Husband: Thomas Skinner, Sergeant (1 2 3 4)
Born: 1617 in Chichester, Sussex, England
Married: about 1644 in England
Died: 02 Mar 1702/1703 in Malden, Middlesex, Mass
Spouses: Lydia Shepardson
Wife: Mary Gould (5 6)
Died: 09 Apr 1671 in Malden, Middlesex, MA
01 (M): Thomas Skinner, Deacon (7)
Born: 25 Jul 1645 in Subdeanerie Parish, Chichester, England
Died: 26 Mar 1722 in Colchester, New London, Connecticut
Spouses: Mary Pratt
02 (M): John Skinner (8)
Born: 19 Apr 1647 in North Mundham, England
03 (M): Abraham Skinner (9)
Born: 29 Sep 1649 in Pallant Parish, Chichester, England
Died: 1693
Additional Information

Thomas Skinner, Sergeant:


from findagrave: married 1st Mary (?) before 1645 in England. Mary was born in 1621 Chichester Eng. died April 9, 1671 in Malden, MA. Mary was also originally buried in Bell Rock Cemetery and later moved. After Mary's death Thomas married 2nd Lydia Shepardson Call about 1680 in MA.
immigrated between 1649-1651.
1680 - Served as a Sgt. in the Malden Co., 1st Regiment under Maj. Gookin.
Buried originally in Bell Rock Cemetery in Malden, MA, but was moved to cemetery either in Charlestown or Cambridge. Location unknown.
sons: Thomas b. 1645, John b. 1647, and Abraham b. 1649 all in England

Family links:
Lydia Shepardson Skinner (1637 - 1723)
Mary Skinner (1617 - 1671)*

Thomas Skinner (1645 - 1722)*
Abraham Skinner (1649 - 1694)*

Created by: Jim Easom
Record added: Apr 06, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 88134731

The following is from WikiTree:



Thomas Skinner[1]

In testimony in court in the year 1663, Thomas Skinner and his wife Mary, [gives his] age as 46 years.[2] This would mean Thomas Skinner was born in/about 1617.

BET 1649 AND 1651, from Chichester, West Sussex, England[3]
to Malden, Middlesex County, Massachusetts[1]

"Thomas Skinner, Mald" is named in the Complete List of Freemen under the date 18 May 1653.[4] Wikipedia says, regarding Colonial America and Freemen: "There was an unstated probationary period, usually one to two years, that the prospective "freeman" needed to go through, and he was allowed his freedom if he did pass this probationary period of time." This means Thomas Skinner probably arrived in Massachusetts no later than 1652.[5]

Thomas Skinner of Maulden, victualler, purchased a house and 15 acres of land, lying in Mauldon aforesaid, on March 22, 1653/4, from Rowland Lahorne of Charlestowne, planter, with the assent and consent of Flora his wife. Acknowledged by both Rowland and Flora on 13 September 1654.[1] In Britain, a victualler is "A person who is licensed to sell alcohol." From Oxford Living Dictionaries, published by Oxford Press.
Dated tenth month, thirtieth day of 1653: Request of Maulden Selectmen for Thomas Skinner be licensed to sell Drink.[2] Note: the tenth month and thirtieth day would have been Jan. 30th, because the first month at that time was March.

In 1659/60 Thomas Skinner was selected to be one of the two jurors for the town of Maulden.[2] This shows that Thomas Skinner was a respected citizen in the town of Maulden, because in Colonial New England, only members of the community in good standing were asked to be jurors.

Thomas Skinner was selected to be a tithingman on the 11th of the third month, 1680.[3] [6]


The "Sgt." in Sgt. Thomas Skinner's name: In common with the other towns, as required by law, Malden had early attended to its military duties. ... … The Middlesex regiment, consisting of sixteen companies, had been under the command of Major Daniel Gookin of Cambridge, who was commissioned May 5, 1676; but in 1680 it was divided, and Malden with the neighboring towns formed the First Regiment under Major Gookin, while the western towns of the county were transferred to a new regiment under Major Peter Bulkley of Concord. In the latter year we hear of Sergeant [Sgt] Thomas Skinner in the Malden company, and of Sergeant Samuel Sprague in 1864. [From: Corey, Deloraine Pendre. History of Malden, Massachusetts, 1633-1785. Place of publication not identified: Rareclub Com, 2012. Print. Pp 307-308.]


2 Mar 1703/4 Malden, Middlesex, Province of Massachusetts Bay
Buried: Bell Rock Cemetery, Malden, Massachusetts. In 1968/1969 Ruth Kimball Randall published a manuscript of the headstones in Bell Rock Cemetery ( In the information about "Sgt." Thomas Skinner (c1617-1703/4), she describes his headstone: "He was known as "Sergeant Thomas Skinner for his attachment in Malden's First Regiment of 1680. His gravestone has the large "pipe" design on both the foot stone and headstone." This information implies that in the late 1960s, the headstone of our Thomas was still visible in the cemetery. However, as we know from the Find-A-Grave data base, it has never been located and photographed. Anyone interested in making a field trip?
Marriages and Children


Immigrant Ship
Map: Massachusetts Colony
1680 Sergeant of Malden Company
Constable 1679 1680
1680 Appointed tithingman
Thomas Skinner Descendants 1982.
Research Notes

Thomas was born in England. [1, nd]
While nothing indicates where Thomas was born in England, it is believed that he was born in County Sussex, although no documented evidence has surfaced to confirm this location. In 2001, the Skinner Family Association hired Debrett Genealogical in England to do an extensive search of the records in England to determine parentage for Thomas. However, they were unable to find any convincing information to be able to attribute parentage or location of birth. As such, no documented ancestral records have been found as of 2016. [7]
Work began on extracting records from Chichester, UK to determine if there might be some records that could indicate a connection to our Thomas Skinner of Malden. This is a continuing project. Current work can be see on the following document.
SFA LIB England, Sussex, Chichester - Church records - Indexes [8]
(1617-1703/04), from Eng. bet. 1649-51; settled at Maiden, Mass.; freeman, 1653; constable; m in Eng., Mary (d 1671), dau. of Richard Pratt; m 2d, Lydia (d 1723), dau. of Daniel Shepardson, m Joanna-. [9]

? 1.0 1.1 1.2 Great Migration 1634-1635, I-L, by Robert Charles Anderson, page 222
? 2.0 2.1 2.2 Middlesex County, MA: Abstracts of Court Files, 1649–1675, by Thomas Bellows Wyman, (nd), Vol 1, page 15, 115, 161
? 3.0 3.1 The Skinner kinsmen, the descendants of Thomas Skinner of Malden, Mass., compiled by Natalie R. Fernald, (1939)
? NEHGR Vol 3, page 192, Complete List of Freemen, dated 18 May 1653
? Freeman (Colonial), Wikipedia, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License
? Notes on the Tithing-men and the Ballot in Massachusetts, by George Henry Moore LLD, (1884), at Google Books, Vol 3, pages 3 - 9
? Thomas Skinner (1617-1704) Living History [1]
? SFA LIB England, Sussex, Chichester - Church records [2]
? "Skinner, Sg-T. Thomas." The Compendium of American Genealogy: The Standard Genealogical Encyclopedia of the First Families of America, edited by Frederick Adams Virkus, vol. 6: 1937, Genealogical Publishing, 1987, p. 805. Gale Genealogy Connect, [3]. Accessed 12 June 2017.
Great Migration 1634-1635, I-L. (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.) Originally published as: The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume IV, I-L, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2005. Page 222. (purchased house and land in Maulden)
Middlesex County, MA: Abstracts of Court Files, 1649–1675. (Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2003), (Unpublished abstracts by Thomas Bellows Wyman, "Abstract of Middlesex court files from 1649," n.d.) Vol 1, page 15 - license to sell drinks, and Vol 1, page 115 - juror, and Vol 1, page 161 - age 46
Complete List of Freemen, The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1847-. (Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2013.) NEHGR Vol 3, page 192, Complete List of Freemen dated 18 May 1653
"Massachusetts Deaths and Burials, 1795-1910," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 December 2014), Thomas Skinner, 02 Mar 1703; citing Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts, reference p 377; FHL microfilm 14,774.
The Skinner kinsmen, the descendants of Thomas Skinner of Malden, Mass. compiled by Natalie R. Fernald. (Washington, D.C., Pioneer Press, 1939?), pages 1-7 Also can be downloaded in pdf format: The Skinner kinsmen, the descendants of Thomas Skinner of Malden, Mass.
Notes on the Tithing-men and the Ballot in Massachusetts, by George Henry Moore LLD, from the Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society, at Google Books, extracted from original, (Worcester, Mass., Press of C. Hamilton, 1884), Volume 3, pages 3 - 9.
William Richard Cutter, "Genealogical and Family History of Central New York," Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1912. Page 55-57.
Fernald, Natalie R. The Genealogical Exchange (Buffalo, New York, 1904-1911) Vol. 1, May 1904, Page 7
Bell Rock's Heritage in Stone [4] [5]
Ancestry Family Trees: Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members.

  1. Skinner, Glenn R. of Marlborough, Mass 01752, LostBowyer (<>).
  2. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints,, Pedigree Resource File.
  3. FunwithFamilyHistory (, p. 7.

    "No known ancestral line of Thomas Sinner has been established though the name Skinner is common in areas of England. Thomas and his wife resided in Chichester, Sussex England. The surname is like a large class of English trade and business names adopted aobut the twelfth century when a man's occupation became the family name... . Skinner simple means a dealer in furs and hides. ...

    'Sergeant Thomas Skinner, immigrant ancestor, was born in 1617, in England, and died March2, 1703/4, in Malsen, Massachusetts. He came from Chichester, county Sussex, England, bringing with him his wife and three sons. He lived at one time at Subdearery and parish Chichester...' (he's here quoting some unknown source)"

    The third son, John, is believed to have died in England as he is never mentioned in America. The other two sons were Thomas, Jr. (b. 1645) and Abraham (b. 1649)

    This source goes on to describe the beautiful Sussex countryside, and the history of Chichester.

    cites Natalie N. Fernald, "The Skinner Kinsman" further info: Family came to America 1649-1651. settled in Maldsen by 1652, Thomas was a victualler (grocer), innkeeper, dispenser of 'strong waters and wines.' Was elected canstable of Malden (1678-1680). This job is thought to have given him the title Sergeant. Also served as church tithingman.


    Thomas Skinner
    Born 1617 in Chichester, Sussex, England [uncertain]
    Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
    [sibling(s) unknown]
    Husband of Mary (Unknown) Skinner — married 1644 in England
    Husband of Lydia (Shepardson) Skinner — married after 1678 [location unknown]
    DESCENDANTS descendants
    Father of Thomas Skinner, John Skinner and Abraham Skinner I
    Died about 2 Mar 1703 in Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts

  5. Skinner, Glenn R. of Marlborough, Mass 01752, LostBowyer (<>).

    [This source says Thomas Skinner Jr.s wife was Mary Gooden.]

  6. FunwithFamilyHistory (

    Benjamin Apthorp Gould made a study of the Gould ancestry and his printing of "The Family of Zaccheaus Gould' gives the link that establishes Mary Gould as the daughter of Thomas Gould; the Mary Gould that was Thomas Skinner's first wife and mother of our ancestor, Thomas Jr. (p. 341)


    Deacon Thomas Skinner
    Born about 25 Jul 1645 in Chichester, Sussex, Englandmap
    Son of Thomas Skinner and Mary (Unknown) Skinner
    Brother of John Skinner and Abraham Skinner I
    Husband of Mary (Pratt) Skinner — married [date unknown] in Colchester, New London County, Connecticutmap
    DESCENDANTS descendants
    Father of Mary Skinner, Thomas Skinner, Abraham Skinner, John Skinner, Richard Skinner, Joseph Skinner, Hannah Skinner, Benjamin Skinner, Ebenezer Skinner, Nathaniel Skinner and Abigail (Skinner) Mudge
    Died about 1722 in Colchester, Connecticutmap

  8. Skinner, Glenn R. of Marlborough, Mass 01752, LostBowyer (<>).
  9. Ibid.
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