Eliza Jane Skeen

13 June 1849–14 January 1888 (Age 38)
Keg Creek Township, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States

The Life Summary of Eliza Jane

When Eliza Jane Skeen was born on 13 June 1849, in Keg Creek Township, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States, her father, Joseph Skeen Jr., was 32 and her mother, Maria Amanda Dolby, was 31. She married James Patterson Robson on 3 May 1866, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in Weber, Utah, United States in 1860. She died on 14 January 1888, in Plain City, Weber, Utah, United States, at the age of 38, and was buried in Plain City, Weber, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

James Patterson Robson
Eliza Jane Skeen
Marriage: 3 May 1866
James Lyman Robson
Luella Robson
Mary Mariah Robson
Rhoda Jane Robson
Margaret Eliza Robson
Joseph Lester Robson
John Elmer Robson
Charles Patterson Robson

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    3 May 1866Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Children


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    +4 More Children

    World Events (7)

    1857 · The State Capital moves to Des Moines
    Age 8
    The Capitol was located in Iowa City until the 1st General Assembly of Iowa recognized that the Capitol should be moved farther west than Iowa City. Land was found two miles from the Des Moines River to start construction of the new building. Today the Capitol building still stands on its original plot.
    Age 14
    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
    1867 · The Burtis Opera House
    Age 18
    The Burtis Opera House opened in Davenport and could easily hold an audience of 1,600. It was a widely used facility and Mark Twain filled the house when he spoke on tour in 1869. It was also used to house Susan B. Anthony when she lectured on the woman's right to vote. The Quad City Symphony Orchestra played its first concert as the new Tri-City Symphony in the Opera House. An arsonist set fire to the building on the evening of April 26, 1921, and the building was severely destroyed. The building was rebuilt but was no longer used as an opera house.

    Name Meaning

    Scottish: habitational name from Skene (Aberdeenshire). A theory once popular with the Skene family is that the name derives from Gaelic sgian ‘knife’, but this has no foundation, since early bearers of the name indicate that it comes from a placename. Another candidate is Gaelic sceathan ‘thorn bush’.Irish: variant of Skehan .

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

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    Story Highlight


    (This biography was written by their daughter Ruth (Brown) Hammond in 1995. Minor editorial changes have been made - BLT 2006. See: http://www.taylorassociation.org/taylorassociation/FarrWest/Browm_H …

    Sources (12)

    • Eliza J Skeen in household of Joseph Skeen, "United States Census, 1860"
    • Eliza Jane Skeen in entry for James Lyman Robson, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1965"
    • Elisza Jane Robson in household of James Robson, "United States Census, 1880"

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