Daughter of John and Jane Smith Skinner. Emily married Hyrum Nielsen Winter and after he died she married Samuel Nebeker.
John Skinner, his wife, and three oldest sons emigrated from England in 1856 by way of the ship Columbia. They remained in New York until 1868 when they joined the William S. Seeley Company. The Skinner family was recorded as living together in a household in Utah in 1870.