Skeen, Untold Stories

What I found in Plain City

If you’ve read my Untold Stories essay,  you know that I had many questions that I needed answers to so I could finish telling the Skeen’s story. Over the years, I looked things up on the internet, just out of curiosity, and this last spring I made another trip to Plain City.  I took pictures this time, and added them to my collection of information from Family Search,, and the history archives of Plain City.  I have pieced together a complete story, and I’m so excited to tell it!

Please be patient with me as I put the finishing touches on the story of the Skeen family. As I get the story ready, here are some teasers for you:

  • William Skeen was among the founding fathers of Plain City, and played a vital and memorable role in the city’s success.
  • William Skeen was a polygamist–he had two wives!  (I would have noticed this in 2002 if I had not been so focused on the death dates on the tombstone.)
  • I know exactly how the children died, and it is not a pretty story (be prepared to cry).
  • In the aftermath of his children’s deaths, William felt that he lost every friend he ever had.
  • The story’s ending has a very interesting twist–connected directly to William’s second wife.
  • I have uncovered two new mysteries related to the original story–this requires another trip to Plain City, and some more pictures. I think I’ll be able to make another story when I solve one of the mysteries. At the very least, I’ll update you on both of them–I’m a naturally curious person, so I realllllly want to know!

I am committed to introduce a new story to my blog every week.  I will post a new story every Wednesday. Of course next Wednesday I will finish telling the story of the Skeen family.  Here is what you can expect in the next few weeks (not necessarily in this order):

  1. What Happened to the Skeen Family
  2. The Hidden Child: how my Mormon mom found out she was a Jew
  3. Why Grandma Cried (another topic from the original Untold Stories)
  4. Solved (I hope): the mystery of little Benny Skeen
  5. The true Story of a Pony Express Rider
  6. A Rabbi, a King, and a Bishop–did not walk into a bar
  7. The Sunshine Sisters





From Untold Stories, 2002


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