Dr. Henry Skilton (also known as Skelton), my sixth great grandfather, was born in St. Michael’s, Coventry, England on Nov. 19, 1718. According to the book Doctor Henry Skilton and His Descendants, published by the Skilton family in 1921, he left England on a naval ship on April 1, 1735 and sailed to Boston. In 1741, he married Tabitha Avery (1717-1793) of Preston, Connecticut. Her father gave them land and they would have seven children.
Around 1750 Skilton bought land in Southington, CT. He studied medicine on his own and began to practice in that town. His house at 889 Main Street in still stands today. It was named to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1989.
Skilton was the second physician in Watertown. He had two sons, but one died at age six, and he wanted to leave an heir. During the Revolution, the story goes, he took the place of his surviving son, Avery, and fought at Bunker Hill. He was a commissioned officer and surgeon, stationed at Roxbury Neck. At least that’s what’s in books and family documents–but I have not found official documents about his service.
Skilton died on June 7, 1804, and was buried in the Old Town Cemetery in Watertown. His grave is listed in Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots.
His descendants included many physicians, including three (Spiros, Peter, and Chris) in my generation alone!