John Skinner was born around 1874 in Old Kent Road, London. By the time of his marriage when he was 24, he was a general labourer, living at Teddington Place, Blackwall Lane in Greenwich. His father also John Skinner, a labourer. He was briefly a carman working on the river, then by 1901 he was a labourer at the gasworks in East Greenwich, living at Blakeley Buildings.
He married Belinda Clark (born about 1876 in Canning Town) on 2 April 1898 at Greenwich register office. They had seven children:
Florence Maud Skinner, born about 1898 Greenwich
John Skinner, born 16 October 1899 Rotherhithe
Belinda Skinner, born about 1902 Greenwich
Walter Robert Skinner, born about 1906 Greenwich
Ada Louisa Skinner, born about 1908 Greenwich
Samuel Charles Skinner, born about 1909 Greenwich
Charles Edward Skinner, born about 1910 Greenwich
After John's death, Belinda married a Mr Phillips.
John Skinner (16/10/1899) was born at 12 Sayes Street, Deptford North (or Rotherhithe). He worked on the Thames as a steam tug driver, at the gasworks, and in the Royal and Merchant Navies. He married Margaret Toulson (born 1 August 1900 in Poplar) in 1920 at Poplar. They had at least thirteen children, John died in 1975 in Littlehampton, Margaret in 1976 in Herne Bay .
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