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Seventh Great Grandson of Thomas Skillman

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A Skillman place that left a large impression on me was my paternal grandparents' house that they built at 23 Hart Ave., Hopewell, NJ about 1899.  The street was named after John Hart "The Signer"  one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. His farm was farther out of town.  We visited frequently when I was growing up and I frequently spent weeks there, sleeping in the 2nd floor turret room. Grandpa died in 1938 and Grandma sold the house in 1941.23 Hart Ave., Hopewell, NJ

Skillman, N.J. was named after Abraham J. Skillman (#862), my great granduncle. My grandfather, William Newton Skillman (#4), was station agent there from 1893 to 1938. Brooklyn, N.Y. sports two Skillman Avenues and one Skillman Street. Dallas, TX has a Skillman Street. There is also a Skillman, KY. Click the links below for maps of theseSkillman Station Skillman places. Picture is of Skillman Station before it was razed. More station pictures here.

In 1893 there was a train wreck at Skillman Station causing the telegraph operator to faint!

Philip L. Parker from Skillman, N.J. died in the World Trade Center attack on 9/11/2001. No Skillmans are listed for that attack at the WTC, the Shanksville, PA crash or the Pentagon.

Skillman, Belle Mead, Blawenburg and Harlingen are unincorporated communities, a.k.a. census-designated places, in Montgomery Township, in Somerset County, NJ. Skillmans have lived in all these communities.

All about Skillman, NJ

And Skillman, KY

Data about Skillman, N.J.

Guide to Skillman, N.J. Just for fun, here's a site run by "Beachcomber" that has links to information about Skillman, N.J.

Map of Skillman, NJ

Map of Skillman, KY

Map of Skillman Ave., Sunnyside, NY  

Here's a website with a tour of Skillman Ave. in Sunnyside

New York's first Gay Parade was on Skillman Ave!

First Skillman Ave. Holiday Festival 2016Skillman Ave. lights Holiday Festival 2016

Map of Skillman St., Brooklyn, NY

Map of Skillman Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Map of Skillman St., Roslyn, NY

Map of Skillman St., Dallas, TX

Map and info of Skillman Ave. in Jersey City, NJ

Skillman St., Dallas was named after William Francis Skillman, (#2569) a prominent Dallas banker. From just after Lindbergh's Atlantic solo to 2 days before the Pearl Harbor attack it was known as Lindbergh Street. In 1894 there was a fire in the Hopkins County Courthouse that damaged many buildings but the W.F. Skillman building was undamaged.

Skillman Facilities

    Skillman Center For Children, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

    Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute, Wayne State University

    Skillman Building, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

    These are probably named as a result of donations by the Skillman Foundation of Detroit, MI.

 Robert H. and Rose P. Skillman branch of the Detroit Public Library. "The Rose and Robert Skillman (#5939) 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."

Skillman Library, Lafayette College, Easton, PA was recently renovated and modernized. 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.

Skillman Horse Campground, Tahoe National Forest near Nevada City, CA

Skillman Flat near Nevada City, CA

Frank Skillman Park, Benicia, CA (named after an African-American)

Skillman Gulch, Eagle Co., CO

Skillman Grove,  Davis Mountains of Texas

Skillman Cemetery, Putnam Co., IN

Skillman Cemetery, Smithville Twp., NY

Skillman Cemetery, Breckinridge Co., KY

Skillman Mine, Park Co., MT

Skillman Branch and Spring, Lawrence Co., TN They are about 1/3 mile apart.

Skillman Avenue Church, Dallas, TX

Skillman Park , Skillman, Somerset Co., NJ. Officially opened April, 2015. Originally New Jersey State Village for Epileptics at Skillman.  Sylvan Lake, with Skillman Dam is within the park. Here is a brief video history of the Village. There are also several videos, mostly very amateurish, none that I would recommend.

Skillman Furniture: Princeton, NJ. Very old business, started in either 1743 or 1863 by an unidentified Skillman. It remained in the family until the late 1950s when Roy Skillman died. His stepson, Paul Oliver, and his brother, James, began operating the store in 1960.

The Store's web site

Skillman Airport: the Trenton-Mercer Airport near Trenton, NJ, opened in 1929 as Skillman Airport. It was renamed after WW II.

Reminds me of the airport in the TV series "Wings" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wings_%281990_TV_series%29. In that program was Tim Daly, brother of Tyne Daly (Lacey in the TV series Cagney and Lacey.) He is now starring in "Madame Secretary".

Eight inmates die in Toms River, N.J. jail fire. Toms River is a Skillman town in the sense that my future wife and I both grew up and attended school from 1st to 12th grade there. I passed the jail on the way to school when we lived on Madison Ave. House later demolished for County buildings.

September, 1934, Morro Castle burns off Jersey shore! Again, not a Skillman town but our family drove to Asbury Park to gawk at the burned out hulk that had been beached at Asbury Park, about 25 miles from Toms River. It had burned just off Asbury Park.

I was sitting in the family car parked in Asbury Park on Dec. 7, 1941 when I heard of the Pearl Harbor attack on the radio. My parents were shopping at the time.

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