Who were the parents of Sarah Skinner Mudge?

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Yesterday I found a biographical article written about her husband Ebenezer Mudge in 1868 (while their children were still alive) that gave her parents as Josiah and Laura Skinner.  And that's all they gave.  No further information.  So, who were Josiah and Laura Skinner of (as of 1772) Sharon, Connecticut?  That's what I need help with.

My theory is that Josiah was a Josiah Skinner born to Thomas Skinner (1712-1762) and Elizabeth Mudge (1714-1807) in Sharon, Connecticut in 1746.  It would make him 26 at the time of her birth.  Reasonable, and he was from Sharon.  This would also mean that Sarah and her husband Ebenezer were second cousins, both descended from Elizabeth Mudge's parents, Ebenezer Mudge (1683-1758) and Abigail Skinner (1691-1765).  Thomas Skinner and Elizabeth Mudge were themselves cousins, both descended from a Thomas Skinner and Mary Pratt.

But I can't prove this theory.  I've found no marriage records for Josiah and Laura.  Making things harder is that there were a few Josiah Skinners around that time, one of whom married a Sarah Mudge in 1753.  The Mudges and the Skinners intertwine many times throughout the years; apparently the families were close for some generations.

Any help to break through this wall would be greatly appreciated!
WikiTree profile: Sarah Mudge
in Genealogy Help by Matt Scheich G2G1 (1.8k points)
Have you looked for wills and land records ?

I proved the parents, brother and grandfather of US Navy hero Reuben James through land records.
I tried wills, but there were several different Josiah Skinners and I couldn't tell which was which.  Couldn't find any with a wife named Laura, either.  

Based on the middle name of one of Sarah's sons, I think it's possible that Laura's maiden name was Dibble, but I had no luck tracing that.
http://skinnerkinsmen.org/ might be able to help

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Barbour collection has Sarah Mudge marrying Josiah SkinnerApril 25 1753. They were both from Sharon .vol LR3 page 412.
by Marion Poole G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
I've seen that marriage, but I don't believe that's the right Josiah. This biography says that my Sarah Skinner Mudge's mother was named Laura, not Sarah.

Also, I think the Sarah Mudge married to Josiah Skinner was Ebenezer Mudge's aunt, which would have made him and his wife first cousins, but I'm not sure about that.

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