Person:Andrew Skidmore (2)

m. 7 Apr 1730
  1. Joseph Skidmore, Jr., of South Branch, Potomac River, VAABT 1730 - 1810
  2. James Skidmore1732 - 1807
  3. Sarah SkidmoreABT 1732 -
  4. Maj. John Skidmore1736 - 1809
  5. Sgt. Edward Skidmore1737 - 1783
  6. Elizabeth SkidmoreABT 1739 -
  7. Rebecca SkidmoreAbt 1741 - aft 1806
  8. Thomas SkidmoreEst 1742-1749 -
  9. Samuel SkidmoreEst 1742-1749 -
  10. Andrew Skidmore1750 - 1827
m. NOV 1783
  1. Andrew Skidmore1786 -
  2. Jesse Skidmore1796 -
Facts and Events
Name Andrew Skidmore
Gender Male
Birth? 8 NOV 1750 Norfolk, Augusta County, Virginia
Military? 10 Oct 1774 Battle of Point Pleasant
Marriage NOV 1783 Rockingham County, Virginiato Margaret Johnston
Death[1] 15 Nov 1827 Sutton, Nicholas (now Braxton) Co., Virginia (now West Virginia)
Burial[1] Skidmore Graveyard, Sutton, Braxton, West Virginia

Andrew Skidmore was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Records of Andrew Skidmore in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:

  • Page 24.--10th March, 1775. Joseph Skidmore, Sr.'s, will, farmer--To son, Andrew, executor. Teste: Robert Mimes, Jacob Eberman, Elias Barker. Proved, 17th March, 1778, by Minnes, and on 19th May, 1778, by Jacob Eberman. Andrew qualifies.
  • Page 57.--17th March, 1779. Joseph Skidmore's estate settled by Andrew Skidmore--Received from Jno. Hagle, Jno. Alkier, Jno. Yocume.
  • Page 178.--Dr. the estate of Moses Thompson to Mathew Patton, executor--1779, December 6, to Charles Lynch (Synch); 1779, June 8, to David Harmon; 1778, December 13, to Daniel Westfall; 1778, July 10, vendue bill. to Ebenezer Petty, Jacob Root, Thomas and Joseph Summerfield. Andrew Skidmore, Thos. Harrad, Aron Vanskoy.

Information on Andrew Skidmore

•ID: I76934
•Name: Andrew Skidmore
•Sex: M
•Birth: 8 Nov 1750 in Norfolk (Ruddle) West Augusta (Pendleton) County, (West) Virginia
•Death: 15 Nov 1827 in Sutton, Nicholas (Braxton) County, (West) Virgin


[These notes have been put together at the request of David Armstrong, editor of the Allegheny Regional Ancestors, who feels that the truth about a widely-believed error should be better known.]

Act One of our drama begins with Archibald W. Corley, a great-grandson of Andrew Skidmore and Margaret Johnson of Randolph County. He took a considerable interest (even pride) in his Skidmore ancestry in a period when this was not common. As a practicing attorney he spent much of his time in courthouses and had "stoped (sic) off one time at Harrisonburg from the train to look at the old records for my family." It was doubtless at this time that he located an Andrew Johnson there, made him the father of Margaret Skidmore (she was in fact his youngest sister, a posthumous child of Arthur Johnson), and produced a tale out of the whole cloth that this Andrew Johnson was the grandfather of the president of the same name.

In 1914 his distant cousin, Minna S. Hyman (Mrs. Harry), of San Antonio, Texas, wrote to Counsellor Corley (now in his mid-sixties and practicing in a sleepy country town) asking for some genealogical information. She was descended from William Wilson who had married Sarah Friend, a daughter of Jonas and Sarah (Skidmore) Friend. Corley answered her letter on 2 October 1914, and wrote again on 19 December 1914 sending her some rather careless information on her Randolph and Pendleton County ancestors. Mrs. Hyman was not a descendant of the Johnsons, but he wrote gratuitously in December (on the stationery of A. W. Corley and C. F. Greene, Attorneys and Counselors at Law, Sutton, West Virginia):

"Andrew Skidmore was born in 1751, died in 1827, his wife was Margaret Johnson of Andrew Johnson, she died in Randolph County, Virginia, in 1809 and is buried on what is now the Odd fellows home for W. Va. at Elkins, she was an aunt of Andrew Johnson the 17th President of the United States."

Most genealogical correspondence eventually gets trashed but Mrs. Hyman saved hers, and I was able to make pencil copies of these letters (and another from Claude W. Maxwell, Counsellor at Law at Elkins, dealing largely with Friend's Fort) back in the pre-Xerox period.

The Second Act involved John D. Sutton who received a somewhat embellished tale of the Johnson connection which he published in January 1919 (after Corley's death) in his History of Braxton County and Central West Virginia. Publication led to an immediate acceptance, and Act Three was played on the grounds of the Old Fellow's Home at Elkins. Here, on 8 July 1929, the Margaret Johnson Skidmore monument (now sadly vandalized) was unveiled and dedicated before about 2000 people. The plaque parroted the Corley correspondence:

"Margaret Johnson Skidmore; daughter of Andrew Johnson; sister of Jacob Johnson; Aunt of Andrew Johnson, 17th President of the United States. Was married to Andrew Skidmore, a soldier of the Revolution in 1783, the mother of twelve children. She died in 1808."

The speakers included a United States Senator, and a special Skidmore-Johnson issue of the Randolph County Historical Society Magazine was published to commemorate the event.

Sadly, more than one member of the West Virginia family later visited the Greeneville, Tennessee, home of the president and convinced Mrs. Margaret Johnson Patterson Bartlett (a great-granddaughter) of the truth of the Pendleton County story. They were true believers who had been led down the garden path, and it would serve no useful purpose to identify them at this late date. There can be no doubt, however, that the acceptance by the president's family has made Corley's tale even harder to stamp out.

If I may be permitted a personal aside, I have told anyone who would listen since the 1940s that the Johnson connection was completely fraudulent but have resisted telling the full story until now. (4) I put the editors of the Henckel genealogy (Andrew Johnson of Pendleton County had married Hannah Henckel as his first wife) on the alert before publication, but they still repeated the presidential story. Since then I have also published two editions of my Skidmore family history and denounced the Johnson error in both.

Father: Joseph Skidmore b: Abt 1706 in Murderkill Hundred, Kent County, Deleware Mother: Agnes Caldwell b: Abt 1705 in Somerset County, Maryland

Marriage 1 Margaret Johnson b: May 1759 in West Augusta County, Virginia
•Married: Nov 1783 in Rockingham County, Virginia
1. Andrew Skidmore b: 20 Mar 1786 in Tygarts Valley, Harrison (Braxton) County, (West) Virginia
2. Jesse Skidmore b: 16 Apr 1796 in Pendleton County, (West) Virginia
  1. 1.0 1.1 Butcher, Bernard Lee, and James Morton Callahan. Genealogical and personal history of the upper Monongahela Valley, West Virginia. (New York, New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co., 1912), Page 780.
  2.   Find A Grave, Memorial# 14771881.

    There are 2 photos and this comment: In 1774, Andrew Skidmore fought in the Battle of Point Pleasant as a Private in a Company led by his brother, Captain John Skidmore. He was a "daring and reckless" soldier and indian fighter. He was married to Margaret Johnson in 1783.