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Skillman Company:  A company, based in Owensboro, KY, corporation was filed in 1937, now listed as inactive. Principals are C. William Wells, Catherine J. Skillman RN: 115577 and Small K. Skillman, RN: 115580

Degree List: this file lists those in my file, of 41,207 people, with a degree from a university or college, a total of 308 people, including 167 Skillmans. The earliest appears to be William Livingston, RN 3624, with an A.B. in 1741 from Yale. The next earliest was a Skillman, Isaac, RN 54, with a B.S. in 1766 from Princeton. My alma mater, Lehigh,  has 15 degree holders,  including 7 Skillmans. Rutgers has 11 with 7 Skillmans, too.

Missing from the Degree List is William Jones Skillman, the genealogist who authored "Skillmans of America and their Kin" He Graduated from Rutgers University in 1830 but I can't find what his degree was titled, most likely B.A.

Lehigh's yearly tuition for full-time students is now $57,000 compared to $600 when I began in 1948,  just  married, supported in part by the GI Bill!

About horses and Theodore Skillman?

How about a little Skillman Scuttlebutt fun?

Recent news of two Skillman sisters, Mariah & Madison, RNs 81583 & 81584, who play Bluegrass music for ministry to many.

Can you inherit genes that affect your ability to sleep? 

Princeton Show Jumping in Skillman, New Jersey.  Posted by Jay Skillman in the Skillman Family Association Newsletter of 4/22/2018.

A personal highlight of the week, I ask what's better than a Horse Show? A Horse show in scenic Skillman New Jersey! The Photo shows the edge of the show with rolling fields and trees in Skillman in the background. While details and more photos will follow in the coming weeks, I had a wonderful day Saturday at this show! I made a few extra stops around Skillman New Jersey as time permitted. The facility at Hunter Farms North is spectacular, with many show jumping and practice rings (at least six). Riding activity in all of them at the same time.

Listing by the V.A. of Skillmans buried in National Cemeteries - currently 99 of which 78 are in the Skillman file and are linked to the online files. 16 more were added from the Skillman file that were missing in the V.A. file

Skillman multiple births: a search for multiple births from Skillman fathers came up with:

Sets of Twins: 49, Triplets: 2, Quadruplets: 1 (born to Jeffrey 33738 and Karen Skillman, 8/11/1991, in Doylestown, PA.) (Single births: 6073)

Given name frequency:

For fun, I went through my file and counted the frequency of the first given name for all 6070 Skillmans.  I have listed only names with frequency 20 or above for both male and female.  For Males, John is in first place with 182 but William is a close second at 166. Female winner is Mary at 170, followed by my grandaughter's name, Sarah.
Frequency of First Given Names for 6070 Skillmans

Rebecca S. "Becky" Skillman (born September 26, 1950 in Bedford, Indiana) served as the 49th Lieutenant Governor of the State of Indiana, from 2005 to 2013. She is a member of the Republican Party. She was sworn in on January 10, 2005. Her husband, Stephen, is an 8th great grandson of Thomas. Here is a clip of her while she was LG.

Skillman Family Association Site

Six Mile Run Reformed Church Franklin Park, NJ, earliest event: 1792, baptism: Isaac Skillman, RN 1014,  age 2 months. Latest event: marriage of Robin Suydam RN 6919 and Michael Simko in 1984.

Reformed Dutch Church Records: strangely, a search for Skillman today, July 29, 2017, gets no hits!

News about a rear-end train collision that occurred at the Skillman station in 1893 where my grandfather was the station agent.  Click here

HELL-DEVIL SKILLMAN: No, not me, but probably Arthur Augustus Skillman (#6411), born 10/23/1882, who lived in Princeton, NJ in the early 20th century and owned an express company. The New York Times of 11/6/1915 reported that Hell-Devil Skillman had predicted the score of the Princeton-Harvard football game as Princeton 12, Harvard 7. Unfortunately, the score was a loss for Princeton, 6-10.  Earlier "The Bookman" reported in 1911 that he was known as an ancient prophet and correctly predicted the score of another game.

No relation to the Hell-Devil Skillman, many people claim to have sighted the Jersey Devil. or another site. Let me know if you have come across this entity.

The New Jersey Star-Ledger on wrote a nice piece on Thomas Skillman, my 1st cousin, once removed, who lived in Skillman most of his life and died April 22, 2012 at 100.5 years. His last surviving sibling, A. Dix Skillman died Dec. 22, 2012 at 96.25. has a page that shows the distribution of a surname in the U.S. in the 1920 Census. Click here to view the Skillman page. It lists a total of 554 Skillman families. NJ had 85, NY and Ohio had 50, all others were below 44.

Official Register of the Officers and Men of New Jersey in the Revolutionary War by Wm. S. Stryker (#6702), published 1872, Trenton, N.J. The link is to the search page for several books. Click on the title, enter the surname to search, for then click "Submit." A search for Skillman gets 8 hits.

Record of Officers and Men of New Jersey in the Civil War, 1861-1865, Wm. S. Stryker, published 1876, Trenton, N.J. The link is to page one of the index where you can search for any person. Twenty-four Skillmans are listed on page 143 of the index. The book is online courtesy of the New Jersey State Library.

The English Conquest of New York- (1664) Describes the 1664 takeover of New Amsterdam from the Dutch, becoming New York under the English. Thomas Skillman was a soldier in the force under Col. Nicholls. This is a chapter of the book History of New York by John R. Brodhead, published in two volumes 1853, 1871, New York, NY, Harper & Brothers.

Mike Skillman (England) - Mike is one of our English cousins; he has supplied numerous pictures that may appear on this site eventually.

Search    Discover your family's story in the hundreds of articles, thousands of Family Tree Maker trees, hundreds of thousands of forums and millions of posts by GenForum contributors when you search

Hall, Skillman, Einstein - Barry Hall's (#6022) Family Genealogy page. His mother was Helen Skillman, and he is a 7th great grandson of Thomas.

Mercer County genealogy page

Kingston, N.J. history site. It is in the general area settled by Skillmans. From the site: "Jacob Skillman rebuilt a mill on an earlier mill site at the Millstone River."

History of the Beekman Family - Phyllis Smith-Noah - Thomas II's (#18) son Isaac (#14) married Magdelena Beekman, so about one-of-seven Skillmans are descended from Beekmans. The earliest known Beekman is Cornelius, born in Germany in early 1500s. His great grandson Wilhelmus came to America in 1647 and founded the town of Rhinebeck, N.Y. Magdelena was the great granddaughter of Wilhelmus.

Alice Stipak's Page - (#28182) Stryker, Skillman, Hageman, click on Second Generation for Randall Skillman.

Skillman Foundation - From web site: "The Skillman Foundation is a resource for improving the lives of children in metropolitan Detroit. The Foundation applies its resources to foster positive relationships between children and adults, support high quality learning opportunities and strengthen healthy, safe and supportive homes and communities."

Rose Pilhasky Skillman(1887-1983), widow of Robert Henry Skillman (#5939)(c.1884-1945), a 3M executive, and 5th great grandson of Thomas, started the Foundation.

Robert H. and Rose P. Skillman branch of the Detroit Public Library. "The Rose and Robert Skillman Branch of the Detroit Public Library, formerly called the Downtown Library (opened January 4, 1932), was renamed the Rose and Robert Skillman Branch Library to honor a generous gift from the Skillman Foundation." Scroll down for three pictures of the library.

Skillman Library, Lafayette College, Easton, PA . It should be noted that Lafayette is the gridiron arch rival of my alma mater, Lehigh Univ. in Bethlehem, PA. The library is named after an attorney, David Bishop Skillman (#752), 1887-1965, a 6th great grandson of Thomas, who received his Law Degree from Lafayette in 1913.

Early New Netherlands Settlers by Robert Gordon Clarke. Descendancies of Thomas and many early settlers who intermarried with Skillmans.

Nationwide Gravesite Locator; Veteran's Administration site listing veterans and a few spouses buried in National and other cemeteries. Search for Skillman gets 67 hits, but I can only identify 15 of them (as of 4/16/2006). Can you identify any? Let me know. 

Find-A-Grave: This website lists graveyards/cemeteries in all the States. You can search by cemetery or name. As of 1/23/2018, there were 3449 Skillmans  including women with maiden name Skillman listed nationwide. I am currently updating my Skillman file with FAG's data.  My grandparents, William N. and Adeline L. Skillman are buried in Blawenburg Cemetery, Blawenburg, NJ, along with three of their five children. I recently finished matching FAG's 646 New Jersey burials with the Skillman tree and found 550 matches, or 85%. 

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The Political Graveyard:  Currently (5/2012) lists 9 Skillmans with political connections. An annotated list of these Skillmans can be viewed here.

Trish Macdonald Skillman's home page, author of Writing the Thriller, Buried Secrets, Someone to Watch Over, and Quick Reference Rules for English Grammar. Her husband, Jerry Skillman (#30384), is an 8th great grandson of Thomas.

Judith Skillman Poetry, Judith (#11079) is the author of eleven books of poems. She has won numerous awards, including the Eric Mathieu King Fund from the Academy of American Poets. She has received grants from the Centrum Foundation, King County Arts Commission, and the Washington State Arts Commission. Her poems have appeared in The Iowa Review, Northwest Review, Poetry, Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, Malahat Review, JAMA, and many other journals. She lives in Bellevue, WA with her husband Thomas Lee Skillman, Jr., (#11070) an 8th great grandson of Thomas, and her three children.

The Eureka (Nevada) Sentinel newspaper was edited by three generations of Skillmans: Archibald (#2952), Edward (#6083) and Willis (#6088). Read about the Eureka Sentinel Museum here . The building now sports State Historic Marker No. 170.

Skillman Associates of Yale is an association of former team players, alumni, parents and friends of Yale Squash, whose purpose is to provide financial support and improvement of Yale's squash program. Members of Skillman Associates pay annual dues, get regular updates on the teams' progress and are invited to attend matches, to cheer their teams, and to participate in various squash initiatives, such as in Alumni Day at the Courts which coincides with a major Home match. The name honors John Frosch Skillman (#7217), son of John Gulick and Katherine Frosch Skillman, Yale's first head coach, whose teams won 16 national titles and had just one losing season during his 41-year tenure from 1934-1975.

For What It's Worth Department: The Wright Brothers are my 7th cousins, twice removed, thanks to my 4th great grandfather, Thomas Skillman marrying Mary Beekman, great great granddaughter of Jan Thomasse Van Dyke, 6th great grandfather of the Wrights.

Help for getting started in your genealogy: I can't vouch for the usefullness of the following links because I haven't used most of them since I got started years before they were available.

Here is the home page for  RootsMagic, my genealogy program. I prefer it to the very popular Family Tree Maker because it tracks the Record Number which is discussed on the Online Trees page. Besides, I have been using it since it began as Parson Technology's Family Origins about 1991, both created by Bruce Buzbee. The latest version has many improvements. I got started in genealogy when a cousin gave me a copy of the genealogy program, Brother's Keeper created by John Steed, available today in version 7.0, and a file of Skillmans. It also tracks Record Numbers.

Here's a site that evaluates a number of genealogy programs. RootsMagic is ranked about 4th, but I wouldn't think of changing after so many years with RM and its predecessor Family Origins.

Here's a site about starting to do genealogy:

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Another distant relation is Daniel Boone:

"Daniel Boone (November 2, 1734 [O.S. October 22]  September 26, 1820) was an American pioneer, explorer, a woodsman, and a frontiersman, whose frontier exploits made him one of the first folk heroes of the United States."

Daniel's sister's gggranddaughter, Zerelda Johnson, 1845-1923, married John Stryker Skillman, Tom Skillman's 5th great grandson.

Skillman's New York Police Reports: illustrated with engravings: written in 1828-29. Publisher: Ludwig & Tolefree (New York)  Author: John B. Skillman #1227 1797-1831

SKILLMAN  Webster's Timeline History 1811-2007, available from Amazon. Bibliographic references to books, papers, etc. 46 pages. My hardback book, Radar Calculations using the TI-59 Programmable Calculator, 1983 is listed.

Books By William A. Skillman   Includes my soft-cover books on the TI-59.

Henry Skillman Breckinridge: although not actually a Skillman, he was named for his neighbor. Although famous for other reasons, he was a fencer; a member of the 1912 and 1928 Olympic fencing teams and a Bronze medal winner in the team foil event in the 1920 Olympics.

Melanie Soltysik Skillman #8226 was an archer in the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, Korea. Her team won a Bronze medal. Sadly, only one woman, MacKenzie Brown, quaified in archery for the 2016 Olympics in Rio. I cannot find any other Skillman in Olympics.

Van Harlingen Historical Society -Promoting and Preserving the History of Montgomery Township, New Jersey

New Jersey Genealogy Webring Free access to many databases concerning N.J. plus links to Webrings in other states.

New Jersey Historical Society

Here's a worldwide Skillman site: Skillman is a worldwide network based in the EU, addressed to introduce skills, competences and innovative curricula for the advanced manufacturing sector within the VET pathways. We have a large geographical coverage and we connect training providers with civil society and industry, giving support services that drive growth and effectiveness in the sector.


I was born in Lakehurst, N.J., as a toddler my mother frequently took me to Lake Horicon in my stroller, while Dad was employed at the U.S. Naval Air Station.

Naval Air Station (NAS) Lakehurst, now known as Lakehurst Maxfield Field, a part of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst was the reason my parents lived in Lakehurst where I was born in their garage apartment on Jan. 22, 1928.   Its name is an amalgamation of its location and the last name of Commander Louis H. Maxfield, who lost his life when the R-38/USN ZR-2 airship crashed during flight on 24 August 1921 near Hull, England.

In August, 1946, a commercial airliner crashed near Lakehurst airfield, killing three, including Ray Kreidler, a Westinghouse superintendent and injuring three.

In May, 1959, a Navy blimp crashed into #1 Hangar while attempting to land in a dense fog, one killed, six injured.

The Pine Tree Inn in Lakehurst (1897-1973) attracted tourists. My step-grandfather, Eli Wager, was the chef there in the 1930s. His daughter, Ethelyn (Peg), also worked at Lakehurst when my parents worked there, was my father's second wife.

Skillman Crest  or Coat of Arms, (one of many!) can be found on this site, with explanation of each part.


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