Mine could be Skiff, only in that in researching the name, sometimes the result of looking for a person, the result is a boat.
The men got in a "skiff" and took it across the lake, kind of find.
James Skiff came across the Atlantic Ocean to Massachusetts early in the 1600's.
From "The Descendants of James Skiff of London, England and Sandwich, Mass.", p. 1:
"James Skiff, the ancestor of all the Skiffs in America, is said to have come from London, England, but at what precise time is unknown. He was a proprietor of Lynn, Mass., in 1637, before which time nothing is certainly known about him, and removed to Sandwich, Mass., that year. Lynn was a grant from the Old Plymouth Colony, and began to be settled in 1629. It was incorporated in 1630. October 3, 1639, the General court of Sandwich "Resolved, that a summons be sent for James Skiff to answer to things as shall be objected against him in regard to traducing the law about refusing to take the oath of fidelity. "In 1659 James Skiff, Town Deputy from Sandwich, was rejected by the General Court for his toleration of Quakers..."
The heaviest concentration from 1840 - 1920 in the United States seems to be in New York state.