John Skidmore


This John Skidmore (Scidmore) probably was born after 1750. We seek information on his origins and path to Albany. Perhaps he came from Long Island.

In February 1778, "division wagonmaster" John Skidmore was among those took an oath of allegience at Valley Forge. Just afterwards, two John Scidmores joined in a petition asking to Governor Clinton to send troops to protect the northern frontier. We have not found him yet in a wartime Albany context.

In 1788, his house and lot in the first ward was valued on the city assessment roll. At that time, the third ward holdings of Thomas Skidmore (on roll in 1779 but in John's later location as well) also were valued.

The first Federal Census for 1790 configued the homes of John "Scidmore" in Saratoga and Stillwater.

His wife was Ann or Nancy Clark. Their daughter was christened at the Albany Dutch church in January 1795. However, a number of additional marriage senarios have been encountered.

In 1796, he was identified as a fireman in Division #1.

Nancy Skidmore, the wife of John, died in April 1797 and was buried in the Dutch church plot. She had lived thirty-five years.

In November 1798, his name appeared on an Albany jury list. He was identified as a carpenter. After that, his name has not yet been found on Albany rolls.

We seek information on the later life and passing of the Albany John Skidmore.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of John Skidmore has not been assigned a CAP biography number. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 1/20/11