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Have been searching Chicago area Kill family for several years . The first of this Kill family to the USA was Mathias Kill from Germany, born abt 1830/35 , died abt 1893 in Chicago ,Cook County, Il. Mathias came to USA sometime around 1850/1858. He did serve in the US Army during Civil War. 1860/1864 roughly. Mathias married Mary Eicherman probably around 1870 +/- . Mary also died in the 1890's. Through many census data have found nearly all his children (11). Their names --Peter,John, Mary (McDowell), Augusta(Agusta Doherty in 1910 census) , Matthew, August, Joseph, Jacob, Edward & Mathilda. Mostly born in that order. You indicate there were other Kill sibs that came to the USA but you don't have their names. Wonder if you have new information and if it could be possible our Mathias could be a brother or relation to your Nickholas? The time frame is very coincidental. My wife is a Kill granddaughter to August and I am not related to husband of Augusta. So much coincidence. Thanks for your help, Bill Doherty