My great great grandfather was Stephen Skinner (1794-1861) who came to Rockford with his family in 1839. He was a direct descendant of John Skinner, one of hte Proprietors and Founders of Hartford, CT in the early 1600s. He is generally regarded as one of the Rockford pioneers. He established a blacksmith shop. Several of his children were also prominent in Rockford: James Butler Skinner, Henry Mead Skinner. I have not found any mention of SKINNER in the IL State Genealogical Society resources and am wondering if anyone has information about this family. I have collected a lot of informaiton about Stephen and his offspring and would like to contribut the information to IL State Genealogical Society. I can be contacted directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.