_________________ _Thomas SKINNER _|_________________ _Thomas SKINNER ___| | | | |_Mary|_________________ _Ebenezer SKINNER _____| | | _________________ | | _________________|_________________ | |_Mary PRATT _______| | | _________________ | |_Mary - _________|_________________ _Joseph SKINNER _| | | _________________ | | _________________|_________________ | | _William LORD _____| | | | | _________________ | | | |_________________|_________________ | |_Sarah \ Abigail LORD _| | | _________________ | | _________________|_________________ | |_Sarah BROOKS _____| | | _________________ | |_________________|_________________ | |--Daniel SKINNER | | _________________ | _________________|_________________ | _Thomas KINNE _____| | | | _________________ | | |_________________|_________________ | _Thomas KINNE _________| | | | _________________ | | | _________________|_________________ | | |_Elizabeth KNIGHT _| | | | _________________ | | |_________________|_________________ |_Martha KINNE ___| | _________________ | _________________|_________________ | _Moses COX ________| | | | _________________ | | |_________________|_________________ |_Martha COX ___________| | _________________ | _________________|_________________ |___________________| | _________________ |_________________|_________________
!.....Wahl, Doris Seymour. The Skinner Kinsmen, The Descendants of Joseph and Martha (Kinne) Skinner. Niagra Falls, NY. n.d. page 48: b. Preston, Windham County, Colony of Connecticut, March 22, 1733; baptised there, May 13, 1733. Daniel Skinner's will was dated February 22, 1813. He died Feb. 23, 1813 and is buried at St. Tammany Cemetery, but his tombstone is no longer there. (Mrs. Wahl visited the location of St. Tammany Cemetery in June, 1951. There she saw two stones whose inscriptions were as follows: "In memory of Cortlandt, son of Daniel and Lille Skinner, who departed this life, June 22, 1796, aged 16 years, 10 months and 4 days." "In memory of Lille, wife of Daniel Skinner, who departed this life June 7, 1807, aged 69 years, 6 months and 27 days.") He m. (1) Pomfret, Conn, by Jeremiah Hinna, March 11, 1761 Mrs. Lillie Richardson, a widow with a daughter, Phoebe, who was then about seven years old. Lillie was b. Nov. 11, 1737 in Preston, Conn., the daughter of ----- Heli (or Healy). She was the mother of all of Daniel's children. She d. June 7, 1807 and was buried at St. Tammany Cemetery which was directly across the Delaware River from Calicoon, New York. Daniel m. (2) May 4, 1808, Rosabelle Kinne, daughter of Henry and Martha Kinne, great granddaughter of Thomas Kinne. In correspondence with one of the descendants of Daniel Skinner, after visiting the above site, I was told that there had once been over one hundred tombstones at St. Tammany's Cemetery, but that the ice and flooding river had washed most of them away. There is no cemetery there now, and the land has reverted to private farm land. The two headstones inscribed as above were found close to the house, one in the garage and one under the porch! We searched the property for quite some time, in a heavy rain, but failed to find Daniel's stone anywhere about. The son of the owner of the property (in 1951) was most kind and helpful, but knew nothing of the old cemetery as his parents had just recently purchased the farm. - Doris Seymour Wahl Contemporary Records: 1790 - Census - "Cosikton District, Northampton Co. Pennsylvania Daniel Skinner: 3 males over 16 yrs, 2 male under 16 yrs, 4 females Daniel Skinner named his land "St. Tammany Flats" after the celebrated Indian Chief, St. Tammany. (From Quinlan's History of Sullivan Co., NY) The third permanent lodgement made within the limits of Sullivan (County) by white men was at Cochecton, as the valley of the Delaware from Callicoon to Turkey Creek to the mouth of the Ten Mile River was designated a century ago. On the banks of the river, near the present village of Cochecton, was an Indian village of some note, where the savages of the surrounding country met to observe their ancient customs. Here they had their green-corn dances, their dog festivals, their games of ball, etc. and here according to ancient tradition, which has been nearly lost amid the din and whirl of modern days, lived the celebrated Lenape sage and Yankee Saint - Tammanend, Tammaning or Tammany. William L. Stone says that he lived in the middle of the 17th century: That he was a sagacious and virtuous sachem; that in his youth he resided in the country which is now called Delaware; and that he afterwards settled on the banks of the Ohio. In truth, little or nothing reliable is known concerning this heathen saint. The first settlers claimed that his lodge was on the Skinner farm, and the "Admiral" loved to designate his valley-land as St. Tammany Flats. The State of Pennsylvania has erected a State Marker at Milanville, Pennsylvania, which reads as follows: "Cushetunk - The first Connecticut settlement of the upper Delaware was made here in 1755, under the lead of Moses Thomas and Daniel Skinner, on lands called Cushetunk by the Indians. Settlement seized by the Indians and Tories, 1778." From - Volume 53 p 84 - New Jersey Historical Society: Water Transportation in Colonial New Jersey The first type of boat was, of course, the Indian Canoe. In it the fur trader sought the beaver which were becoming more and more scarce. The raft was an obvious means of floating timber to market. In 1764 one was brought down to Philadelphia from Chochecton Falls, NY by Daniel Skinner and his assistant. This feat of navigating the river for nearly two hundred miles was widely praised. Both men were given the "freedom of the city" and Skinner was awarded the title of "Lord High Admiral of the Delaware" which he bore until his death. The raft consisted of six pine logs, seventy feet long, to be used as masts for ships, then building at Philadelphia. Excerpt from letter of Edna Skinner Beegle: "It seems to be the trend of the authors of today to belittle the leading men of early days and some of them speak of Daniel as a "rough old rascal" but he was religious, kind and refined because my Grandfather Calvin remembered him and his father Nathan was very mild of dispositon. He often was called to take the position of minister if minister was absent and would read the Scriptures, whole chapters, without a Bible. Daniel Skinner is listed in Mrs. Fernald's "Skinner Kinsmen" as #170 descendant of Thomas Skinner of Malden, MA.
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!.....E93.1221.09 Todd, Sheryl SKU11(1):7: Donovan, F. 1966. River Boats of America. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Co. P 17-18. One of the giants of colonial rafting days was Admiral Dan Skinner - �admiral� only of a fleet of log rafts. Skinner had been a sailor. He left the sea and trekked from Connecticut across New York to the head waters of the Delaware. He realized that the tall pines on the foothills of the Catskill Mountains would make fine masts for the ships of the Royal Navy. The king�s agents had never reached these remote forests to put their broad arrow marks on mast trees, so Dan gathered a group of brawny men and started an industry. Skinner pioneered in welfare benefits for employees. The members of his picked crews of adventurous roughnecks had to pay an initiation fee to secure their jobs - two large bottles of whiskey for an experienced steersman and one for a deck hand. But the fringe benefits soon returned their initial dues many times over. Dan�s method of managing the hairpin turns in the upper river was to stop the rafts above the bend and get the men pleasantly potted on New England rum so that they happily took icy dunkings while manhandling the craft around the turn. Below, they finished the rum to take the chill off. The difficult stretch of the Delaware ended at Easton. Here the rafts paused overnight while the crew had a thorough carouse for which Dan provided lodging, food, liquor, and women. Then the hung-over crews floated calmly down to the shipyards at Camden and Philadelphia. From here the men, pockets heavy with their pay, started their walk back to the head waters of the river, dribbling their earnings at taverns on the way. Most arrived tired and broke - and ready for another voyage.