1646/9 - 1689
Father: Thomas SKILLINGS
Mother: Deborah ?????
Family 1 : Elizabeth INGERSOLL
1. John SKILLINGS
3. Rebecca SKILLINGS
4. Josiah SKILLINGS
| (ca1624 - 1667) m 1642
|- - John SKILLINGS
| (1646/9 - 1788/9) m
(1623 - after1670) m 1642
There is some question as to if John Skillings had another wife (Mary ?????) before Elizabeth Ingersoll, who probably would have been Samuel's mother. Because information is sketchy and many reliable Skillings researchers don't mention this possible first marriage, I have accepted that Skillings only had one wife, Elizabeth Ingersoll.
1. Denham, Edward. Index to the
Collections of the Maine Historical Society, Vols. I - IX. 1891. Vol. I,
"John Skillings, carpenter, died before 40; widow and four children removed to Piscataqua about the time of the second Indian war, of which he was probably a victim. He was living in 1688. His son Samuel returned to establish at Long Creek."
2. Durand, Samuel Relf (1904-1996). "Ancestry
of Hildur Richardson Durand, Wife of Samuel Relf Durand" (Palo Alto, CA:
Handwritten, 1983) : 67-68, 94:
"In a history of Portland
(originally Falmouth), John Skillings is said to have fled from the Indians to
Salem, not Kittery as [Mr. Stackpole's book indicates]. In 1676, the forty
families living in or near Falmouth Neck were driven away by the Indians.
George Ingersoll, John Skillings and others had fled to Salem the year before.
Several men were killed, and other families made captive. Two years later, in
1678, after the peace with the Indians, the scattered families of Falmouth
returned to their homes.
John Skillings was the second son of Captain Thomas Skillings. He inherited property in 1667 from his father. In 1680, after the Province of Maine was purchased by Massachusetts, President Danforth confirmed grants in Portland; to John Skillings, he granted one house lot on Clay Cove, the land that was his father's on Back Cove, and a parcel of land on the Capsie River. These were but a small portion of the land he had received from his father's estate.
In 1683, John Skillings made an exchange of property with the Rev. George Burroughs. Rev. Burroughs transferred to John Skillings seven of thirty acres near Centre Street in exchange for the house lot on Clay Cove."
3. Stackpole, Everett Schermerhorn (1850-1927). Old Kittery and Her Families (Lewiston, ME: Press of Lewiston Journal Co., 1903; Reprinted 1981) : 731-32:
"Thomas and Deborah Skillin had: John who was driven by the Indians from Falmouth to Kittery in 1675. He returned to Falmouth in 1680 and was killed by Indians in 1689. His widow, Elizabeth, returned to Kittery and became the second wife of Elihu Gunnison."
Many thanks to the thorough research of Derek Doran-Wood, which can be accessed from the link below.