Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Photograph of an Older Man Identified as John Skillin of Bangor, Maine or the area

Small photograph of an elderly man identified as John Skillin, with further identification on the reverse showing that John was from Bangor, Maine, or the area, or that the photography studio was located at Bangor.

The photograph itself measures about 1-1/4" by 1-1/8".  The matted piece measures approximately 5-1/4" by 3-1/2".

He was presumably John W. Skillin; another photograph features a photograph of his son Harry Alfred Skillin.

John W. Skillin was born August 18, 1842 at Gorham, Maine, son of Leonard and Susan Skillin.   On October 12, 1872 at Kenduskeag, Maine, John married Sophronia Jane Brown, "Jennie", daughter of Albert Brown and Rachel (Morey) Brown.  Jennie was born at Levant, Maine, about June 1848.

John and Jennie had at least four children.  One was the aforementioned Harry Alfred Brown, who was born June 5, 1889 at Kenduskeag, Maine.   Another was Susan Rachel (Skillin) Kendall, who became the fourth wife of Ora Crosby Knapp and stepmother to his daughter Leda Burrill Knapp.

John died June 23, 1920 and is buried with Jennie, who died in 1922, at Mount Hope Cemetery at Bangor, Maine.

If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, or you feel that the John Skillin in the photograph is not the John W. Skillin described above, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

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