Descendants of WILLIAM SKINNER of Nansemond County, Virginia

William Skinner1 | William Skinner Jr2 | Benjamin Skinner3 | Edward Skinner4 | Asa Skinner5 | Ariss Skinner6 | Asa Hunter Skinner7

5th Generation: Ariss Skinner (1827-1911)
Compiled by Bob Skinner

Ariss Skinner was the son of Asa Skinner and Rachel Woodham. Born 6 May 1827 in Darlington Co., SC. Died 17 Feb 1911 in Butler Co., AL. He first married Sarah Wiggins, daughter of James Wiggins & Matilda, about 1852. Sarah was born 1837 in Butler Co., AL. Died 1892. Her middle initial is clearly "A" in the 1880 census but other sources give "Matilda" as her middle name. This seems plausible given the name of her mother and the middle name of her first child.

He second married Emma Arnold, around 1900, in Butler County, AL. She was born about 1881 (age 29 when 1910 census was taken on 23 April 1910). I don't know her parents but they were both born in Alabama. Emma was reportedly 18 and working at the Cedar Mill when they met. They married not long after the 1910 census was taken. Ariss was 73! Around 1910-1911 Ariss and Emma’s home was destroyed by fire. The family spent the night at neighbors (last name Byrd, had a daughter named Abbie). When Ariss died, Emma took the train to Montgomery and put the children in the Alabama Masonic Home where she took employment.

Annie Mae standing, Rosa with Ariss, Myrtle with Emma. Ariss and Sarah had the following children (all born in Butler County, AL). I have more information on most of these persons.

i. Caroline Matilda Skinner ("Aunt Tildy"). b1853, m Frank Peavy, 15 Nov 1874, Butler County, AL. Married by Reverend J.P. Skinner. Lived Industry Community, Butler County, AL. ii. Nancy Jane Skinner. b 1855, d 1930, bu Athens, TX, m. Dan Rogers, 14 Dec 1875. Married by Rev. Asa Skinner. [photo] iii. John Skinner. B 1857, d 1874. The 1870 census has him born in Mississipi! iv. George Pearce Skinner. b. 27 Dec 1858, d 15 May 1927 bu Liberty Methodist Cemetery, Liberty, AL, m. Ida Jane Cheatham, 18 Oct 1878. She died 25 Sep 1922. v. Asa Hunter Skinner (Twin). b 11 Oct 1860, d 31 July 1903, m Ella Frances Savage, 1883. vi. James Capius Skinner (Twin). b 11 Oct 1860, d 28 Dec 1949, Athens, TX, m Idella vii. William T. Skinner. b Jan 1864, m Ida Miller, abt 1888. viii. Mary Sue Skinner. b 15 Jul 1868, d 18 Mar 1925, bu Liberty Methodist Cemetery, Liberty, AL, m Edward Parmer. ix. Harriet Sephronia Skinner ("Aunt Hattie"). b 16 Jun 1869, d 23 Jun 1940, bu Liberty Methodist Cemetery, Liberty, AL, m John Lewis Crum. x. Sarah F. Skinner ("Aunt Sallie"). b 1871 in Butler Co., AL, d bef 1900, m High Hooks. He was living with William T Skinner family in 1900. xi. Margaret Elizabeth Skinner. b 29 Jan 1872, d 13 Mar 1944, Liberty TX, m. Thomas Caskey Kornegay, 4 Apr 1889, Butler Co, AL xii. Martha E. Skinner. b 1874 in Greenville, Butler Co., AL.

xiii. Minnie M. Skinner. b 15 Feb 1876, d 7 Feb 1971, bu Liberty Methodist Cemetery, Liberty, AL, m. James Braswell. No children. xiv. Aris B. M. Skinner. b 1878. No other information. xi. Marvin Aris Skinner. b 12 May 1881, d 12 Jan 1962, bur Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, m. Lucy Laverly Tetter, 7 Feb 1907 [photo]

Ariss and Emma had the following children: i. Annie May Skinner, b. c1903 in Butler County, AL, m Estes C Thompson, 17 Dec 1927. Had 1 daughter, Carol Thompson, b 1928 [photo] ii. Cora Myrtle Skinner; Born c1905 in AL. Last known in Florida. Old friend of Anny Mae writing around 1970 believed Myrtle was dead. (History of Reddoch Springs-Section D) iii. Rose Lee Skinner; Born c1907 in Butler County, AL about 1907. i.v [boy?] Skinner; Born in AL. Died before 1910.

Sources: [V] 1827, May 6 Ariss born; baptized by Rev. James Jinkens

[D] 1836, 10 October. An Ariss Skinner purchases land in Conecuh County (NW 1/4 of SE 1/4 of Section 6, Township 8, Range 11--#31953) [Isn't "our" Ariss too young to own land?]

[D] 1858 Nov 1. Ariss Skinner purchases 79.81 acres. Legal Land Description: Section Twp Range Meridian Counties 18 10-N 14-E St Stephens Butler 19 10-N 14-E St Stephens Butler. Accession Number: AL2030__.290 Document Number: 47541

[C] 1870 US CENSUS Butler Co., AL, Township no. 10 (Post Office Greenville, AL) leaves 365v, 366r -- Skinner, Ariss, age 4?, farmer $400 personal, b. SC -- Sarah, 33, keeping house, b. AL -- Caroline, 17, at home, b. AL -- Nancy, 15, at home, b. AL -- John, 13, at home, b. MS -- George, 11, at home, b. AL -- Asa, 9 -- James, 9 -- William, 7 -- Mary, 2 -- Harriett, (over 1: born in 1869)

[C] 1880 US CENSUS Butler CO, AL Greenville Beat 12 page no. 40 leaf 344v, Dwelling 497 -- Skinner, Ariss: white male, 53, farmer, b. SC, parents SC, SC -- Sarah A, wife, 45, AL, NC, AL -- Asa H, son, 19, AL, AL, AL -- James C, son, 19, AL, AL, AL [Asa and James are noted as twins]

-- William T, son, 16, AL, AL, AL -- Mary S, daughter, 13, AL, AL, AL -- Harriett S, daughter, 11, AL, AL, AL -- Sarah F, daughter, 9, AL, AL, AL -- Margaret E, daughter 8, AL, AL, AL -- Martha E, daughter, 6, AL, AL, AL -- Minnie, daughter, 4, AL, AL, AL -- Ariss B. M., son, 2, AL, AL, AL

[C] 1900 US CENSUS Butler County, AL Greenville Pct 12, Enumeration district 19, sheet 39, page 4, dwelling 162. Ariss is 70, b. SC, can read, write. Rents home [farm]. In same household was Jane Rodgers (daughter), her children Lee, Williams, Cleveland, Arie, and John, Carrie Skinner, Niece, Marvin Skinner, Brother, James Brazil, Brother-in-Law, and Minnie W, James' wife.

[C] 1910 CENSUS. Butler County, AL, Beat 19, McKenzie. Enumeration District 18, Sheet 6B, Dwelling 113. Living with wife Emma, children Annie M, Cora M, and Sarah L. [i.e., Myrtle Lee a.k.a. Rosie Lee]. He was renting a farm after his home burned down. Census records that Ariss and Emma have been married for 10 years. Emma was born in Alabama as were both of her parents. This was her first marriage. She has had 4 children, 3 of which survive. Home in 1910: McKenzie, Butler, Alabama -- Ariss Skinner 82 -- Emma Skinner 29 -- Annie M Skinner 7 -- Cora M Skinner 5 -- Sarah L Skinner 3 [i.e., Rose Lee]

[C] 1920 Census. Alabama Masonic Home, Montgomery Alabama --Skinner, Annie Mae 17 --Skinner Cora Myrtle 15 --Skinner Rosie Lee 13 I don’t find Emma at the Masonic Home or anywhere else.

[C] 1930 Census for Estes C Thompson and Annie Mae Home in 1930: Birmingham, Jefferson, Alabama. Precinct 21 Age: 26 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1904 Birthplace: Virginia Relation to Head of House: Head Spouse's Name: Ann S Race: White Household Members: Name Age Ester C Thompson 26 Ann S Thompson 25 ['S' for Skinner?] Ann C Thompson 1 1/12 [Carol?]

Estes was 24 when first married. Ann was 22 when first married. Estes' father and mother were born in Virginia. Estes was an electrical engineer. He was not a veteran.

References: BIBLE of Asa and Rachel Skinner in the possession of Miss Mildred Roper, greatgranddaughter of Asa and Rachel through Feraba Jane H.G.S. Mr Bill Spann (Richmond VA) has Aris Skinner/Rachel Woodham family bible (HGS June 1975)

Last updated 12/2009.

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