Saturday, August 26, 2006

Ellen (Riffle) Skinner's Family

Ron Skinner provided this photo of his grandmother, Ellen (Riffle) Skinner and children by her two marriages.
standing, l-r Thomas L. Skinner, Rhoda J. Skinner, Thursia Skinner, Andrew Frank Foster. seated l-r Gidion Draper Skinner, Charles Emery Skinner, Ellen Riffle Skinner.

The 1880 census tells us that 17 year old Thomas N. was living with the Cox family of Gilmer County and Ellen Riffle, 23, was working as housekeeper for the family. Ellen was the granddaughter of Orlando first settlers Isaac (s/o Jacob Sr.) and Elizabeth (Wash) Riffle. We haven't figured out who Thomas' parents were. Thomas was Ellen's first husband. Andrew Foster was her second husband.
To the left is a later portrait of Ellen (Riffle) Skinner.

This 1960 Obituary tell us a little more about the family.
Gidion Draper Skinner, 80 of Orlando, died March 23 at 5:30 pm. at the Weston State Hospital. Survived by two brothers, Charles Emorey Skinner and Thomas Lee Skinner both of Orlando, one sister Mrs Rhoda O'Dell of Leivasy. Funeral services were conducted at 1:30 pm. Saturday March 26 at the funeral home. Burial was in the Casto Cemetery on Knawles Creek. Alkire Funeral Home in charge.

Note: Gidion Draper Skinner is not the Gideon Columbus Skinner who was the son of Jackson (McWhorter and Patience (DuVall) Skinner and married Sarah Bennett

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