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Skinner, Onias Childs


21 July 1817–4 Feb. 1877. Sailor, teacher, preacher, farmer, lawyer, railroad president. Born in Floyd, Oneida Co., New York. Son of Onias Skinner and Tirza. Moved to Whitestown, Oneida Co., by 1830; to Peoria Co., Illinois, 1836; and to Greenville, Darke Co., Ohio, 1838. Deputy marshal of Darke Co., 1840. Moved to Carthage, Hancock Co., Illinois, 1842. Moved to Quincy, Adams Co., Illinois, 1844. Leader of movement in Warsaw, Hancock Co., opposing Latter-day Saints, 1844. Served as aide-de-camp to Illinois governor Thomas Ford, 1844. Served as special counsel for prosecution in JS’s preliminary hearing on charge of treason, June 1844. Served as counsel for defense at trial for those accused of murdering JS, 1844. Married first Adaline McCormas Dorsey, 15 July 1845, in Darke Co. State legislator, 1848–1849. Judge for Illinois Supreme Court, 1855–1858. Married second Sarah Wilton. Married third Helen Mar Cooley, 14 Jan. 1864, in Adams Co. Died in Quincy.