Fran, I have posted many SKINNER searches, but you are the first to say that you have a Cherokee connection. My grt. grmother, Harriet SKINNER was prob. born mid 1830's, but I don't know where. I can only pass along what has been repeated thru her 2 dtrs, Mary Ellen (aka MAY) and Carrie, my gmo
Thankfully, both lived very long healthy lives, or I wouldn't have any info at all. Here's the gist of what I've been told
The Skinner sur-name was given to Harriet's family by the US government as the closest translation of her Father's name (Bear Skinner, Skinner Bear, or some such name). He was a chief (usually meaning only that he was the leader of his imediate clan/group) Anyway, in trying to "civilize" the Cher.'s, the gov. sent Harriet and an unkn sister away to a school in the north. They were to become teachers. At least some of the elder family followed. I really regret that I never thought to ask the name of the school.
The next I know of her, she is mar'd to my Grt Grdfather, Charles Henry MYERS, a newly
imigrated young man from Germany. Their 1st child, Mary Ellen, was born 1849 at the Indiana Reserve, (Don't let anyone tell you there was no such place as I have it on a map) Harriet Chas. had at least 5-6 more chldn, incl. a set of twin boys. None of their names are known to me. Their last child was my gr.mother Carrie, b- Dec. 1878 in Bolin Green, Illinois (Another place they say never existed - WRONG!) I guess I must try to shorten this, but it's important for you to know that most Native Amer.'s kept the mother's Sur-name instead of their father's. So, in abt 1881, the SKINNER/MYERS family left for AR./OK. Harriet died enroute, in or near Topeka, KS.
Mary Ellen had several marr'gs, Andrews, Ellsworth, Atkins, Miller last McCready. Carrie mar'd Joseph Bennet MULKEY, as widow mar'd Frank James BAKER. I wish I knew which older ones kept the SKINNER name. If you or anyone can help me or Fran, Please do.
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