The Skill family is woven into
Scottish history with its history in the proud Norman people.
These people actually had Viking origins. They are first found
in Yorkshire where they were granted lands by King William for
assistance in the Battle of Hastings.
Some spellings of the name as: Gill or Gille, Gills or Gilles,
The history of the
northern lands of Britain has been violent and often tragic.
Numerous castles, ruins, songs and legends tell the tale. Although
there was certainly contact between Scotland and Scandinavia
in earlier times,the Vikings first came to settle in 794 attacking
the monastery of Colmcille on Iona in 795, the first major migration
came in 888 when King Harold defeated an unruly faction that
had to search for a new place to live. Their chief was Earl
Sigurd. They made their homes in the Orkney and Shetland Islands
in return for a payment of 20,000 shillings.
The Skills then came
to America . . . . . . . .
Samuel Skill and his wife Patience Bickman were married in September
1760 at Christ Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1. Samuel #1 Skill married Patience Bickham, daughter of Thomas
Bickham and Elizabeth Hopper, on 13 Sep 1760.
Known children of Samuel1 Skill and Patience Bickham were:
2. Samuel #2 Skill married Achsah. He and Achsah resided at
The known children of Samuel2 Skill and Achsah were:
* i. Maria B.3 Skill married John Redfield, son of Samuel Redfield
and Ann Heritage, on 11 Nov 1823 at Gloucester Co., NJ; 2nd
* 3. ii. Deborah Skill, born either 1799 or 1800 at Gloucester,
NJ; married William Redfield.
3. Deborah3 Skill (Samuel2, Samuel1) was born either 1799 or
1800 at Gloucester, NJ. She married William Redfield, son of
Samuel Redfield and Ann Heritage, on 14 Apr 1821. She died on
5 Jul 1877 at Philadelphia, PA.
William Redfield was born on 14 Nov 1799 at Gloucester, NJ.
He died on 11 Dec 1865 at Philadelphia, PA, at age 66. He was
a hotel keeper. He resided at Southwark, Philadelphia, PA. He
was a paper hanger.
The following information is my (Linda Alaythia Skill's) line:
John Skill (1799-1856) the painter
and his wife Hestor Jones (1804-1869) lived in Moyamensing,
Pennsylvania. Ward 2 where they had six children:
Mary (1828), John (1829), William
(1833), Charles, Joseph (1835), and Anna (1840). Charles was
taken prisoner during the war and is buried in Arlington VA.
William was a carpenter. It is this multiple line of Joseph's
that we shall follow. Joseph #1 was a Carpenter, Builder and
Magistrate who owned a store at 2501 East Norris Street, Philadelphia.
He lived at lived at 2358 East Gordon Street and is listed in
the Patriotic Sons of America organization. Here he is:
John and Hestor's
son Joseph #1 married Selena
Le Page (1838-1904) . This couple had five children: John (1857)
Joseph #2 (1864), Ella Lousia (1868), Susan E (1869), and Frank
Joseph #2 (1864)
(above) married Margaret
who bore him a daughter Marion
and a son Joseph Wilmer (1893). That's Joseph #3 if you are
Joseph #3 was married three
times. His first wife Anna gave birth to two sons. His second
son, John was born Auguest 11, 1920 in Phila.Pa and died in
California January 1985
Recently his first
son Presper Joseph passed away. Survived
by his son Jim, P. J. (Presper) passed away Jan 20, 2007 in
Calilfornia. As a close advisor and friend, he will truly be
missed. Presper is shown below:
His Obituary follows:
P.J. Skill, one of Rancho Bernardo's earliest and most impactful
community leaders has died. His legacy will live on in the successful
self-governance of Rancho Bernardo, in the recreational opportunities
here, in the quality of health care and in the safety services
provided by volunteers and professionals.
Born in 1918, Skill was the son of Joseph and Anna Lee. He learned
about the world and polished his negotiating skills while he
served in the Merchant Marines and United States Army during
World War II. He loved to tell the stories of his adventures
in Asia during that period in his life.
He was a long-time member of both Shriners and Masons, and a
prime supporter of the Shriner's Burn Center.
P.J. married Dorothy (Messenger) in 1945, and they moved to
Rancho Bernardo in June, 1964. P.J. owned Sierra Redwood Company
in the greater Los Angeles area. When they moved their wholesale
lumber business to Rancho Bernardo in 1964 it expanded to include
supplying roofing shakes to those homes being built here.
The Skills bought two of the first properties to be sold by
Avco Community Developers in the master planned community of
Rancho Bernardo. One property was in Seven Oaks, for Dorothy's
mother, and the other was in Greens North, on Verano Court,
where P.J. lived until his death.
Both P.J. and Dorothy were active in the homeowners association,
and one of P.J.'s favorite mantras was that a developer could
build houses, but people built communities. He worked tirelessly
to monitor the quality of construction and infrastructure as
Rancho Bernardo evolved in the late 1960's and early 1970's.
He fought for good television service before the community was
served by a major cable television company. Even in the last
year of his life, he was scheduling meetings and poring over
documents to assure that cable customers in Rancho Bernardo
were continuing to get the service that he was sure they deserve.
He worked with local doctors to provide medical care before
there was a medical clinic or hospital. He was a member of the
Citizens Advisory Council of the first medical clinic, insisting
that doctors there make house calls in Rancho Bernardo, and
he was instrumental in helping achieve the steps necessary to
build Pomerado Hospital. He was a leader in the fight to place
Pomerado Hospital on its current site.
He served Rancho Bernardo and the city of San Diego on the city's
Park and Recreation board and he was an effective advocate for
recreational facilities both in the neighborhood community centers
and in the city's regional park north of Westwood.
He worked to improve library services from a weekly visit by
a "book mobile,' he campaigned to have paramedics stationed
in the community at the fire station, and he worked with the
San Diego Police Department in the early days to lower the response
time when a resident called for assistance. P.J. was one of
the first inductees into the Rancho Bernardo Hall-of-Fame. He
was an Honorary Deputy Sheriff, and served a term on a Federal
He was one of the first volunteers with R.S.V.P. He encouraged
the donation of cars for R.S.V.P. patrol members, and he championed
a program to ticket people who parked in handicap parking spaces
As we said, he will truly be missed!
Below we have brother
Joseph's second wife
was Ethel Beans (1901). Note: Here the Beans and Skill families
joined giving birth to yours truly, no1rosemom, Linda Alaythia.
His third wife was
Helen Chekanski. This marriage produced still another son named
. . . Joseph #4! (my half brother) Bless all the Joseph's!!!
Interested in the
Machner line originally from England? This
is what I have:
John MATCHNER (1766 - 5 May 1830) & Elizabeth STRICKLER
( - 1850) had six children:
1) Joseph MATCHNER (1791 - )
2) Elizabeth MATCHNER (1794 - )
3) Mary MATCHNER (1797 - )
4) John MATCHNER (1800 - 23 Sep 1861) & Susan WEBSTER
5) Jacob MATCHNER (11 Feb 1803 - 20 Jan 1873) & Sarah
6) Rebecca MATCHNER (1810 - )
- - -
John Matchner son of John Matchner and his wife Anne Mackie
had three children:
1) Frank Streeter MATCHNER (24 Apr 1857 - )
2) George MATCHNER (20 Jan 1859 - )
3) Anna MATCHNER (24 Sep 1866 - )
The elder John had five children including the John who married
Anne Mackie. The others were:
2) Matlida MATCHNER (1830 - )
3) Jesse MATCHNER (1832 - )
4) Rebecca MATCHNER (1839 - )
5) William MATCHNER
In my line Jacob married Sarah having Wilmer who then had Margaret
Matchner. Margaret married Joseph Skill (see above). Their son
Wilmer Married Hannah Spencer:
Jacob MATCHNER (11 Feb 1803 - 20 Jan 1873) & Sarah
Wilmer MATCHNER & Hannah SPENCER
Margaret MATCHNER (1865 - 12 Jan 1932) & Joseph SKILL
(May 1864 - )