Celebration Our Heritage Since 1935
Incorporated Public Charity Since 2009
AKDHA Mission Statement:
"The primary purpose of the Association is to research, educate and preserve the
heritage of the German Pioneer Andreas Killian and affiliated families who
settled in the early 1700’s around the Catawba River in what is now Catawba County,
North Carolina; and to assist other inquirers nationally or internationally on
Killian research which may or may not be related to Andreas Killian of North Carolina."
"We have been blessed to have had ancestors with the foresight and ability to establish
The Andreas Killian association and I believe it is our duty and privilege to carry on
out of respect for them and for the benefit of future generations." - Charles D. Killian
Our Forefathers Home Place
Andreas Killian and our forefathers came from Steinbach an der Holzecke, Germany.
Click on the map image at left for an interactive map of the area.
'The Forefathers of North Carolina Pioneer Andreas Killian'
Andreas Killian Descendants 2018 Biennial Alabama Reunion Dear Killian Descendant,
We are in the process of planning the 2018 Biennial Alabama Reunion of Andreas Killian Descendants.
The reunion will be held in the Fellowship Hall of Gravel Hill Baptist Church, 6 miles South of
Fort Payne, AL on U.S. Highway 11. The reunion will be on Saturday, June 16th, 2018.
More details and a registration form will be sent to you later, but mark this date on your calendar now.
The fellowship hall will be open at 8:00 A.M.
The more serious students of genealogy among us should plan to attend a workshop led by Susan Dooley beginning at 8:30 A.M. at the fellowship hall. Lunch will be served at 12:00 followed by a program and business meeting. The remainder of the afternoon will be a time of fellowship, visiting, and learning about Killian relatives.
Sandra (Killian) Holmes is in charge of the 2018 Biennial Reunion. If you have suggestions for a program topic or information you wish to share, contact Sandra at 256-293-9388 or 1SandraHolmes@Gmail.Com .
Our mailing list does not include all of our Killian cousins. Please tell any Killian descendants you know about the reunion and invite them to join us on June 16th.
Please bring any family information you wish to share such as old pictures, wills, deeds, letters, etc.
If you prefer to communicate via email, notify Sandra at 1SandraHolmes@Gmail.Com.
Sandra (Killian) Holmes, Alabama Reunion President
Kandice and Kim are in charge of the cookbook that they are putting
together for the 85th AKDHA reunion.
This is time consuming so they need recipes ASAP.
Email them to Kim or Kandice, or mail them to
AKDHA P.O. Box 3272 Hickory, NC 28603.
In case there are folks interested in the North Carolina Barringers,
you can visit the
website for information on the award winning biography
of General Rufus Barringer, entitled "Fighting for General Lee:
Confederate General Rufus Barringer and the North Carolina Cavalry Brigade"
by Sheridan Barringer.
Andreas' daughter 'Christianna' was married to John Barringer, son of
Johann Paulus Behringer, the pioneer who arrived in America, September 30, 1743, aboard the ship Phoenix.
Posted 3/8/2012 The Forefathers of North Carolina Pioneer Andreas Killian book Addendums.
In keeping with our efforts of providing the most accurate information available,
we have published addendums for the book,
The Forefathers of North Carolina Pioneer Andreas Killian
by William McCreight,.
These addendums provide corrections, additions or other information to
make this book a must have for all (Killian-Killion)' descendents.
All addendums can be found on the webpage navigation bar.
Addendum #11 is the latest and has a major name correction. If you have purchased
the book, you will want to print out all the addendums and place them with the book.
William R. McCreight has published a new book 'Where did we - the Kilians - originate?'
Documentation of the Origin of the Kilians - 1570 to 1800. It is only available for sale at Blurb.com.
You can preview the first chapter and order the book here: www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/1581233
Posted 6/29/2010 State tax exemption status On June 17, 2010, the North Carolina Department of Revenue assigned the Association
an exempt status for franchise and income tax purposes under Sections 105-125 and
105-130.11(a)(3), respectively, of the General Statutes of North Carolina.
Posted 1/20/2010 WE ARE TAX EXEMPT!!!!
"In December, 2009, the Andreas Killian Descendants Historical Association received
approval for tax exempt status under Internal Revenue Code ("IRC") 501(c)(3).
We are further classified as a Public Charity under IRC 170(b)(1)(A)(vi).
Contributions are deductible under IRC section 170. The Association is also
qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under
IRC section 2055, 2106, or 2522. The effective date of tax exemption is June 16, 2009."
honored excellence in the categories of newsletter
editorship and service to the Society with the presentation of several awards at
the Opening Session this morning. NGS President Jordan Jones presented the following awards.
Each year, the NGS Newsletter Competition recognizes the hard work, long hours,
and creativity that editors devote to their newsletters. A panel of three
judges reviews each newsletter on material interest, variety, organization,
quality of writing and editing, readability, and attractiveness. This year's categories and winners are:
Family Association Newsletter:
Winner: The Andreas Killian Descendants Historical Association Newsletter,
edited by Charles D. Killian of Ellenwood, Georgia.
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Group picture of those attending the 2011 Reunion on Friday.
Group picture of those attending the 2011 Reunion on Saturday.