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Asa was one the first of the Skinner's who moved into Licking Co. Ohio. I think he may have has a son named Asa as well - there was a "negative" type notation on a civil war record - I think the elder Asa was too old. Soon after Asa moved to Ohio most of his siblings follows. My line comes from John Thomas Skinner his brother. There is a ton of information on the internet on Asa's father and grandfather Ezekiel Skinner and Rev Ezekiel Skinner MD (the senior) Some family lines indicate Benjamin Skinner is Ezekiel Skinner's father but he is his Uncle. One of the medical articles tells how his Uncle took him in as an orphan at 9 years old.
I hope this helps... you might try writing to the Ray Skinner in this article: he lives in Licking County. If you need detail information on my line - let me know as I can provide.
Cemetery headstones replaced
BY L.B. WHYDE • Advocate Reporter • December 21, 2009
HANOVER TOWNSHIP -- When Ray Skinner Jr., of Athens, Ohio, started researching his genealogy many
years ago, he discovered his great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather were buried in the old Stone Pile
Cemetery on Brushy Fork Road.
He visited the area in 1987 and discovered both headstones in good shape. But on his return visit this past spring, he had trouble even finding the headstones at first. When he did, his great-great-grandfather, Ezekiel
Skinner Jr.'s marker was broken in half and it was almost impossible to read the name. Great-grandfather Samuel Skinner's marker could not be found at all.
So Ray Skinner contacted the Veterans Affairs Office in Washington, D.C., and ordered a government military
marker for Samuel Skinner, a Civil War veteran, free of charge. Skinner also ordered a marker for Mary Skinner, Ezekiel's wife. The markers were replaced, and a small dedication ceremony recently was conducted at the small cemetery.
Samuel Skinner was born and raised in Hanover Township, and his parents, Ezekiel and Mary Skinner were one
of the founding families of Stone Pile Church, which was established in 1837. Samuel entered military service in1864 and was injured from a spent bullet in the trenches during the Battle of Spanish Fort, outside of Mobile, Ala., on April 8, 1865, a day after General Robert E. Lee surrendered in Virginia.
Samuel was discharged in 1865 but never was able to receive disability pension because his military record did
not specify why he was in the hospital. Samuel and his wife, Matilda Iden, of Gratiot, settled in Union Station
and had nine children, four of whom died in infancy. Samuel died in 1875. Matilda died in 1896, but Ray Skinner has still not been able to find her grave. "I left the Ezekiel's (broken) head stone there," Skinner said. "At first I was going to cart them away, but I think it adds to it to know that the original marker is there beside the new one."
An interesting side note to the events is that when Skinner was filling out the paperwork for the military markers, he needed a signature from someone who maintains the cemetery. Skinner contacted Licking County
commissioners for assistance, and found Commissioner Brad Feightner, who turned out to be the son of an
old college friend of Skinner's.
With four generations of Skinners raised in Licking County, Ray continues his search. He has been able
to date Ezekiel's father's will back to 1800. Ray also is a veteran, serving in World War II from 1944-45.
His father, also Ray Skinner, was born in Licking County and served during World War I from 1918-19.
"I think Ezekiel could have been in the Revolutionary War and that land in Licking County was given to men
for their war service, so there is a good chance he served," Skinner said. "I am still looking for descendants of
Asa Skinner and John Skinner, Ezekiel's brothers."
L.B. Whyde can be reached at (740) 328-8513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
General Charles H. Grosvenor CWRT of Athens County
c/o Ray Skinner, Secretary - 2 Coventry Lane - Athens OH 45701 - 740-593-5153
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