 Colchester, CT; 1737 Colchester, CT
  • 4. John Skinner - 5 Apr 1673, Malden; married Sarah Porter (Glover?) ca. 1696; 8 Apr 1754, Waltham, Mass.
  • 5. Richard Skinner - 3 Jan 1675/76, Malden; married Hannah Pratt 24 Nov 1708 Colchester; Feb 1758, East Haddam, CT
  • 6. Hannah Skinner - Jan 1677/78, Malden; married John Grover 21 Aug 1728 Colchester, CT
  • 7. Joseph Skinner - Jan 1677/78, Malden; 18 Jan 1725 Malden, Mass
  • 8. Dec. Benjamin Skinner - 30 Jan 1681 Malden; married Elizabeth Dixon 3 Nov 1712 Lebanon, CT; married Elizabeth Wright 1731 Springfield; 2 Jun 1750, Hebron, CT
  • 9. Ebenezer Skinner - 1684, Malden; married Sarah Lord 28 Jul 1702 East Haddam, CT; Nov 1755, Bolton, CT
  • 10. Nathaniel Skinner - 27 Jan 1685/86, Malden; married Mary Gillett 13 Jun 1706 Sharon, CT; Married Content Fuller 20 Sep 1721 Sharon, CT
  • 11. Abigail Skinner - 17 Feb 1690/91, Malden; married Ebenezer Mudge 13 Jul 1708 Malden, Mass; Mar 1765, New Lebanon, CT

Thomas was one of the original proprietors of Colchester, Connecticut, moving there about 1700.

According to The Skinner Kinsmen, Thomas and Mary moved from Malden, Massachusetts to Colchester, Connecticut circa 1700, where Thomas was one of the original proprietors of Colchester, a constable, a Way Warden (surveyor), and built a meeting house. His sons, Abraham and John, had moved to Taunton, Massachusetts. Richard, Benjamin, Ebenezer, Nathaniel and Abigail went to Colchester with their parents. Thomas held various town offices and served on important committees during his residence in Colchester. He and his son Benjamin were granted lots on January 21, 1702, and in May 1702, he drew his house lot. The diary of this Thomas is said to have been preserved and gives many interesting details of family history (not located).

From Colchester, Connecticut, Land Records: (45)

  • Town Meeting held in Colchester, Conn., January 31, 1702. Further it was granted to Thomas Skinner and his son Benjamin, Samuel Fuller, Micael Taintor, Sen. & Micael Taintor Junr. the Little Round meadow lying West from the town with the Swamp; the Swamp to be accounted 2 acres for one of meadow so as to make up their 1st Division of meadow except the Town see cause to take a piece for clay. They are to lay it out within 1 year and to make Recompence Elsewhere.
  • 13 Dec 1709 – Granted to Deacon Skinner to exchange about one acre of his second division for convenience of building.
  • 10 Apr 1705 – Samuel Fuller lo Thomas Skinner, senr, both of Colchester, Conn., Five acres of meadow in the little meadow.
  • Further to Thomas Skinner his 2nd Division 100 Acres, on the north­west side of Moodus Road and on the West side of Charles Williams second Division; beginning at bounds set in Moodus Road and so South west near the road 100 rods to a black tree marked; then North­west eight score rods to a bound set in the swamp on the west side of a maple tree marked; then Northeastly 100 rods to a bound set in the valley; then Southeasterly, leaving a way between it and Charles Williams land, 8 score rods to first bound. Laid out February 13, 1706/07.
  • 29 Mar 1709 – Thomas Skinner of Colchester to son Nathaniel Skinner of same place, my home lot of 21 acres, also meadow in the Round meadow, 30 acres of upland and one half of all my other div­isions laid out to my £200 right in Colchester. Witnesses, Mary Butler, Hannah Butler.
  • 3 Dec 1713 – Deacon Thomas Skinner of Colchester exchanges lands with Richard Skinner of Colchester, 30 acres bounded by common land, highway, Micaei Taintor’s &c.
  • 29 Mar 1716 – Laid out for Deacon Thomas Skinner 50 acres of 4th Division of land on West side of Charles Williams land, to tree marked T S, to Brook, &c.
  • At a Town meeting held in Colchester March the 20th 1705/06. The Town voted to build a meeting house forty foot square, provided that there be money given enough to procure the nails and glass further the Town choose a committee to carry on the building the said House; Namely Sergt. Rowlee, Deacon Skinner, John Skinner, Joseph Chamberlain, Thomas Brown.
  • 15 Jan 1710 – Further the Town chose Lieut. Wells, Samuel Northam, Samuel Loomis, John Skinner, and Deacon Skinner to lay out highways where they are wanting in all parts of the town as also to inspect those that are already laid out that they may not be intruded into and make return to the Town.
  • Children
    • 3. Thomas’ son Abraham was a blacksmith and one of the original proprietors of Oxford, Mass.; lot No. 29 near (now) Howarth’s Pond, moving there in 1713.
    • 4. John Skinner was a brother, or perhaps only halfbrother, of Thomas: for Mary, the wife of Thomas Skinner, died at Malden, April 9,1671; and John was born April, 1673. He settled in the west part of the North Purchase about the time Thomas did; was a proprietor, and his name is attached to the deed of the proprietors to the Leonards. He was a member of the Norton church at its organization. His wife’s name was Sarah , married about 1696; and they had seven children. He was living in 1738; but when he died is uncertain. There was a John Skinner who died at Wrentham, April 8, 1754; and he might have been the man. His autograph was written in 1695.
    • 9. Ebenezer accompanied his father and family when they removed from Malden, Mass., to Colchester, Conn., and for many years he was a prominent man in that town.
  • 19 Jul 1715 – Thomas Skinner to his son Ebenezer Skinner, both of Colchester, one home lot in Colchester bounded East on Town St., West with commons. North on home lot of John Waters. South on home lot of said Ebenezer, 21 rods wide by half a mile in length, with house, &c.
  • In 1729 he was of Preston, Conn., – at one time he lived in Hebron, Conn., where, during one week, Nov. 27th to Dec. 3rd, 1736, Ebenezer’s four youngest children died of putrid sore throat, then so prevalent throughout the colonies. The family went to Bolton, Conn., about 1739 and it is thought that Ebenezer died there, although there is no record of his death.


Thomas was baptized on 25 July 1645 in Chichester, West Sussex, England and emigrated in 1652 to Malden MA.

Thomas and Mary were married in 1665 in Colcester, New London CT.

They were the parents of 11 children.

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Dea. Thomas Skinner's Timeline

July 25, 1645
Chichester, Sussex, England
November 3, 1666
Age 21
Malden, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
November 3, 1668
Age 23
Malden, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
June 16, 1671
Age 25
Malden, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
April 5, 1673
Age 27
Malden, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
January 2, 1675
Age 29
Malden, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
January 8, 1678
Age 32
January 13, 1678
Age 32
Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
January 13, 1678
Age 32
Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA