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The surname Skelton was first found in Cumberland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, as Lords of the manor of Skelton, before the Norman Conquest and arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D. By the 11th century they had acquired Armathwaite Castle in that same shire, and later branched to Branthwaite and High House in that shire. "Armathwaite Castle [in Cumberland], a handsome modern edifice, built on the site of an ancient fortress, occupies a rocky elevation, at the foot of which flows the Eden; in the reign of Henry VIII. it was, with the estate, the property of John Skelton (c. 1463-1529), the poet-laureat. The chapel was rebuilt by Richard Skelton in 1668, having for some time previously been used as a shed for cattle." [1]

Spelling variations of this family name include: Skelton, Skeldon and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Skelton research. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1460, 1529, 1512, 1641, 1696, 1672, 1674, 1691 and are included under the topic Early Skelton History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Skelton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 169 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Skelton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Samuel Skelton settled in Salem Massachusetts with Susannah in 1629
  • Samuel Skelton, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1629
  • Benjamin Skelton, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1639
  • Nathaniel Skelton, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1648
  • Richard Skelton, who arrived in Maryland in 1665


Skelton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Thomas Skelton, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1716
  • Ralph Skelton arrived in Jamaica in 1775

Skelton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Mr. Skelton, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Henry Skelton, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1867
  • William Skelton, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1878
  • Frank Skelton, who landed in Hancock County, Miss in 1888

Skelton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Thomas, Anne, and John Skelton who arrived in Fort Cumberland Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Ann Skelton, aged 18, landed in Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia in 1774
  • John Skelton, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Jane Skelton, aged 36, landed in Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia in 1775
  • John and Jane Skelton arrived in Annapolis Nova Scotia in 1775

Skelton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Jacob Skelton, English convict from Gloucester, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • John Skelton, English convict from Gloucester, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • John Skelton, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Agincourt" on July 6, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • William Skelton, aged 23, a groom, arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"

Skelton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • John Skelton landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836
  • William Skelton landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Lady Nugent
  • Thomas Skelton arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • William Skelton, aged 28, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864

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  • Isaac Newton "Ike" Skelton IV (1931-2013), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1977-2011)
  • Charles Skelton (1806-1879), American Democratic Party politician
  • Richard Bernard "Red" Skelton (1913-1997), American comedian, top radio and television star from 1937 to 1971, eponym of the Red Skelton Bridge and the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center, he received an Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild in 1987
  • John Hamilton Skelton (d. 1893), American politician, Mayor of Hartwell; Member of Georgia State House of Representatives, 1888-89
  • John Boone Skelton, American Democrat politician, Chair of Lafayette County Democratic Party, 1967
  • J. H. Skelton, American politician, Member of Georgia State Senate 31st District, 1902-03
  • Isaac Newton IV Skelton (1931-2013), American Democrat politician, Member of Missouri State Senate, 1971-77; U.S. Representative from Missouri 4th District, 1977-
  • Harold Newell Skelton, American Republican politician, Mayor of Lewiston, Maine, 1930-31; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maine, 1940
  • Charles Skelton (1806-1879), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from New Jersey 2nd District, 1851-55
  • Carolyn Skelton, American politician, American Independent Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 73rd District, 1970

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  • Nine Generations of the Skelton Family by Zenobia Bell Callahan.
  • Rogers-Skelton and Allied Families by Helen Rogers Skelton.
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  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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  6. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
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