ca1624 - 1667
Family 1 : Deborah ?????
1. Thomas SKILLINGS
3. Deborah SKILLINGS
4. Abigail SKILLINGS
5. Elizabeth SKILLINGS
6. Joseph SKILLINGS
7. Benjamin SKILLINGS
|- - Thomas SKILLINGS
| (ca1624 - 1667) m 1642
Some conjecture that he and his wife came from Lavenham, Suffolk. He probably came to Salem as early as 1640 and also to Wenham, Massachusetts, in 1644, and Gloucester in 1648. He could not write, which probably led to the various spellings of his name: Cillon, Skillen, Skilling, Skillings. He came to Falmouth, Maine, probably around 1651 and was a man of distinction there, often carrying the title "Captain." Purchased a farm at Back Cove 25 MAR 1658 from George Cleave. Little is known about the first son Thomas, except that he probably died in the Indian raids of King Phillips War of 1675-6.
Everett Schermerhorn Stackpole (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."
William Mitchell Sargent (1840-1891), Maine Wills 1640-1760 (Portland, ME: Brown, Thurston & Co, 1887) : 11:
"The last Will + testament of
Thomas Skilling, being very Weake In body, but in Prfect memory
I give to my son Thomas one Cow, + a young steare + a calfe
further I give to my son John one Cow
+ I give my Towles to bee devided between them both
further it is my will to make my wife executrix to receive + pay my debts, and all the goods yt I have to bee at her dispose, dureing her Widdows estate, + if shee marry she shall have but the thirds + rest to bee devided equally to all my children
Dated the 14th of Novenbr 1666
Witnesses in ye Presence of us Robert Corbine
The marke of Thomas [mark] Skelling' "
Many thanks to the thorough research of Derek Doran-Wood, which can be accessed from the link below.