Isaac Thomas Skillman

Isaac Thomas Skillman

Isaac Thomas Skillman

On July 2, 2014 at 6:22pm (151 years to the minute after the fighting in The Wheatfield and The Peach Orchard at Gettysburg was raging) our second son, Isaac Thomas Skillman was born. He was 8 lbs., 3 oz. and 20.75 inches at birth.

Isaac is a name that my wife suggested, mainly because it means “laughter”. We’ve had a lot of that in our relationship, and we want our son’s name to remind us to keep the fun going with our young family.

Thomas is an old Skillman family name, and the tradition and history of that is very important to me. The first Skillman in this country was Thomas, and it’s been a popular name among the American Skillmans ever since. Most recently in our line, my late grandfather was named Thomas. Isaac and his older brother John are part of the 13th generation of Skillmans in the western hemisphere.

4 comments

  1. Ruth Walker says:

    This is a beautiful post. I can hear the reverence for your family history in the “voice” of this piece. However, you do realize that Isaac’s initials are IT…..coincidence?

    • That’s merely a coincidence, Mrs. Walker, but what’s even better is that the word “ITS” is at the beginning of every episode of “Monty Python’s Flying Circus”. 😉

  2. falnfenix says:

    so, so happy for you guys. 🙂

  3. My genealogy program places Isaac and John as 10th great grandsons of the immigrant Thomas, so they are the 12th generation in America, not the 13th. They are my 7th cousins, 3 times removed.
    Cuz Bill

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