Hi, Randy, This is my first go at finding ancestors on the net.What a surprise to find someone I am related to. Samuel Rolla Filin was my maternal great great gand-father.He was b. 5-27-1812 to Nathaniel Filkin and Eleanor (unknown).They were probably in Cayuga County, NY at the time of his birth as the 1810 census shows his father Nathaniel there.Sameul and his first wife (unknown) had nine children, three living to adulthood.His second wife and my great great grandmother was Roxana Ventruia Aldrich.There were married on 7-20-1845possibly in Silver Creek Township, Branch County, MI.The 1840 census shows Samuel Roll in Michigan and their their third child Alson (the second one and my direct ancestor) was born in Silver Creek in 1850.Samuel and Roxana had ten children, the first two dying in infancy.Sometime between 1853-1860 the moved to Decatur and between 1863 and 1896 to Johnson County, Kansas.Samuel is buried in the Olathe Cemetery, Olathe, Kansas.He died on 3-5-1896.
Ny line comes down through Alson (the second--first child who died in infancy was also named Also) who m. Mary Jane (Molly) Bell, dau. of Dr. Simeon Bishop Bell and Mary Eleanor Taylor.(Have their ancestry if you are interested.)They (Alson and Molly) had four children:Walter Warren, Roy Samuel, Flora Leone and Edna Bell who was my grandmother.She m. George Adolph Pohle.They had only one child my mother Nadia Bell Pohle who m. Gerald Hugh Harness who was also an only child.I "three" am an only child.
I have some information on Samuel's other children and their descendents if you would like it.
This information was provided by my mother's first cousin and I do not have any firsthand knowledge of what her sources were.Undoubtedly, a lot of it was from family members.She located a Wilhelmin Filkin in the 1790 census in New England who could be the father of Nathaniel (not to be confused with his son Nathaniel P).He (Wilhelmin) was the only Filkin listed.If you can shed any light on him and/or the father of Nathaniel, I would be most grateful.
According to the 1850 census Nathaniel was born in NY ca. 1772.Son Nathaniel P was also born in NY ca. 1798 probably in Columbia County (per my cousin--no explanation as to why she thought so).By 1800 Nathaniel (father) had moved to Saratoga County and by 1810 they were in Cayuga County.Nathaniel (father) was in Michigan, Branch County in 1850 living with son Nathaniel P.I do not know any more about him.
Hope this will help you.I tried to access the filkin web site but could not get through.I would be very interested in any information you could provide.Let me know via my e-mail address.