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William Charles Skinner
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Birth: Dec. 29, 1870
Allegan County
Michigan, USA
Death: Aug. 17, 1917
Olmsted County
Minnesota, USA

William C. "Willie" Skinner, born in Trowbridge Twp., Allegan Co., MI, is the only son of Andrew C. Skinner (1840-1912) and Juliana/Julina Wason/Wasson (1844-1897) and the 5th of 6 children.

1-ADELA (ADELLA) SKINNER (1861-1939) m. Tracy D. Turner
2-LUCY SKINNER (1862-1899) m. Cyrus Powers
3-ISABELL SKINNER (1864-1871), d. in childhood
4-FRANCES SKINNER (1865-1924) m. Charles Wilcox
5-EDITH SKINNER (1873-1905) m. John Fields.

1-EDITH M. PERKINS (1869-1921); m. 03 Nov 1892, Van Buren, MI USA (age 20; she was 22)

2-MARION MAUDE KEENE (1880-1972); m. 02 Sep 1897, Bloomingdale, Van Buren, MI (age 25; she 17)

With 1st wife Edith:
1-AVIS M. SKINNER (1893-?) m. Frank Millard Keeney (1892-1970)

With 2nd wife Marion:
2-HARRY JAMES SKINNER (1899-1928) m. Ethel May Rapson (1903-1980)
3-AMBER ROSELLA SKINNER (1902-1993) m. Roy C. Hart
4-CLARK WILLIAM SKINNER (1907-1973) m. Janice Hatfield
5-GYPSIE BERNICE SKINNER (1914-1996) m. George Carmen Angelo Barbado

BIO/TIMELINE (see wife's timeline for more detail):

1892: Married 1st to Edith M. Perkins; one dau., Avis M. born; apparently divorced within 5 years as Edith went on to marry someone else.

1897: Married 2nd to Marion M. Keene; 4 children born between 1899-1914

1900 US Census: Cheshire Twp., Allegan, MI USA, age 29.

1904, Sep. 28-Oct. 7: 1st family move to U.P. from Allegan Co. with children Amber & Harry and other relatives by horse & wagon to St. Ignace and settled in Brevort (20 m. NW of St. Ignace).

1906, Sep. 25: Family left Brevort; returned to Allegan Co. and bought farm near Fennville. Deal fell through so on Dec. 6th, they moved in with Grandma Pierce (Henrietta Rosella Loomis Pierce) in Cheshire Twp. Grandpa (George) Pierce had died in 1905. Son Clark was born in 1907; and the family lived there until next move in 1908.

1908, Sep. 5-Oct. 5: 2nd family move to U.P. from Allegan Co. with parents, Harry, Clark, Grandma Pierce and Aunt Waive Keene (Marion's sister), this time entirely by covered wagon and horse team with all household goods; it took a month.

1909, April: Bought Edd Flood farm/Job Singer place, a log home S.E. of Pickford.

1910 US Census: Pickford, Chippewa, MI with Willie; age 29; children Harry, Amber & Clark; also father-in-law Andrew Skinner (age 69)

1914-1917: Last child Gypsie born (1914); Willie took sick (Jun. 1916) and died (Aug. 1917) at Mayo Clinic, MN during surgery for colon cancer. He was brought back to Pickford and buried on Fairview Road Cemetery, and his widow Marion and children who had temporarily moved back to Allegan while Willie was in Southern Michigan seeking medical attention moved back to U.P. for the last time and settled in Pickford.

1917 17 Aug, Age: 45, Death, Rochester, Olmsted, MN USA
SOURCE(s): 1) Minnesota Death & Burials (1835-1990), 2) Minnesota Deaths and Burials, 1835-1990 {URL:}


Biography {revised 10.20.2012} by Debra Hart Blackgrave Tyre, great-granddaughter. Some sections provided by daughter Gypsie Skinner Barbado to Geneva Keene Cochran for the "Keene-Pierce" book.
Family links: 
  Andrew C Skinner (1840 - 1912)
  Julina Wason (Wasson) Skinner (1844 - 1897)
  Marion Maude Keene Skinner (1880 - 1972)
  Edith Perkins Smith (1869 - 1921)*
  Harry James Skinner (1899 - 1928)*
  Amber Rosella Skinner Hart (1902 - 1993)*
  Clark William Skinner (1907 - 1973)*
  Gypsie Bernice Skinner Barbado (1914 - 1996)*
*Calculated relationship
Fairview Cemetery
Chippewa County
Michigan, USA
Created by: Debra (Hart) Blackgrave ...
Record added: May 23, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 90592048
William Charles Skinner
Added by: Debra (Hart) Blackgrave Tyre
William Charles Skinner
Added by: Debra (Hart) Blackgrave Tyre
William Charles Skinner
Added by: Debra (Hart) Blackgrave Tyre
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