Jacob Runyon Skillman

Brief Life History of Jacob Runyon

When Jacob Runyon Skillman was born on 22 June 1808, in Hopewell Township, Hunterdon, New Jersey, British Colonial America, his father, William Henry Skillman, was 25 and his mother, Catharine Runyon, was 24. He married Mary Scudder on 14 December 1831, in New Jersey, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Franklin Township, Somerset, New Jersey, United States in 1860. He died on 20 May 1883, at the age of 74, and was buried in Pennington, Hopewell Township, Mercer, New Jersey, United States.

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Jacob Runyon Skillman
Mary Scudder
Marriage: 14 December 1831
Catharine Jane Skillman
Henry Skillman
William Jones Skillman
Amanda Skillman
Richard Scudder Skillman
Elias H Skillman

Sources (9)

  • Jacob R Skillman, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Jacob R. Skillman, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Jacob Scudder, "United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011"

World Events (8)


War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.


On January 28, 1820, the New Jersey Legislature incorporated the City of Jersey from parts of the Bergen Township. The city would be reincorporated two more times (January 23, 1829 and February 22, 1838) before receiving its official name. Jersey City became part of the new Hudson County in February of 1840.

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

Name Meaning

English (Middlesex and Hertfordshire): nickname from Middle English skil(l) ‘reason, discernment’ (Old Norse skil) + man, a medieval Anglicized form of Old Norse skilamathur ‘trustworthy man’.

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

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