John Skinner, a native of Perquimans Co., NC, served on the NC Continental Line in the Revolution, and served in the NC Senate and House of Commons from Perquimans County. Between 1779 to 1785, Skinner received land grants for 1,399 acres of land. He had 850 acres planted in tobacco, owned a fishery, mill, bakery and 28 slaves. He served on the Governor’s Council from 1788 to 1789 and served on the NC Convention to vote for the ratification of the Constitution. Skinner was appointed one of the first thirteen Marshals by President George Washington in 1790, serving four years. In 1794, he was named as Commissioner of Loans for North Carolina. When he died at his home in Perquimans Co., NC in 1819, Skinner had only 50 silver dollars and his estate was $2,000 in debt.