From History of Perquimans County by Ellen Goode Rawlings Winslow.
As the Skinner family has been well written up in N. C. Historical &
Genealogical Register, it will be beyond my power to make a tracing of
them which will be fuller, or more adequate. So it is my object only to
give some data, not to be found in the above named work, prior to their
coming to Perq County. Most of these notes were found in Isle of Wight Co
Va, from which in my opinion Richard Skinner emigrated to N. C. A Richard
Skinner appears in York Co, at an early date, as “servant of Capt Thomas
Thorpe” but there is nothing to prove that he was the same in Isle of
Wight, although he may have been identical. Being a “servant” in this
case, does not imply an act of servitude, as we are in the habit of
applying it. These so called “servants” were often times of a higher
station in life than their masters, and were either political prisoners,
sent to the Colony for some minor offense against the government, or were
merely paying for a passage to this country, by service, for some stated
period. And as Thomas Thorpe is mentioned as “Captain” the latter would
seem to be the most plausible conclusion, in the case of Richard Skinner
of York Co.
Arthur Skinner, was “foreman” of the jury, in Isle of Wight Co Va, April
14, 1664. William Skinner of Bristoll, Eng, Merchant, appears on the Isle
of Wight records, as “Att’ for Mary Markes of Barbados, Widow; and
appointed Robert Ked of Isle of Wight his Att’ to Recover from Francis
England of Blackwater 5500 lbs of Tob, removed by order of Attorney, 1668.
Test’ Robert Harris, James Edwards. John Norsworthy of Isle of Wight Co,
leased for 14 years, unto Henry Skynner 160a of land in said Co, for the
yearly rent of 400 lbs of Tob. Dec 23, 1664. Test’ George Norsworthy,
Mary Skinner of “Runnison” Isle of Wight Co widow: sold to George Cripps
of Blackwater, for 6000 lbs of Tob, “a divident of land” on said River
15000a. Test’ Edward Poynter, Thos Smyth, Daniel Palmer. June 7, 1680. She
was married to John Collins of Upper pish of Isle of Wight Co, before Sept
Richard Skinner made a deed in Isle of Wight July 11, 1676, and gave “all
my lands to my wife and two daughters.” Unfortunately they are not named.
He also mentions his gr-son Skinner Rawlings. Elizabeth (d of said
Richard) m Rober Rawlings, of Surry Co Va, who was a mariner, and owned a
“Shipp, which was lying att Warrick squick Bay” July 8, 1677. John Dunford
gave bond to pay to Lt Richard Skinner, & James Griffin, 30000 lbs of Tob,
July 26, 1674, from Estate of Robert Warren dec’d, of Lawnes Creek. Wit’
Wm Edwards, Rog’r Deeke. Roger Rawlings appointed his “father-in-law”
Richd. Skinner Att’. Jan 13, 1675.
Mary Skinner made deposition in Surry Co, July 26, 1675, that William
Hill, in his will “gave all his property to Wm Edwards.”
The Parish Reg of St Peters Church New Kent Co gives the ages of two of
the children of Richard Skinner as follows: Rich’d, son of Rich’d Skinner,
was bapt Feby 15, 1690—2 Margaret (d of Richard, & Mary) born Aug 6, 1699.
He was in Perq Co, N. C. 1701, and was granted 400a in Perq precinct, “at
the punch bowles” adj Nathan Newby, along Bear Swamp. Dec 29, 1718.
As Mary Skinner was a widow in Isle of Wight Co & m 2d John Collins 1680,
we are led to believe the Richard who came to N. C. must have been a son
of the Richard, who had dau married to Roger Rawlings. He seems a better
bet for our emigrant, and the records show that Richard of Isle of Wight
was dead 1680. Richard (1) in Perq, in a deed to his dau Margaret Walston
(Walton) makes plain he had a dau by that name, & her age is given in St
Peters Reg He certainly had a son Richard (2) who m Sarah Overman, issue:
1 James, b 5, 10mo 1715—2 Samuel, & Richard (twins) b 15, 11mo 1717—Evane,
b 15, 1mo 1719—4 Joseph, b 11, 8mo 1722—5 Joshua, b 25, 5mo 1724—6
Jonathan, b 13, 7mo 1726—7 William, b 25, 12mo 1728—8 John, b 21, 11mo
1730/1. Joseph (s of Richard) died 15, 9mo 1739. (Quaker Reg.)
A long line of Skinner births can be found in N. C. Hist & Gen Reg.
Richard Skinner, and wife Mary, were still alive in Perquimans, 1722.
Major F. S. Skinner of Providence, R. I., is at work on a book, lining up
this old family, which he intends to publish at a future date.
Richard Skinner had land grants in Perq, 400a as above stated, and 356a on
Bear Swamp, Nov 27, 1727. William Skinner was granted 600a, adj Ephrim
Hunter, Mar 11, 1740. Evane Skinner granted 381a in Bear Swamp, Sept 7,
1761, & 130a, Mar 5, 1780, same location.
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