My great-grandfather was Alfred Lawrence KILLMAN. He
was born 1-15-1873 in Missouri - either Laclede or
Pulaski county. His sister, Sarah Elizabeth KILLMAN
was born 4-25-1870 in Pulaski County, MO.
I have their parents as being Mary Ella BROWNFIELD b.
9-12-1838 in Pulaski County, MO. and d. 6-21-1919 in
Roundup, Musselshell, MT. and James (David??) KILLMAN
Mary Ella BROWNFIELD was married 5 times -to Francis
PAGETT, HESS, James KILLMAN (my brick wall), Charles
VANGORDON, and Thomas STANTON. I don't know what
happened to all her husbands - if they died or were
Mary Ella BROWNFIELD shows up in the Roubideaux Twp.,
Pulaski Co., MO 1870 census with James KILLMAN, along
with Sarah Elizabeth KILLMAN (Alfred Lawrence wasn't
born yet.) It shows James KILLMAN's age as being 19,
which means he was born about 1851.
But in the 1880 Pulaski County census, Mary Ella's household doesn't
reflect James, so he seems to be out of the household
by that time - dead, divorced???
There's another James KILLMAN in the 1870 census:
James Killman age 50 b. TN Farmer with Matilda age 45
b. TN, and Thomas 22 b. TN, Nancy A. b. TN 18,
Elizabeth 16 b. TN, John 14 b. MO, Robert 12 b. MO
and Missouri 9 (female) b. MO.
In 1880, the census shows the other James with Matilda
and John J. and Robert C. in Roubideaux Twp., Pulaski
County, MO. This James could be a relation to my
James, possibly even his father, but I can't connect
The 1870 census indicates that James Killman was born
in KY. However, in the 1880 census, Sarah Elizabeth
and Alfred Lawrence Killman are noted as having a
father born in TN. Or was the "father" merely the
current husband of Mary Ella Brownfield, and not
The 1920 Multnomah Co. Oregon census has Alfred
Killman listing the birth place of his father as being
The death certificate of Alfred Lawrence Killman lists
father as Dave Killman, birth place KY. My
grandfather (Alfred's son) also told me that his grandfather was
David KILLMAN. And I've heard that another older
KILLMAN also called him David, and not James.
An older relative told me that the KILLMANs were proud
of the fact that they lived not too far from Abraham
Lincoln's folks in KY. So that's another clue.
The death certificate of Sarah Elizabeth lists father
as "Mr. Kilman" birthplace unknown, maiden name of
mother unknown, birthplace of mother unknown.
Alfred Lawrence KILLMAN married Lucinda Rose BENCH who
was born 4-4-1873 in Brownfield, Laclede, MO.
Sometime around 1906-1908, the story goes that Alfred
KILLMAN was accused of stealing a cow, and when the
law came after him, he shot the sheriff's deputy in
the eye. Then he and his wife fled to Oregon. They
lived the rest of their lives in Oregon, and for a
short while Montana. I would love to find out the
true facts of what happened in Missouri between Alfred
KILLMAN and the law. Maybe a newspaper article would
shed some light on Alfred's family background.
OK - that's pretty much everything I know about my Killmans :-) Would love to swap notes with anyone who might connect.
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