I found info about Blaine Skidmore. Have you looked at www.genforum.com
? On the Skidmore forum there is a person, Wm. Frank Skidmore that has this family back to 1550! James Blaine's brother , Curtis Burnam Skidmore, was my Great Uncle. I remember him well. I even might have a picture of him somewhere. Good Luck. Let me know if you find the man on genforum.