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Peter Jacob Killian
Son of Mathias Kilian and Rosalie Gandyra


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1880 Census, Arcadia, Trempealeau Co., Wisconsin

1900 Census, Arcadia, Trempealeau Co., Wisconsin

1911 Census, Assiniboia, Saskatchewan

1916 Canada Census of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta

1921 Census of Canada
Germans to America: Aboard the S.S. Teutonia
Certificate of Citizenship pg.379, Trempealeau County, Wisconsin
Homestead Certificate: LaCrosse, Wisconsin
Church Records at Ss. Peter & Paul Parish, P.O. Box 428, 308 Osseo Rd,  Independence, Wis. 54747
Certificate of Marriage, August 5, 1890, Arcadia, Trempealeau County, Wisconsin

Obituaries for Peter Jacob Killian and Barbara Mary (Lisowski) Killian

Biographical Sketch of Peter Jacob Killian Family


1880 Census
Arcadia, Trempealeau Co., Wisconsin

Name
Sex
Age
Relation to head
Marry/Single
Profession
Birthplace
Birthplace of father
Birthplace of mother
Kilian, Mathias M 42   M Farmer Prussia Prussia Prussia
" Rosa F 39 W M   " " "
" Peter M 14 S S   " " "
" Hedwig F 12 D S   " " "
" Elizabeth F 9 D S   Wisconsin " "
" Roche M 4 S S   " " "
" Mary F 2 D S   " " "
" Katie F Oct.1879 D S   " " "
Bill, John Jr. M 36 H M Farmer Vassan Vassan Vassan
**Bill, Anna F 24 Wife M Keeping House Prussia Prussia Prussia
**Bill, Mary F 4 Daughter S   Wisconsin Vassan Prussia
**Bill, John M Infant Son S   Wisconsin Vassan Prussia
**Bill, John  M 78 Farmer S At Home Vassan Vassan Vassan
**Killian, Andrew M 36 Boarder S Farm Laborer Prussia "  

Of the families above, Anna Bill was born Anna Sluga, daughter of Frank Sluga and Barbara Killian. Barbara Killian was the daughter of Matthew (Martin) Killian and Marie Kulig. This particular family has not yet been connected to our own Killian ancestors. However, a separate family group page will be devoted to Matthew and Marie (Kulig) Killian as time permits.

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1900 U.S. Census

Arcadia, Trempealeau Co., Wisconsin

Killian, Peter; Head of household; White; Male; Birthdate May 1867; Age at last birthday 33; Married; Number of years married 10, Born Poland (Ger); Father born Poland (Ger); Year of immigration to U.S. 1870; Number of years in U.S. 30; Occupation farmer; Can read, write, speak English; Owns property, mortgage-free; Number of farm schedule 31.
Killian, Barbara; Wife; White; Female; Birthdate Dec. 1872; Age at last birthday 27; Married; Number of years married 10; Mother of 6 children; 4 children living; Born Poland (Ger); Father born Poland (Ger); Mother born Poland (Ger); Year of immigration to U.S. 1881; Number of years in U.S. 19; Can read, write, speak English.
Killian, Peter; Son; White; Male; Birthdate Sept. 1893; Age at last birthday 6; Single; Born Wisconsin; At school; Can read, write, speak English.
Killian, Kate; Daughter; White; Female; Birthdate Feb. 1896; Age at last birthday 4; Single; Born Wisconsin.
Killian, Palegia; Daughter; White; Female; Birthdate Dec. 1898; Age at last birthday 1; Single; Born Wisconsin.
Killian, Mary; Daughter; White; Female; Birthdate July 1899; Age at last birthday 10 months; Single; Born Wisconsin.

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1911 Federal Census

Assiniboia, Saskatchewan, Page 1, Household #9, District Assiniboia, Sub district 203, Enumeration district 23 in Twp. 7, Range 24, W. 2:
Killian Peltes? M Head M May 1866 45
Killian Barbra F Wife M Dec 1873 38
Killian Beltes? M Son S Dec 1894 17
Killian Katie F Daughter S Feb 1897 14
Killian Pelayre? F Daughter S Dec 1899 12
Killian Mary An F Daughter S Jul 1901 10
Killian Tilly F Daughter S Mar 1902 9
Killian Edward M Son S Apr 1904 7
Killian Oscar M Son S Aug 1909 2

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1916 Canada Census

Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta:
Peter Killian, Male, Married, Age 49, Est. Birth Year 1867, Birthplace German Pole, Year of immigration 1907, Home in 1916 09, Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Address 7, 14, 2, Weyburn #67, Racial or Tribal Origin German Polish (German), Spouse's name Barbara Killian, Sub District Desc. Townships 6, 7 and 8, ranges 13 and 14, W. 2. M., exclusive of the City of Weyburn:
Peter Killian, 49, German Polish, Roman Catholic, Came to Canada in 1907, Farmer, Citizenship 1916
Barbara Killian, 48, German Polish, Roman Catholic, Came to Canada in 1907
Pelagia Killian, 17, USA, Roman Catholic, Came to Canada in 1907
Mary Killian, 16, USA, Roman Catholic, Came to Canada in 1907
Matilda Killian, 15, USA, Roman Catholic, Came to Canada in 1907
Edward Killian, 13, USA, Roman Catholic, Came to Canada in 1907
Oscar Killian, 9, USA, Roman Catholic, Came to Canada in 1907

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1921 Census of Canada
Name: Peter Killian, Gender: Male, Marital Status: Married, Age: 56, Birth Year: abt 1865, Birth Place: Germany, Relation to Head of House: Head, Spouse's Name: Barbara Killian, Father Birth Place: Germany, Mother Birth Place: Germany, Year of Immigration: 1907, Racial or Tribal Origin: German, Province or Territory: Saskatchewan, District: Weyburn, District Number: 229, Sub-District Number: 19, City, Town or Village: Weyburn Municipality, Section Number: 4, Township Number: 7, Range Number: 14, Meridian Number: W2, Municipality: Weyburn, Occupation: Farmer:
Peter Killian, 56, Head, Born Germany, Immigrated to Canada 1907, Year naturalized 1920, Speaks English, Roman Catholic, Farmer
Barbara Killian, 50, Wife, Born Germany, Immigrated to Canada 1907, Year naturalized 1920, Speaks English, Roman Catholic
Matilda Killian, 19, Daughter, Born USA, Immigrated to Canada 1907, Year naturalized 1920, Speaks English, Roman Catholic
Edward Killian, 18, Son, Born USA, Immigrated to Canada 1907, Year naturalized 1920, Speaks English, Roman Catholic, Farmer's son, labourer on father's farm
Oscar Killian, 12, Son, Born Saskatchewan, Speaks English, Roman Catholic, Student in public school

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Germans to America
Lists of Passengers arriving at U.S. ports. Edited by Ira A. Glazier and P. William Filby.
Volume 23, June 1869 -Dec. 1869

Page No.

Name

Age

Sex

Occupation

Prov/Village

Destination

307 Kilian, C. 19 M Labr. GR000 USA
  Kilian, Elsie 21 F   GR000 USA
252 Kilian, Heinr. 16 M Farmer GR64W USA
234 Kilian, Wilh. 06 M Infant GR000 USA
56 Kilian, Mathias 37 M Labr. GR000 USA
56 Kilian, Rosalie 27 F Wife GR000 USA
56 Kilian, P. 3 M Child GR000 USA
56 Kilian, Margr 06 F Infant GR000 USA
58 Kilian, Mar. 19 F Single GR000 USA

Ship Teutonia from Hamburg to New York, arrival 14 June 1869
S.S. Teutonia-Peabody Museum of Salem, Salem, Mass. 01970

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Certificate of Citizenship pg. 379

Trempealeau Co., Wisconsin

State of Wisconsin, Trempealeau County; SS Peter Killian personally appeared before the subscriber, the clerk of the Circuit Court of said county, being a Court of Record, and made oath that he was born in Germany on or about the year eighteen hundred and sixty six, that he emigrated to the United States and landed at the port of New York on or about the month of ____ in the year eithteen hundred and sixty nine that it is bona fide his intention to become a citizen of the United States, and to RENOUNCE FOREVER all allegience and fidelity to any Foreign Prince, Potentate, State and Sovereignty whatsoever, and particularly to William 2nd Emporer of Germany whereof he is a subject. Subscribed and sworn to the 26 day of Oct A.D. 1888; O.A. Hegg, clerk, signed by Peter Kilian

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Church records at SS. Peter & Paul Parish
Records of St. Michael's Parish in North Creek and of Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Independence, Trempealeau County, Wisconsin. Sent to me in May, 1989, by Doris Mish, Parish Secretary (with her own notes and spellings)

Births, North Creek: (where our Mathias and Rosalie (nee Gandyra) Kilian lived

Florentina Kilian, born June 19, 1891, parents Peter and Barbara Lisowski:
Peter Killian, born October 17, 1892, parents Peter and Barbara Lisowski:
Katarzyina Kilian, born Februray 12, 1896, parents Peter and Barbara Lisowski:
Pelagia Kilian, born December 17, 1897, parents Peter and Barbara Lisowski:
Maria Kilian, born July 1, 1899, parents Peter and Barbara Lisowski:
Matilvan Kilian, born March 1901, parents Peter and Barbara Lisowski:
Edward T. Kilian, born April 4, 1903, parents Peter and Barbara Lisowski:
Emil Kilian, born April 1905, parents Peter and Barbara Lisowski:

Marriage North Creek:

Peter Kilian and Barbara Kret (primo Lisowski). She was 24, he was 26. Married in 1890. His parents Matthau and Catherine Kilian, her parents Jacob and Anna Pipa. To date it is not known why our ancestor's mother was named as being Catherine. Possibly his father, Mathias Kilian, was married to a Catherine before leaving for America in 1869 (see table above). Rosalie may have been a second wife. The infant listed on board the SS Teutonia may have been Hedwig (born about 1868 Poland), there has been no further documentation of a Margr(et?). Barbara Lisowski had a prior marriage, details to follow.

Deaths North Creek:

Emil Kilian, died June 20, 1905, parents Peter and Barbara Lisowski: 

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Certificate of Marriage, August 5, 1890

Arcadia, Trempealeau Co., Wisconsin

License #63: Full name of husband Peter Kilian; Name of the father of the husband Mathew Kilian; Name of the mother of the husband before marriage Catherine Kilian; Occupation of husband farmer; Residence of husband Arcadia Wis.; Birthplace of husband Poland; Full name of wife previous to marriage Barbara Krett; Name of the father of wife Lisowski; Birthplace of wife Poland; Time when the marriage was contracted Aug. 5/90; Place/town/township where the marriage was contracted Arcadia, Wis.; The color of the parties white; By what ceremony contracted Catholic; Names of subscribing witnesses Francis Lisowski, Elizabeth Kilian; Name of person pronouncing marriage __ Kret; Date of certificate  or affidavit of marriage Aug. 5/90.

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Obituaries

For Barbara Mary Killian

Weyburn Review - Barbara Mary Killian:
The funeral took place on Monday at 9:30 from St. Vincent de Paul Catholic church of the late Barbara Mary Killian, beloved wife of Peter Killian of the south Weyburn district who died at Rochester, Minn., on Thursday, April 24 from pneumonia which developed subsequent to two very serious operations performed at Rochester for the removal of tumor and cancer of the stomach.

Obituary and Tombstone, Weyburn Review

Barbara Mary Killian: The funeral took place on Monday at 9:30 from St. Vincent de Paul Catholic church of the late Barbara Mary Killian, beloved wife of Peter Killian of the south Weyburn district who died at Rochester, Minn., on Thursday, April 24 from pneumonia which developed subsequent to two very serious operations performed at Rochester for the removal of tumor and cancer of the stomach. Rev. Fr. Cruvellier, assisted by Rev. Fr. Marcoux conducted the service. Many beautiful floral wreaths and sprays were placed upon the casket.
Interment was made in Hillcrest cemetery. The pallbearers were: W. Mertz, F.B. Logan, J.N. (rest missing).
The deceased, who had reached the age of 53 years, 4 months and 20 days, was born in Poland, and migrated with her parents to Arcadia, Wis., when seven years old. She grew into womanhood there and married Peter Killian who survives her together with three sons and four daughters, namely Henry Peter of Neptune; Mrs. Katherine Ruth Tindall of Verwood; Mrs. Elizabeth McGugan of Colgate; Mrs. Carmen Metheral of Weyburn; Mrs. Tilda Dorothy Thomas of Weyburn; and Edward Theodore and Oscar Emile at home. She is also survived by her mother in Arcadia, a sister in Cannington, N.D., and another sister in Chicago, as well as two brothers in Arcadia.
Mr. and Mrs. Killian and family came to the Weyburn district with their family seventeen years ago, and have made their home on the farm eight miles south of the city since. The bereaved family has the sympathy of a large circle of friends and acquaintances.

Letter Written by Barbara Mary Killian to her Family

Died at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, after a lengthy fight with cancer

On April 7, 1924, Barbara Mary Killian dictated the following letter to a fellow patient, Mrs. Christensen. Barbara was terminally ill, following two serious operations, and died 2 weeks after these poignant words were written. The letter is retyped exactly as it was written April 7, 1924 Rochester, Minn:

Dear Husband and Children
I was taken down to the operaion room again and they cut me open some more and I feel a little better this after noon Yestardy I was very bad. I sure thought I would die the nurses & Dr has been awful good to me today and I think they will be nice to me now the head nurse in charge of this floor is seeing that they look after me. I haven't ate a bite since Tuesday noon when I ate my dinner with you. I want all you children to keep praying for me as I sure do suffer & write to me right away. Hello to all Paw and Children with love from Mother. Written by Mrs. Christensen the lady acrost the Hall but I am leaving tomorrow. Please write her often as she is so lonesum.

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For Peter Jacob Killian

Old Timer in District Laid to Rest:
Funeral services for the late Peter Jacob Killian, who died at his farm home eight miles south of Weyburn last Wednesday morning, were held in St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Weyburn, on Saturday morning at 9:30 o'clock, Rev. Fr. Duprez officiating, requiem high mass being held. There was a large attendance of relatives and friends at the services from both countryside and city to pay their last respects to a highly honored member of the community.
Besides a large number of spiritual bouquets there were floral bouquets sent by the following to the funeral: The Sorrowing Family, Pearl and Family, Mr. and Mrs. R. Metheral, Mrs. Pierce and Worthy, Mr. and Mrs.Henry Tindall, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Lightfoot, Mr. and Mrs. E.H. Phillips, Mr. and Mrs. A. Candy, Weyburn Motors Limited, Mr. and Mrs. M.A. Miller.
The pall-bearers were Jas. McBride, Jos. Mergens, F.T. Logan, J.L.Vandendreissche, G.W.H. Kemp and Fred Bowditch.
The late Peter Jacob Killian was born in Poland and came to the United States when a child of eighteen months with his parents, who settled in Wisconsin. Twenty-one years ago he came to the Weyburn district and had since farmed eight miles south of Weyburn city.
He was predeceased by his wife four years ago and three months ago his eldest son, Peter Henry, died in Weyburn following a typhoid illness.
He is survived by four daughters, Mr. A.L.Tindall, Constance, Mrs. Alvin McGugan, Colgate, Mrs. Carman Metheral,Weyburn, and Mrs. J.J. Thomas, Regina; and two sons  Edward T. and Oscar E. both of the Weyburn district. The deceased is also survived by a sister, Mrs. J. H. Benning, who resides twelve miles south of Weyburn, and a brother, Albert Killian whose home is five miles se of Colgate.

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Biographical Sketch taken from 'As Far As The Eye Can See'

KILLIAN, Peter Jacob and Barbara Mary - by family:
Peter Killian was born in Warsaw, Poland on May 31, 1866. He came to the USA with his parents when 18 months old and settled in Arcadia, Wise. While in Arcadia, he was a butcher, worked on a fruit farm and was a lover of animals.
Mom tells of an aunt and uncle from Weyburn visiting them in Wisconsin and saying how wonderful it was in Saskatchewan. Her parents thought he must be right and before long there was land bought. They spent a few sleepless nights worrying if they were making a wise decision as it was no easy task to leave their home with six children (the oldest 14 and the youngest four) and move to a strange country.
Grandpa and the oldest son Peter came to Weyburn with a stockcar eight miles south on Highway 35 to 4-7-14. A few weeks later Grandma Killian followed, travelling by train with the other five of her children. One of the children came down with the measles, with the rest getting them after arriving in Weyburn. They arrived on April 4, 1907 and had to go from Weyburn to the farm in a sleigh. The drifts were so high that steps were made to walk down to the house door.
The youngest, Oscar was born in Saskatchewan and the family attended Riverview School. Grandma Killian died in Rochester of stomach cancer in1924 when only 53 years old. In 1928 the oldest son Peter died from an outbreak of typhoid fever believed to be from the farm well. Grandpa died of pneumonia May 2, 1928, only three months after his son, at age 55. Uncle Edward lived on this farm, which was later bought by Martin Scholp.
Children of Peter and Barbara Killian are: Peter, Catherine (Tindall),Polly (McGugan), Mary (Metheral), Matilda (Thomas), Edward, and Oscar.

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