This material was gathered together when I was under the mistaken
Susanna Skelton was the mom of the all of the children of John Marsh. I
am indebted to R. Ward,
who has provided the following material from Jacobus disproving this link.
I am leaving the
Skelton material here for anyone that might be interested in his genealogy
as the descendants of the later children are half-cousins to me, and therefore
"John MARSH apparently had a first wife, of whom nothing is
known except that
she must have been mother of his first three children.
There is no indication
in the parish register of Susanna's baptism that she wasn't
an infant, so she
was probably one. Given the dates of her father's marriage
and the baptism
of his other children, this is the only reasonable interpretation.
her too young to be the mother of the oldest children.
The gap in the dates
of birth from 1641 to 1646 makes it most likely that John MARSH's
died in that timeframe and he married Susanna SKELTON as his
second wife. She
would have been 21 at the birth of Elizabeth, which is reasonable."
This argument is presented by Donald Lines Jacobus in _The Granberry
(1945), pp. 274-276.
I might add that another contributing factor is that if
the date of baptism in England is Susanna's
and if it is close to her date of birth, the first child could not physically
have been hers.
Putting that tidbit into the above argument strengthens it even more. nmt
Baptized: February 26, 1592/3 in Coningsby,
Occupation: Minister - First minister
in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
Immigration: Arrived in 1629
on the George Bonaventure with his wife and family as part of the "advance
party" of the Puritans before Winthrop's Fleet was to arrive. Winthrop's
Fleet, bearing the main body of first Puritan settlers, arrived in 1630.
He was 36 years old and the three children with him were ages 2-6. One
more child would be welcomed into this family the year after arrival, in
Spouse: Susanna Travis, daughter
of William Travis, was born in Horbling, Lincolnshire, England, on September
11, 1597. They were married on April 27, 1619, in Sempringham, England.
Susanna died in the year following their arrival, on March 15, 1630/1,
in Salem, Mass. She was only 33 years old. Samuel did not remarry. (See
Death: Samuel died in Salem, Mass
on August 2, 1634, age 41. The children would have still been young, ages
from 4-12. I'm not aware of what happened to them after their father's
death, but an Alice Beggarly (also known as Daniels) was in control of
his estate for some time after his death.
Primary source for above: The Great Migration Begins,
Savage on Skelton:
"SAMUEL, Salem, came from Co. Lincoln, in 1629, arr.
with w. and ch. three or four, in the George, 29 June, in co. with Samuel
Sharpe, hav. sail. 4 May from Isle of Wight. He was b. 1584, bred at Clare
Hall, Cambr. Univ. where he had his degr. 1611 and 1614; nam. by
the Gov. and Comp. at London to be of the Counc. to Capt. Endicot, wh.
they appoint. Gov. of the Planta. as they heard that E. had "formerly receiv.
much good by his ministry;" 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."
SAVAGE, VOL 4 DICT FIRST SETTLERS OF NEW ENGLAND
Note that Savage speculated that Mrs. Baggerly was
possibly a second wife. TGMB only speculates that she was "related someehow."
Note also Savage has his birth year wrong.
Bancroft on Skelton:
"As the propagating of the gospel was the professed
aim of the company, care was taken to make plentiful provision of godly
ministers; all "of one judgment, and fully agreed on the manner how to
exercise their ministry." One of them was Samuel Skelton, of Clare Hall,
Cambridge, from whose faithful preachings Endecott had formerly received
much good; a friend to the utmost equality of privileges in church and
state. Another was the able, reverend, and grave Francis Higginson, of
Jesus College, Cambridge, commended for his worth by Isaac Johnson, the
friend of Hampden. Deprived of his parish in Leicester for non-conformity,
he received the invitation to conduct the emigrants as a call from Heaven."
History of the United States by George Bancroft (6
Volumes) Volume 1 Part 1 The English People Found a Nation in America Chapter
13 New England's Plantation
Both Savage (see above) and TGMB make passing references to the
Browne incident. I haven't learned the full details. Savage seems to imply
that the Brownes were "wrongly" refused communion in Skelton's church.
TGMB says: "His (Skelton's) preaching was the subject of scandalous rumors
bruited about by John and Samuel Browne, who took their eviction from New
England badly, and did as much damage as they could to the reputation of
all and sundry on their arrival in old England."
Nathaniel and Benjamin "Skelton" Felton in Savage
Savage mentions Benjamin and Nathaniel Skelton as "possible"
sons of Samuel and implies there were male Skeltons to generate Skelton
descendants. This has misled more than one researcher. TGMB reports this
was a misreading of Skelton for Felton from the records, and that Skelton
Felton, a great grandson of Rev. Samuel Skelton, "might have appreciated
the humor of the situation."
All American Descendants from Daughters -
No American Skelton-Named Descendants
As far as I know, Sam and Susannah's only son is believed to have
returned to England and nothing further is known of him. (TGMB says of
Samuel, Jr.: "possibly the Samuel Skelton who appears in Tattershall by
1644 with wife Margaret.) This means all of his American descendants are
from his daughters and start off with surnames for the following main branches:
Marsh, Felton, and Sanford.
(Note: not an ancestor to the first three
children of John Marsh, as was previously shown in Marsh genelaogies.)
One Daughter married Nathaniel Felton
"NATHANIEL FELTON (1615-1705) came to Salem, in 1633, with his mother
"Misstress Eleanor Felton", his sisters Judith and Margaret, and his uncle
Benjamin Felton. Nathaniel Felton married Mary, daughter of Rev. Samuel
Skelton who was educated at Cambridge and was Rector of Semperingham and
afterwards the first Minister at Salem. Nathaniel Felton was born at Great
Yarmouth, Norfolk, England.
MARY SKELTON (1627-1701) was the daughter of the Reverend Samuel
Skelton (1597-1634), M. A. 1615, Clare Hall, Cambridge, who married Susanna
Trevis of Semperingham, County Lincoln, England, and who died March 15,
1631. Mr. Skelton was Governor Endecott's spiritual adviser while in England
and aided by Endecott and the Reverend Francis Higginson, founded the First
Church in Salem, 1629. Reverend Samuel Skelton was Pastor of church; Reverend
Francis Higginson was Teacher."
Memoir of Samuel Endicott With a Genealogy of his Descendants,