My grandfather is Curtis Freeman Skaggs (b 1912), son of Henry Wilson Skaggs (b 1868), son of Hiram Harvey Skaggs (b 1820).
Hiram Harvey Skaggs seems to be elusive.
I have census records (1870 and 1880) when he was married to Elizabeth Campbell Vaught and my gg-father and his brother, Joseph, were born, but I am having trouble locating records before and after.Both of these records put Hiram to be born about 1820.
I have located census records (1860) showing a H H Skaggs living/married to Emily ?, and census records (1850) showing a Hiram H married to Margaret with a child Mary. Both of these Skaggs appear to be born around 1824-25.
I tried tracing Hiram through his marriages, but have not found any records on Emily, Margaret, or Mary (daughter).
I also tried tracing him through census records by logging where my gg-father and his brother said their parents were born.My gg-father is kind of wishy-washy saying Hiram was born in Missouri but does state on 1 census Hiram was born in Kentucky.His brother is consistent stating that Hiram was born in Kentucky.Both sons are consistent with where their mother was born: Tennessee.