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.

Stephen Hopper (1790-1858) & Bethenia Robertson (1793-1845)

Stephen Hopper & Bethenia Robertson are my 4X great grandparents, the parents of my 3x great grandmother Susan Releabie Hopper.

Stephen Hopper was born in 1790 in Gradyville, Adair County, Kentucky. He was the son of Harmon Hopper and Sarah Cole.

Bethenia Robertson was born 1793 in Gradyville, Adair County, Kentucky. She was the daughter of William Robertson and Violetty Lettice.

Stephen and Bethenia were married on July 27, 1811 in Adair County, Kentucky. He was about 21 and she was about 18.

On the 1830 US Census, Stephen was head of a household of 10 in Adair County, Kentucky. The household included: 1 male aged 5-9 (Thomas); 1 male aged 40-49 (Stephen was 40); 2 females under age 5 (Susan was 1); 3 females aged 5-9; 2 females aged 10-14 (Iceyphena was 12); 1 female aged 30-39 (Susan was 37). There are 6 unknown children on this Census.

On the 1840 US Census, Stephen was head of a household of 13 in Adair County, Kentucky. The household included 1 male aged 15-19 (Thomas); 1 male aged 40-49 (Stephen was 50); 2 females aged 5-9 (Nancy was 7); 2 females aged 10-14 (Susan was 11); 2 females aged 15-19; 2 male slaves under age 10; 1 female slave under age 10; 1 female slave aged 24-35; 1 female slave aged 36-54. There are 4 unknown children on this Census, and wife Bethenia wasn’t counted.

A family record available on Ancestry.com indicates that Bethenia died in 1845 in Gradyville, Adair County, Kentucky. She was about 52.

Stephen married Mary Polly Roach on November 23, 1845 in Kentucky. He was about 55 and she was 23 or 29 depending on which census you believe.

On the 1850 US Census, Stephen was 60 and wife Mary was 27. Neither could read or write. Children in the home were: Nancy, age 17; William. age 10; Stephen, age 8; Harrison, age 6; Meredith, age 4.

Stephen died in Gradyville, Adair County, Kentucky in 1858. He was about 68.

The children of Stephen Hopper & Bethenia Robertson:

Iceyphena Hopper – Iceyphena was born August 18, 1818 in Kentucky. She married Clemon Hopper on October 14, 1835 in Adair County, Kentucky. They had 10 children. Her son Creel reported, in a letter available on Ancestry.com, that four of her sons (along with 5 of her brothers) served for the Union in the Civil War. She died February 12, 1879 in Taney County, Missouri. She was 60. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Thomas J. Hopper – Thomas was born sometime between 1821 & 1824 in Kentucky. He married Easther Rowe on January 7, 1841 in Adair County, Kentucky. They had 8 children. He served Kentucky Infantry in the Civil War, and died in 1867 according to the Civil War Pension card reflecting Easther filing. He was between the ages of 43 & 46.

Susan Releabie Hopper – My 3x great grandmother Susan was born in about 1829 in Tennessee. She married Henry Killman in about 1851. They had 4 children. Susan died November 6, 1895. She was about 66. Read about her here.

Nancy Hopper – Nancy was born in 1833 in Kentucky according to the only record I have of her, the 1850 US Census.

William H. Harper – William was born in 1840. He married Samantha Jane Denton on August 5, 1866 in Adair County, Kentucky.  They had 6 children. The last record I have of him is the 1900 US Census when he lived in Dublin City, Erath County, Texas with his wife. He was a minister. His wife died in 1901 and she is buried in Erath County, Texas.

Stephen Alford Harper – Stephen was likely born in 1842 but his Find A Grave memorial says he was born on January 15 ,1844. He married Nancy Elizabeth Sexton on September 12, 1870 in Metcalfe, Kentucky.  They had 4 children. He married Maude Elizabeth Nelson on May 8, 1890 in Adair County, Kentucky. They had 6 children. Stephen died September 29, 1914 in Gradyville, Adair County, Kentucky. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Harrison P. Harper – Harrison was born January 8, 1844. He enlisted in Company E, Kentucky 3rd Infantry Regiment on Oct 8, 1861. He mustered out on September 26, 1864. He transferred to Company Battery A, Kentucky Light Artillery Battery on September 26, 1864. He mustered out on June 26, 1865 at Nashville, TN. Harrison married Mary Wilson on April 2, 1864 in Adair County, Kentucky. They had at least 5 children. The last record I have of him is on the 1880 US Census, when he was 34 and lived in Leatherwood, Adair County, Kentucky with his wife and 5 children.

The children of Stephen Hopper & Mary Polly Roach:

Meredith Johnson Harper – Meredith was born December 27, 1847 in Kentucky. He married Fannie E. Gowen in 1868. They had 7 children. He died September 28, 1912 in Gradyville, Adair County, Kentucky. He was 64

Manurvia Catherine Harper – Manurvia was born in 1853. She married William E. Edwards on January 18, 1869 in Adair County, Kentucky. She died Mar. 17, 1891 in Edinburg, Christian, Illinois. She was 38. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

 

Henry Kilman (1826-1893) & Susan Releabie Hopper (1829-1895)

Henry Killman & Susan Releabie Hopper are my 3x great grandparents, the parents of my 2x great grandmother Mary A. Kilman.

Henry Killman was born about 1829 in Tennessee. His year of birth varies greatly on the documents I have: 1829 on the 1850 US Census, 1824 on the 1860 US Census, 1826 on his Civil War enlistment, 1830 on the 1870 US Census and 1824 on the 1880 US Census, which also changes his birthplace to Kentucky.) His parents were Levin Killman & Mary Hendricks. Read about them here.

Susan Releabie Hopper was born in about 1829 in Tennessee. Her year of birth varies on documents I have: 1827 on the 1860 US Census, 1833 on the 1870 US Census, 1826 on the 1880 US Census. Her parents were Stephen Hopper & Bethenia Robertson. Read about them here.

Henry was found on the 1850 US Census at age 21 in Overton, Tennessee living with parents Levin (age 55) and Mary (age 60). Also in the house was sister Milly, age 20.

Henry and Susan married in about 1851.

On the 1860 US Census, in Monroe, Kentucky, Henry is listed as 36, and Susan is listed as 33. They had 3 children: Stephen, age 8; Edna, age 4; Mary, age 3. Also in the house were boarders Luford Short, age 22, and Thomas Walker, age 21. Henry, Mary and the two boarders are marked as unable to read or write.

Henry enlisted in 1861 to fight for the Confederacy in the Civil War. He served as a private in 25th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry Company G.

On the 1870 US Census, still in Monroe, Kentucky, Henry is listed as 40 and Susan is listed as 37. Stephen was 17, Edna Jane was 14, and Mary was 12.

The family moved to Missouri.

Minutes of Mincy Valley Baptist Church of Christ from October and November of 1873 indicate that Henry & Mary and their daughters Mary and Edna were baptized.

On the 1880 US Census, the family was found in Scott, Taney County, Missouri. Henry was listed as 56 and Susan was listed as 54. Daughter Mary was 23 and son William was 10. All but son William are marked as “maimed, crippled, bedridden or disabled.”

Henry died August 14, 1893. He was about 64. Susan died November 6, 1895. She was about 66.

The children of Henry Killman & Susan R. Hopper:

Stephen Alford Killman – Stephen was born February 25, 1853 in Monroe, Kentucky. He married Nancy Watson in about 1872 and they had 6 children. He married Catherine (last name unknown) in about 1897 and they had 3 children. Stephen’s applications to Eastern Cherokee (denied) lists his mother’s name as Susan Releabie Hopper, his own birthdate and birthplace, his children and their birthdates, his parents death dates, his grandparent’s names and their children’s names. He claimed his grandparents and great grandparents were driven from a reservation in Tennessee in 1835. My last record of him is on the 1930 US Census when he lived in Creek, Okfuskee, Oklahoma with his daughter Elizabeth’s family.

Edna Virginia Jane Killman – Edna was born in 1856. She married John Hiram Thomason in 1875. They had 8 children and divorced. She was listed as widowed on the 1910 and 1920 US Census, but her husband had remarried and had another child. She died in 1923. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Mary A. Killman – My 2x great grandmother Mary was born is September of 1858 in Kentucky. In 1883, she married Abraham Parks. They had 3 children. Read about her here.

William Killman – William was born about 1870 in Tennessee and appears only on the 1880 US Census.