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Margaretha Magdalena (Fischer) Killian (1696 - bef. 1750)

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Margaretha Magdalena (Margaretha) Killian formerly Fischer
Born in Dürnhof, Bavariamap
Daughter of and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married in Feuchtwangen, Bavariamap
Descendants descendants
Died before [location unknown]
Profile last modified | Created 23 Sep 2010 | Last significant change: 18 Jun 2019
07:30: Dave Rutherford edited the Status Indicators for Margaretha Magdalena (Fischer) Killian (1696-bef.1750). [Thank Dave for this]
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Margaretha Fischer, daughter of Hans Leonhard Fischer and Margaretha née unknown, was born in 1696 in Thürnhofen, Bavaria (at that time the village was known as Dürnhof). She married Andreas Killian on the 6th of May 1722 in Feuchtwangen, Bavaria.[1]

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Margaretha (Fischer) Killian migrated from Germany to Philadelphia.
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"Andreas arrived in Philadelphia in 1732."[2] Whether or not Margaretha was with him has not been proven, but she probably was.

Andreas Killian married (2) Mary [Beaver or Cline] in the 1750s: a memorial tombstone for their son Daniel has the birth year 1752.[3]

"It is unknown when Margaretha Fischer Killian died. From census records of Andreas and his Last Will and Testament we know Margaretha died prior to the birth of Mary's son Daniel ca. 1750."[4]

Research Notes

  • 1722 marriage record shows Magdalene. Baptism records show Margaretha. Killian researchers investigated village records for a death of Magdalene and a marriage for Margaretha and, finding none, concluded that "they are most probably the same person. She may have had a double name, e.g., Margaretha Magdalena. Clerics recorded verbal information and discrepancies with multiple names were common."[4]
  • Three records of baptisms for Andreas Kilian and Margaretha Fischer's children. The first being that of Leonhardt Kilian baptised 20 April 1724. (Erzberg 172-1, 1724, page 211). All three records note the name of the mother as Margaretha Fischer, wife of Andreas Kilian. (from Fischer-2384)
  • Andreas raised 12 children. Three are known to have been born in Germany to Margartha (Margaret, Leonard, and John). The later children, simply by their birth years, must be by a different woman than his first wife, whom he married in 1722. The Andreas Killian Descendants Historical Association's biography for Andreas's son Samual says that Mary was the mother of four of his children: Daniel (b c1752), Samuel (b c1756), Christianna (b 20 Feb. 1755), and Elizabeth (b c1760).[5] That leaves five children born after John (son of Margaretha), baptized in Germany on 24 September 1729. The dates are estimated by AKDHA based on the order the children are named in Andreas' 1785 will:
  • Jean: born between 1731 and 1734 ("Andreas arrived in Philadelphia in 1732, so this could place her birth anywhere between Germany and the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia")[6]
  • Crate: born between 1733 and 1736[7]
  • Andrew: born between 1735 and 1736, "somewhere between Pennsylvania and North Carolina"[8]
  • George: born 1740[9] or 1745,[10] (birth/baptism record not found); born before Andreas was known to have settled in North Carolina (1747).
  • Catherine ('Trina'): "believed she was born between 1746 and 1753."[11]


  1. AKDHA: Andreas Killian biography (AKDHA: Andreas Killian Descendants Historical Association)
  2. Jean, AKDHA
  3. Daniel Killian, AKDHA
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Family of North Carolina Pioneer Andreas Killian (1702-1788); Andreas and his children and grandchildren (Andreas Killian Descendants Historical Association, 2009 edition), pp 9, 29
  5. See AKDHA's biography of Samuel; Daniel's biography includes an image of his memorial stone that shows a 1752 birth year. The dates are from AKDHA's biographies of these children.
  6. Jean, AKDHA
  7. Crate, AKDHA
  8. Andrew, AKDHA
  9. George, AKDHA
  10. memorial tombstone
  11. Catherine, AKDHA
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On 16 Jun 2019 at 23:10 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Fisher-16746 and Fischer-48 appear to represent the same person because: Fischer because father's name is Fischer. She died before her husband, whose 1785 will names wife Mary (believed to be Mary Cline). See Killian-11 & Fischer-48 for additional information.

On 7 Sep 2017 at 00:52 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Hi Pat! Sorry - should have included an explanation of my change. The Migrating Ancestor template is now a sticker, which goes below the =Biography= heading & is much smaller. I moved it & added some text to the left of it to explain it.

Cheers, Liz

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