Update summer 2017. The Skelton family through Elizabeth Marsh/March was a weak link, now the family is disconnected, it’s false that Thomas Olney married Elizabeth Marsh daughter of John Marsh, The Ancestry of Emily Jane Angell, disproves this.
Samuel Skelton 12th great grandfather (Olneys and Angells) was born in about 1584 to a religious family, his father William was rector in Coningsby, Lincolnshire, England. Samuel attended Clare College at Cambridge earning an MA in 1615. Skelton was friendly with John Endecott, first Govr of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. John convinced Samuel to join him in the New World. Samuel, his wife Susannah Travis and their children sailed on the George, arriving in Salem on June 23, 1629. The Skelton family received benefits to make their travels and life in the New World more appealing, this included land and this 2 page list of stuff, pages 239-40 of Every day life in the Massachusetts bay colony by Dow at HathiTrust
The church in Salem was a pretty official Church of England church, Samuel became the pastor and carried on. Until January 1, 1630. The Anglican Book of Common Prayer was removed from the services and the Salem church became “the second independent Congregational church in New England”. This new Salem church, for a few years, united the beliefs of the Pilgrims and Puritans. Skelton died in 1634. His assistant Roger Williams (10th great grandfather) took his spot.
Roger had serious issues with
- the Church of England
- taking land –in the name of God- from the people already living on the land
- the King of England
- governments and religions co-mingling
- oaths of allegiance
Williams was eventually tried and convicted in Salem for dangerous ideas then escaped in the night from Massachusetts and created his own colony: Providence.
Dow, George Francis, 1868-1936. Every Day Life In the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Boston: The Society for the preservation of New England antiquities, 1935.