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Into Our Past, A Genealogy of the Parsons, Smith and Associated Families, Vol. 1
ï¿½1996, Judy Parsons Smith
The name Skidmore is derived
from the Norman-French "Escu d' amour", the shield
MOTTO: Scuto Amoris Divini
TRANSLATION: "Defended by the shield of Divine
ARMS: Gules, three stirrups,
leather and buckles or
CREST: A unicorn's head erased sable Platie
ARMS: Gules, three stirrups, leathered and buckled or
CREST: Out of ducal cornet or a lions gamb sable armed gules.
The early family was noted for
excellent horsemanship and the superior breed of horses they
possessed. The Scudamore family came into England from
Northern France. The Scudamore family is distinguished in
early history as being one of the most eminent families in
West England. They were strong Royalist. They resided mostly
in Herefordshire, and Herefordshire County on the Wales
border. The Scudamores were people of greath wealth and
of the Skidmore family arrived in England from Northern
France, with William the Conqueror (William I) in 1066 when
he assumed the throne of England. His name was inscribed on
the Roll of Battle Abbey as "Seyut Scudamore"
Skidmore, , son of Richard Skidmore, m. Agnes Lawrence,
daughter of Richard Lawrence. Richard & Agnes (Lawrence)
Skidmore had a son:
Scudamore of Holme Lacy, Herefordshire, England, son of Richard
& Agnes (Lawrence) Skidmore; m. Clariso de Lacy (during the reign of
The mansion known as Holme
Lacy, was built at Herefordshire, England by Walter de Lacy.
Walter de Lacy was on of William the Conquerors
lieutenants who received for his services in the War, a large
majority of Hereford, England.
Sir Thomas & Clariso (de
Lacy) Scudamore had at least one son:
- Thomas, b. abt
1600, Westerly Co., England.
The branch of the family that Thomas
Skidmore comes from is the one known as the Scudamores of
holme Lacy Herefordshire. Holme Lacy is one of the
"stately homes of England" it is located on the
crest of the knoll in the Valley of the River Arye,
Thomas Skidmore, Esq.
Skidmore, Esq., son of Richard & Agnes (Lawrence) Skidmore, b. abt 1600, Westerly County,
England; d. 1684, Fairfield, Connecticut (will dated 20 Apr
1684); m.1st- 1635, England to Ellen Whitehead,;
m.2nd- Joanna Stanford (Westcott)(Baldwin), she had been
twice widowed, b. 1612; d. will 1667; m.3rd 1672
to Sarah Treadwell, widow of Edward Treadwell, Henry
Whelpley, and Ralph Keeler.
At the age of 35 Thomas
Skidmore was married and living in Westerlleigh, Gloucester
County, England. In 1635, he was an Agent of Governor
Winthrop in planning Saybrook. In Apr 1635 he sent cattle
over for Governor John Winthrop. In 1639, he set sail for New
England, aboard the same ship as Governor Winthrop, Jr. They
arrived at what is now known as Cambridge, Massachusetts.
From 1636 until 1639, he assisted Governor Winthrop in the
settlement of Saybrook, Connecticut. He assisted in the
preparing a plantation at Saybrook, Connecticut for Governor
homestead in Cambridge, Massachusetts was located on the
westerly side of Brighton Street, North of Mount Auburn. This
location is now Harvard Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts and
a post office stands on a portion of his lands. He was living
in Boston, Massachusetts in 1639. In the spring of 1640, he
sent back to England for his wife and family to join him. At
the time he sent for his family, he also gave power of
attorney to Henry Hazzard of Bristol England to sell his
property at Westerly, county of Gloucester, England. On 1 Jan
1646, Thomas Skidmore sold his property in Cambridge and
moved with his wife and six (6) children to Connecticut
Colony, New York.
In 1647-48, Thomas Skidmore
owned a home lot and ear marks for cattle in New London (at
that time known as Pequot Harbor), Connecticut. In 1649,
he received a large land grant in Fairfield, Connecticut. He
was instrumental in founding the settlement of Huntington,
Long Island. Thomas Skidmore was a Smithy (blacksmith) by
trade. He located his shop on land near the Harbor - it
appears that he had a great affection for the water. In 1663
he is shown as a smithy of Huntington Harbor, Long Island. In
1673: He was one of the Patentees of Huntington.
Also in 1673, Thomas Skidmore
became the town Clerk in Huntington and a representative to
the General Assembly. On 4 Mar 1669, he appears as the first
attorney for Suffolk County. In 1676, he served in King
Philip's War. He is listed in 1693 as One of Associates of
Thomas & Ellen (Whitehead)
Skidmore had (5) five children:
1. Thomas, b. England.
2. Dorothy, b. ca. 1631, England; m. 20 Jul 1652,
Stafford to Hugh Griffen
3. Jedidah (female), b. England; m. Edward Highby
4. John, b. 11 Apr 1643; m. Susannah Davis.
5. Grace m. John Goulding of Huntington.
Skidmore, son of Thomas & Ellen (Whitehead) Skidmore, b. ca. 1628, Engladn; d. at an
advanced age in Huntington, Long Island, New York. Thomas
Skidmore had four (4) children:
Skidmore, son of Thomas & Ellen Skidmore, b. 11 Apr 1643, Cambridge,
Massachusetts; d. ca. 168, Jamaica, Long Island; m. 1662 to Susannah
Davis, daughter of Fulk Davis, d. aft 22 Jul 1675.
John Skidmore was a well
educated man and a proficient blacksmith. He was serving as
Town Clerk as early as 1668 and in 1770, he was voted Towne
Clerk. This also made him the clerk of the church, the First
Presbyterian Church of Jamaica (said to be the oldest
Presbyterian Church in the United States) He was the first
Clerk of Christs Church, Jamaica, Long Island, New
York. He also practiced the blacksmith trade.
John & Susannah (Davis)
Skidmore had (5) five children:
John, b. 1662; d.
22 Jan 1740, Stratford, age 78.
d. will date 1708, Dover, Delaware
C. Thomas, d. aft 1744.
D. Samuel, m.1st- Susanna; m.2nd- Hannah
E. Abigail, b. ca. 1670; m. Francis Muncy, II.
A. John Skidmore, son
of John & Susannah (Davis) Skidmore, b. 1662; d. 22 Jan 1740, Stratford,
age 78; m. Mary (Unknown), b. ca. 1665; d. 28 Nov 1748,
Stratford. On 4 Jun 1692 he purchased a tract of land in Kent
Co., Delaware, which he called "Skidmores
Folly". He served as sheriff of Long Island, New York
from 4 Oct 1727 to 3 Oct 1728. John & Mary (Unknown)
Skidmore had four (4) children:
A2. Ellen, m. 21 Dec 1721, New Haven to Enos Bradley
b. 1693; d. 21 Jul 1761, Newton; m. Martha, b. 1692; d.
23 Dec 1774, age 80.
A4. Mary, b. 1797; d. 18 Jun 1772, Huntington, Long
Island, New York; m. 19 Apr 1722, Stratford to Thomas
A5. Abigail, bur. 30 Dec 1771; m. 1733, New Haven to
Skidmore, son of John & Susannah (Davis) Skidmore, d. will dated 1708, Dover, Delaware.
Joseph Skidmore had two (2) children:
B1. Susannah Skidmore
B2. Joseph Skidmore, Jr.
Skidmore, son of John & Susannah (Davis) Skidmore, d. will dated 1744, Dover, Delaware.
In his will of 1744 he mentions the following children:
C1. Sarah Cunningham
C2. Margaret Cunningham
Skidmore, son of John & Susannah (Davis) Skidmore, d. will dated 1771, Dover, Delaware;
m. Elizabeth (Unknown). Samuel & Elizabeth (Unknown)
Skidmore had two (2) children:
D2. Thomas Skidmore
Skidmore, daughter of John & Susannah (Davis) Skidmore, b. ca. 1670, Long Island, New York;
d. aft 1744, New Kent County, Delaware; m. abt 1707, Long
Island, New York to
Francis Muncy, II, son of John & Hannah (Brewster) Muncy, b. ca. 1680, Brookhaven, Long Island;
d. 1738, Kent County, Delaware. Francis & Abigail
(Skidmore) Muncy had a son:
Samuel Muncy, b. ca. 1710