Skeen Ancestry

Sources:

The Syrach-Titus, Hearne and some of the Skene lines on this page have been verified by reputable resources, namely the first 4 of the above sources. However, the more distant Skene generations remain unverified.

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Note: Some material on Geni is not accurate and it must be used judiciously.

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                                                                            Ancestry through parents Nicholas and Elizabeth (Hooker) Hearne

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Ancestry through parents Robert (II) and Marjory (Forbes) Skene

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  Ancestry through parents John and Lilias (Simson) Gillespie

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Titus Sÿræchs De Vries
b. late 1500s-early 1600s in Vries, The Netherlands
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  Ancestry through parents Teunis Nyssen Denyce and Femmetje "Phebe" Jans Sales

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Jannetje's parents are listed as Teunis Janse Coeverts (Covert) and Barbara (Lucas or Jans) according to page 6 of The New York Genealogical and Biological Record, Volume XXXIX, 1908




 
John Blanford (Blandford)
b. circa 1609 Prince Georges, Maryland, USA
d. circa 1670 Prince Georges, Maryland, USA
Dorothy Wright
b. 1613 Somerset, England, United Kingdom
d. March 1, 1703, Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts
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James Wright
b. 1627, Bolton, Lancaster, England
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William Hearne
b. 1627
London, England
d. October 1691
Delmar, Somerset, Maryland, USA
Mary Cuthbert
b. 1649
London, England
d. after October 1691
Delmar, Somerset, Maryland, USA
m. 2 Sep 1683, St Mathew, Ilswich, Suffolk, England
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1895 family tree diagram of the Hearne family from William and Mary Hearne to their descendants              
Alexander Skene, Bailie (Bailee) of Aberdeen
b. 27 September 1621
(Memorials..., p. 21, has 27 October 1621)
Newtyle, Augus, Scotland
Became a Quaker in 1669 (Clan Skeen by A.T. Skeen, p. 5, and Memorials..., p. 77)
d. ca. 9 March 1693
Kingswell, Aberdeen, Scotland
m. 26 August 1646
Kirkaldie, Scotland

"Genealogical records tell the story of the earlier days and show that Bailee Skene and his wife, Lilias Gillespie of Kirkcaldy, Fifeshire, became converts to the Quaker faith under rather unusual circumnstances. It is told that Skene had been bitterly opposed to its doctrines until on one occasion he was seized with cynicus spasmus, which caused his mouth to whilr about continually, a condition which lasted for some time. This he regarded as the judgement of God, and both he and his wife promptly accepted the Quaker faith ..." (Clan Skeen by A.T. "Tom" Skeen, pp. 16-17).

Lilias Gillespie
b. 1628, Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
d. April 21, 1697, Kingswell, Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
  John Fullerton (Fullertoune)
b. 1620
Montrose, Angus, Scotland
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Note: Robert and Thomas (a female name at the time) Fullerton are listed as Helen's parents on page 22 of Clan Skeen by A.T. "Tom" Skeen where an article by Carrell W. Skene about the colonial Skeen family is shared.
The Dutch-American Titus Family
"The founder of the family was Titus Syrachs De Vries, who according to Bergen's Register of Early Settlers of Kings Comity, and Riker's Annals of Newtown, immigrated to this country at an early date. He was part owner of a gristmill operated by horsepower in New Utrecht in 1660. He was Lieut, of an Infantry Co. of Flatbush in 1673, and was probably promoted, as he is also styled Captain. That he was probably of the noble De Vries family of Holland is indicated not only by his name, which should have been Titus Syrachs simply had he been of the commonalty, but more suggestively that some of his children at least were baptized as Tryntje Titus De Vries, Syrach Titus De Vries, etc." (The New York Genealogical and Biological Record, Volume XXXIX, 1908, p. 5).
Titus Syrachs De Vries
b. ca. 1630, Vries, Tynaarlo, Drenthe, The Netherlands
d. January 26, 1688 Flatbush, Kings, New York, United States
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Details about this couple can be found on page 5 of The New York Genealogical and Biological Record, Volume XXXIX, 1908.
Jannetje (Jannette) Theunis (Teunise) Nyssen
Also seen with the surname Couverts (Covert/Coeverts) according to page 6 of The New York Genealogical and Biological Record, Volume XXXIX, 1908 and supported by FamilySearch
b. circa December 22, 1641 New Amsterdam, New Netherland Colony
d. circa 1734 Long Island, Province of New York
          Thomas Lamar, Sr.
b. 1630 Wicre, Flanders, Anjou, France
d. May 29, 1714 Prince Georges County , Maryland (formerly Calvert Co.)
m.
Note: Thomas had a second wife in Ann Pottenger (b. 1680, Calvert Co., MD, daughter of John Pottenger and Elizabeth Magruder - d. 1714, MD), but it is Mary who was the mother of Thomas II
Mary
(maiden name unknown)

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  Thomas Blanford I
b. circa 1648 Blanford, Dorset, England
d. April 28, 1698 Prince George's, Maryland, USA
m. June 13, 1678, Calvert, MD, USA Tabitha Wright
b. 1647 Calvert, Prince George's, Maryland, USA
d. July 9, 1702 Prince George's Co., MD
Tabitha Wright is also listed as Tabitha Mills as her first husband was William Mills.                             Thomas Hearne
b. 31 May 1691
Somerset Co., MD
d. 1 March 1762
Somerset Co., MD
m. ca. 1712 or 1715 Sally Wingate
(b. ca. 1691, Somerset Co., MD - d. before 1762, Somerset Co., MD)

Some sources list Sarah Newbold (b. 1 Nov. 1691, Pocomoke, Somerset Co., MD, daughter of Thomas Newbold and Jane Layfield - 1745, Pocomoke, Somerset Co., MD), but this is disproven and Sally Wingate verified per William T. Hearne's Brief History and Genealogy of the Hearne Family, pp. 43, 103 and other pages.
               
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John Skene
(a merchant and founder of the Skene family in America and first Mason in America Clan Skeen by A.T. "Tom" Skeen, pp. 5, 16)
b. ca. 1649
New Tyle, Angus, Scotland
Converted to Quakerism by 1670 and faced trial and persecution in Scotland. He was imprisoned in 1679. In October 1682, he and his family arrived at the Delaware River. He came to West Jersey (southwestern New Jersey) where he was appointed Deputy Governor (Clan Skeen by A.T. "Tom" Skeen, pp. 6-15).
d. 1690
Helen Fullerton (Fullertoune)
b. ca. 1650
Montrose, Angus, Scotland
d. Philadelphia, PA, USA

m. 23 October/December 1669
Keneber, Scotland

"John and Helen became Quakers and for this reason they migrated to West Jersey (Southwestern half of present New Jersey) and he beacme Deputy Governor of West Jersey" (Clan Skeen by A.T. "Tom" Skeen, p. 6).

John Skeene's will/dated 19 August 1690, Burlington Township, NJ:
"1690 Aug. 19. Skeene, John, of Peachfield, Burlington Co., gentleman; will of. Wife Helena sole heiress and executrix of real and personal estate, eldest son Alexander, other children mentioned, but not by name. Patrick Robeson, George Hutcheson and James Marshall executors in trust. No witnesses, but proved by the acquaintance of the Justices with testator's handwriting April 10, 1695. 1695 March 30. Inventory of the estate (308.3.3, personal, inch a library valued at 24.14.3 and a negro woman slave 30, 335; real, a plantation, 250 acres at Oneanickon, 1300 a. in town bounds); made by George Hutcheson, Daniel Leeds and Samuel Furnis. 1695 April 10. Bond of the widow Helena Skene as executrix. George Hutcheson fellow bondsman. 1695 April 10. Will proved and letters testamentary granted to his widow and executrix, Hellena Skene. Burlington Records, p. 25", p. 422, New Jersey Colonial Documents

  Syrach Titus
b. before circa December 28, 1679 New York, Kings County, New York, United States

Baptism record for Syrach at the Flatbush Dutch Reformed Church listed as follows:
Date, Father, Mother, Child Sponsor: 1679 Dec 28; Titus Sirachsz, Jannetje Teunis; Sjak; (sponsor) Hendrika Strokels
Source for baptism record: Susie Martin-Rott

This baptism as Sjak 28 December 1679 is further supported by these sources: Early Bergen County Families, compiled by Pat Wardell, which cites Titus, Frank H., "The Dutch Titus Family" in New York Genealogical & Biographical Record, Jan 1908 (Vol. 39, No. 1), p. 7; information online Oct 1999, Dutch-Colonies List, from PhyllisM19@aol.com; Staten Island Church Records, Collections of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, Vol. IV, 1909; Voorhees, David William, Records of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Flatbush, Kings County, New York, Vol. I, 1677-1720, Holland Society 1998.


d. 1761 Bensalem Twp, Bucks County, PA, United States
m. ca. 1702, NY Aeltye (Aeltje) Webs
b. ca. 1679, NY
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Also seen with the surname spelled as Web or Webb, she was daughter of possible Jacob Webs & Geertje Pieters Luyster.
Sources: Early Bergen County Families, compiled by Pat Wardell, which cites Titus, Frank H., "The Dutch Titus Family" in New York Genealogical & Biographical Record, Jan 1908 (Vol. 39, No. 1), p. 7; information online Oct 1999, Dutch-Colonies List, from PhyllisM19@aol.com; Staten Island Church Records, Collections of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, Vol. IV, 1909; Voorhees, David William, Records of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Flatbush, Kings County, New York, Vol. I, 1677-1720, Holland Society 1998.

      Thomas Lamar II
b. 1674 Fishing Place, Calvert, Maryland
d. January 31, 1748 Prince George's County, Maryland, United States
m. 1699
Prince George, Maryland
Martha Blanford
b. 1686 Calvert County, Maryland, United States
d. 1748 Prince George's County, Maryland, United States
                        George Hearne
b. ca. 1715
d. ca. 1782, NC
m. Frances Calloway
b. ca. 1715
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John Wilson
b. 1690, England
       
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The ancestry of the below Matthew Skene (husband of Jannetje Titus) is not verified. There is indication that the article by Phyllis J. Miller, "A New Hypothesis on the Ancestry of Mathew Skeen of Augusta County, Virginia." The Virginia Genealogist, Oct - Dec 2001, convincingly shows Matthew of New York & Augusta Co VA (who m. Jannetje Titus) was NOT a son of Deputy Governor John Skene above. Further, DNA findings from 2001 question Matthew (husband of Jannetje) being descended from the above Deputy Governor John Skene. Meanwhile, Jannetje's ancestry on this page is verified with note on her paternal grandmother Jannetje. |
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    Matthew Skene
(Skane, Skeen)

b. ca. 1677, Aberdeen, Scotland
d. February 1748, Augusta Co. (later divided into Frederick Co. and again into Shenandoah Co.), VA (death date and place source p. 32, Clan Skeen by A.T. "Tom" Skeen)
m. ca. 1727

They moved to what became Shenandoah Co., VA. After Matthew died, she married William Draper and they removed to Rowan Co., NC according to Early Bergen County Families, compiled by Pat Wardell, which would support the Matthew below being her son.

Jannetji or Jannetje (Jane) Titus (Tites)
b. 1702 Flatbush, Kings NY, Kings, NY, USA
d. February 1748, Flatbush, NY, USA
Jannetje (Jane) married to Matthew Skene. When Matthew died, she was the Administratrix of his will in Augusta Co VA: "Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, 1745-1800. Extracted from the Original Court Records of Augusta County" by Lyman Chalkley:

Skaine, Jane
Date: Feb 15, 1748
Location: Augusta Co., VA
Description: Administratrix
Book Page: WB1-97
Jane Skaine's bond as administratrix of Mathew Skaine.
Source for will: Susie Martin-Rott referencing Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia Volume III, Extracted from the Original Court Records of Augusta County 1745-1800, by Lyman Chalkley, page 9.
  James Lamar
b. 1724, Prince George's County, Maryland, United States
d. 1786, Wilkes, GA, USA
m. ca. 1745/1750
Prince George's Co., MD
Verlinda Osborne (Osbourn)
b. 1725, Prince George's County, Maryland, United States
d. 1760
            Pernell (Purnell) Hearne, Sr.
b. ca. 1738
  1895 family tree diagram of the Hearne family from William and Mary Hearne to their descendants including Thomas Hearne who married Nancy Wilson Thomas Hearne
b. ca. 1720
Delmar, Somerset, Maryland
d. ca. 1800
Montgomery Co., NC
Nancy Wilson
b. ca. 1730
     
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I have researched the ancestry of the below Matthew Skene (husband of Rutha Lamar) and sources1, 2 indicate his parents being Matthew and Jannetje (Titus) Skene. While those sources are not necessarily the most reputable and it has been said this remains in the realm of "long reported but yet to be proven," pages 32-37 of Clan Skeen by A.T. "Tom" Skeen confirms these sources, indicating that Matthew Skene (husband of Jannetje "Jane" Titus) died in Augusta County, Virginia, in February 1748, and his sons John, Matthew and Jacob were minors (which fits with the dates for Matthew below). They also had a son Moses. Further, page 36 of Clan Skeen lists a "Deed From Right Honorable Thomas Lord Fairfax to Moses, Matthew, and Jacob Skeen" recorded in Deed Book S, North Neck of Virginia, p. 86, which includes the following text: "I ... do give grant & confirm unto Moses Skeen of Shanandoah County and Matthew Skeen and Jacob Skeen both of North Carolina ..." So this has the below Matthew's name, Augusta Co., Virginia, where he was born and North Carolina where he lived and died. This leads me to believe that the above Skene generation is substantiated and verified. |
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Rutha Lamar's parents are verified per Clan Skeen by A.T. (Tom) Skeen, p. 284.

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    Matthew Skeen in the 1800 U.S. Census in Salisbury, Rowan Co., NC
(Source: FamilySearch)
Matthew Skene (Skeen)
b. 1737, Augusta Co., VA
d. 1814, Rowan Co., NC
m. ca. 1768
Rowan Co., NC
Rutha Lamar
b. 1747, Prince George Co., Virginia, USA
d. 1816, Guilford, Rowan Co., NC, USA
              Pernell (Purnell) Hearne
b. the fourth son, born in MD per William T. Hearne's Brief History and Genealogy of the Hearne Family, p. 498.
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m. in NC.

Purnell and Nancy "moved from North Carolina to Tennessee, 1800 to 1807, and had twelve children, whose names I give without regard to order, as I do not know it. James W.; Milbra; Alaphair; Lee S.; Elizabeth H.; Thomas H. Purnell; Nancy; William H.; Sarah; Brunetta, and Ebenezer. James W. married Kate Moxley; children: Wm. C.; Purnell, Joseph; Milbra; Mary; Henry L.; Hardy D.; Wilson; James P; Catherine; Thomas N. and Nancy" per William T. Hearne's Brief History and Genealogy of the Hearne Family, p. 496.

Nancy Rachel Hearne
b. in MD or NC (not RI) per William T. Hearne's Brief History and Genealogy of the Hearne Family, p. 109
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Hearne ancestry on this page verified!      
      Jacob Skeen in the 1800 U.S. Census in Salisbury, Rowan Co., NC
(Source: FamilySearch)
Jacob Skeen (Skein)
b. 1769, Rowan Co., NC
d. 1835, Coweta, GA
m. 1788
Rowan Co., NC
Alliphair (Alaphair) Hearne
b. ca. 1772
Wilson, Tennessee
d. 1861
Rowan Co., NC
1895 family tree diagram of the Hearne family from William and Mary Hearne to their descendants including Alaphair Hearne who married Jacob Skein  
       

"Jacob Skeen (c1769-1835), son of Mathew and Rutha Lamar Skeen, was listed as head of household in the Rowan Co census of 1820. By the time the 1830 census was taken, Jacob and Alliphair Hearne, dau. of Pernell and Nancy Rachel Hearne, had moved to Coweta Co, GA. Jacob and Alliphair left their land in Rowan Co. (now Davidson) in the hands of their oldest son, Osbourn Skeen.

Pernell left NC with his parents to live in GA.; Benniter m. Elijah Bingham and moved to Montgomery Co; Nancy Charity m. James Johnson and lived near Handy;James d young, leaving a son James, who lived out of NC; Mathew d. young and left a son Jacob Titus who was cared for by his Uncle Osbourn; Allifair m. Joseph Spence; Jacob d. in GA; but his wife Alliphair returned to Davidson Co and lived with her grandson Jacob T. Skeen, until her death in 1861."

Source: The Heritage of Davidson Co. (NC) (The Genealogical Society of Davidson Co, NC 1982, Lexington, North Carolina).

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descendants through daughter
Nancy Charity Skeen Johnson

Nancy's parents and Hearne ancestry on this page are verified per the source William T. Hearne's Brief History and Genealogy of the Hearne Family. Her father and paternal grandparents are also verified per the note and source listed to the left.

         
                     
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