I am responding because through my research I believe I am related to the Filkin clan, who later became Filkins somewhere around the late 1700's. I am the 7th great granddaughter of Henry Filkin who was either born in England in 1651 and came to Long Island New York (New Amsterdam at the time a Dutch settlement) and married a Dutch girl by the name of Catherine Vonck (or Vonk). He was one of The Great Nine Partner Patent holders 1697 who was granted land in what is now the Hyde Park area of New York (as well as many other burrows in NY). He held many other high positions including sheriff, and land holder, and a small town was named after him called Filkintown (which is now Mabbettsville) and The Dutchess Turnpike was known as Filkin Road in the late 1600's/early 1700's and was a route west out of New York.
Henry Filkin & Catherine Vonck had 10 children (or so) one of them being Henry Filkin, JR who married Elizabeth Smith around 1722. They had 11 (or so) children, one being Bernardus (Barnardus, Barnaby) who married Mary Germond around 1759, and who are now buried in Old Cooksborough Cemetery. These names are just the ones who are in direct relation to me, but I do believe we should have the Filkin/Filkins family forum together. I don't know if everyone who is a Filkin would be related to us Filkins now in the States, Canada, Australia, or England, but I know for sure that it is hard to search our family. I am still waiting for a marriage certificate for my great grandfather William F. Filkins who married an Annie O'Reilly in Utica New York, between 1884-1888, at St Mary's Catholic Church. That is my smoking gun to tie me to the Filkin Family of England. If anyone can confirm or deny anything I have written, please respond.
Sending good wishes from Jacksonville, Florida, USA
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