Andreas Killian

Andreas Killian (bef. 1702 - aft. 1787)

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Andreas Killian aka Kilian
Born before in Steinbach an der Holzecke, Bavariamap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Feuchtwangen, Bavariamap
Husband of — married after in Lincoln County, North Carolinamap
Descendants descendants
Died after in Lincoln County, North Carolinamap
Profile last modified | Created 23 Sep 2010
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Categories: Lincoln County, North Carolina | Palatine Migrants.

Andreas Killian was a Palatine Migrant.
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Andreas Kilian was born in 1702 in Steinbach an der Holzecke, Bavaria. He was baptized December 1, 1702 in Saint Gallus Church in Erzberg.[1] He is the son of Andreas Killian and Dorothea Knaus. "Although Andreas' name was Kilian (with one "L") he used the two "L" form after his arrival in America."[2]

Andreas Killian came to America (Pennsylvania) aboard the Adventure in 1732 (Robert Curson, Master, from Rotterdam. Qualified September 23, 1732).

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Andreas Killian migrated from Germany to Philadelphia.
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From Palatinate, Germany, to America. Sept. 26, 1732 on ship Adventure, landed in Philadelphia. His wife, his daughter Margaret, and two sons (Leonard and John) accompanied him. He moved to North Carolina about 1746 or earlier.[3]

A memorial tombstone at Old Saint Paul's Lutheran Church Cemetery in Newton (Catawba County), North Carolina, shows that he died in 1788.[4] The tombstone lists 12 children (as named in will) as well as wife Mary.

Children of Andreas Killian and his wife Magdalena (married in 1722, believed deceased around 1742):[5]

Children believed to be those of Andreas and his wife Mary:[7]

Andreas passed away after 1787.[8][9]

Will Transcript

The will of Andreas:[3]

"In the name of God- I Andrew Killian of the County of Lincoln in the State of North Carolina, being sick of body but of sound and disposing memory, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form as followeth (to wit)

After all my lawful debts are paid, which I allow to be paid out of the debts now due to me; I give to Mary my beloved wife the sole and proper use of the house in which I now live with the benefit of a garden onehalf acre of the tendable land, firewood, etc. Enduring her natural life - together with the gray mare and colt and her choice of any of my mild cows with her calf-and two hundred weigth of hog meat to be paid her annually by my sons Daniel Killian and Samuel Killian jointly as long as she lives, or otherwise enduring her widowhood, likewise her bed and furniture, spinning wheel, and such part of my pewter and dresser furniture as she may desire, and such otherpart of my houshold furniture as she may reasonably need for housekeeping, these things to be for her only proper use and behoof forever.

I give to my son-in-law Michael Price the husband of my daughter Margaret-one shilling sterling.

I give to my son Leonard Killian one shilling sterling.

I give to my son John Killian one shilling sterling.

I give to my son-in-law William Lewin husband of my daughter Jean-one shilling sterling.

I give to my daughter Grate Hager one shilling sterling.

I give to my son Andrew Killian one shilling sterling.

I give to my son George Killian one shilling sterlilng.

I give to my son-in-law James Prithet husband of my daughter Brina one shilling sterling

I give to my son Daniel Killian one half of all my land in fair division, quantity and quality considered-together with one seventh part of all the profits arising from the sale of division of my unbequeathed moveable estate and outstanding debts, whom I also appoint one of my Executors of this my last Will and Testament.

I give to my son Samuel Killian the one half of all my lands in fair division with his brother Daniel Killian together with one seventh of my unbequeathed personal estate-whom I likewise appoint one of my Executors of this my last Will and Testament.

I give to my son-in-law John Barringer husband of my daughter Christina (Catrina Christianna)[10] one seventh part of my unabequeathed personal estate.

I give to my son-in-law Michael Houck husband of my daughter Elizabeth one seventh part of my unbequeathed estate and outstanding debts.

I give to my grandson Andrew Killian son of my son Andrew Killian-one fourteenth part of my unbequeathed personal estate.

I give to my grandson Daniel Killian son of my son Andrew Killian-one fourteenth part of my unbequeathed personal estate.

I likewise give to my son-in-law James Pritchett one seventh part of my personal estate not heretofore bequeathed, etc. Ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testament, in testimony of which I have unto set my hand and seal in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty five on the twenty second day of September, in the ninth year of the American Independence.

Andrew Killian (seal)

Research Notes

The Killian name is mentioned in Alfred Nixon's "The History of Lincoln County", North Carolina:

The Dutch Side
The German settlers came from Pennsylvania. Their ancestors and some of them came from Germany.Their settlement covers the whole of the county, except the eastern portion bordering on the Catawba, and in this portion among the Scotch-Irish were the German families of Cloninger, Earnhardt, Forney, Hager, Lockman, Keever, Killian, Nantz, Sifford and others. The names of the German pioneers deserve special mention, and many follow. Aderholdt, Anthony, Arndt, Bangel, Benick, Beisaner, Beam, Bolinger, Boyles, Boltz, Coulter, Dellinger, Detter, DeVepaugh, Dietz, Eddlemon, Finger, Freytag, Gantzler, Gross, Haas, Hafner, Helderman, Hallman, hartzoge, Houser, Heedick, Heil, Heltebrand, Henkel, Hoke, Huber, Hull, Jared, Jonas, Jundt, Keener, Kizer, Kistler, Klein, Kneip, Krauss, Kuhn, Lantz, Leeper, Lehnhardt, Leonard, Lingerfelt, Link, Lohr, Loretz, Lorentz, Lutz, Michal, Miller, Mosteller, Plonk, Propst, Quickel, Ramsauer, Rein, Reinhardt, Rieb, Rinck, Rudisill, Sain, Scheidel, Schenck, Schufordt, Scronce, Seigel, Schrum, Seitz, Shoup, Shull, Sigmon, Spiegel, Strutt, Summerrow, Troutman, Tutherow, Warlick, Weber, Weckesser, Wehunt, Weiand, Weiss, Wetzstein, Wisenhunt, Workman, Yoder, Zimmerman.
(no date given explicitly - a subsequent statement about someone else says he "came with the pioneers around 1750")
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The Germans encountered many hardships incident to the settlement of a new country, but one of their most trying ordeals was the change of their language from their native German to English. They called themselves Dutch and their language Dutch, and so are called to this day both by themselves and others. The pioneer Germans were Lutherans and Reformed, and they usually occupied the same house of worship, where on alternate Sabbaths they worshiped, and this is still the case in a number of churches. Four miles northwest of Lincolnton the pioneers established a place of worship and a schoolhouse called Daniel's, on a tract of fifty acres, but did not take a grant. In 1767 a grant was issued to Matthew Floyd for the tract of fifty acres including a "schoolhouse." In 1768 it was purchased by Nicholas Warlick, Frederick Wise, Urban Ashehanner, Peter Statler, Peter Summey and Deter Hafmer, who conveyed it to the "two united congregations of Lutheran and Calvinists." The services were in German and the record written in German script until 1827. On this tract each has a brick church and by them stands the brick schoolhouse. Eleven miles east of Lincolnton, on the great highway is the site of the "Old Dutch Meeting House." The deed is from Adam Cloninger to the "German Congregation of Killian's Settlement." The first church lot in Lincolnton was conveyed June 10th, 1788, to Christian Reinhardt and Andrew Heddick, trustees for the "societies of Dutch Presbyterians and Dutch Lutherans" of the town and vicinity, "for the intent and purpose of building thereon a meeting house for public worship, schoolhouses, both Dutch and English, and a place for the burial of the dead." This was called the old White church and occupied the site of the present Lutheran church. The reference in title deeds to "Calvinists," and "Dutch Presbyterians" is to the German Reformed or as now known, the Reformed Church.
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As the century waned the German citizens were becoming prominent in public affairs. In 1797, John Ramsour represented Lincoln County in the House of Commons and twice afterwards. Then follows John Reinhardt in 1799, Peter Forney in 1800; Peter Hoyle in 1802 and fourteen times afterwards; Henry Hoke in 1803; David Shuford in 1806. Then follows Loretz, Killian, Cansler, and others.


  1. information from the Andreas Killian Descendants Historical Association (AKDHA); baptismal record image online courtesy of AKDHA
  2. AKDHA (son Leonard's biography)
  3. 3.0 3.1 information provided by Pat Quick (via Killian-477)
  4. see this AKDHA pdf for details concerning 1787/1788 death
  5. see AKDHA for information on children
  6. AKDHA: Catherine
  7. see AKDHA for information on children; Samuel's biography includes question about Mary's maiden name: Beaver/Cline...Maiden name of Mary needs more research as to ascertain the correct name.
  8. Ed Killian shows Andreas, 1702-1788; George, 1740-1830; Nancy Ann, 1782-1758 (his research is no longer online; that information from a Rootsweb post)
  9. Killian-332 had death in 1788
  10. From Catherine's biography on AKDHA (accessed 25 September 2018):
    • "You will encounter the following possibilities regarding her [Mrs. Pritchard's] name Brina, Brinia, Trina, Catherine/Katherine, Catron and Catrina/ Katrina/Katherina (not to be confused with Christianna Killian Barringer. Catrina should not be associated with Christianna).


  • The WikiTree profile Killian-11 was created by Valentine Van Zee on September 23, 2010.
  • Biography, editing, and sources added by Liz Shifflett, 6x-great-granddaughter.
  • The WikiTree profile Killian-309 was created by Holleen Pinkley, Monday, July 28, 2014. (No sources given: Father for that profile shown as Johannes Phillip Killian, Andreas born in Rhenish, Bayern, Germany and married to Mary Cline about 1720. Andreas b 1702, married Magdalena Fischer 1722 & names wife Mary in his will (believed to be Mary Cline), is well documented as son of Andreas and his wife Dorothea Knaus.)
  • The WikiTree profile Killian-332 was created by Homer Hopper on September 15, 2014. Source citation: Find a Grave.
  • The WikiTree profile Killian-477 was created by Pat Quick on August 1, 2015.

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Will of Andreas Killian
Will of Andreas Killian

Memorial Stone
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On 26 Sep 2018 at 04:08 GMT Eric Daly wrote:

The family of Andreas Killian is very well researched. The problem is that a new member created 2 Andrea's and 2 fictional Anna's with 2 Price husbands. Anna has been confused as his daughter Margaret who did marry a Priese/Price. This new member has duplicated many well researched lines and completely messed up at least one that took many hours to repair.

Just a word of warning to managers of this great profile.

On 25 Sep 2018 at 20:04 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Killian-780 and Killian-11 are not ready to be merged because: I need to do some research into this. Andreas did not have a daughter named Anna. He had a son Andrew Killian and, through his daughter Margaret, a grandson Jacob Price (who married a Hannah, not an Anna, and not a Killian either). It seems the Killian family surrounding Killian-780 needs a lot more sorting to tell who they're actually meant to be.

On 25 Sep 2018 at 08:42 GMT Eric Daly wrote:

Killian-780 and Killian-11 appear to represent the same person because: Clear duplicate. one of many

On 17 Aug 2018 at 19:01 GMT Eric Daly wrote:

Killian-786 and Killian-11 appear to represent the same person because: Clear duplicate

On 10 Oct 2015 at 23:18 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Cool photo Pat! Where was it taken?

On 23 Aug 2015 at 01:55 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

SAR has a bunch of Killians in their database (including an Andrew & 3 entries for a Daniel b 1757) - search Killian at

No Andreas though.

On 23 Aug 2015 at 01:11 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

um. Kelly... He definitely wasn't in Corbin's Militia in the 1860s. And I don't think he was a Soldier during the American War for Independence either. Did you maybe mean to add this information to different profiles?

On 10 Aug 2015 at 23:08 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Killian-477 and Killian-11 appear to represent the same person because: these profiles are for the same person. Please merge, retaining the information in Killian-11, which reflects information from AKDHA - The Andreas Killian Descendants Historical Association (which has its annual reunion coming up - weekend of the second Sunday in September... 9/11-13/2015). Cheers, Liz

On 10 Aug 2015 at 16:57 GMT Dennis Lepp wrote:

Killian-11 and Killian-477 are not ready to be merged because: the Killian family has already made and/or corrected any possible merges necessary especially any involving Andreas.

On 6 Aug 2014 at 05:31 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Killian-309 and Killian-11 appear to represent the same person because: Holleen - you were right, these are the same person, but Andreas is son of Andreas; wife Magdalena is mother of Leonard; and wife Mary (named in his 1788 will) came after Magdalena's death, in 1740s. Cheers, Liz

update - not sure where I had 1740s death from; 1st wife now shown as d c1750

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