|The stained glass over the door at |
228 Allen Street indicates its
original number was 84
After I published the post "More About the Skinners," I heard from Robert Dobay of Source Adage. As a current owner of 314 Warren Street, he has been on his own quest for information about the Skinners and was happy to learn the location of Sarah and Cornelia's school. He sent me this advertisement for their father's dry goods store, which appeared in an 1895 publication called The Hudsonian, a rich historic reference heretofore unknown to me.
There's no mistaking it. Henry Skinner's dry goods store was located in the building that is now 314 Warren Street, whose pre-1889 address was 148 Warren Street--or as indicated in the 1862 Hudson city directory 144.
This raises the question of where the Skinner homestead was. All indications are that the Skinner family lived just downstreet from Henry P. Skinner's dry goods store, but that would be Captain John Hathaway's legendary Palladian house, which once stood where the Hudson Supermarket is now. Was there a connection between the Skinners and Captain John Hathaway?
|Photo: Historic Hudson|
John Hathaway did have a daughter named Phoebe, but she was twelve years older than Phoebe Bailey Hathaway and married a man named Beekman. Anna Bradbury and an article that appeared in the Hudson Evening Register in 1867 indicate his name was Theophilus E. Beekman. Other records found at ancestry.com suggest his name was Fletcher Beekman. Phoebe Hathaway who became the wife of Henry Skinner was the daughter of John's brother, Bailey Hathaway. John and Bailey's mother's name was Phoebe, and apparently both sons named one of their daughters after their mother. What seems even more extraordinary than cousins sharing the same name is that both Phoebe Hathaways had daughters they named Cornelia and Sarah--Cornelia A. Beekman (1815-1873) and Sarah H. Beekman and Cornelia Skinner (1843-1917) and Sarah R. Skinner (1829-1913).
Back to being flummoxed by house numbers, the Hudson city directory for 1862 shows Mrs. T. E. Beekman living at 140 Warren Street and H. P. Skinner living at 142 Warren Street. Very likely the two numbers indicate the same house.
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