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John Skinner, a native of Perquimans County, served on the NC Continental Line in the Revolution and was active in NC politics. He represented Perquimans County in the legislature and in 1790 was named as the first federal marshal for the District of North Carolina. Skinner was involved in several ventures including a fishery, tobacco, a mill and a bake house at the mouth of the Perquimans River. Skinner owned ‘Ashland,’ on the Perquimans River, described as one of the finest houses in northeastern North Carolina. He moved to Chowan County after 1797 where he built an estate known as ‘Montpelier.’