Albert Killian and Mary (Karasch) Killian Family


Adalbertus F. (Albert) Killian, son of Mathias Killian and Rosalie Gandyra, was born 3 Apr 1883, in North Creek, Trempeleau Co., Wisconsin, and he died 30 Nov 1850, in Weyburn, Saskatchewan. Albert married Mary A. Karasch, who was born Nov 1883 in Germany, and who died 9 Mar 1972, in Weyburn. Mary passed away with diphtheria, and both she and Albert are buried in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. They had two daughters who died in infancy;

  • Annie Hatkin (Hattie) Killian, born 21 Mar 1916, and died 13 Jun 1916, in Colgate, Saskatchewan. Hattie is buried in Memorial Acres Cemetery, Colgate.
  • Agnes (Aggie) Killian, born 18 Dec 1919, in Colgate, where she died from pneumonia on12 Feb 1920. Aggie is buried in Memorial Acres Cemetery, Colgate.
  • A picture of the headstone in Memorial Acres Cemetery, Colgate Saskatchewan - Annie Killian, 21 Mar 1916 - 13 Jun 1916, child of Albert F. and Mary; Aggie Killian, 18 Dec 1919 - 12 Feb 1920, child of Albert F. and Mary - can be found at Saskatchewan Cemeteries Project. There is also a plaque that reads "In Remembrance of Those Individuals Buried Outside a Cemetery But Within the R.M. of Lomond No. 37".

Information Regarding Albert and Mary (Karasch) Killian Family

1900 United States Federal Census

1906 Canada Census of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta

1911 Federal Census, District 207 Assinaboia, Saskatchewan

1916 Canada Census of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta

1921 Census of Canada

Church records from Sts Peter & Paul RC Parish

Wisconsin, Wills and Probate Records, 1800-1987

Biography of Albert Killian

Lethbridge (Alberta) Daily Herald, June 29, 1918

Death and Burial Records for Albert Killian

Death and Burial Records for Mary (Karasch) Killian


1900 United States Federal Census

Name: Albert Kilian, Home in 1900: Hale, Trempealeau, Wisconsin, Age: 17, Birth Date: Mar 1883, Birthplace: Wisconsin, Race: White, Gender: Male, Relationship to Head of House: Servant, Father's Birthplace: Ger. Poland, Mother's Birthplace: Ger. Poland, Marital Status: Single, Residence: Hale Town, Trempealeau, Wisconsin, Page 6, Household (numbers are crossed out, the Filla family appears to be household 93 and Albert Kilian is listed as household 94:
Sam Filla, Age 37, Born Wisconsin, Parents born German Poland, Farmer, Came to USA 1870
Anna Filla, Age 30, Born Wisconsin, Parents born German Poland, Came to USA 1872
Gertrude Filla, Age 9, Born Wisconsin
Peter Filla, Age 8, Born Wisconsin
Martha Fillav 6, Born Wisconsin
Jayham Fillav 4, Born Wisconsin
Clara Filla, Age 2, Born Wisconsin
Enoch Filla, Age 3/12, Born Wisconsin
Albert Kilian, Age 17, Born Wisconsin, Parents born German Poland, Servant-Farm labourer

1906 Canada Census of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta

Name: Albert Killian, Gender: Male, Marital Status: Single, Age: 23, Birthplace: United States of America, Relation to Head of House: Head, Immigration Year: 1904, Province: Saskatchewan, Sub-District Description: Townships 3 in ranges 13, 14 and Townships 4, 5 in ranges 11, 12, 13, 14 west of the 2nd M, Sub-District: 8:
Albert Killian, 23, Born USA, Weyburn post office

1911 Federal Census, District 207 Assinaboia, Saskatchewan

Page 7, Enumeration District 10, Township 5, R. 14, W 2, Household 70:
Killian, Albert, Age 28 (APR 1883), Born USA, Farmer, Polish
Killian, Mary, 28 (NOV 1883), Born Germany
Clipper, John, Age 30 JAN 1881), Born Germany, Farm laborer

1916 Canada Census of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta

Name: Albert Killian, Gender: Male, Marital Status: Married, Age: 33, Est. Birth Year: 1883, Birthplace: United States, Year of Immigration: 1902, Home in 1916: 06, Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Address: 5, 14, 2, Lamond, Racial or Tribal Origin: Polish, Relation to Head of Household: Self, Spouse's Name: Mary Killian, Sub District Desc.: Townships 3, 4 and 5, ranges 13 and 14, W. 2. M., including the Villages of Goodwater, Tribune and Bromhead:
Albert Killian, 33, Farmer, Born USA
Mary Killian, 33, Born Germany

1921 Census of Canada

Name: Albert Killian Gender: Male Marital Status: Single Age: 38 Birth Year: abt 1883 Birth Place: Ireland Relation to Head of House: Head Father Birth Place: Ireland Mother Birth Place: Ireland Year of Immigration: 1905 Racial or Tribal Origin: Irish Province or Territory: Saskatchewan District: Weyburn District Number: 229 Sub-District Number: 11 City, Town or Village: Lomond Section Number: 4 Township Number: 5 Range Number: 14 Municipality: Lomond Occupation: Farmer
NOTE - the location and age are correct but the location of birth is not, likely due to the hostility felt toward people of German descent forllowing the allies' victory during WW1 (1914-1918). The two sides of the war consisted of the Allied Powers (France, Great Britain, Russia, the United States, and other smaller counties) and the Central Powers (Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Turkey/Ottoman Empire, along with other smaller country support).


Church records from Sts Peter & Paul RC Parish

Church records from Sts Peter & Paul RC Parish, PO Box 428, 308 Osseo Road, Independence, Wisconsin 54747, May 2, 1989:
Adalbertus Kilian, born April 3, 1883, parents Mathei Kilian & Rozalia Gandera


Wisconsin, Wills and Probate Records, 1800-1987

Name: Matys Kilian
Probate Date: 5 Mar 1889
Probate Place: Trempealeau, Wisconsin, USA
Inferred Death Year: Abt 1889
Inferred Death Place: Wisconsin, USA
Item Description: Probate Case Files, No. 551, Cont-615, 1887-1889
NOTE - written on the Guardianship Papers is written - I do hereby consent to act as a special guardian for Hedwig Kilian, Elizabeth Kilian, Oscar Kilian, Mary Kilian, Katie Kilian and Albert Kilian , the minors named in the foregoing order and heirs of Matys Kilian decr__ in the proceedings upon the petition of Thomas Matchey administrator of the estate of the said Matys Kiliandeceased for an orderor judgement of fiscal? settlement and distribution of said estate, Dated August 10, 1889, signed by J.A. Rainey


Biography of Albert Killian

Entered by Mabel Oliver in "As Far as the Eye Can See", the R.M. of Weyburn history book written by Mayvis Goranson:

Albert Killian, as a young lad in his teens, came to Saskatchewan in about 1905 from Arcadia. Wisconsin. He joined his sister, Mrs. Henry Benning, who was homesteading in the North Goodwater district. He worked for farmers in the district until he was old enough to file on a homestead of his own. He filed on the NE 4-5-14-2 and later got a preemption on the SW 10-5-14-2. When he had proved his homestead, he went back to Wisconsin to get married. He married Mary Karsch.

Mary Karsch was born in Germany and came with her parents to Wisconsin when she was a child. She excelled in growing gardens, canning the produce and in making pickles and sauerkraut. Killians had two children. They both passed away when they were very young. Mary passed away with diphtheria and Agnes with pneumonia.

The Killians were faithful church members. They belonged to St. Mary's Catholic Church in Tribune. They missed church only on Sundays when it was too stormy to go out. They used to drive to church with a team and lumber wagon that had a spring seat perched on top. Mrs. Killian always wore a wide rimmed hat and on windy days she tied a silk scarf over it to keep it on. I still feel cold when I think of it.

Mr. Killian farmed with horses. He had good horses and always took good care of them. They also had cattle, pigs and all kinds of fowl.

Mr. Killian always enjoyed talking to children. He made one mistake though. He would tell them he was going to put them in a bag and take them home with him. When Albert came to our place, my brother Oscar and I would make sure we were close to Mother or Dad for fear he would have the bag with him.

In the later years of their farming, Albert bought a farm grain truck which was used to go to church on Sundays. Albert had a hired man, Nick Kielbasa, who worked for him a few years. Nick used to ride in the back of the truck. One Sunday when they came to church all that was in the box was Nick's pair of gloves. They had no idea what happened to Nick. When they got home, they found that Albert had driven off before Nick was able to climb into the box. Everything was fine, only Nick was not happy about missing church. When Nick Kielbasa left Killians, he started farming on his own in the Oungre district. He has become a very successful farmer.

Killians decided to retired from farming in 1945. They sold their land to Percy Oliver and bought a house in Weyburn. In 1950 Albert passed away. Mrs.Killian stayed in her home for several years. When she no longer was able to live alone, she went to Mount St. Mary's home. She passed away on March 9, 1972.


Lethbridge (Alberta) Daily Herald, June 29, 1918

"The first fine reported in Saskatchewan levied against a man who failed to produce his registration certificate was one of $2.00 assessed against Albert Killian of Colgate". This article was part of a newpaper entry entitled "Will Not Restirct Cattle Movement". It stated that export of cattle to the USA would require a license from the Canada Food Board for all future exportations.


Death and Burial Records for Albert Killian

Saskatchewan, Canada, Residents Index (SRI), 1800-2012
Name: Albert F. Killian
Death Date: 1950
Death Place: Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada

Saskatchewan, Canada, Burial Index, 1802-2011
Name: Albert F. Killian
Death Year: 1950
Burial City: Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada

Record of Deaths, copy provided by Audrey Metheral
Albert Killian died at Weyburn Sask. Nov. 30, 1950 and was buried with the rites of the Roman Catholic Church at Hillcrest Cemetery (Weyburn), dated Sept. 8, 1989

Weyburn, Saskatchewan Master Cemetery Index:
Killian, Albert F., Location001-015, Date of Death 30 Nov 1950

Tombstone inscription;
KILLIAN, ALBERT F., 1883-1950 (shared with his wife) at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn, Sask.


Death and Burial Records for Mary (Karasch) Killian

Record of Deaths, copy provided by Audrey Metheral:
Mary Killian died at Weyburn Sask. Mar. 9, 1972 and was buried with the rites of the Roman Catholic Church in Weyburn at Hillcrest Cemetery, dated Sept. 8, 1989.

Weyburn, Saskatchewan Master Cemetery Index, Internet:
Killian, Mary, Location 001-014, Date of Death 09 Mar 1972.