'The Forefathers of North Carolina Pioneer Andreas Killian'

by William McCreight

Beginning with the patriarch Sebastian Kilian, a farmer in Kühnhard, born before 1560, this book ends with his great-great-great-grandchildren living in America in the 1700s. Sebastian was the great-great-grandfather of the immigrant Andreas Kilian who settled in North Carolina west of the Catawba River, before 1749. Through DNA testing, proof of the European origin has been found and links this American family to a modern day German family.

Here you will find:

  • The ethnicity of Bavaria and Württemberg
  • The lives and genealogy of the Andreas Kilian family of Germany and America
  • A historical perspective on the social, economic, and political challenges of the times
  • The study of German documents up to 400 years old

Records from 17th–19th centuries reference 117 people from other families including Busch, Butz, Cranz,
Ebert, Fischer, Gross, Hörner, Probst, Trump, Walther and Weber.

Supporting documents include:

  • Copies of 85 baptismal, marriage and burial records from German church books
  •  Land records for 1612 and 1613 from the Barons of Wollmershausen in Württemberg
  • The ship Adventure passenger list in 1732
  • 2 oaths signed by Andreas Kilian in Philadelphia in September 1732
  • Copies of 30 pages of land grants, deeds, militia lists and a will from the North Carolina archive
  • 114 photographs of the places where members of the family lived

Front cover: Saint Lambertus Church in Hengstfeld where Andreas’ father and his 11 siblings were baptized.

The book is available by mail from the editor for only $45.00. This includes handling and shipping. This is one book you must have. Get yours now!!

Make check payable to Andreas Killian Descendants Historical Association and send to:
Cheryl Mann Killian - 130 Rowan Road - Ellenwood, GA 30294 - Email: - Fax 770-506-7157

Five villages where six generations of Kilians lived ca. 1560 to 1732

Left to right, the villages where the direct line Kilians lived: 1-Sebastian, 2-Georg Sr., 3-Georg Jr., 4-Georg Jr. and Andreas Sr., 5-Andreas Sr. and his son, Andreas, the North Carolina pioneer.