William P. Killen, Samuel M. Killen, David H. Killen

William timber-claimed a quarter in 3, 7N 48W in 1896. 

He's also in the Phillips County census in 1900, born April 1864 Wisconsin, married nine years to Esther, Oct 1863 Illinois,.  She's had two children, one living.  (There's an Esther Killen in Lincoln, Neb in 1910, 46, born in Illinois, widowed, with William Edgar Killen, 15,  William Edgar Cromwell Killen registered in West Virginia, saying he was born March 6, 1895 in Greenwood, Nebraska)

In 1914 North Platte Nebraska, Esther Killen filed suit against William P. Killen for payment of money for land in 10N 33 and 34W.  Also named as signatories were F.B. Killen and B.L. Killen.

Esther C. Killen 1862-1962 is buried at Elmwood Cass County Nebraska with "Baby Killen 1894-1894 and William C. Killen 69087139.

History of Lincoln County Nebraska

In Highland Cemetery, Gage County are:

Killen Dave 1
Killen Emily E. 1
Killen Harry W. 1
Killen J. E. 1
Killen James A. 1
Killen Nancy J. 1
Killen W. P. 1
Killen William 1



Another William P. Killen in  1900 Yuma County , ranching, born April 1863 in Missouri, married nine years to Esthie, Oct 1862 Missouri, with William E. March 1895 Nebraska.

1904 Pennsylvania - Indiana County  "William P. Killen, of Omaha, Neb., spent part of last week with his cousin, D. H. Tomb, Esq. Mr. Killen was raised near Armagh and this is his first visit to Indiana county since he left for the west twenty-seven years ago.  He read law in the west  and was admitted to the bar but later engaged in the real estate business. "

When William Porter Killen applied for a passport in 1922, he said he was born April 23, 1863 in Picket Station Wisconsin father William D. Killen of Pennsylvania.  He was living at Wallace, Nebraska, and was a real estate dealer.  He was going to Italy Germany, France for sightseeing.   There' s a William Killen in Wallace, Nebraska in 1910, 47 born in Wisconsin, single. So this William is probably the Yuma County one

John E. Killen timber-claimed a quarter in 10N 53W in 1895 - that's thirty miles from William's.


In 1955 Lincoln, Nebraska, Esther Killen (wid W.P)  lives at 1734 N.  Wm and Burris D. Killen live at 514 S. 27th.


Another possibility is that the land claim was William H. Killen, brother of Samuel and David.  He married Minnie Rusler Feb 23, 1898 -recorded in Delta County.  The BLM data base might be incorrect on the middle initial.



In 1870 Indiana County, Pennsylvania, Samuel M. , 10 is the oldest of Silas 41 and Christian 41 "Kellin" children  David H. is 8, Joseph 7.

In 1880 Pierce County, Wisconsin Samuel M. Killen is 20, a carpenter, living with the Elijan B. Holmes - a lawyer - family.

Holyoke, Colorado 19 Sep 1890, Friday, Vol. IV - No. 6 Page One  LOCAL LORE   Sam Killen has a train. (might mean that he worked for the railroad)
1891  "Sam Killen, one of the popular B & M boys, came home Saturday from Minturn where he had been on a visit."  (probably Minturn in Eagle County - a narrow-gauge railroad hub)

Samuel M. Killen married Maggie M. Garrett Oct 9, 1891, recorded in Denver.

Samuel M. Killen proved up a quarter in 7N 45W in 1893 - Phillips County, about 15 miles away. 

THIS IS PROBABLY THE SAMUEL KILLEN IN BEATRICE NEBRASKA - a lawyer and district attorney in Gage County in 1907. 

1911 Beatrice "Mrs. D. J. Killen was elected recording secretary of the Woman's Club."

1912 McCook "D. J. Killen of Beatrice visited his brother-in-law B. Hofer between trains on his way home from a Denver trip."

September 3, 1940 Beatrice "Samuel P. Killen, 81. veteran Beatrice lawyer, and former county attorney died at his home here Monday. Surviving are widow, a daughter, three brothers and two sisters. Funeral services will be held Thursday."

A quarter in section 7, 7N 45W was on the 1891 property tax rolls, under the name of G.M Killen (personal property- so it probably was the buildings, not the land.

THIS SAMUEL KILLEN IS PERHAPS A COUSIN who signed up to claim land  :  In 1900 Chaffee County, a S.M. Killen, no occupation,  born Feb 1860 in Pennsylvania, has been married nine years to Maggie M., July 1872 Ohio.  Gertrude Nov 1894 and Samuel Feb 1896 both born in Colorado.

Samuel M. Killen is buried in the Salida cemetery, dying Oct 18, 1903 age 48 years 45171387

In 1910 Denver Maggie, 37, widowed, is a school janitor.  She's had six kids, four living.  Bertha is 16, Laura M. 14, Ethel 8, and Ruth 6.

Maggie M. Killen married John A. Bouger Feb 6, 1912, recorded in Denver.

Laurel May Killen Dowdey born Feb 12, 1896, died May 22, 1981 in San Luis Obispo County, father Killen, mother Garrett.

Maggie May Bougher, born July 31, 1872 in Ohio, died Sep 13, 1951 in San Luis Obispo, father Garrett, mother Waynright.In 1920 El Paso County Maggie, 47 is married to John A. Bougher, 56, and Ethel V and Ruth A. are with them.

In 1930 Montrose Ethel M. Killen is a farm worker for Bernice Torrey, male, 45 and his widowed mother.

Maggie and John are buried in Monument Colorado. 34012678



In 1880 David Killen, 18, is a laborer in Washington County, Minnesota.

David H. Killen cash-claimed a quarter in 8N 45W in 1890 - about twenty miles from William's  in Phillips County.

That land was on the property tax rolls in 1891.

D.H. Killen married Ethel G. Gavette Jun 14, 1899, recorded in Gunnison County.

In 1900 Grand Junction David H. Killen, born Dec 1862 in Pennsylvania, railroad conductor,  has been married one year to Ethel G. March 1876 Colorado.

In 1910 Sumner County, Kansas, David Killen is running a pool hall, and Ethel G. and he have Mazie 7, David H. 5, Freeman M. 5, all born in Colorado, and Harry Gavett, 22, Ethel's brother, is a cook in a pool room.

David Killen and E.G. Killen divorced in Gunnison County in 1912.

D.H. Killen married Florence Leeves Oct 26, 1916, recorded in Mesa County.

In 1920 Grand Junction, Colorado, David, 56, born in Illinois, is a railroad conductor, with Flora, 45, born in Colorado.

David H. Killen 1862-Mar 28, 1929 is also buried in Salida  - 45171350

Flora is widowed in 1930 Grand Junction, and her grand-daughter Lillian Moreland, 19, born in Colorado, is with her. 



David Lewis Killen, a mine operator and underwriter who is the senior partner in the Killen-Reinert Company of Denver, has spent much of his life In the west, although he comes to Colorado from the Atlantic seaboard. He was born in Armagh, Pennsylvania, April 23, 1870, a son of William D. Killen, a native of the Keystone state, where his ancestors settled at an early period in its development. He is of Scotch-Irish lineage, the family having been founded in America by John Killen, who crossed the Atlantic during the middle of the eighteenth century and cast in his lot with the frontiersmen of Pennsylvania. At the time the country became involved in war with England he joined the American forces and aided in winning independence for the nation.
William D. Killen, father of David L. Killen, was a structural engineer and a man of high rank in his profession. He put the first tunnel under Lake Michigan for furnishing the water supply of Chicago and was otherwise identified with large and important projects of that
character. It was during the '50s that he removed from Pennsylvania to Chicago but afterward returned to the Keystone state, where he lived until 1877, when he removed to Nebraska, taking up his abode in Gage county in the spring of that year. He cast in his lot with its pioneer settlers and concentrated his efforts upon agricultural pursuits, taking up outdoor life largely for the benefit of his health. He died
in January, 1878, at the age of forty-two years. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Nancy Jane McFarland, was also a native of Pennsylvania and belonged to one of its old pioneer families of Scotch lineage, the family having been founded in the new world by Wallace McFarland, who settled on this side of the water about 1740. Among his descendants were those who participated in the Revolutionary war. Mrs. Killen, the mother of D. L. Killen, died in Nebraska in 1912, at the age of seventy-four years. By her marriage she had become the mother of nine children, seven sons and two daughters.

David Lewis Killen was the seventh child and fifth son in that family. He was very young when his parents removed to the west and his
early education was acquired in the country schools of Nebraska, while later he attended the University of Nebraska and won his degree of B. S. and LL. B. upon graduation with the class of 1897. Both prior and subsequent to his graduation he taught school in Nebraska and also at Julesburg, Colorado, and it was through teaching that he earned the money that enabled him to meet the expenses of his university course.
In the fall of 1899 he was married and with his wife removed to Spokane, Washington, where he entered upon the practice of law, in
which he continued successfully for three years. He next turned his attention to the lumber, mining and banking business, with headquarters in Spokane. At a later period he removed to Chicago, Illinois, and became president of the Killen-Warner-Stewart Company, dealers in stocks and bonds, and they extended their efforts by the establishment of offices in the principal cities of the country. Mr. Killen remained active in that field of labor for ten years and won a very substantial measure of success in the conduct of the business but sold his interests in 1917 and returned to Colorado, settling In Denver. In
June, 1917, he established his present business, organizing the Killen-Reinert Company, and has since been continuously and actively engaged in the development of oil fields and mining interests of the state. The company are pioneers in this line of business activity and their interests are being successfully promoted. Both are men of sound judgment and keen sagacity in business affairs and they have already won a notable clientage.

On the 24th of October, 1899, Mr. Killen was united in marriage in Julesburg, Colorado, to Miss Nora L. Kinsman, a native of Iowa and a daughter of George E. and Anna (Dennis) Kinsman, who were early settlers of Colorado. Mr. and Mrs. Killen have become parents of four children: Donald L., who was born in Spokane, March 14, 1901; Dorothy L., born In Spokane, August 15, 1902; and Beatrice and Barbara, twins, born in Chicago, Illinois, December 10, 1907.

Mr. Killen is an advocate of democratic principles and fraternally he is connected with the Masons having taken the degrees of
Knight Templar, the Scottish Rite and the Mystic Shrine. His Masonic affiliations are with Covenant Lodge, A. F. & A. M., Chicago; Chapter and Commandery at North Platte, Nebraska; and the Consistory and the Shrine at Portland, Oregon. A notably successful career is that of Mr. Killen, who made his initial step in the business world with little capital. He has ever been actuated by a laudable ambition and opportunity has always been to him a call to action-a call to which he has made ready response. He is alert to every chance for legitimate advancement and is ready to meet any emergency with a conscious strength that comes from a right conception of things and an habitual regard for what is best in the exercise of human activities.


1899 Colorado School Journal  "D.L. Killen has resigned as principal at Julesburg and will practice law."

Adams, Nebraska, April 20, 1902. --  The funeral services over the body of Prof. Harry Wallace Killen of the Sterling High School were held at the First Presbyterian Church of Adams this afternoon at 3 o'clock and were the most largely attended of any ever occurring at this place.  The sermon was preached by Rev. P. P. Bliss, pastor of the church, and was both pathetic and consoling.  Prof Killen was not only prominent throughout the country as a man of ceaseless activity, ambition and scholarly attainments but also a man of  sterling worth, affectionate, tender to a fault, winsome in a way that led all who came into contact with him to admire, love and respect him.  He cam of one of the highly respected families of Adams and his sudden death on Thursday morning was a shock to the community.  He was a member of the Masonic order and the Royal Highlanders.  Those lodges were conspicuous with their large delegations at his funeral.  The bereaved ones are his widowed mother, Mrs. Killen, two sisters, Miss Sadie Killen and Mrs. Agnes Shaw, and six brothers, David of Oregon,William, living in the western part of Nebraska,; James of Dakota, Samuel of Beatrice and Edward and Daniel Killen of Adams.