Through the generosity of other genealogy researchers in our family and people on the internet I have compiled genealogy dating back to the 1500’s for some families. I owe a great amount of gratitude to those people who have shared their work with me. In the picture below, Albert Skinner is my Great-Grandfather. His wife was Ida Medora Makinster. They lived in Foster, Faribault County, Minnesota. Their son Durain Dewey Skinner was my Grandfather.
Ida Makinster was the daughter of Dewey Makinster and Eliza Pepper both born in New York, who raised their children, Durain, Major, Surviva, Ida and Josephine in Wisconsin and Minnesota. My Grandfather Durain Skinner married Lydia Gerber both born in MN. Lydia’s parents were Jacob Gerber b. NY and Eliza Benz, born in Osthofen, Hessen, Germany.
Albert Skinner was the son of Daniel E. Skinner b.1822 (in photo) and Annah Swan from Connecticut. Daniel E. Skinner was descended from two members of the Thomas Hooker Party that came to settle Connecticut. Connecticut Governor John Webster & wife Agnes Smith and Mr. John Skinner & wife Mary Loomis. Oddly, these connections are both through Daniel’s mother Sophia Webster whose mother was Susanna Skinner. The origins of Daniel’s father, Daniel Skinner b.1797 are to this date unconfirmed.
Governor John Webster was also the Great-Great-Grandfather of dictionary publisher NoahWebster.
Now, tokeep all this notoriety in perspective! If your family came to America in the 1500’s–1600’s, it is fairly assured that you will be related to someone famous (or infamous!) as there just weren’t that many people in America then. Info. about these family links is to show that if you want an interesting way to learn history, genealogy is a fun way to do it!
Four Generations – Daniel Edwin Skinner b. 1822, Norma Siebel, Osyth (Skinner) Siebel & Albert A. Skinner