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Killinger Family



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Samuel Killinger (ca 1830-bef 1880) was born in Pennsylvania and married Phoebe Mountain (ca 1833-   ) shortly before 1860.  Phoebe is listed as a widow in 1880 census and nothing is known of Samuel Killinger before the 1860 Census (Antis, Blair Co., PA). [see note at bottom]  In 1870, Samuel is a "Teamster" living in Allegheny Township (Hollidaysburg Post Office), Blair Co., Pennsylvania.   In the 1880 Census, the widow Phoebe Mountain resided in Portage, Cambria Co., Pennsylvania with her four sons (14 - 20 years old) all of who are listed as "coal miners."  

Phoebe (Pheba) Mountain was born in Germany the daughter of Joseph H. (ca 1798-   ) & Lucinda Mountain (ca 1798-   ).  Phoebe and her parents immigrated from Germany in 1834 (brother Francis was born at sea during the voyage) and settled in Carroll Township, Cambria Co., Pennsylvania. Nothing is known of the Mountain family's life in Germany and its probable their surname was changed or Anglicized during their immigration.  The 1860 Census lists her name as "Ellen."  This is the only known use of this given name but it does reoccur in the names of some of her grandchildren.  The 1880 census is the last confirmed sighting of Phoebe.   

Samuel & Phoebe Mountain Killinger's five known children were all born in Blair or Cambria Counties Pennsylvania.

Joseph Franklin Killinger (ca 1860-after 1920) married Catherine Jane McGinnis (ca 1861-   ) in 1886 (Gallitzin, Cambria Co., PA) and had two known children (Joseph H. & Charles).  Joseph remained in Cambria County as a Coal Miner. 

Catherine Idona Killinger (1861-1931) married Patrick Conville (1854-1931) circa 1879 and is believed to have birthed 15 children (Mary Lorena; Margaret Idona; Catherine Elizabeth; Della Monica; William David; David Samuel; Thomas W.; Rose Lorraine; Philip Charles; Veronical (Vera); Grace; Ruth; Mildred Idona; and two others who died very young).  Ten of their children reached adulthood.  The Conville family left Cambria County shortly after 1900 and over the next thirty years, made their way west to Los Angeles Co., California by way of Turtle Creek, Allegheny Co., PA & Detroit, Wayne Co., Michigan. 

 William H. Killinger (1864-after 1930) married Margaret McCloskey (ca 1859-   ) in 1888 (Gallitzin, Cambria Co., PA) and had five known children (Mary E; Hilderbert; Rose Ellen; Margaret Ellen; & Leo W.).  William H. remained in Cambria County as a Coal Miner. His son, Private Bert (Hilderbert) Killinger was a Casualty of World War I.

 Samuel David Killinger (ca 1867-bef 1930) married Mary Alice McIntosh in 1888 (Lilly, Cambria Co., PA) and had nine known children (William, Phoebe, Margaret, John, George Leo, Catherine Elizabeth, Charles Brady, Samuel David & Joseph).  Samuel also remained in Cambria County as a Coal Miner.  Several of his children made their way to Oakland County, Michigan.

George W. Killinger (ca 1869-   ) appears to have headed west to Nebraska as young man to pick up farming.  He married Mary A. circa 1893 and eight of their nine known children were born in Nebraska (George W.; Edith; Elva; Grace; Alice; Bertha B.; Harold A.; Elmer L. (born S. Dakota); Ruth E.; & Lois).   


  • The 1860 Census lists Samuel Killinger as a "day laborer" living in Antis, Blair County, Pennsylvania living next door to William (1822-   ) & Martha Killinger (ca 1825-   ) and their five children (George, Henry, Harah, Susan, & Mary).  The birth years given in the census indicate William was four years older than Samuel.


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