The SKEENS of TONGA


Skeen Coat of Arms


For my mother Leonie ʻAna Tuʻifua Skeen Cocker and her family whom she loved so much.




The Origin of the Skeen Name


The Skeen name heralds from the Aberdeenshire parish of Aberdeen in Scotland.  The first bearer of the name was a second son of Struan Robertson who saved Malcolm II of Scotland (circe 1014) by slaying a wolf in Stocket Forest with his "sgian" or "skene" (Scottish dagger).  He was rewarded with the name Skene and the lands of Skene.  And he and his descendants henceforth maintained the rank of free Barons and held the castle Skene and the Earldom of Mar in Aberdeen.  Over the years as the family grew and migrated through Scotland and England and eventually out of England the name Skene came to be spelt as Skeen, Skeene, Skeyne and Skiin.


Later Skeen History


Alexander Skeen (b 1695) was born in Elgin, Morayshire, Scotland.  

Alexander Skeen had a son Robert Skeen (b 1727; d 1800). 

Robert Skeen married Esther Thompson (b 1732;d 1811) and they had a son William Skeen (b 1773, d 1855).

William Skeen married Margaret Nesbit (b 1774; d 1846) and they had 9 children the oldest of which was Robert Skeen (b 9 Oct 1797; d 16 Mar 1879). 

Robert Skeen married Sarah Slinn (b 13 Dec 1798; d 18 Jan 1878) and they had 12 children, the 3rd of which was Robert Skeen (b 3 Oct 1823; d 1 May 1897).


With special thanks to Phillip Somervaille for his Skeen Family History Page and to Joan Margaret Stella Fusipalapangai Skeen Klampfer for directing me there. 


It is the descendants of Robert Skeen that emigrated to Tonga that this History follows.       




ROBERT SKEEN and his DESCENDANTS

Robert Skeen (born 3 Oct 1823; died 1 May 1897).

Son of Robert and Sarah Slinn Skeen. 


Robert Skeen married 1st Catherine Potter and they had 4 children.


1. BENJAMIN SKEEN


2. WILLIAM HENRY SKEEN


3. SARAH SKEEN


4. CATHERINE SKEEN


Robert Skeen married 2nd Jane Liston and they had 2 children.


5. ROBERT LOWIS SKEEN


6. WILSON SKEEN




ROBERT LOWIS SKEEN
(b. 14 Jan 1862 Mangawai New Zealand; d. 16 Dec 1915 Auckland New Zealand)

Son of Robert and Jane Liston Skeen



The Cyclopedia of Samoa, Tonga, Tahiti & the Cook Islands 1907, p.53

Prior to 1901, when he moved to Tonga, Robert Lowis Skeen practised law in Samoa. He was appointed Chief Justice of Tonga in Jan 1905. He also sat as Cabinet Minister and Privy Councillor there. His career is summarised in The Cyclopedia of Samoa, Tonga, Tahiti & the Cook Islands 1907, p.53.


An excerpt from The Observer, Rōrahi XXXII, Putanga 2, 23 Mahuru 1911, Page 4

PARS ABOUT PEOPLE


Robert Lowis Skeen married Eliza Fruean, 3rd daughter and youngest child of Charles Fruean Zimmerman of Germany, and Meleane Pouomasiʻu Lealiʻitasi Suʻa of Western Samoa.  Robert Lowis and Eliza Skeen had 9 children.



Eliza Fruean Skeen with the older children.
Seated on Elizaʻs lap is Robert Stout Skeen with his twin brother Parker Stout standing to the right.


1. JANE LISTON SKEEN


2. NELLIE VAEA SKEEN
Nellie Vaea Skeen married Ian Brown and they had:

(a) Ian Brown
(b) Neil Brown



Nellie Skeen Brown, with her sons Ian and Neil.


3. RUBY FANUA SKEEN


4. PARKER STOUT SKEEN


5. ROBERT STOUT (PAKI) SKEEN I


Parker Stout and Robert Stout (Paki) Skeen I were twins.  


Parker Stout Skeen and his wife Winnie.

Courtesy of Jason Skeen.

Robert Stout Skeen

Courtesy of Jason Skeen.


6. MARY LAUTI SKEEN

Mary Lauti Skeen married Bickerstaff.


7. ROBERT FREDERICK SKEEN


8. NORMAN ARTHER SKEEN


9. NORMA SKEEN




ROBERT STOUT SKEEN I (PAKI SKEEN)

Son of Robert Lowis and Eliza Skeen


Robert Stout Skeen I (Paki Skeen)
Courtesy of Joan Margaret Stella Fusipalapangai Skeen Klampfer


The nickname Paki came from Ropaki (or Ropati), Samoan for Robert.


Robert Stout Skeen I (Paki Skeen) had with and Tupoutu’a Laumanukilupe Niumataevalu, 4 children.  


1. EVELYN TĀPAITA LAʻĀINAʻIPANGAI SKEEN



Evelyn Tāpaita Laʻāinaipangai Skeen
with niece Leonie ʻAna Tuʻifua Skeen Cocker,
second of three daughters of Robert Stout Skeen II.


2. STELLA LAUMANUKILUPE SKEEN



Stella Laumanukilupe Skeen


3. LILY VIOLET SKEEN


Lily Skeen Simpson

Lily Violet Skeen


4. ROBERT STOUT SKEEN II


Robert Stout Skeen

Robert Stout Skeen II

Rivo Manule'oongo Skeen,
second of three sons of Robert Stout Skeen II.


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Robert Stout Skeen I (Paki Skeen) married Ruby Sarah Payne (Sela Paki) and they had 8 children, most of whom are living today, and are here excluded in respect of their privacy.



Robert Stout Skeen I (Paki Skeen) and his wife Sarah Payne Skeen.
Courtesy of Jason Skeen.





Nuku'alofa Club members with Robert Stout Skeen I (Paki Skeen) seated 2nd from the right.
Courtesy of Lorna Day.



The grave of Eliza Fruean Skeen at Telekava Cemetary, Kolomotuʻa, Nukuʻalofa, Tonga.



WW1 Memorial at Pangai Si'i Park, Nuku'alofa, Tonga acknowledging amoungst others, the Skeen family contribution to the War effort. 

 

Ngaahi Liliu moe Ngaahi Nouti
[010313] Fakafōtunga fo'ou e peesi´.

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