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Skeels Name Study

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Surnames/tags: Skeels Skeel Skeele
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Data last updated 03 May 2022 KF

Occurances of the Skeels name SKEELS
Profiles of Skeels1,647
Profiles of Skeele208
Profiles of Skeel725
Orphaned Skeels128
Orphaned Skeel71
Orphaned Skeele13
It is important to note that the numbers provided are estimations only and do not reflect unique records for unique individuals; a single person may be reflected in multiple records. In the case of Ancestry, these numbers also include the number of images and family trees the name appears in.


How to Participate

Please contact the Study's coordinator Kirt Fetterling or post a comment at the foot of the page. If you have any questions, just ask. Thanks!


This is a One Name Study to collect together in one place everything about one surname and the variants of that name. The hope is that other researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect.


  • The scope of the project is to put all the correct profiles (decendants) of John Skeel/Skeels or possibly Skeele of Connecticut into WikiTree and verify with sources what we believe to be factual. The project begins 14-Jun-2020 and will end 21 Dec 2020 or maybe extended if not completed to the satisfaction of the team.



Add this to your Skeels/Skeele/Skeel Profiles:

{{One Name Study|name=skeels}}

Which will result in this:

This profile is part of the skeels Name Study.

Note: Stickers must be placed under the biography heading and are hard coded to right justify. They will wrap around your text like this.


(in progress) shows 5 generations of decendants


  • Alpha listing of Skeels with details [1]
  • Alpha listing of Skeel with details [2]
  • Alpha listing of Skeele with details [3]


Activly looking for a YDNA Skeels person to submit test and share the results with the project and all.

  • UPDATE Dec, 2020 YDNA-111 test results for James Lenard Skeels to be reported and shared.


Task List

Hello, and all are welcome to join this project that is focused on the descendants of John Skeel I of Connecticut whose parents may have been John Skelles b. approx 1860 England and his wife Agnis Bruce (Brice). (Need a SOURCE as to pre-1700 guidelines). Of course there are errors in the 1931 and 1950's family charts. The aim is with everyone's help to fill in the correct information or add what is not yet there.

  • 1) Kickoff the project
    • Kirt will notify potential team members of this new "Skeel/Skeels/Skeele All-One Name Study Project".
      • Kirt will list members who wish to join the project, so they can coordinate tasks with eachother and avoid duplication or conflicts with other tasks.
      • Members will coordinate updates and revisions!
  • 2) Collect all possible candidates for sorting and verification of the family line
    • Use familysearch to collect all know John Skelles line. complete
    • Use Find-A-Grave to review the family unit there and collect all data on each profile.complete
  • 3) Review the collected data from the two sites and and markup what appears to be missing or incorrect within the family units.complete
    • Review existing geneology documents and compare family units within them and corroberate with the team how to proceed. If these are used as a source, we must list our source and add it to familysearch and on the WikiTree profile pages and give credit where credit is due. in process 6-25-20 S.L. Dewald Leader
      • From online sources
      • Family records or documents.
    • Update Familysearch with missing records and remove duplicated or notations of misplaced or orphaned facts.completed
    • Send to Find-A-Grave missing family members who are found and unattached to their parents and spouses and children. ongoing
      • Add corrections if found such as missing places of birth or death or dates if sources can provide them. ongoing
    • sort through the profiles that are in question, and merge where they are duplicated or remove them if no record can be found. (It is also possible we leave them, and if already on WikiTree, place a note at top of the biography "Needs to be Verified" "Template:Needs Sources"
  • 4) Upload the data to WikiTree in a GEDCOM file for review and update and addition. Need to do both to freshen records already existing. completed
    • Notify profile managers if we need to attach to an existing profile if locked or private and being added to their trusted list is possible to avoid duplication as well as miss DNA candidates that will not come across if left unattached.
      • It's at this point we will have the team review the new batch Kirt uploaded to WikiTree and assign a team member to review what is now on WikiTree to check for omissions or errors.""
  • 5) Use the FamilySearch tool within WikiTree to freshen all records with reviewed sources.
  • 6) Team members to review our progress and update / cleanup profiles.
  • 7) Attempt to contact living WikiTree members who are now attached to the project so they are aware. Add their DNA if they are willing to share.
  • 8) Project End

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An American Skeels Reunion was held in 1998 in the state of Washington. There the Albertans met new cousins.

As a result of that Faye Skeels Gergen put together her Skeels genealogy. "This is information given to me. Three brothers, Chester Justic, Harvey W., and Wil l iam L., sons of my great great grandfather, Harvey Robert Skeels came west from Illinois by Railroad to San Francisco in 1874. From San Francisco they traveled by boat to Portland, Oregon. Grandfather Chester Justic homesteaded a piece of land across the Willa ette from Albany and about one mile from the river. Great Grandfather made his home there until he passed away in 1913 at the age of 80.

posted 5 Jun 2022 by Sharon (Dewald) Skeels   [thank Sharon]
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Sharon is confident that Veronica found the one who compiled a family tree 5 April 1945 was Col. Charles Winslow Skeele known as Skeel-542. (1899-1992). Of the Air Force.

His line is: 1.John Skeels-36 and Hannah Terrill.

2.John Skeels-60 and Sarah Wheeler Blakeslee.

3.Jonathan Skeels-71 and Abigail (Slosson) Tracy.

4.Sgt. William W. Skeel-315 and Rhoda Cogswell. 2nd marriage to her sister Electa Cogswell.

5.William L. Skeele-2 and Ann Staple. 2nd marriage to Lois Rockwell, the mother of his children.

6.Samuel Cogswell Skeele-110 and Harriet Winslow. 2nd marriage to Martha Joice by whom he had a daughter.

7.Duane Skeel-465 and Abbey Conine.

8.Irving Duane Skeel-508 and Anna Rowley.

9.Col. Charles Winslow Skeele also known as Skeel-542. Born 14 August 1899 Apulia Station, Fabius, New York. Died 13 July 1992 DeRuyter Madison, New York. Married Iva Springstead. Thanks Veronica for continuing to edit the Skeel/Skeels/Skeele/Skeeles family of North America.

posted by Sharon (Dewald) Skeels
edited by Sharon (Dewald) Skeels
Introducing Skeels descendant of John Skeels, Jr., William Ocain: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Ocain-38! Welcome, cousin.
Today I am staying with family lines of direct relatives.

Sourcing is always a problem due to a hand tremor. If you cannot reach me as a Manager consider sending a message to:

1.Kirt Fetterling-18.

2.Veronica Gilbert-14028.

3.Paul Skeels-111.

4.Denise Skeels-533.

5.Eileen Skeels-1345.


Sharon Dewald-135

posted by Sharon (Dewald) Skeels
edited by Sharon (Dewald) Skeels
For sometime I have been working on my families-Dewald/Weidner, Ensminger/Enzi and Frasch/Knittel. (German-Russian Families.)

For my husband I will be working on Frasers and Smiths of Aberdeen, Scotland; the Vaughan (Welsh) and Briggs family that pertain to Mary Viola, wife of Frank Edward Skeels.

I now wish to stay with my husband's direct lines: Frank Edward Skeels, Nelson Skeels, Rueben Skeels, Truman Skeels, Samuel Skeel, John Skeel Jr and John Skeel Sr.

I am finished with the lines of John Skeel I of Connecticut. Thanks to Edythe Wilson Thoesen, The Skeel Family of Connecticut, 1959, Chipman Skeels, Samuel Alvabel (1st tree 1853), Charles W. Skeele (need to find family) and many more genealogists too numerous to name.

Thanks to everyone who will or have contributed.

Of course I will always accept any messages as manager of Skeel/Skeels/Skeele/Skeeles name study. I expect names to appear from Cambridgeshire Chatteris England and Denmark too. There are always other families with surnames spelled e.g. Skiles, Skules, and depending on the country can be quite different.

Sincerely, Sharon Skeels

posted by Sharon (Dewald) Skeels
edited by Sharon (Dewald) Skeels
Good job Kirt.

Sharon is so happy that the Lines for John Skeel of Connecticut have been completed. John 1647-1721.

Now William Skeels came in the 1800s. He first fought for England, then fought with the colonists and brought his family to America.

Dr. Willard Skeels, a pastor, came in the 1960s from New Zealand and wanted to know more about his American cousins. Dr. Willard Skeels found John Skeel’s or Skell’s Record of Baptism in England.

Then Dr. Wilbur Skeels connected with Dr. Dorr Skeels a geologist whose research took him to A Library in England as well as Chatteris Cambridge, England. Many letters were written between family members of this family. That being the extended family of Sharon’s husband.

Because Chipman Skeels had 8 pages of long foolscap and very detailed, his Bibliography would go a long ways on pre-1700. (1906-1931-6Th Edition).

Sharon cannot say Isaac is one of ours as he came from England to Maryland.

Sharon cannot tell who Charles W. Skeele was, who completed a family chart 5 April 1945. Can anyone confirm his ancestors perhaps through DNA? Sharon noticed on ancestry.ca Search his Records were blocked.

Kirt and Veronica and Paul and Sharon would love to hear from distant relatives. There will be omissions. (June 2020).

Sincerely, Sharon Skeels

posted by Sharon (Dewald) Skeels
edited by Sharon (Dewald) Skeels