Levin Killman (1795-?) & Mary Hendricks (1790-?)

Levin Killman was born about 1795 in North Carolina. He was the son of Henry Killman and Delilah Jensie Broadhead.

Mary Hendrick was born in about 1790 in North Carolina. Her parents are unknown.

On the 1840 US Census, Levin was head of a household in Monroe Kentucky. There were 8 in the household: 2 males aged 10-14 (Henry was 11 & Calvin was 10); 1 male aged 40-49 (Levin was about 45); 1 female aged 5-9; 1 female aged 10-14 (Milly was 10); 2 females aged 15-19; 1 female aged 40-49 (Mary was about 50). There are 3 unknown children on this Census.

The last record I have of Levin and Mary is the 1850 US Census, the family lived in Overton, Tennessee. Levin was 55, Mary was 60, son Henry was 21, and daughter Milly was 20.

The children of Levin Killman & Mary Hendrick:

Calvin Killman –  Calvin was born about 1830 in Tennessee. He married Martha (last name unknown) and they adopted a daughter. The last record I have of him is the 1880 US Census, when he was 50 and lived in Burkesville, Cumberland County, Kentucky with his wife and daughter.

Henry Killman – My 3x great grandfather Henry was born about 1829 in Tennessee. He married Susan Releabie Hopper in about 1851, and they had 4 children. Henry died August 14, 1893. Read about him here.

Milly Killman – Milly was born about 1830 in Tennessee according to the only record I have of her, the 1850 US Census.

Other children, according to grandson Stephen Alford Killman, who applied to the Eastern Cherokee claiming Levin’s mother Delilah Jensie Broadhead was Cherokee, Levin and Mary also had children named Jane, Delilah, Phoebe and Polly Ann.

4 thoughts on “Levin Killman (1795-?) & Mary Hendricks (1790-?)

  1. Milly Killman – Milly was born about 1830 in Tennessee and married Milton Thurman, my great grandfather. She died in 1870 in Overton County, TN. I use to live in Tennessee and visited both Thurmans and Killmans (some spelled it Kilman).


      • This is the information I gathered.

        Killman Kin – We think
        A number of Killmans lived in Dorchester County, Maryland in the late 1700s. Henry Killman Sr. (born c1765-) and Levin were born in Dorchester County, MD. Henry married Delilah while Levin married Henrietta Worth on September 24, 1799.
        Henry Sr. moved to Rockingham County, NC where, in February 27, 1796, he purchased 153 acres of land on Wolf Island Creek. He served as a trustee of the Methodist Society that bought one acre of land on Wolf Island on January 19, 1799, to begin Salem Methodist Church.
        The 1800 census showed Henry’s family as the only Killman in the county and the family included Henry, a female between 26 and 45 years old and four sons.
        In 1810 the census listed several Killman families – Henry Sr., Henry Jr., and James Aron. Henry Sr. had four family members – three males: one under the age of 10, one between 10 and 16 one over 45; and, one female age 45 and over. It is thought the son between the age of 10 and 16 was Levin who moved to Overton County, TN. Three factors contribute to this assumption. One, he fits the age of Levin. Two, Henry Sr. and Levin (who married in Maryland in 1799) were thought to be brothers and Henry Sr. followed the common practice of naming a son after his brother who was Levin. Third, James, Henry Sr.’s son, named his son Levin, again following the practice of naming children after brothers and sisters.
        The last reference to Henry Sr. in Rockingham County was in 1812.
        Killmans moved westward to Kentucky and Tennessee. By 1820 Henry (one male between 70-80 and one female between 70-80) were in Monroe County, KY. Across the state line, Levin was in Overton County, TN. By 1830, Aron and James were in Overton County, TN but soon afterward, Aron moved across the Kentucky line to Monroe County.

        Even – Levin Killman – a Puzzlement
        Even Killman appeared in the 1820 Overton County, TN census with a family with two males, one between ages of 18 and 26 years, one under age 10 and four females with one between 18-26, one between 10 and 16, two under ten. In 1840, Levin Killman was in Monroe County, KY, just across the Tennessee/Kentucky border from then Overton County, with a male and a female between ages 40 – 49, one female between ages 5-9, two males and one female between ages 10-14 and two females between ages of 15 – 19.
        Are Even and Levin the same person? Although the ages of the two men are in harmony, the ages of the children are not. There are three possible explanations:
        1. They are two different men and families. This is doubtful as no other Even of this age has been found in other census or land records.
        2. They are the same man and the children were born from around 1810 to mid1830. This raises the question as to why are there no children born between 1815 and 1820. Perhaps a child was born but died when still young.
        3. They are the same man. He and his first wife had several children and she died. He then remarried and with the second wife had six children born from around 1820 to mid 1830. This is based on an article in the September 10, 1896 The Nashville Christian Advocate that reported Henry Killman (Levin’s son) had a half sister named Sarah and a brother Calvin. According to census records Sarah was born about 1815 and Calvin 1829.
        With no hard evidence to go on, the third possibility seems most reasonable.
        Known information
        Levin (born c 1795, NC) married Mary Polly Hendricks (b around 1790, NC). They had six children: Henry, Calvin, Milie Jane (Miley), Delila, Febie (Phoebe) and Polly Ann.
        Although not listed in the 1830 Overton County census, Levin was listed in the 1836 county tax roll as owning 100 acres of land. Two other Killman families were on the tax roll, Henry with 75 acres and Stephan with 35.
        In the 1850 Overton County census, which was the first to list all family members at home, the Levin Killman family consisted of Levin age 55, Mary age 60, Henry age 21 and Miley age 20. Levin and Mary were listed as being born in North Carolina, the children in Tennessee.
        Henry, born December 7, 1826, married Susan Hopper. According to The Nashville Christian Advocate, (September 10, 1896 ), Henry moved to Taney Co., Mo. about 1873 where he died July 30, 1896. He left a widow and three children, a half-sister, Sarah Jenings and a brother, Calvin Killman in Cumberland Co., Ky.
        According to the 1850 Kentucky census Calvin, born 1929, married a woman named Martha and lived in Cumberland County KY.
        Miley Jane married Milton Thurman around 1850 and they lived on a farm in Sweet Gum Plains, Overton County, TN (in 1870, that part of the county became Clay County). Their children were Milton, Mary Ann (called Polly Ann), Judah, John, Robert, George and Catherine Elizabeth. Miley died in 1871 and was buried in the Thurman Cemetery on Pea Ridge in Clay County, TN. Milton Thurman then married Julia Matthews Scott in 1872 and shortly afterward moved his family to the Prosperity, MO area.
        Several other members of the Killman family also moved to southwest Missouri. Stephen Killman, Henry’s son and Levin’s grandson, lived in Mincy, Taney County, MO in 1908 when he filed an application to the Guion Miller Commission seeking a financial grant for being part of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee tribe that was moved to Oklahoma during the 1830s. Stephen said in his application that his great grandfather’s wife was Jensy Brandhead (or Broadhead) who was Cherokee. He listed his grandparents as Levin and Mary who had six children – Calvin, Milie Jane, Delia, Phoebe, Polly Ann Henry. His application was not approved.
        No information is available about Levin’s or Mary’s death. It is possible they are buried in a cemetery in Monroe County not far from the Sweet Gum Plains, TN community.
        The Cherokee tradition
        Both the Kilman and Thurman families have the tradition that Henry Kilman Sr married a Cherokee woman named Jensie Broadhead (or Brandhead). For this to happen Henry’s first wife must have died and he married Jensie during the 1790’s. It is thought she was the mother of James Aron and Levin.
        Charlie Thurman, my Dad, and his family talked about the Cherokee tradition and how papers that would prove it were burned in a cabin fire during the Civil War. I learned that this tradition was repeated in other Thurman families as well as the Killman family. According to the tradition, Jensie Brandhead (or Broadhead) was full Cherokee who belonged to the Bushy Head clan and was the mother of Levin Killman. Levin’s children included Milie who married Milton Thurman, the father of George Thurman and Henry, the father of Stephen Alford Kilman. There would be no official record of Jensie and Levin’s father marrying in North Carolina because at that time marriage between native Americans and whites was forbidden by law.
        The following are the applications George Thurman and Stephen Alford Killman, his cousin, filed with the Guion Miller Commission. Stephen’s application was handwritten and difficult to read. The claims were rejected.

        June the 9 1908. Mincy, Mo.

        Dear Sir
        Appln no. 40482. at hand conts noted as to the enrolement of my ancistors & do not know whithear names wer not enroled I thought tha wer my granfather had a rechord handed down from my grate granfather that give the dates & names of all wher tha lived & the day month & year tha was drove out & that rechord was burned in time of the late war I cannot rememberall nor but just a very little of that rechord my grate grandfather lived near the reservation some wher near the line of verginea & Tenn in 1835 I do not remember the date tha had to get out Tha wer in munroe Co Ky in 1851 the name I came my rte under is my grate grandmother Killman She was a broad head & was all so connected with the bush head. those Inames wer in the rechord I thought my clame was all rite & my agent thought so thear was a living witness at the time a lad in my clame that new when my grate granfather was drove out & new that his first wife was an indian of that tribe & new a grate deal mor about about my grate granfathers rechord then I did but he is dead now would his word that other people have heard him say bea of any use to me thear wer never any of my ancestors slaves that I know anything about we ar known as white I hope I can give sadesfaction for I know that I am a true hear to the eastern Cherokee fund. yours truly
        Stepthen A. Killman
        The claim was denied

        Killman Family Sources
        1. Letter from E.N. Lewis, Houston, TX dated Oct 2, 1987. Estelle Killman Lewis, his wife, was a descendent of James Killman, son of Henry Killman Sr.
        2. Victor Killman, Houston, TX in letter dated 9 September 1989.
        3. 1800, 1810 U. S. Census for North Carolina
        4. 1820, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1880 U. S. Census for Tennessee for Kentucky and Tennessee
        5. Applications to Guion Miller Commission by Stephen Killman, 1908
        6. Stephen Killman’s death as reported in Genealogical Abstracts from Reported Deaths, The Nashville Christian Advocate, 1894-1896 (September 10, 1896 ) Copyright, Jonathan K. T. Smith, 2002.

        Bob Thurman


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