Susanna Travis d 15 March 1631

Susanna Travis was baptized in Horbling, Lincolnshire, England  11 September 1597, daughter of William Travis. She married Rev. Samuel Skelton, as his second wife, in Sempringham, Lincolnshire, 27 April 1619, & accompanied him to Massachusetts Bay in 1629 on the “George Bonaventure.”

Rev. Skelton was the first minister of Salem.  Susanna died in Salem on 15 Mar, 1631 at age 33.

“Upon the eighteenth day of March came one from Salem and told us that upon the fifteenth thereof there died Mrs. Skelton, the wife of the other minister there, who, about eighteen or twenty days before, handling cold things in a sharp morning, put herself into a most violent fit of the wind colic and vomiting, which continuing, she at length fell into a fever and so died as before. She was a godly and an helpful woman, and indeed the main pillar of her family, having left behind her an husband and four children, weak and helpless, who can scarce tell how to live without her. She lived desired and died lamented, and well deserves to be honorably remembered”

Reverend Skelton died 2 August 1634 in Salem.  They had five children: Sarah (buried in Sempringham before they sailed), Samuel, Susanna Marsh Rix, Mary Felton, & Elizabeth Sanford.


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