Name: James Skeen
Birth: BEF 1730 in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
Death: ABT 1794 in Providence Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
From 1754 to 1762, Peter, James and Jonathan Skeen served as Vestrymen at St. James. As there are no Vestry lists from 1745-1754 it is possible they were Vestrymen earlier.
In February 1761, Peter and James Skien were listed on land being offered for sale by the Pennsylvania Land Company in New Providence (Montgomery Co, PA), on the Schuylkill and Perkiomen Creek.
On 2 April 1761, James Skeen bought 145 acres in New Providence Township at a public venue. On the same date, 336 acres were bought by Arnold Vanfossen, & 156 acres by John Taney. Then on 12 May 1762, James Skeen bought the 145 acres in plot D that he had been leasing from the London Co.
In 1767, an agreement was made for purchase of a piece of land "on the south side of South Mountain" by James Skeen, Jonathan Skeen and Rachel Von Fossen, widow of Arnold Von Fossen, for her support.
A 1769 tax List shows James Skeen, 145 acres, next to Samuel Skeen (no acres), Providence Township; Jonathan Skeen, Upper Merion Twp., no acreage.
On 26 May 1770, James and Barbara sold 145 acres to Joseph Boys (Boyce). This land is adjacent to Arnold Von Fossen, Edward Roberts, across Skippack from land of Daniel Rees and Jacob Umstead.
On 15 Nov 1770, James renewed the mortgage to Hugh Roberts on the land of John Umstat, containing 162 and 3/4 acres (100 acres part of Lane Tract sold to Jacob Umstead 1737, and adjacent 62 and 3/4 acres, also part of Lane Tract), which John had mortgaged to Hugh Roberts in 1768.
Between 1772-1788, James is listed in Providence Twp. on this land.
In 1776, a "crippled son" is added to James's entry, and Peter Skeen is added with one cow.
In 1780, James testified in court for his son Abraham.
In 1783, James Sr is listed with 150 acres- 2 horses- 4 cows, and son James is listed with no acreage or animals. During this time Abraham, James (carpenter) Joseph, Peter, and Samuel Skeen are shown as having served in the 8th Co. 6th Batt. (Francis' Company of Col. Bull's Battalion). They also appear on the 1785 and 1786 Providence Muster Rolls.
1790 - "MONTGOMERY PLEAS MARCH TERM, George Roberts & al. (Executors of Hugh Roberts vs. James Skeen & Uxr.) Debt £200 Costs 76/ A Levari facias Retble June Term 1790 And now to wit the thirteenth of October in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety Francis Swaine Esquire high Sheriff of County of Montgomery Acknowledges in open Court a Deed Poll under his hand Seal bearing Date the twenty first day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety conveying unto Samuel Skeene....Exd Deld to Order of Francis Swaine JAN 8, 1794." (Mont. Co. Sheriff Docket A:74)
The 1790 Census (enumerated 1791) lists only one James Skeen in Providence: James, [carpenter] with 3 m., 1f., probably Joseph and "Crippled Son" Benjamin plus their mother, Barbara.
1) Hocker, Edward W., "Genealogical Data Relating to the German Settlers of Pennsylvania and Adjacent Territory." Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1981. Reprinted, 1989. pg 87: (from "Sower's Newspaper") February 13, 1761 "Land of the Pennsylvania Land Company is advertised for sale, and names of occupants are given as follows: New Providence (Montgomery County), on the Schuylkill and Perkiomen Creek, 4000 acres - - John Edwards, Thomas Francis, Thomas Rositer, Peter and James Skien, Thomas Gahagen, John Taney, Nathan Daevy, Arnold Fox, Samuel Bell and others."
2) Records of the Court of Quarter Sessions of Philadelphia County that pertain to later Montgomery County, 3 Volumes, plus Index compiled by Edward W. Hocker, LDS Film # 0021595.
3) The Pennsylvania Gazette, Philadelphia, Accessible Archives, 2004: ITEM #26373
4) Perkiomen Region, Vol. 6, 1928, pp. 66-77 by Ralph Johnson; Phila. Co. Deed Book H-16:117, 1770
5) Montgomery Co, PA Deed Book 323 p. 172
6) Carol Skeen Day, "Robert Skeen of Pennsylvania and Virginia and Some of his descendants", 1998, National Genealogical Society Library p. 23.
7) Research of Barbara Wentz, 2005
8) Philadelphia Co, PA Deed Book H-16:117; Plot Map of Lane Land, Barbara Wentz Cartographer, Eleanor Mayfarth, Land Recs., 2003.
9) Pennsylvania Archives, Third Series, Vols. XIV, XV; "Soldiers of the American Revolution, Philadelphia County, PA, Including Montgomery County, 1776-1777
10) Philadelphia Co, PA Mortgage Book X 13:169-175: 1768 mortgage of 162-3/4 to Hugh Roberts by John Umstat and Winifred (Evans)
Father: Peter Skeen b: BEF 1700
Mother: Mercy ? b: BEF 1700
Barbara ? b: ABT 1730