Biography of John F. Skinner
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Skinner, John F., Brasher Center, a merchant at Brasher Center, was born in Salona, Clinton county, Pa., September 21, 1820, a son of John Cotton Skinner, and Deborah, Hanna. This family trace their ancestry from the year 1600, the founder of the family in America having been Joseph Skinner, born in England in that year, who came to America in 1620 with the Pilgrims. His son Joseph was born in 1668, his son John was born in 1725, the son of John being Cotton, born in 1770, and his son, John Cotton Skinner, father of our subject, was born in 1800, in Cayuga county. John F. Skinner was educated in the schools of his native town and Moravia Institute, He learned the trade of a moulder, serving three years, and for several years he worked at his trade, Then he became superintendent for his uncle, Isaac W. Skinner, in a large iron foundry, at Brasher Iron Works, N. Y., where he remained till the death of his uncle in 1874. Soon after this he bought the plant, which he conducted about ten years, when in 1887 he was burned out, Since that he has been in the mercantile business at Brasher Iron Works, until October, 1893, when he moved to Brasher Center. He is a Republican, and has been justice of the peace for about twenty two years, justice of sessions for two years, supervisor of the town two years, town clerk two year's, also overseer of the poor. He married first, January 24, 1847, Mary Ann McCune, born in 1829. They had ten children: Leonidas H., Deborah C., Margaret L., John C., Isaac W., Jacob B., Franklin R., Mary E., Joseph H., and Laura E. His wife died April 9, 1882, and he married second, July 10, 1883, Tryphena Collamer, of Ogdensburg, N. Y.

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A memorial record of St. Lawrence County, New York
Edited by: Gates Curtis
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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