Family Legends – Philmon or is it Filmon?

There are not too many family legends in my files but there is one that is interesting. It was told to me by Marvin Philmon who was born in 1879. His father was James Philmon. James was married twice and Marvin was the youngest of the second marriage.

Marvin told me that his father said that our immigrant Philmon ancestor who came to America in 1840 was a shoemaker from Holland. I knew that couldn’t be right because James was born in 1820 in Anson County, North Carolina and was a farmer.

When the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society had a library in Manhattan, I would visit the library and roam around the stacks of books for different states. One day I was in the Pennsylvania section and I picked up some tax record books. Checking the index I found the name Filmon in the index. Turns out there were some family entries by that name in 1740. Some of the first names were Yost and Conrad. Were they from Holland and was one a shoemaker? It is very possible they were from Holland and one was a cordwainer or shoemaker . So perhaps as the story was handed down, the father telling the story became more recent and 1740 became 1840.

One thing to remember about legends, there could be a kernel of truth in the story. You just have to find it. And is it Philmon or Filmon, it can be both and more including Philemon and don’t forget, it can be spelled with an “a” as in Philman and more.

About agwilderman

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