The Order of the Skull and Bones
at Yale University.

Written and researched by Margaret [nee Knight] Sypniewski, B.F.A.


Elihu Yale [1649-1721] was born April 5, 1649, in Boston, Massachusetts. He was the second son of David Yale, Jr., a prosperous Boston merchant. Elihu's mother was named Ursula Knight. The Yale family tree goes back to the 15th century, when they settled in Plas yn Ial, Llarmon yn Ial, Wales, and adopted the Yale surname. They are connected with Wrexham, Wales. Elihu's great grandfather, Dr. David Yale, Sr., bought the Plas Grono estate, which is now part of the Erddig estate.

David Yale's son, Thomas Yale, married Ann Lloyd, daughter of George Lloyd, Bishop of Chester, in England. They had four children. Thomas Yale died young in 1619. Anne married (2) Theophilus Eaton, the Puritan, and they sailed to Boston, Massachusetts, and settled in New Haven, Connecticut. Theophilus Eaton was the first Governor of the Colony in New Haven.


David Yale, Jr. then moved to Boston, Massachusetts in 1641, as a merchant. He found the Puritan beliefs of his step-father too harsh. David returned to Plas Grono, Wrexham,Wales, and his family followed him a year later. Then his family moved to London, England and David continued to pursue his career as a merchant. David Yale, Jr. was the father of Elihu Yale. Elihu Yale was educated, in the classical way, in London, England, and served with the British East Indian Company as a clerk under his father. He went on to be the acting governor of Fort Saint George (in 1684) in Madras, India. In 1687, he was the Governor in his own right. He met with opposition and was replaced in 1692.

In 1680, Elihu married a widow Catherine Hynmer who had four children by her first husband. Catherine was an heiress with a large fortune. They had their own four children as well. They consisted of three daughters and a son who died shortly after birth. Catherine Hynmer returned to England in 1689 and that was effectively the end of their marriage. Elihu returned to England in 1699 with his fortune.

Yale donated money and books to the Collegiate School in Connecticut. This school was named after him in 1718, after the suggestion of Cotton Mather (1663-1728), a graduate of Harvard, in 1678. The last 22 years of Elihu Yale's life were spent between Plas Grono and his home in London. He died in London but was buried in St Giles Churchyard.

The inscription on his tomb, which he wrote himself, reads:

Born in America, in Europe bred
In Africa travell'd and in Asia wed
Where long he liv'd and thriv'd; In London dead
Much good, some ill, he did; so hope all's even
And that his soul thro' mercy's gone to Heaven
You that survive and read this tale, take care
For this most certain exit to prepare
where blest in peace, the actions of the just
Smell sweet and blossom in silent dust.

Apparently Elihu Yale was hoping for forgiveness from his maker? This put me in mind of another quote by Socrates (469-399 B.C.):

Death is no more than the separation of the body from the soul which is immortal and imperishable. And at death, the guardian spirit who is allotted to each man for life, leads him to his proper dwelling place according to the life he has lived on earth.

The concept of Heaven and Hell has existed from the beginning of time, in all religious realms.

Elihu Yale was a benefactor to Yale University, in Connecticut, and a replica of Wrexham church tower was built on Yale's Campus.

The Yales of Wales .....Elihu Yale



A statue of Nathan Hale stands on Yale's Old Campus. It is also noted in front of Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, where George W. Bush attended prep school.

Nathan Hale, graduated from Yale in 1773. Hale and three other Yale graduates were members of the "Culper Ring," established by George Washington. Members of the Culper Ring spied for George Washington during the American Revolution. Included in the group were Benjamin Tallmadge, Abraham Woodhull, and Robert Townsend. The group worked throughout the war, mainly in the New York and New England area. The British never learned of the network, and few Americans knew of it.

Nathan Hale (1755-1776) was hanged in 1776, by the British, as a traitor to the British Crown. Hale's famous quote was:

"I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country." Since these events, Yale and the Intelligence community have a distinct link.



In 1823, Samuel Russell established Russell and Company with the purpose of buying opium in Turkey (formerly known as Persia), and smuggling opium into China. Russell and Company has dealings with the Perkins Syndicate in 1830 (Millegan 1-2). Russell and Perkins merged and made a fortune together. Rev. Nodiah Russell was another Yale founder.

Thomas Perkins (b. 1764) was America's first and foremost opium dealer. The Appletons, Cabots, Endicotts, Hoopers, Higginsons, Jacksons, Lowells, Lawrences, Phillipse's, and Saltonstalls were all related to Perkins.

Interestingly enough, Ulrich B. Phillips wrote a book called American Negro Slavery (1918). In his book, Phillips portrayed the institution of slavery as a benign paternalism that ordered relations between docile, childlike slaves and their masters. Phillips may have had knowledge of plantation economy, but showed little understanding of slaves as human beings.

The Perkin's family roots were also in the slave trade in Saint Dominque (later known as Haiti). Cotton from Saint Dominque kept the cotton mills in France running.

Poles in Haiti ..... Timeline of Events regarding Haiti ..... Polish Officers who were in Haiti
..... Events in Haiti after the Polish Troops were abandoned by the French
Saint Dominic, Patron saint (Haiti as Saint Dominque was named after him)
Haiti Photos 1 ..... Haiti Photos 2 ..... Haiti Photos 3

In the beginning, British North American colonies and the United States received about 600,000 slaves in the transatlantic slave trade from Africa, which was about 6% of all slaves worldwide. Most slaves were shipped to the British West Indies from Angola and the Bight of Biafra.

The slave trade was not invented by the Perkin family family or New England merchants. Slavery existed in Europe, Africa, and Asia for thousands of years before.

In medieval times, Templar Orders and the Knights of Saint John joined the slave trade on the Crusades. The Arabs used black slaves to cultivate the land and to fight against the Christians.

Both T. H. Perkins and opium kingpin Joseph Russell became extremely prominent merchants as a result of their shipping business.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt's grandfather was Warren Delano, Jr. Warren hailed from Canton, Ohio, and was Chief of Operations at Russell and Company.



William Jardine and James formed the opium-trading firm of Jardin and Matheson while still in their twenties. They replaced the British East India Company as the largest trading firm in the empire.

The Matheson/Mathieson Family ..... Shanghai, China
Shanghai, China 2 ..... Shanghai, China 3
The SS Redang ..... Singapore .... The Chinese Dragon

William Huntington Russell was a member of Yale's "Order of the Skull and Bones/S&B" in 1833. William H. Russell was Samuel's cousin. William studied in Germany from 1831-1832. When William Russell returned to Yale in 1832, he founded a "Society" with Alphonso Taft (S&B 1833). Alphonso was the father of William Howard Taft (1857-1930) (S&B 1878). Robert Taft, the son of William Howard Taft was also a Yale graduate. The Order of Skull and Bones was originally called "Scull and Bones," and said to have its inspiration and association with a similar society in Germany. The German group has some association with the teachings of Immanuel Kant.



George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegal was endoctrinated with the philosophy taught be Kant. The Owl of Minerva is the title of the Hegelian Society. George W. F. Hegal taught principles rooted in Fascism and Communism. Scull and Bones was founded at Yale in 1832. William H. Russell was class valedictorian. The members of his new society was restricted to 15 members. This group is only at Yale University. Their motto: Bari Quippe Boni.

"The membership list of Skull and Bones [also known as the Brotherhood of Death] is one of the greatest concentrations of power in the United States. Names like Pillsbury, Weyerhaeuser, Phelps, and Whitney abound. They rule in the business world and they rule in the political arena" (Sora, 290-1)


  1. William Howard Taft (1857-1930)
    graduated from Yale and earned a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1913.
    William Howard Taft married Helen Herron in 1886.
    His son, Robert Taft, married Margaret Wheaton Bowers in 1914 and they had four sons.
    was afederal circuit judge in 1892.
    was solicitor general of the Justice Department
    was appointed to the Phillipine Commission in 1900 by President William McKinley.
    Taft taught at Yale Law School after the presidency.
    His presidency was sandwiched between that of Theodore Roosevelt(1858-1919) and Democrat Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924). Theodore Roosevelt picked William Howard Taft as his successor and helped Taft get into the White House in 1908.
    chief justice of the United States under Warren G. Harding.

  2. George Bush, Sr.

    was born on June 12, 1924, in Milton, Massachusetts.
    George Bush, Sr. was Phi Beta Kappa.
    The Unauthorized Biography of George Bush, Sr.
    Barbara Pierce quit Smith College, in her Sophmore year, to marry George.
    Their prenuptial dinner was at the Greenwich Field Club
    They married January 6, 1945, in the Rye, New York Trinity Presbyterian Church.
    Their wedding reception was at the Apawamis Country Club in Rye. Three hundred guests attended.
    They honeymooned at the Cloisters, a five star hotel on Sea Island, Georgia.

    The Cloisters
    100 Hudson Place
    Sea Island, Georgia 31561

    The Cloisters has 269 rooms ranging from $269-$560 per room. It is advertised as an exclusive, luxurious mega-Resort set in a 10,000-acre estate along the Atlantic Ocean.

    His siblings are John Bush, Neil Bush, Marvin Bush, and Dorothy Bush.
    Bush, Sr. had wars in Asia and Latin America (Panama to seize General Manuel Noriega).
    was vice-President to Ronald Reagan
    Operation Desrt Storm in Kuwait.

  3. George W. Bush.
    Born July 6, 1946
    has a bachelors degree from Yale and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
    Grew up in Midland and Houston, Texas.
    married Laura Welch Bush, a former teacher and librarian.
    They have twin daughters: Barbara and Jenna.
    1975 career in oil and gas in Midland, Texas.
    War on Terrorism after September 11, 2001.
    War on Afghanistan
    War on Saddam Hussein in Iraq.
    was elected for two terms as President of the United States 2001-2004 and 2004-2008.
    George and his father were the first father and son presidential succession since John Adams (1735-1826) and John Quincy Adams (1767-1848). John Adams graduated from Harvard in 1755. John Quincey Adams graduated Harvard in 1787. Both Adams were born in Braintree and Quincey, Massachusetts, repectively.
    was managing general partner of the Texas Rangers baseball team (1989-1994).
    was Governor of Texas 1994-1998 and 1998-2002 (two terms).

Other Members of The Order of Skull and Bones Were <-----CLICK ON THIS LINK TO CONTINUE


Boyer, Paul S. The Oxford Companion to United States History. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Millegan (editor), Kris. Fleshing Out Skull & Bones. Walterville, OR.: Trine Day, 2003.

Sora, Steven. Secret Societies of America's Elite. Rochester, VT.: Destiny Books. 2003.


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