First Generation

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.

From SOA:
b. 1635-40. Soldier under Col. Richard Nicolls in Expedition of Duke of York, ordered by the King, Feb. 25, 1664, sailed from Portsmouth, May 15, and dropped anchor in the harbor of Nieuw Amsterdam (near present Fort Hamilton [ed. Brooklyn, next to Verrazano Narrows Bridge]), Aug. 18, same year. After the surrender he stayed in this country and became "inhabitant and freeholder" at Newtown (L. I.), under Nicolls' Patent of Jan. 23, 1666. Served in Esopus War; honorably discharged April 6, 1668. (See Introduction, ante). In 1669 he m. Sara, dau. of John Petit, Newtown, of whom Huntingdon (Hist. of Stamford) says: "John Petet was here (Stamford, Ct.) early, and had children recorded to him before 1650. Inventory, dated 5, 4, 1676, made by Richd. Law and Francis Bell, mentions his widow, Sarah (Scofield), two sons (names not given), and daus. Sarah, Mary, and Bethia. Richd. Law appointed guardian of his (John Petet's) children in a court of magistrates, the Govr. being present, 14, 4, 1662. Debrow Pettit here (Stamford) in 1657. Name afterward spelled Petit." Rev. Samuel Orcutt (Hist. of Stratford and Bridgeport, p. 103) says: "John Pettit was in Roxbury in 1639, and at Stratford in 1651. Probably soon removed to Stamford, and thence to Newtown, L. I." John Petit and Sarah Scofield, his wife, were the parents of Sara, wife of Thomas Skillman.

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:



Thomas Skillman II-18.



Elsje/Elsie Skillman-67.



Sarah F. Skillman-68.



Lijsbet/Elizabeth Skillman-69.