John Skoyles

ID # 1053, (1829-1904)
BirthJohn Skoyles was born on 12 November 1829 at Great Ealing, Middlesex, England. 
BaptismHe was baptized on 16 December 1829 at Ealing, Middlesex. 
MarriageHe married Sophia Rachel Hoskins on 6 July 1853 at St. George In The East, London, Middlesex, England; At the Parish Church in the Parish of St. George, County of Middlesex
July 6, 1853,
John Skoyles, full bachelor, publican, residing 2 Colebrook Terrace, Bethnal Green. Father John Skoyles, licensed victualler.
Sophia Rachel Hoskins, full spinster, residing 14 Berner Ln. Father Thomas Hoskynes, licensed victualler.
Witnesses William Morris and illeg. (possibly Tom Crowler.)
The bride and groom apparently were both able to sign the document so it appears that they were literate. 
DeathHe died on 11 March 1904 at Galt, Ontario, at age 74. 
BurialHe was buried at Trinity Anglican Cemetery Galt. 
NoteBirth dates for John and Sophia Skoyles are taken from the 1901 census at Galt.

A baptism record for Ealing, Middlesex, from the year 1829, shows the baptism of John Skoyles, son of John and Eliza Skoyles, on December 16th. John Skoyles is shown as an innkeeper. An annotation on the outside margin shows a birth date of November 20. The 1901 census shows John's birth as 12 November, 1829, but it seems likely that the baptism record is for John, later the husband of Sophia Hoskins. Certainly, John's marriage registration shows his father's name as John. The forms did not provide a space for the mother's name.

John Skoyles Jr. lost his parents at an early age. Parish of Ealing burial records indicate that Eliza Skoyles, age 46, was buried on 2 October, 1835, and a burial record for All Souls Cemetery of Middlesex County shows a burial for John Skoyles of Ealing, Middlesex, age 51, on 30 October, 1840.

The 1841 census at Ealing shows John Skoyles, age 12, apparently living in an inn. The innkeeper is shown as Ann Skoyles, age 46. Her relationship to John is not known with certainty, but she is likely an aunt.

To this point, John has not been located in the 1851 census.

At the time of the 1861 census in England, John and Sophia reside at 28 Great Quebec Street, Marylebone, London. There, John is shown as a beer retailer. Birth places for the family through to son John are taken from this census. Birth dates are taken from the 1901 census in Canada.

By 1871, the family is in Canada and they appear in the census at Toronto Township, division A-1, page 40. The children with them in 1861 are still with them in 1871 as well as Caroline who was born in 1867. Son Alfred wasn't born until 1873 and appears with them in the 1881 census at Dundas.

By 1901 they are in Galt and this census states that the family came to Canada in 1869.

Looking over the birth years of the children, it seems likely that there were others born, perhaps more particularly between 1861 and 1868, that didn't survive and for whom we have no record. There is some possibility that a son Edward was born to them in Marylebone in 1862 and died in Clerkenwell in 1866, but no birth and death registrations have been sought.

Death reg. 028304-04 Galt, Waterloo Co. John Skoyles, 11 March 1904, age 75. Residing Chalmers Street. Born England.

The Skoyles family came to Canada in 1868 aboard the SS Germany sailing from Liverpool to Quebec City.

John and Sophia are buried in Trinity Anglican Cemetery, Galt. 

Children of John Skoyles and Sophia Rachel Hoskins

Last Edited5 May 2013