William Dolby Skeen

8 January 1839–13 February 1903 (Age 64)
Steelville, West Fallowfield Township, Chester, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life Summary of William Dolby

When William Dolby Skeen was born on 8 January 1839, in Steelville, West Fallowfield Township, Chester, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, Joseph Skeen Jr., was 22 and his mother, Maria Amanda Dolby, was 21. He married Caroline Smart Smith on 29 January 1858, in Lehi, Utah, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 8 daughters. He lived in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States in 1839 and Weber, Utah, United States in 1860. He died on 13 February 1903, in Plain City, Weber, Utah, United States, at the age of 64, and was buried in Plain City Cemetery, Plain City, Weber, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Dolby Skeen
Caroline Smart Smith
Marriage: 29 January 1858
William Joseph Skeen
Caroline Maria Skeen
Thos Skeen
James Monzearl Skeen
Jane Sophia Skeen
Amanda Maria Skeen
Mary Ann Skeen
Aaron Skeen
Willard Arthur Skeen
Rosabelle Skeen
Lafayette Adrian Skeen
Lydia Ethel Skeen
Pearl Bertrel Beatrice Skeen
Ada Myrtle Skeen

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    29 January 1858Lehi, Utah, Utah, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1841 · The Nauvoo Legion
    Age 2
    In 1841, the Nauvoo Legion was organized. It was a group of men formed to protect the people of Nauvoo but also fought in different wars. Joseph Smith was the Lieutenant General of this group. Other leaders included Brigham Young, John C. Bennett, and others. They were part of the Illinois Mormon War (1844-1846), Mexican-American War (March of California, Capture of Tucson), Indian Wars (Battle Creek Massacre, Battle of Fort Utah, Walker War, Ute Black Hawk War, Mountain Meadows Massacre), American Civil War, and Morrisite War. The Legion was disbanded in 1887.
    Age 7
    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
    1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World
    Age 17
    William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

    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

    Brigham Young

    William Dolby Skeen was affiliated with Brigham Young. He could talk with the Indians.

    Sources (25)

    • Wm Skeen, "United States Census, 1860"
    • William Skeen in entry for Edril Byrum Allred and Eda Myrtle Williams, "Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1940"
    • William Skeen in entry for Alexander Dale Skeen, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1965"

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