Descendants of David J. Skinner

Generation No. 1

1.  David J.2 Skinner  (Clark1) was born April 22, 1848 in Garrard Co.,KY., and died May 31, 1921 in Spencer, Owen Co.,IN..  He married Hamey Loruh Livingston February 04, 1872 in Greene Co., IN., daughter of Robert Livingston and Elizabeth Cooper.  She was born March 21, 1853 in Greene Co., IN., and died August 16, 1932 in Spencer, Owen Co.,IN..

Notes for David J. Skinner:
David moved to Greene Co. IN. with his parents in ca 1851 from Garrard Co.KY.....

David was a very active member of the Mt. Pleasant Christian Church (35 yrs.)  
Have some copies of church records on the family....and Homer..Fidelia....
******************Civil War info**********
David was a  Veteran of the Civil War he mustered in  Feb. 13, 1865 in Co. I, 146th Regiment of IND.  after the War.  There is a marker at the Soldiers War Monument at the Riverside Cemetery in Spencer,IN that has his names on it.

                        These are notes on David written by Claudia Scrock Scranton as told to her by Geneva Willigman grandaughter of David :

David was born in Kentucky in Garrard Co.  The 1850 census places his family in the second division there.  By 1860 his mother is a widow, and the family is in Beech Creek Twp., Greene Co., Indiana.  His older brothers, John Riley and Peyton S. Skinner, left home to fight in the Civil War.  David enlisted as a private during the last year of the war.  He was in Indiana's 146th Regiment, Company I.  I have copies of his enrollment from the Indiana Archives and his pension history from the National Archives.  When he enrolled in Greensburg, Indiana, on February 14, 1865, he told them that he was 19 and born in 1846.
Actually he was only 16.  The story is that his older brothers were already off fighting.  So he left his mother in a cabin in the woods with wolves all around to join the fight.  Also, he is said to have seen President Abraham Lincoln several times during the War.
According to ONE YEAR REGIMENTS OF 1865, the 146th left Indianapolis in March 11, 1865, under the command of Colonel Merit C. Welsh.  (Very little time for training!)  It arrived in Harper's Ferry, Virginia, on March 15.  The regiment was then assigned to one of the provisional divisions of the Army of the Shenandoah.  Until July 27, 1865, it was assigned post and guard duty at Charlestown, Winchester, Stevenson Station, Jordan's Springs, and Summit Point, Virginia.  David's medical records definitely place him
at Stevenson Station.  The regiment was then assigned to the Military District of Delaware with General Lockwood commanding.  Companies were sent to Hick's General Hospital, Baltimore; Havre De Grace, Dover, Wilmington and Salisbury in Delaware; and Easton, Maryland.  On August 31, 1865, the regiment rejoined in Baltimore and was mustered out.
The regiment was back in Indianapolis on September 8, 1865, and was welcomed with a reception held on the State House lawn.  After marching to Camp Carrington, it was paid off and discharged. 
David's enlistment papers state that he had gray eyes, had light hair and a light complexion, and was 5'5" tall.  Chris has a Civil War medal that had been his.
After the war David farmed and worked for the railroad.  A photograph, in which he and his wife are with their granddaughter Daisy, shows that he had lost the middle finger of his left hand.  He applied for and received a pension for being partially disabled as a result of the conditions he endured during the months that was in the infantry.  He received the pension for "chronic diarrhea and resulting piles and constipation and malarial poisoning and rheumatism and resulting disease of the heart."
"He became disabled in June of 1865 while stationed at Stevenson Station, WV,, from the exposures of camp and field life, lying on the ground in the wet, rain, mud, etc., without proper covering or protection, he contracted several severe colds, which seemed to settle in and effect his heart, throat, and lungs causing hawking, spitting up, nose running, pains and ________ in head, throat, ________ and lungs - seemed to have a chronic cold and continued to so complain and suffer and be unfit for duty more or less on said  ______ up to his discharge."
Medical records show that he was treated for the following at the field hospital:
May 2 - diarrhea, May 3 - debility, May 7 - diarrhea, May 10-11 - ague, July 6 - fever, and August 13 - diarrhea.
When David enlisted, he resided near Oak Station and his post office was Whithall, Monroe County, Indiana.  He was married at Bloomfield in Greene Co. in 1872.  (Two of his brothers are buried in the Andrew Livingston Cemetery in Beech Creek, Twp., Greene Co., IN.)  The 1880 Soundex for Indiana
places him in Clay Twp., Owen Co., IN.  (a child, Homer W., is listed as the oldest, age 6. )
       In 1891 his address was Spencer, Owen Co.  In 1915 and 1921 (prior to his
death), he listed Romona as his address.  Romona is just outside of Spencer (about 12 miles according to Grandma Gallagher).  He was residing at E. Jefferson St. in Spencer at the time of his death.
   I will add these remarks about David's Civil War papers.....They did state these facts:
b. 22 April 1848 Garret Co.KY...(Garrard)
He lived at P.O. Whitehall, Monore when enlisted
He states he was married 5 Feb 1871.....but marriage lic. says 4 Feb 1872
When he lists his mention of Harry b. 2 Nov 1887
On his death cert. it says Father- Clark Skinner Mother- Susanna Skinner & place of birth KY.
He died of Pulmonary T.B.---contributing factors Tubercular Peritonitis
Loura was receiving $40. a month pension .....her death listed 8-16-32
Grandad Skinner {Homer his son} Signed Laura's Declaration for Widows pension papers as on of the witnesses....2 Jun 1921
146th Regiment Infantry
Organized at Indianapolis, Ind., and mustered in March 9, 1865. Left State for Harper's Ferry, W. Va., March 11. Attached to 1st Brigade, 2nd Provisional Division, Army of the Shenandoah. Duty at Charleston, Winchester, Stevenson's Depot, Jordan's Springs and Summit Point until July 27. Ordered to Baltimore, Md., July 27, and assigned to duty in the Military District of Delaware by detachments. Mustered out at Baltimore, Md., August 31, 1865.

Lost during service 31 by disease.
He married Hamey Loruh Livingston in Greene Co.,IN. on Feb. 4, 1872. 
They had eight children six boys and two girls , of whom three departed this life in infancy.  Also in my possession is David and Hamey's family it she has written her marriage date as Feb. 4, 1871??  I have a copy of their marriage license from Gr. Co. which is dated Feb. 4, 1872.
1880 Census Place: Clay, Owen County , Indiana
Source: FHL Film 1254303  National Archives Film T9-0303     Page 389A
Relation Sex Marr Race Age Birthplace

David J. SKINNER Self M M W 31 KY
Occ: Farm Laborer Fa: KY Mo: KY
L. H. SKINNER Wife F M W 26 IN
Occ: Keeping House Fa: IN Mo: IN
Homer W. SKINNER Son M S W 6 IN
   Fa: KY Mo: IN
Fidilea SKINNER Dau F S W 3 IN
   Fa: KY Mo: IN
Commadra SKINNER Son M S W 2 IN
   Fa: KY Mo: IN
Theodore SKINNER Son M S W 4M IN
   Fa: KY Mo: IN
Melvina SKINNER Sister F S W 29 KY
   Fa: KY Mo: KY
1880 Owen Co.IN Census....{soundex}
Clay Twp.
SKINNER, David....31....KY
Laura H..................26....IN
Homer N..................6.....IN
1900 Census Owen Co. IN, Franklin Township, House #278, Page 200
Skinner, David, Head, W, M, b. April 1848, age 52, married
             28 yrs., b. Kentucky, (F) Kentucky, (M) Kentucky,
             stone quarry laborer, can read and write, rents
Laura (can't make out middle name), wife, W, F, b. Mar. {I have a says Laurahama}
             1853, age 47, total children 5, children living 5,
             b. Indiana, (F) Kentucky, (M) Indiana, can read
             and write
Homer, son, W, M, b. May 1875, age 25, single, b. Indiana,
             (F) Kentucky, (M) Indiana, day laborer, can read
             and write
Fidelia, daughter, W, F, b. Oct. 1876, age 23, single, b.
             Indiana, (F) Kentucky, (M) Indiana, can read and
Theodore, son, W, M, b. Feb. 1880, age 20, single, b.
             Indiana, (F) Kentucky, (M) Indiana, day laborer,
             can read and write
Martin, son, W, M, b. Aug. 1882, age 17, single, b. Indiana,
             (F) Kentucky, (M) Indiana, day laborer, can read
             and write
Everitt/Emmit, son, W, M, b. May 1884, age 16, single, b.
             Indiana, (F) Kentucky, (M) Indiana, day laborer,
             can read and write
1910 Owen  County, Indiana  Washington township   page 116 B

Skinner, David   age says 52, but that has a circle around it    married for
40 years, so age has to be 62,  born KY   both parents born KY   no
occupation listed

wife:  Lora   age 57  born Indiana  both parents born Indiana   has given
birth to 8 children, has 5 children living


1920 Owen Co.IN Census.....Washington Twp....outside of town proper
Dist. 225.....#37
Skinner David J....71.......KY.......parents both born KY........can read & write
Lora H...................66.......IN........parents both born IN.........can read & write (parents info wrong?}
They had lived in Greene Co., IN.....with their families....and married there.....they then moved to Knox Co.,IN...where at least their first two children were born...then eventually moved to Owen Co.,IN.

David had been a farmer.

David's funeral service was held at their residence in Spencer with Rev. Roy officiating on June 1, 1921 at 2 P.M.  (funeral costs $80.00)  He is buried at Riverside Cemetery....Spencer, Owen Co.,IN...

Obituary........David Skinner Dead
   David J. Skinner, 73 years old, a soldier of the Civil war and for many years a resident of Owen county, died at his home here May 31 after a long illness of tuberculosis.  He was born in Kentucky April 22, 1848, and was a son of Clark and Susanna Skinner, both native Kentuckians.  In the Civil war he was a private in Co.I, 146th Indiana.
   After the war he was married to Hamey Lourah Livingston on Feb 5, 1871.  To this union were born eight children, six boys and two girls; three of the children died in infancy.  Some 35 years ago he united with the Mt. Pleasant Christian church and for a long period was one of the most active members.
   Funeral services, conducted by Rev. A.A. Kay, were held at the home Wednesday afternoon and interment was made in Riverside cemetry.  He is survived by the widow, Mrs. Hamey L. Skinner, and five children, Homer, Mrs Fidelia Willigman, both of this city.  Theodore of Bedford, Martin of Indianapolis and Everett of Grafton, N.Dak.  All these were present at Mr. Skinner's death.  He is also survived by seventeen grandchildren
  We thank the friends and neighbors for their kindness and help in the illness and death of our dear father, also the undertaker, then minister, the singers for the music and the G.A.R. Post for their beautiful work.......Mrs. Skinner and family.

A second obituary.........the only differences being this:
   David J. Skinner of Spencer, Ind, was born April 22, 1848, in the state of Kentucky, coming to Indiana with his parents in 1853.  He departed this life May 31, 1921, age 73 years, one month and nine days.
   He was enrolled in Co.I, 146th Regiment of Indiana, to serve in the Civil war on the 13th day of February, 1865. 

   then this verse:  We miss thee from our home, dear father;  We miss thee from thy place, A shadow o'er our life is cast---We miss the sunshine of the face.  We miss thy kind and willing hand, Thy fond and earnest care, Our home is dark without thee--We miss thee everywhere.  Tis hard to break the tender cord  When love has bound the heart;  This hard, so hard, to speak the work "We must forever part."Dearest loved one, we must lay thee In the peaceful grave's embrace.  But the memory will be cherished 'Til we see they heavenly face.

I have a set of silverware that Aunt Chloe gave me, that belonged to David J. Skinner.....she said he carried  it with him, I'm assuming when he was working was in a flannel pouch that rolled up and tied shut.

More About David J. Skinner:
Burial: Riverside Cemetery, Spencer,IN.
Cause of Death: Pulmonary Tuberculosis
Census: 1880, Owen Co....have copy
Fact1: February 13, 1865, Enrolled in Co. I, 146th Regiment of Indiana Vol. Infantry ...Civil War
Medical Information: contributing factors.....Tubercular Pertinidos

Notes for Hamey Loruh Livingston:
Hamey Loruh's name is a puzzle, I have seen it as written in her bible:Hamey Loruh, Loru H. on her headstone, Loura H. as on her marriage rec., and Louhanna on a census rec. and it is said that this name came from an Indian princess, but I have never been able to document the source from which it came as to be true of not....but the strange name does seem to run in the Livingston was said that every Livingston family was to have named one of their daughters after this princess?? Hamey had an Aunt Louhanna(Loramany) Livingston Rowe and I have found others with that name too...
1870 Greene Co.IN Census, Beech Creek Twp.
P.O. Whitehall....#172
Sims, Jackson......53....Farmer....3220/600.....KY
Livingston, Laru H...17...Dom Servant............IN
Sims, Julian...........9........................................IN
This was in the neighborhood of her family.....Charles Abrams was listed as her guardian......he must have hired her out as help for the Sims family??  Her sister Aceneth Elizabeth was living 2 doors away with Martha J.Day along with another Livingston boy??  Albert MH......don't have a clue as to who he is??

Hamey was a very religious person and she belonged to the  Christian Church....She had several things in her bible about different revival meetings and some sermons....her funeral was held Thursday at 2:P.M. at the church with Pastor Rev. Bidewell officiating...pall bearers were Ernest Teagarden, Robert Babbs, Anthony McGuire, William Sheppard, Holmes Harmon and Charles Carpenter.
Hamey's funeral expenses were ($291.50)   She is buried at Riverside Cemetery, Spencer, Owen Co.,IN.

I have Hamey's wedding band, that was in Aunt Chloe's jewelry box  and had a paper around it stating that this was Grandma Skinner's wedding band.  I also have a amethyst color vase trimmed with gold that belonged to her.
Here are some family notes from Claudia Scranton.....10/99
Neva Nettle Scranton remembers her great-grandmother as sweet, kind, and very thin.   Neva, like Nancy White, says that her great-grandmother's name was Hamey Loruh (lah-roo) Livingston.  On all public documents (marriage license and pension files) she is listed as Laura, or Loura, H. Livingston.  A photo taken in about 1896 shows Hamey as being fair and almost as tall as her husband.  He was 5'5" at 16, so he may have been taller later.
Her mother died when she was young.  She and a sister were farmed out to live with other families.  Laura lived with an Irish family.  She was courted in the main room by the fire after the old folks went to bed.  She came to Indiana after her marriage.  She had never gone to school, but was taught to read by a colored maid. {this statement I find very hard to believe, as I found her living with the Sims family listed as a servant?}  When she was young, they melted tubs of snow to take a bath.  (These were stories which her granddaughter, Geneva Willigman Nettle, told.)
Nancy White says the marriage date was February 5, 1871, which is a year earlier than mine.  My date comes from a certificate of marriage issued by the Clerk, Greene Co. Circuit Court, in 1921.  If Lizzy was born in 1871, that date would be reasonable with White's date.  They were married by a Justice of the Peace, Joseph G. Smith.
Neva remembers her great-grandmother smoking a corncob pipe.  She would slip out to the outhouse,  but everyone could see the smoke.  She also would burn her apron pockets trying hide it quickly.   Laura spent 6 months with Geneva's family in Clinton, Summit Co., Ohio, and the other 6 months with Homer's family in Indiana after David's death in 1921.  There are several photographs of her visiting in Ohio as well as the one of Laura and David with Geneva's older sister, Daisy Willigman.
Laura would sit by the large floor register at Geneva's house.  Geneva would fire up the coal furnace until it was red hot.  Laura was very thin when she was elderly.  She wore long, cotton gingham dresses and long aprons.  As she sat there, she would dry Neva's hair with a towel.   Laura had continued to receive a government pension after David's death due to his Civil War related health problems.  All she got was $20 per month(Neva).  Laura was living on
Franklin Street in Spencer, Indiana, at the time of her death at the age of 79.  Both David and Laura are buried in Riverside Cemetery in Spencer.
     In finding out that after Hamey's mother Elizabeth died in 1861........her father entered the Civil War, only to be found missing in action after the battle of Chicamugwa.....then finding that he died in 1863....Claudia Scranton above mentioned in family stories that she and her siblings were farmed out to live with other families......I found evidence from the 1870 Greene Co. Beech Creek Twp. census that it looks like Hamey listed as Laru H. living in the household #172 of Jackson Sims as a Domestic Servant and in the household #170 of Mariah J. Day......there was an A.E.Livingston living there,which I believe is  her sister household #165 A.M.Livingston lived close by, which was their Uncle.  Then in household #196 I believe her sister Sarah Margaret was married to Caleb Stansberry and lived there. This was in Whitehall.
   MOTHER LOCAL MAN DIED HERE THIS MORNING.....Mrs. D.J.Skinner Rites to be Held Thurs. P.M.

   Mrs. D.J.Skinner 78 years old, passed away this morning at 10:30  at the home of her son, Homer Skinner, west Franklin Street.  She had been ill for a considerable time.
   Mrs. Skinner is survived by a brother, Robert Livingston, Missouri; a sister, Sarah Goodrich, Nelson Nebraska; four sons; Homer, of Spencer; Theodore of Bloomington; Martin of Indianapolis and Edward of Polk, Penn, fourteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
   Funeral services have been tentatively placed at 2:00 o'clock Thursday at the Christian church.
   The body will remain at the West Funeral home until 6 o'clock Wednesday evening.

More About Hamey Loruh Livingston:
Burial: Riverside Cemetery, Spencer,IN.
Cause of Death: Chronic Bronchidus
Census: 1870, Greene Co.,IN, Beech Creek Twp.

Children of David Skinner and Hamey Livingston are:
2 i. Lizzie Olivia3 Skinner, born October 1871; died June 1872.
3 ii. Homer Napoleon Skinner, born May 17, 1874 in Knox Co. , IN.; died November 19, 1956 in Spencer, IN. at home.  He married Clara May Scott September 07, 1900 in Freedom, IN.  at her parents home; born May 28, 1883 in Franklin Twp.,Owen Co., IN.; died June 14, 1974 in Bloomington,Monroe Co. IN.  Hospital.

4 iii. Fidelia Skinner, born October 31, 1876 in IN.; died 1928 in OH..  She married (1) Glenn Orban Willigman January 12, 1896 in Owen Co.,IN.; born 1877 in Owen  Co.IN.; died 1960 in N.C..  She married (2) Harmon Aft. 1915.

More About Fidelia Skinner:
Census: January 12, 1896, Owen Co.,IN..Bk.33 pg. 401

5 iv. Commadore Skinner, born August 07, 1878; died Bef. 1900.

Notes for Commadore Skinner:
Commadore was not listed on the 1900 he must have died bef. this year..

6 v. Theodore Skinner, born February 10, 1880 in IN.; died 1952 in Bloomington, Monroe Co.,IN..  He married Edythe A. January 14, 1905 in Marion Co.IN; born 1884 in IN.; died 1966 in Bloomington, Monroe Co.,IN..

Notes for Theodore Skinner:
Theo worked at a Stone Quarry near Bloomington,IN.....I've been told that he was in charge, so he must have been a foreman or something like that there.  The family lived in Bedford, IN, before moving to Bloomington to live.....There they rented rooms out in there home to college students.

Theo is buried at Rose Hill Cemetery in Bloomington, IN.

More About Theodore Skinner:
Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Bloomington, Monroe Co.,IN
Census: January 14, 1905, OwenCo.,IN--Bk.37, Pg.401--have copy--

Notes for Edythe A.:
Edythe is buried at Rose Hill Cemetery in Bloomington, IN.

More About Edythe A.:
Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Bloomington, Monroe Co.,IN

7 vi. Martin M. Skinner, born August 17, 1882 in IN.; died in IN..  He married Lida Wier September 10, 1904 in Marion Co.IN; born 1882; died in Indianapolis, IN. Marion Co..

Notes for Martin M. Skinner:
1920 Census records show that living in the household of Martin and Lida were:
Lizzie H. Weis...M.L.....age 72...b. IN.
John E. Weis.....B.L......age 34..b. IN
Anna Kratz.........Si.L.....age 32..b. IN
Julius Kratz.......B.L......age 34..b. IN.........Believe this was Aunt Lida's Mother, Brother , Sister and her husband.

I believe that Martin and Lida were divorced, but Uncle Earl said no they weren't??  I don't ever remember seeing Martin....only Aunt Lida.

More About Martin M. Skinner:
Census: 1920, Marion Co.IN...Indianapolis...Have copy

Notes for Lida Wier:
Listed on the 1920 census...they were living in Indianapolis, IN. Marion Co.  on W. Morris with them was Lizzie Weis, M.L.  72 b. IN.....John E. Weis, B.L.  34 b. IN...Anna Kratz Si-L  32  b. IN...Julius Kratz, B.L.  34  b, IN....have copy....

Aunt Lida was a tiny wisp of a woman.....She use to visit Grandma Skinner's home often.....coming down on the bus from Indianapolis or with Aunt Irma and Uncle Casey when they came to visit....I have a picture of Aunt Lida holding Stephanie when she was about 6 months old.

8 vii. Everett Skinner, born May 02, 1884 in IN..  He married (1) Ola Pugh November 07, 1906 in Marion, Co.,Indiana; born July 01, 1887.  He married (2) Jennie C. Herrman July 22, 1911 in Owen Co.,IN..

Notes for Everett Skinner:
Everett and his family I know lived in Grafton it was listed as such in an obit for one of his parents.....then in Grandma Skinner's little notebook with addresses....there it is listed that they lived in Buffalo ,N.Y.....and Claudia Scranton told me about them living in Polk ,PA....and Everett worked at an asylum.  He ran a cottage for boys and Jennie worked there too,  she sent me a picture of them there.

Everett was still alive in 1956 when Grandad died as in his obit it states that he is survived by his brother .

More About Everett Skinner:
Census: July 22, 1911, Owen Co.,IN., Bk. 36 pg. 293

Notes for Ola Pugh:
Ola M Pugh (19), dau of George & ?? Shaw, md Everett Skiner Nov 7, 1906 in Marion County, IN, Bk 9, Pg 87 and Bk 39, Pg 223. Her dob is shown to be July 1, 1887.

Everitt Skinner, son of David and Hannah Livingston, md Ola and then Jennie C Herrmann on July 22, 1911 in Owen County, Bk 36, Pg 293. His dob is shown as May 2, 1884.

I couldn't find a second marriage for Ola.

Notes for Jennie C. Herrman:
Don't know if Everett was married more than once or not, as I always knew his wife by Ola...?? 

Claudia Scranton sent me some pictures of Jennie and Everett when they lived in Ohio.

9 viii. Harry Skinner, born October 19, 1886 in Owen Co.,IN; died November 02, 1887 in Owen Co.,IN.

Notes for Harry Skinner:
Skinner,   David Lora Levingston M 19 Oct 1886 H-1 224   Owen Owen County, Indiana
Index to Birth Records
1882 - 1920 Inclusive
Letters A - Z Inclusive .....taken from
On  paper Grandma Clara Skinner had written that Harry Skinner died 9 June 1887