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Andreas Killian

Also Known As: "Andrew", "Kilian"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Schnelldorf, Herzogtum Bayern, Heiliges Römisches Reich Deutscher Nation
Death: April 14, 1788 (85-86)
Conover, Lincoln County, North Carolina, United States
Place of Burial: Newton, Catawba County, North Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Andreas Kilian, Sr.; Andreas Killion; Anna Dorothea Killian and Dorothea Killion
Husband of Maria Margaretha Kilian; Mary Bieber(Beaver) Killion and Mary Beaver Killian
Father of Mary Killian; Leonhardt "Leonard" Killian; Anna Margaret Price; Bunia Killian; John D. Killian and 10 others
Brother of Barbara Kilian; Andreas I Died when he was 3years old Kilian, Jr. and Johann Martin Kilian
Half brother of Matheus (Matthew) Killian; Heinrich Kilian; Anna Maria Staudinger; Michael Kilian; Barbara Kilian and 2 others

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About Andreas Killian

Andreas Killian is buried at Rheinpfalz, Bavaria, Germany.


Andreas (Andrew) Killian, a native of the Rhenish Palatinate, landed in Philadelphia on the British ship "Adventure." He must have been a person above average in education as he signed his name to the declaration of allegiance to the Colonial Government, while many of his fellow-passengers could only make their mark. By comparing his signature on a photo static copy of the page on which he signed his name and the signature on a will made by an Andrew Killian Sept 22, 1785, we find that these signatures were made by one and the same man. Therefore there can be no doubt that the Andreas Killian who arrived in Philadelphia in 1732 was the pioneer Andrew Killian who arrived to settle on the south side of the Catawba River in 1749. This Andrew Killian was a married man with a family when he came to America, but we do not know what his wife's name was or whether she was living at that time. We know, haover ,that he had at least three children when he came to America: Margaret, the eldest child, born about 1721; Leonard, born May 15, 1723; and John, a few years younger. There were other children in the family at this time, or born soon after Andrew's arrival in America, as you will find their names given later in this sketch as taken from his will probated in 1788.

It is not known how long Andrew Killian remained in Pennsylvania after he arrived, or when he came into N.C., but Volume 4 of the Colonial Records show that at the regular Colonial Council held at New Bern April 13, 1749, in the petition for land in Anson County, Andrew Killian and his two sons, Leonard and John, were "granted" 1000 acres each. Then on September 30, 1749, Andrew, Leonard, and John Killian, and William and Abington Sherrill were granted large tracts of land. The Killian grants after 1749 read "On Killian's Creek," some of which grants date 1750-54.

It is not known where pioneer Andrew Killian and his family were prior to the time they received their grants in 1749. However, they were somewhere in NC in 1747, as both Leonard and John Killian enlisted for service with the Colonial forces at the time of the Spanish alarm of 1747-48. The tracts of land that these three Killians entered from 1749-54 were in that part of Anson County, which which is now Lincoln County, near Beatty's Ford on the Catawba River. The Killian's Creek mentioned was named after this family; for on this stream pioneer Andrew Killian built his home where he remained until the latter half of the year 1754. At that time the cherokee Indians began hostilities against the white settlers of that section, and had some fighting with the Fornyes. Then he (Andrew Killian) moved across the Catawba River into Rowan COunty. Nothing is known of the whereabouts of this Killian family from 1754 to 1766, but in 1766 Andrew and John were residents of Rowan County.

On June 22, 1766, Andrew Killian and his son, John, bought several hundred acres of land on both sides of Clark's Creek, west of St. Paul Church in what is now Catawba County, above and below what is known as the Bollinger Ford.

Andrew Killian sold his land on Killian's Creek, probably to the Forneys, in the year 1765--the deed signed by Andrew Killian, Sr. and Andrew Killian Jr. but we find no record that he ever moved back from Rowan to this former tract of land. It is very probable that he moved direct from the east side of the Catawba to his Clark's Creek purchase soon after he bought this from Mathias Beaver. He lived somewhere near the Creek on the land that the late Samuel E. Killian of Hickory owned, on the old Lincoln-Hickory road, the Crowder town Road, near the once promising town of Crowder's.

Pioneer Andrew Killian in all probability was married twice. It appears that Daniel and Samuel were the sons of his second marriage, as he in his will made provision that these two sons were to provide amply for his wife, whose name was Mary. It is supposed that she was a Miss Cline, as we found that Samuel sometimes signed his name Samuel C. Killian. This old pioneer also divided all his land equally between these two sons. The supposition is that he had given other consideration to the other children, no doubt before he bought this Clark's Creek land.

There were twelve children in this family: six boys and six girls. Andrew Killian's will was made Sept 2, 1785 and probated in 1788. In his will, he names the following children: Margaret, wo married Michael Price; Leonard; John; Jean, who married William Lewin; Crate Hager; Andrew; George; Brina, who married James Pritchett; Daniel; Samuel; Catrina, who married John Barringer; and Elizabeth, who married Michael Houk.


Rupp’s list of 30,000 immi­grants shows that on October 4, 1732 Andreas (Andrew) Killian, a native of the Rhenish Palatinate, landed in Philadelphia on the British ship “Adventure.” He must have been a person above average in education as he signed his name to the declaration of allegiance to the Colonial Government, while many of his fellow-passengers could only make their mark. By comparing his signature on a photo static copy of the page on which he signed his name and the signature on a will made by an Andrew Killian (see files of old wills in Clerk’s office in Lincolnton, N. C.) Sept. 22, l785, we find that these signatures were made by one and the same man. Therefore there can be no doubt that the Andreas Killian who arrived in Philadelphia in 1732 was the pioneer Andrew Killian who arrived to settle on the south side of the Catawba River in 1749. This Andrew Killian was a married man with a family when he came to America, but we do not know what his wife’s name was or whether she was living at that time. We know, however, that he had at least three children when he came to America: Margaret, the eldest child, born about 1721; Leonard, born May 15, 1723; and John, a few years younger. There were other children in the family at this time, or born soon after Andrew’s arrival in America, as you will find their names given later in this sketch as taken from his will probated in 1788.




It is not known how long Andrew Killian remained in Pennsy1vania after he arrived, or when he came into N, C., but Volume 4 of the Colonial Records show that at the regular Colonial Council held at New Bern April 13, 1749, in the petition for land in Anson County, Andrew Killian and his two sons, Leonard and John, were “granted” 1000 acres each. William Sherrill, also of Anson had been granted 400 acres on April 5, 1749. On September 29, 1749, William Sherrill and Abington Sherrill were granted 600 and 400 acres respectively. Then on September 30, 1749, Andrew, Leonard, and John Killian, and William and Abington Sherrill were granted large tracts of land. About all of the above named land grants can be found in the Land Grant Office at Raleigh. In 1750, grants for land were issued to Henry Weidner, Daniel Warlick, Peter Broyl (supposed to be Peter Hoyle), John Batey, the Sherrils, and Leonard Killian; but the petition from George Hager was delayed until the next Council. These grants, relative to the Killians read “on the south side of the Catawba River.” The Killian grants after 1749 read “On Killian’s Creek”, some of which grants date 1750-54.




                               It is not known where pioneer Andrew Killian and his family were prior to the time they received their grants in 1749. However, they were somewhere in N. C. in 1747, as both Leonard and John Killian enlisted for service with the Colonial forces at the time of the Spanish alarm of l747-48 (see Colonial Records). The tracts of land that these three Killians entered from l749-54 were in that part of Anson County, which is now Lincoln County, near Beatty’s, Ford on the Catawba River. The Killian’s Creek mentioned was named after this family; for on this stream pioneer Andrew Killian built his home where he remained until the latter half of the year 1754. At that time the Cherokee Indians began hostilities against the white settlers of that section, and had some fighting with the Forneys. Then he (Andrew Killian) moved across the Catawba River into Rowan County.  Nothing is known of the whereabouts of this Killian family from 1754 to 1766, but in 1766 Andrew and John were residents of Rowan County.

On June 22, 1766 Andrew Killian and his son, John, bought several hundred acres of land on both sides of Clark’s Creek, west of St. Paul Church in what is now Catawba County, above and below what is known as the Bollinger Ford.


Andrew Killian sold his land on Killian’s Creek, probably to the Forneys, in the year 1765 - the deed signed by Andrew Killian, Sr., and Andrew Killian, Jr. but we find no record that he ever moved back from Rowan to this former tract of land. It is very probable that he moved direct from the east side of the Catawba to his Clark’s Creek purchase soon after he bought this from Mathias Beaver. He lived somewhere near the Creek on the land that the late Samuel E. Killian of Hickory owned, on the old Lincoln-Hickory road, the Crowder town Road, near the once promising town of Crowder’s.

Pioneer Andrew Killian in all probability was married twice.  It appears that Daniel and Samuel were the sons of his second marriage, as he in his will made provision that these two sons were to provide amply for his wife, whose name was Mary. It is supposed that she was a Miss Cline, as we found that Samuel sometimes signed his name Samuel C. Killian. The old pioneer also divided all his land equally between these two sons. The supposition is that he had given other consideration to the other child­ren, no doubt before he bought this Clark’s Creek land.
http://www.catawbacountync.gov/library/gen/History%20of%20the%20Killian%20Family%20in%20NC.htm

From Germany, on ship "Adventure", landing in Philadelphia, 1732. Moved to North Carolina circa 1747. Had one wife, 12 kids. So says photo of Catawba County monument erected 1952. Descendants of Andreas KILLIAN From Rootsweb

First Generation

1. Andreas KILLIAN was born in 1702 in Renhish,Palatine, Bavaria, Germany. He died on 14 Apr 1788 in Lincolnton, Lincoln, North Carolina. He was buried in Conover, Catawba, North Carolina. 

English given name Andrew.

Andreas's birth place and parentage is unproven. Some believe it is Johannes Phillipp Wolfgang Kilian born 1 May 1654, but research indicates this is probably not true. I have included him in my database but disconnected to Andreas.

Some have death in Lincoln Co., NC.

Buried Old St. Paul Luthern Church Catawba, NC.

Tombstone reads born 1702 died 14 Apr 1788. An Andreas Kilean signed an Oath of Allegiance saying the passengers came from "the palatinate upon the Rhine and places adjacent." This includes parts of Germany now in France (Alsace and Lorraine) and the German speaking part of Switzerland. Andreauss Killaen arrived at Philadelphia, PA on the English ship 'Adventure' 4 Oct 1732. Signed oath of allegiance to colonial government 23 Sep 1732.

Difference must be due to 11 day difference in Julian vs Gregorian calendars? England and colonies were on Julian, Germany Gregorian in 1732.

Passenger list says he was 30 which gives birth year 1701 or 1702. How did children born before 1732 arrive? They were not on passenger list. This raises question of the two Andreas's being the same.

Settled on the south side of the Catawba river in NC in 1749. 1749 Apr 13 Colonial Council held at New Bern granted 1000 acres in Anson County, NC on South side of Catawba river to Andrew Killian as well as Leonard and John. This was on Killian's Creek. 1754 received additional grant of 152 acres on Killian's creek and moved across Catawba river to Rowan county due to Cherokee uprising. 1764 Andrew and wife, Mary, sold 1,152 acres on Killian's creek to John Ramsey. Recorded in Meckenburg County, NC records(Mecklenburg was formed from Anson in 1763 and extended across the Catawba river into what became Tryon County in 1769 and eventually Lincoln County in 1778). 1766 Andrew Killian bought 293 acres on Clark's creek near Newton in present day Catawba County from Mathias Beaver according to Rowan County, NC records. He moved his family there. 1785 Sep 22 Will was signed in Lincolnton, NC. 1788 Will was probated.

Andreas had the following children: + 2 F i. Margaret KILLIAN was born in 1721. She died after 1802. + 3 M ii. Leonard KILLIAN was born on 15 May 1723. He died on 6 Jun 1795. + 4 M iii. John KILLIAN was born in 1725/1726. He died in 1795/1801. + 5 F iv. Jean KILLIAN was born in 1727/1728. 6 F v. Crete KILLIAN was born in 1730 in Augsburg, Schwaben, Bayern. She died in 1784 in , , North Carolina. Crete married George HAGER in 1754 in , , North Carolina. George was born in 1733 in Germany. He died in 1784 in , Lincoln, North Carolina. + 7 M vi. Andrew KILLIAN II was born in 1735. He died before 22 Sep 1785. + 8 M vii. George KILLIAN was born in 1740. He died about 1830. 9 F viii. Brina KILLIAN was born in 1742 in , ,Pennsylania. birth may be 1739.

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Andreas Killian's Timeline

1702
December 1, 1702
Wörnitz, Herzogtum Bayern, Heiliges Römisches Reich Deutscher Nation
1702
Schnelldorf, Herzogtum Bayern, Heiliges Römisches Reich Deutscher Nation
1722
1722
Germany
1723
May 15, 1723
Rheimpfaiz, Rhenish Patine, Germany
1726
1726
Herzogtum Bayern, Heiliges Römisches Reich Deutscher Nation
1729
1729
Kurpfaltz, Heiliges Römisches Reich Deutscher Nation
1729
Lincoln, North Carolina, United States
1730
1730
Germany
1731
1731
Heiliges Römisches Reich Deutscher Nation