When John Filson was born on 6 February 1770, in Berkeley, Albemarle, Virginia, British Colonial America, his father, Robert Filson, was 25 and his mother, Mary Campbell, was 19. He married Jemima Benton Butt on 21 May 1799, in Berkeley, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. He lived in Knox Township, Columbiana, Ohio, United States for about 10 years. He died on 25 January 1859, in Alliance, Stark, Ohio, United States, at the age of 88, and was buried in Ohio, United States.
English: patronymic from Fill + -son ‘son of Fill’.
Irish: from Mac Philib, a patronymic from the Greek personal name Philippos, Gaelicized as Pilib or Filib and has been in use in Ireland since the Early-Christian period. Bearers of the Norman patronymic Fitz Philip were also Gaelicized as Mac Philib.