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What's the latest? We have added a new Fred Lowery album to the Products page for your listening enjoyment. For those new to the site, Fred was a Skillern descendant and you can find lots of information about him at the August newsletter link below and at the Newsletter bonus page. We have added a description of Lee Station Day and added a slideshow of photos from the event this past weekend at the All the Latest page. We have a new weekly poll. We have uploaded both the July and August newsletters onto the site. Do you know of any upcoming fall reunions? Coming soon: Later this month, we will talk more about our Anderson cousins (found at the bottom of this page). In October, we will explore our Maverick cousins.
This house was in Nacogdoches County, Texas. But, there's a mystery. Who can identify the location of the house? It is believed to have been near the Skillern Family Cemetery. Family members are really hoping to find out. The photo was taken around 1908. This new photo has been enhanced by Jimmy Kendrick and he added the names to the photo. Thank you, Jimmy! Update: Linc Skillern has added that he believes the photo was taken at the home of Charles Isaac "Charlie" Skillern in Cherokee County, TX during a visit by Radford Berry Skillern.
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Jerry Faye (Skillern) Fuller sent us this great pic of the Charles Isaac Skillern Family circa 1901.
L to R: Charles Chester "Uncle Check" Skillern, Dewey Datry "Uncle Hooker" Skillern, Charles Isaac "Charlie" Skillern, Nancy Elizabeth "Nannie" (Smith) Skillern, Elma Ossie (Skillern) Evans, and Vera Gertrude "Aunt Gert" (Skillern) Evans.
The family later had four more children: Carl Benjamin Skillern, Sr., Wilma Myrtle (Skillern) Lucas, Bertha Corinne "Aunt Bert" (Skillern) Fitch, and Ruth Oleta (Skillern) Mitchell.
Today we conclude our series on the Skillern Family Cemetery in Nacogdoches County, Texas. Here is a list of those known to be buried there.
This Skillern family cemetery is one of only two known Skillern cemeteries in the United States. The other is a tiny (and I mean tiny!) one in Bledsoe County, Tennessee. As you can see, the last burial for this cemetery may have been 1924. The cemetery was mostly used by Isaac Skillern and his descendants. It was said to be Lucinda (White) Skillern who designated the two acres to remain cemetery land (out of around 80 acres owned in the area). Around 1902, a wrought-iron fence was erected and it still stands today. The family has done a lot of work over the years to maintain and improve the cemetery land, including building a shelter (Tim Skillern), adding memorial markers and having the land surveyed and recorded, which allowed for the road to be maintained by the county. Triva buffs: What significant American event affected the cemetery? On February 1, 2003, the space shuttle Columbia disintegrated upon return to earth's atmosphere, spreading its parts onto the cemetery grounds, among many other places. Crews were sent to process the scene and the entire community was affected for weeks.
The yearly gathering is both exciting and reverent as the extended family gathers to share memories and the latest news. You can find lots of photos at the "All the Latest" tab. Please send us your memories of the Skillern Family cemetery. Here are directions found at FindAGrave.com: "Take Highway 21 east from Nacogdoches for 12-16 miles to CR (County Road) 432 (see map above which shows the initial turn off from the highway as CR 434). There is a sign for LIttle's Chapel and Skillern cemeteries on right of highway (see photo below). Turn right and go around 1.5 miles. Just before the CR turns left, you need to turn right. This dirt road will fork and you will take the right fork that looks like a wagon trail. The cemetery is at the end of the road." Click here for a list of the memorials listed at FindAGrave.com.
We'll get started by naming the Andersons who married into the Skillerns in Sammy's direct family. Send us your Anderson/Skillern connections.
William Skillern I married Elizabeth Anderson. She was born around 1710 in County Donegal, Ireland. She died sometime after 1771 in Augusta County, Virginia. Boy, did her life take a turn for the dramatic after his death. She unwittingly married a conman named Ute Perkins who used aliases of John Bland, John Anderson and James Anderson. It seems he thought he had found a lonely widow to prey upon. Elizabeth wound up in several court battles related to this marriage and is believed to have eventually married a Moran prior to her death.
William and Elizabeth's son William Skillern II married Mary "Polley" Anderson. She was born June 5, 1747 in Staunton, Augusta County, Virginia and died May 28, 1832 in Scott County, Virginia.
Their daughter Rebecca Skillern married William Anderson who was born October 31, 1776 in Botetourt County, Virginia and died October 22, 1855 in Bledsoe County, Tennessee. Interestingly, both of their fathers fought in the Revolutionary War.
Their son, Audley Maxwell "Edley" Anderson married Mary Ann "Polly" Skillern. He was born February 4, 1805 in Virginia and died sometime after 1880, probably in Bledsoe County, Tennessee.
I think it can be safely assumed that the primary reason these families kept marrying into each other is that they had a tremendous mutual respect. They lived in close proximity from the mid-1700s until at least the 1830s.
John Anderson, Sr. was the father of eight children, two of whom married Skillerns, making him a direct ancestor for many of us. He was a captain in the Revolutionary War and a colonel in the Virginia militia. He even served as sheriff of Scott County, VA. But, John is known most for his building of the Anderson Blockhouse. Sammy has added a lot of information about Colonel John Anderson and the Blockhouse here.
We have just purchased a world explorer subscription to Ancestry and are hopeful this will help us with research across the pond. Thus far, we have tracked the Anderson family back to Central Anderson, who had a child, Ulster Anderson. Ulster was born in Scotland around 1665 but died in Ireland. His son, John Anderson, is a direct ancestor of many of us. John married Margaret -- we think her maiden name was Campbell but we can't confirm it, yet. They married around 1709 in Ulster, County Donegal, Ireland. John was born around 1690 in Scotland while Margaret was born around 1691 in Larnark, Scotland. She died in Augusta County, Virginia while he died in Cumberland County, Virginia. They had more than six children, all seemingly born in Ireland. The family emigrated from Ireland to Virginia via Pennsylvania.
William Anderson, Sr. was the fifth great-grandfather of Felix Budwell Stump, Sr. William had three wives: Mary (Reid) Anderson, Hannah (Christian) Anderson, and Elizabeth (Campbell) Anderson. Sammy is descended from two of William's children with Elizabeth (most of the Skillerns reading this article are descended from one or both of these children). Felix was descended from William and his wife Mary.
Admiral Felix Budwell Stump, Sr. was born December 15, 1894 in Parkersburg, Wood County, West Virginia and he died June 13, 1972 in Bethesda Naval Hospital but not before succeeding on a brilliant career path. He served in World War I, World War II, and the Korean War, earning the rank of admiral. He was commander of the United States Pacific Fleet from 1953-1958 and the U.S.S. Stump was named in his honor. You can learn more about Felix here. Photos of Felix and the U.S.S. Stump can be found in the slideshow below.