John Skinner (early settler)

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John Skinner (1590–1650) was an early Puritan settler in the Massachusetts Bay Colony and one of the founders of Hartford, Connecticut.[1][2] Skinner was a member of Thomas Hooker's party and probably came to New England from Braintree, Essex, England.[3] He married Mary Loomis, daughter of Joseph Loomis. She later married Owen Tudor.[4]

Skinner's homesite in Hartford was originally (in 1639) "on the west side of Main St., a little below the present [at 1886] corner of Pearl St." However, Skinner traded this lot with Richard Olmsted for a lot on the highway (later Trumbull St.).[5]


  1. ^ "Names Inscribed on the Founders Monument of Hartford". Accessed 10 July 2007.
  2. ^ "The Founders of Hartford". Society of the Descendants of the Founders of Hartford. [1]. Accessed 10 July 2007.
  3. ^ Whittemore, Henry (1900). Our New England ancestors and their descendants, 1620-1900. New York: New England Ancestral Pub. Co. p. 45. OCLC 30406320. 
  4. ^ Cutter, William Richard (1908). Historic homes and places and genealogical and personal memoirs relating to the families of Middlesex County, Massachusetts. New York: Lewis historical Pub. Co. p. 442. OCLC 1455834. [Skinner's] family there is a tradition that after the Revolution in England three Skinner brothers, one of whom had been high sheriff, fled to America, one of whom settled in Connecticut, another in Vermont and a third in Maryland. 
  5. ^ Trumbull, J. Hammond (1886). The memorial history of Hartford County, Connecticut, 1633-1884. Boston: E.L. Osgood. pp. 258–259. OCLC 1187853.