Transcript:Savage, James. Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England/v4p104

Volume 4, Page 104

but prob. he never was sw. for the arrest of his assoc. the Browns, bef.
com. of the commiss. would prevent organiz. or action. But in the
pulpit his right as pastor, as well as that of Higginson, for teacher, was
fix. 6 Aug. 1629. Desir. adm. as freem. 19 Oct. 1630, he was rec. 18
May foll. His w. d. 15 Mar. 1631, and prob. he took ano. w. if the
ord. of Court, June 1638, with the consent of Mrs. Baggerly," that the
incr. of his "cattle shd. b. div. acc. to Mr. Skelton's will; and that the
goods and household stuff wh. belong to the three eldest ch. shd. be div.
by some of the ch." be constr. to mean, that he left a younger ch. and we
might infer, that his. wid. had tak. new h. Mr. Baggerly. But no such
name is found in Felt's list of ch. memb. of Salem, nor indeed does any
Skelton appear there, but the pastor. He rec. in July 1632 gr. of four lots
of ld. of various quantity; from the Col. besides what the town may have
gr. if any, tho. no such benefact. to either him or Higginson, or any ch.
of either is ment. He d. 2 Aug. 1634, and much do we regret the
loss of his will, that perhaps would have nam. the childr. In his Ann.
II. 568, Mr. Felt explains the denial to Gov. Winthrop, Isaac Johnson,
and compan. of libert. to unite in the Lord's Supper, or to have a ch.
bapt. for wh. Cotton, then at home express. his surpr. and regr. No
wonder the Browns were driv. away, when these later comers could not
by Mr. Skelton be adm. to his communion as "not memb. of reformed
chhs." The great master of us all would gladly have rec. these men;
but the rigid separatists had sterner sense of duty. So extreme was
their repugn. to the formulary, wh. they had onced used in their weekly
worsh. that they would not longer believe, in the communion of saints.
SAMUEL, Salem, s. prob. of the preced. b. in Eng. sold ld. in S. Feb.
1644, to lieut. Richard Davenport.

    SKERRY, EPHRAIM, Salem, s. of the first Henry, m. Sept. 1671,
Martha Mellard (if Essex Inst. III. 144 has correct spell.) had Hannah,
b. 11 July foll.; Martha, 13 July 1674; and he d. 11 Oct. 1676. FRANCIS,
Salem 1637 freem. 17 May of that yr.; was, it is said, aged near 84 at his d.
1692. His wid. d. 10 Aug. of the same yr. HENRY, Salem, perhaps br. of
the preced. came from. Yarmouth, in Co. Norfk. Apr. 1637, cordwainer,
aged 31, with w. Eliz. 25 one ch. Henry, and one apprent. Edmund
Towne, aged 18. See 4 Mass. Hist. Coll. I. 97, or Geneal. Reg. XIV.
325. He was a freem. Mar. 1638; had Eliz. bapt. that mo.; Mary,
Sept. 1640; Ephraim, 26 Mar. 1643; and John, 3 June 1649; he car. a
prisoner, 1649, to Boston, prob. as a constable, and was liv. 1696, then call.
89 yrs. old, d. 12 Apr. 1697; and in Felt's ch. list of 1645 is Bridget, wh. may
have been w. of him or Francis. HENRY, Salem, s. of the preced. m. 9 Nov.
1665, Priscilla, d. of the first Henry Lunt, had Francis, b. 25 Nov. 1666; Ann,
14 June 1669; Priscilla, 13 July 1671; was freem. 1677; d. 30 Aug. 1691; and
his wid. Eliz. d. 6 Mar. 1693.

    SKIDMORE or SKIDMER, JAMES, Boston 1636, appears as agent for
John Winthrop of Conn. JOHN, perhaps of Cambridge, was fin. 1641,
for sale of strong water to Ind. THOMAS, Cambridge 1642, had, in
1636, been engag. for John, Winthrop in his prepar. for plant. at Saybrook;
by w. Ellen had John, b. 11 Apr. 1643; and Joseph; may have
been at Lancaster at its early sett. 1653, but certain. bef. and aft. that