1. Thomas Skillman was born about 1637 in Rotherheigh(?), Surrey, Eng.. He immigrated on 18 August 1664 to New York, Kings, NY. He died about 1697 at the age of 60 in Newtown (Maspeth Kills), Queens, NY. Ancestral file says died 4/1/1699. Thomas was buried on 4 April 1699 in Newtown (Maspeth Kills), Queens, NY. His SOA Number is 1. Sailed from Portsmouth, England on May 15, 1664 with Colonel Richard Nichols. Their frigate, GUINEA, anchored August 26, 1664 at Nyack, near Gravesend Bay. 4 ships, 92 guns, 450 men settled the Dutch/English dispute, bloodlessly. New Netherlands became New York under Colonel Nichols. Thomas Skillman settled in Newtown, Long Island. Inventory of his estate is dated May 4, 1676.
I have a note that identifies two possible sets of parents for Thomas I.
Thomas and Alice of Oving in Buckinghamshire
Richard and Rose of Littlemore near Oxford.
Thomas Skillman and Sarah Pettit were married in 1669 in Stamford, Fairfield, CT. See Sarah Pettit's page for correction of her parentage. Sarah Pettit, daughter of Thomas Pettit and Christina Mellowes, was born about 1634 in Boston, Suffolk, MA. She died about 1704 at the age of 70 in Newtown (Maspeth Kills), Queens, NY. She was buried about 1704 in Newtown (Maspeth Kills), Queens, NY. Of Dutch or Huguenot lineage.
The original Skillmans of America had Sarah as the daughter of John Petit and Sara Scofield. Later research has convinced many that she is really the daughter of Thomas Pettit and Christian Mellowes which is how she is listed in this Skillman file.
Thomas Skillman-22 and Sarah Pettit-23 had the following children: