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I am a descendant of James Philyaw of Jones County born October 6, 1828 and died 1901. Married to Mary Clara Jarman, daughter of Robert Jarman of Onslow County. Had children Clara born 1849 and married to Louis Jarman, Nancy Jane b. 1857 and died 1930 unmarried, John Robert Philyaw born 1852 and died 1944 married (1)Penny King (2)Susan Jones (1871-1965)in 1888, Zachariah"Jack" Philyaw married (1)Mary Elizabeth Jones (2)Ida Combs, David William Philyaw, and Frederick Philyaw. John Robert Philyaw and Susan Jones were my great-grandparents. James Philyaw is buried in Rile Oak Cemetery which was part of the family farm (plantation)near Comfort on the old Comfort/Richlands road. My problem is this: I am missing a link which will definitively tell me who the father of my Philyaw is. There were two James Philyaws in Onslow/Jones county. Both tombstones bear the initials James H. Philyaw. One is in Oakdale Cemetery and he was married to Rachel King in 1848. He was listed as 36 in the 1850 census for Onslow County and is presumed to the namesake mentioned in the 1842 will of James Philyaw of Onslow County. This James Philyaw was married to Levina Davis (parentage unknown) in 1803 and they had the following children: Minerva (married to Jesse Sandlin),Hepsy, Hester,Rachel (married to Benjamin Cowell),Nancy (never married), James H.(middle initial used in father's will and never identified)and Owen (later identified as James Owen in the probate of father's will). I do not believe this is the Owen Fillyaw of New Hanover County, although these families were closely related). The James H. Philyaw referred to in the will of James Philyaw of 1842 was the father of Eugene Philyaw of Wilmington. I am hoping someone here might have some information on the Philyaw/Filyaw/Fillyaw families and will share. Thank you.
-Connie Lee Fowler