Posted By:Linda Cox
Subject:Maria Pilkington m. Alanson Filer; Paul Kingston related
Post Date:January 23, 2009 at 10:02:55
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Forum:Racine County, WI Genealogy Forum
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The following section suggests that Paul Kingston had another daughter (or niece):
A statement in court made on December 11, 1876 by Maria Pilkington
(who some say was born in 1810 (some say about 1813) and died July 7, 1888 in Racine, Wisconsin and was married to Alanson Filer who was born March 10, 1812 Paines Hollow, Herkimer County, New York and he died December 19, 1911 in Evanston, Illinois and was buried Racine, Wisconsin on December 21, 1911 – married 1834 Herkimer, New York - but most likely in Wisconsin) – swore a deposition that she, Maria Pilkington, age 67 years came to this country in 1817 when she was age 8 years and that she was related to acquainted with Paul Kingston in his lifetime, he being her uncle and her mother’s brother; they lived for several weeks at the residence of Paul Kingston.
Maria said the Paul was a native of Ireland and had immigrated to America several years before Maria and her family. When Maria arrived Paul was a resident of St. Clair County, Illinois that his daughter Isabella Kingston was then living and the oldest child of Paul Kingston and was about the same age as Maria. She mentioned the marriage of Isabella to Harrison Fay and his subsequent death, leaving Isabella and John T. Kingston the only surviving children of Paul Kingston deceased.


The following sections suggest that Paul Kingston had another daughter (or niece):
History of the First Methodist Episcopal Church, Racine, Wisconsin by Eugene Walter Leach:
Maria Pilkington Filer, wife of Alanson Filer…one of the founders of the church; a daughter of Paul Kingston (page 50). Racine in 1841, the two-story house on the right side of the picture was believed to be the house of Paul Kingston, father-in-law of Alanson Filer, where Mrs. Foxwell, and W. G. Miller say the early Methodists held their meetings. The Racine house is seen on the corner of Market Square and Fifth Street (page 6). The First Class – “The names of those forming the first class there so far as known were, Paul Kingston and wife, William See and wife, A. Filer and wife, and Stephen Campbell and wife. From this small beginning has grown a strong and influential church. It used to be said, ‘go where you will in Wisconsin you will find someone who was converted in the Methodist Church in Racine' (page 59).

Would appreciate any information on this family, especially parents and children of the Pilkington/Filers. Any help is appreciated.