Sunday, July 29, 2012

Richard Fillingham, Sr., 1638-1675, England to America

Richard Fillingham (Fillingame), Sr., my 8th great-grandfather, was born c.1638 in Normanton, Nottinghamshire, England.  He was the son of Richard Fillingham (1572-1616)  and Katherine Britton of Nottinghamshire, Leicestshire, England and the grandson of Bartholomew Fillingham (1553-1618) and Elizabeth Benskin of England.  He married Sandra Jane Wright.  

Richard Fillingham (spelled variously Phillingham, Fillingane, Fillingane & Fillingim) was transported to America from England by a Kent/Cecil County, Maryland planter named Thomas Hinson, who transported a number of people in two separate shipments. Richard Fillingham was indentured to Mr. Hinson (for his passage) and at the end of his indenture, received 50 acres of land. Although no record can be found of Richard's wife, his will states he wished to be buried on his land, "Arcadia," next to his wife. Richard assigned Samuel Tovey of Bristol, England as executor of his estate and left the care of his young son Richard. Mr. Tovey was a lawyer in Maryland. The two churches in Kent and Cecil Counties have records (handwritten and microfilm) of who owned church pews, marriages, births, deaths, etc. It is from this source that the information was obtained relating to John Fillingim/Margaret Money family. One church bought part of the Richard Fillingham's estate, "Arcadia." The Hall of Records, in Annapolic, Maryland has various land records, probate records, patent records, etc. *** This information taken from family group records, it has not been confirmed.

Richard Fillingham died  23 March 1675 in Kent, Maryland.  Little is known about his wife, Sandra.  According to family history, they had one son- Richard.

Gary Wayne Fillingame has done extensive research on the Fillingham/Fillingame family.  His research is published online at  

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