I am a descendant of William Skelton, who was born ca. in Virginia - possibly Mecklenberg County, and died ca. 1825 in Warrick County, Indiana, having reach there with his family and others from travel through the Carolinas and Georgia.
Recently, while researching my de Brus (Bruce) family in Scotland and northern England, I came across some information regarding what apparently are the original roots of the Skelton name. And since I have the information, I thought to share it with interested persons.
My Brus (Bruce) ancestor was Adam (Adelm) de Brus, who was of Norman ancestry. For services, with his father Robert, at the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William the Conqueror granted to him the Barony of Skelton and Lordship of Cleveland in North Yorkshire, England. He was the 1st Baron Skelton.
The 1086 Domesday Book recorded that Skelton, prior to Norman times, was under the lordship of the Saxon Uctred who "had there one manor". Uctred was the lord of 12 nearby villages where the villagers were composed of slaves who had no freedom at all and the half-free. Uctred held the land under a higher lord or earl and had obligations to fight on his behalf and provide a certain number of armed men. But after the Normans conquered England in 1066, Uctred lost his lordship and it was taken over by the conquering Normans. Since the low-born persons of that era had no surnames, it is thought that many of the free-men of that area eventually assumed the surname "Skelton".
Skelton Castle was built in the 12th century by the de Brus (Bruce) family but was demolished in the 18th century when the lord of the manor built a stately home there which still exists.
Today Skelton is known as Skelton-in-Cleveland and is a small town and civil parish in the unitary authority of Redcar and Cleveland and ceremonial county of North Yorkshire in the North East of England.