This book describes the history of the Kilian family in Germany, that immigrated to America in 1732 and ultimately settled in North Carolina.
It begins with Sebastian Kilian, born before 1570 in Kühnhard, then in Baravia under the Holy Roman Emperor, but now in the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg. It documents an unbroken line of descent to Andreas Kilian and his three children born in Germany: Leonhard, Margaretha and Johann. The book is documented with copies of:
- 78 handwritten German church book records
- 3 documents from the Pennsylvania State Archive
- 30 pages of documents from the North Carolina State Archive.
Archival reference numbers are provided in the 212 footnotes. The German documentation includes the handwritten document, a transcription in the original language and a translation into English.
The book discusses what we can learn about the lives of the Kilians in Germany from the documents.
Andreas immigrated to Pennsylvania in 1732. It is not known when his three children arrived, but they were there at least by 1749 and probably before 1743. Andreas had nine other children born in America.