Solomon Skinner

ID # 1571, (1779-)
BirthSolomon Skinner was born in 1779. 
MarriageHe married Rachel Vrooman, daughter of Adam Vrooman and Margaret Mattice, on 2 October 1800 at St. Mark's Anglican Church, Niagara-On-The-Lake.
Vital Records of Upper Canada/Canada West, Volume 1: Part 2, Niagara District 1792-1849
Walker and Stratford-Devai/Global Genealogy


St. Mark's Anglican Church, Niagara-on-the-Lake, 1792-1815

Weddings Niagara 1800

Solomon Skinner to Rachel Vrooman, 2 Oct. 1800

The page from the marriage book of Robert Addison of St. Mark's shows Solomon as a bachelor and Rachel as a spinster. See MS545 reel 1. The page is signed by Robert Addison.
NoteSolomon Skinner petitioned the Hon. Peter Russell, Administrator of the Government of Upper Canada in Council for land based on the Loyalist pedigree of his father Benjamin. This petition is dated October 18, 1796. He claims to be living in Stamford and that he is the age of 17. The handwriting is difficult, but it appears to say that he came into the province with his parents in 1785 and that he has taken the oath of allegiance. We take his approximate year of birth from this document. We do not presently know his place of birth. His petition was denied for reason of being under age.

We may reasonably say that Solomon Skinner was the son of Benjamin Skinner. Benjamin remembers his son Solomon in his will for the sum of five shillings. This is no where nearly as munificent as his bequests to most of his other children, though it is entirely possible that Solomon was previously provided for. Benjamin's will mentions wife Millicent (she was Millicent St. John) and it is probable that Millicent was Solomon's mother. Benjamin's will was made 21 October, 1800. This researcher has found no evidence that Solomon was married before or after his marriage to Rachel Vrooman. Other researchers suggest that he was.

A document is presently available to us (see microfilm GS1965 Lincoln County) dated 16 January, 1804. It is a transaction of land comprising 3 and 3/4 acres of lot 142 in Stamford Township. Though dated as noted in 1804 the transaction was not registered until April of 1806 on the oath of Noah Cook.

The text of the transaction reads 'purporting to be a deed of bargain and sale from him the said Solomon Skinner until him the said Timothy Cook'. The transaction is signed by Timothy Cook and witnessed by Noah Cook and Calvin Cook.

We may note that one of the executors of the will of Benjamin Skinner was Noah Cook.

Evidence has been found that Solomon Skinner served in the 1st Norfolk Militia during the War of 1812. He appears on paylists on microfilm T-10387 (see images 0750, 0947 and 0951). These are payrolls for some periods in 1812. Thus far, he has not been found later in militia records.

Solomon Skinner was living in 1818 in Ancaster Township.

Father Benjamin Skinner's will also mentions a son Jephtha Skinner, Solomon's brother, or more accurately and almost certainly his half brother. Two land transactions exist relating to property in Stamford in 1818. The first is the sale of this property by Jephtha Skinner of Beverly to Solomon Skinner, carpenter, of Ancaster. This is grant 5381 dated 6 April, 1818. (See Stamford Twp., Welland County, microfilm GS2893). This is immediately followed by grant 5382, dated the same day which transfers the same piece of property to Samuel Street of Stamford. Both transactions are described as grants of reversion.

We also find Solomon Skinner in Ancaster in 1822-23 on a list of land grants and still in Ancaster in 1825 on a transaction regarding the sale of his 1823 Crown grant in Erin Township. (This was for half of lot 32 on the 11th concession in Erin. He received this property for his service in the Norfolk Militia.) He was almost certainly living as late as 1830 in Ancaster, apparently purchasing land there from the estate of Robert Hamilton (Concession 3, lot 16). In 1831. Sarah and Nathaniel Beckon come into possession of this piece of land and Sarah is described as the heiress of Solomon Skinner. Sarah Skinner Beckon was Solomon's sister. (There is a problem with the available records at the Ontario archives and we have only the Abstract Index to go on.) A search has been made for a will for Solomon, but nothing has been found.

The main difficulty this presents us for purposes of this tree is that the 1949 Vrooman Family history shows Rachel's daughter Margaret, born approximately 1805, as being the daughter of George Washington Russell, and, for the moment, we must accept that. More of the problem is discussed under notes for Rachel. 
Last Edited18 Dec 2018