John Howard Skinker (1814-1867) was the son of Samuel Hampson (1785-1856) and Margaret Wilson Julian (c.1784-1863). Samuel devised his Stafford plantation, Oakley, to John Howard and to Samuel's unmarried daughters, Louisa Virginia Knox Skinker (1828-1886) and Lucy E. Scott Skinker (1807-1896). Early in his life, John studied law, medicine, and divinity, though he never practiced the latter two. He served as a justice in Stafford and as an editor of a newspaper in Warrenton. During the War Between the states, John H. Skinker supported the Union and was an outcast amongst his kinsmen. He served as a lieutenant colonel under Gen. Marsena Patrick. After the war, he practiced law in Washington and died unmarried.