Captain Elijah Skidmore

Maleabout 1725–13 May 1775

Brief Life History of Elijah

When Captain Elijah Skidmore was born about 1725, in Sussex, Delaware, United States, his father, Henry Skidmore, was 37 and his mother, Elizabeth Cannon, was 32. He married Mary Fenwick about 1748, in Sussex, Delaware, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He died on 13 May 1775, in Surry, North Carolina, United States, at the age of 51.

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Captain Elijah Skidmore
Mary Fenwick
Marriage: about 1748
John Skidmore
Mary Skidmore
about 1771–
Jean Jane Skidmore

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  • Legacy NFS Source: Captain Elijah Skidmore - Published information: Family genealogies: birth:
  • Elijah Skidmore in the Delaware, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1676
  • Legacy NFS Source: Captain Elijah Skidmore - Published information: male

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    about 1748Sussex, Delaware, United States
  • Children (3)

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    Siblings (4)

    World Events (3)

    1731 · Willington Founded

    Age 6

    In 1731, Willington, Delaware was founded. It was named after Thomas Willing the first land developer in the area. It was later renamed Wilmington.

    1754 · French and Indian War in Delaware

    Age 29

    From 1754-1763, the French and Indian War took place. The fighting that took place in the area of Delaware was in the upper Delaware River Valley. The Delaware Indians claimed independence from the Iroquois who allied with Britain. In 1755, Delaware attacked the Moravian settlement and Brodhead residence.

    1764 · Western Boundary Surveyed

    Age 39

    In 1764, Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon surveyed the western boundary of Delaware. This became part of the Mason-Dixon Line.

    Name Meaning

    English (Staffordshire): of Norman origin, a variant of Scudamore, which most probably arises from a Norman French nickname for a knight who used a particular type of leather shield, from the unrecorded Norman French phrase, escu de more ‘Moor's shield’, a reference to a type of Moorish leather shield called an adarga, which was in widespread use not only in medieval Iberia and north Africa but also in Brittany.

    History: The manor of Upton Scudamore in Wiltshire was held by Peter de Skydemore in 1216. The same manor was held by Godfrey Escudamore shortly after 1150. The Scudamore family claim descent from Ralph, recorded in Domesday Book (1086) as holder of Opeton (Upton), whose son was known as Reginald Escudemor.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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