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John Skivington (1709-1779)

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Life events
 
Baptised 19 Aug 1709 • Shillinge Ockford, Dorset, England1Church of England, “Dorset, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, … Continue reading
Married 10 Apr 1737 • Shillinge Ockford, Dorset, England6Church of England, “Dorset, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, … Continue reading
Buried 10 Aug 1779 • Shillinge Ockford, Dorset, England2Church of England, “Dorset, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, … Continue reading


Biography
 
John was the son of George Skivington (-1711) and Mary Hallet (1672-1748). He was baptised on 19 August 1709 within the parish of Shillinge Ockford and probably at the Church of the Holy Rood.3Church of England, “Dorset, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, … Continue reading Shillinge Ockford (Shilling Okeford) is now known as Shillingstone.
 
John married Jane Pit (-1778) on 10 April 1737 at Shillinge Ockford and probably at the Church of the Holy Rood.4Church of England, “Dorset, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, … Continue reading Jane was heavily pregnant at the time of their union. While sexual relations prior to marriage were certainly frowned upon they were not altogether uncommon. As many as one third of marriages during this period were conducted while the bride was with child.5Tim Hitchcock, “The Reformulation of Sexual Knowledge in Eighteenth-Century England”, … Continue reading However, the Rector of Shillinge Ockford may not have approved of the situation given the distinct (and somewhat unusual) addition to the register on the baptism of their first child Mary that she was ‘born five weeks after they were marryed’.7Church of England, “Dorset, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, … Continue reading It is impossible to know what prompted that addition and the human drama that led to a marriage so late in the pregnancy. Robert Lacey describes what historians have to work with (such as documents and relics) as ‘comparatively few and often banal … But most of humanity’s past, all those glorious personal dreams and loves, all the beautiful and creative emotions fizzing away inside people’s heads and hearts for countless millennia – all that precious reality has escaped history’s mesh’.8Robert Lacey, 2019, The Crown, The Official Companion, Volume 2: Political Scandal, Personal … Continue reading
 
John and Jane went on to have another five known daughters:9Other children may exist. Their baptisms or births may not have been recorded or the records may … Continue reading

  1. Mary Skivington (1737-1739)
  2. Anne Skivington Russell (1739-1779)
  3. Mary Skivington Best (1743-)
  4. Susanna Skivington Mullett (1746-1819)
  5. Jenny Skivington (1750-1750)
  6. Jenny Skivington Yeatman (1754-1828)

John was an Innholder, a brewer, and a freeholder and leaseholder of several properties within the parish. His assets were carefully documented in his will dated 10 June 1779.10Church of England, “Dorset, England, Wills and Probates, 1565-1858”, Will of John Skivington, … Continue reading In it he named his daughter Mary as Executrix and heir to his freehold estate and property. Mary had married the licenced Victualler, Benjamin Best, seventeen years previously and this may have influenced John’s decision. At the time of his will, John was in possession of one freehold estate and he leased at least two orchards and two estates, one named New Cross and another named Fords.11The available land tax records at Ancestry begin at 1780. The first entry for Shillingstone is … Continue reading
 
John was buried at Shillinge Ockford on 10 August 1779.12Church of England, “Dorset, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, … Continue reading
 
To be continued…13This is a work in progress. Citations and family links are being batch-added to profiles.


External links
 
John Skivington at FamilySearch14The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “John Skivington”, FamilySearch, n.d., updated … Continue reading


References

↑ 1, 3. Church of England, “Dorset, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812”, Baptism of John Skivington, 19 August 1709, Shillinge Ockford, Dorset, England; digital image, Ancestry; Dorset History Centre, Dorchester, England; Reference: PE/SHI:RE1/1, p. not recorded, line 22, https://search.ancestry.com.au/search/db.aspx?dbid=2243, accessed 28 April 2020.
↑ 2, 12. Church of England, “Dorset, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812”, Burial of John Skivington, 10 August 1779, Shillinge Ockford, Dorset, England; digital image, Ancestry; Dorset History Centre, Dorchester, England; Reference: PE/SHI:RE1/4, p. not recorded, line 15, https://search.ancestry.com.au/search/db.aspx?dbid=2243, accessed 28 April 2020.
↑ 4, 6. Church of England, “Dorset, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812”, Marriage of John Skivington and Jane Pit, 10 April 1737, Shillinge Ockford, Dorset, England; digital image, Ancestry; Dorset History Centre, Dorchester, England; Reference: PE/SHI:RE1/3, p. not recorded, line 4, https://search.ancestry.com.au/search/db.aspx?dbid=2243, accessed 28 April 2020.
↑ 5. Tim Hitchcock, “The Reformulation of Sexual Knowledge in Eighteenth-Century England”, Signs, vol. 37, iss. 4, 2012, p. 823, https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/664467, accessed 1 May 2020.
↑ 7. Church of England, “Dorset, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812”, Baptism of Mary Skivington, 28 May 1737, Shillinge Ockford, Dorset, England; digital image, Ancestry; Dorset History Centre, Dorchester, England; Reference: PE/SHI:RE1/3, p. not recorded, line 5, https://search.ancestry.com.au/search/db.aspx?dbid=2243, accessed 29 April 2020.
↑ 8. Robert Lacey, 2019, The Crown, The Official Companion, Volume 2: Political Scandal, Personal Struggle, and the Years that Defined Elizabeth II (1956-1977), New York: Crown, https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/566686/the-crown-the-official-companion-volume-2-by-robert-lacey/, accessed 19 December 2019, paragraphs 6.14-6.16.
↑ 9. Other children may exist. Their baptisms or births may not have been recorded or the records may not have survived.
↑ 10. Church of England, “Dorset, England, Wills and Probates, 1565-1858”, Will of John Skivington, 10 June 1779, Probate Court, Dorset Archdeaconry; digital image, Ancestry; Dorset History Centre, Dorchester, England; Reference Number: Ad/Dt/W/1779, Event Record Number: 36, https://search.ancestry.com.au/search/db.aspx?dbid=2119, accessed 3 May 2020.
↑ 11. The available land tax records at Ancestry begin at 1780. The first entry for Shillingstone is 1781 and neither Best nor Russell is recorded. John Yeatman is the only freeholder/leaseholder recorded two years after the death of John but there is no detailed description of the estates.
↑ 13. This is a work in progress. Citations and family links are being batch-added to profiles.
↑ 14. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “John Skivington”, FamilySearch, n.d., updated 29 April 2020, https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/KHWF-HL9, accessed 29 April 2020.