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On 10 June 2010, I was able to spend a whole day at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., searching their newspaper collections for mention of ancestors. Many of these items were excerpted in the search and the full articles not downloaded. I’m posting them in hopes that they may be of some use to others even if they are not helpful to our own family history research.

I did a search on the Killen name, and found many entries mentioning William Killen of Kent County, Delaware. My ancestor, William Killen, father of Nancy Killen who married Leasil Stone in Kentucky, may be the son of this William Killen. So far as I know, documentation of that relationship has not been found, so I am posting this in additional hopes that if anyone has such documentation, they would share it:

The Pennsylvania Gazette April 14, 1757
SCHEME Of a LOTTERY for raising 500 Pieces of Eight for
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Document 7 of 23 (1 hit)
….this Lottery, viz. John Vining, John Clayton, Caesar Rodney, and Thomas Irons, Esquires, and William Smyth and William Killen , Gent. who are to give Bond jointly and severally, and….

The Pennsylvania Gazette July 8, 1762
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Document 16 of 23 (1 hit)
Philadelphia; Samuel Kerr, Pennsylvania;
John Kelly, Cumberland county;
John Kitten, Hugh Kennan, and Hugh Karnan, in Chester county;
William Killen , Kent county;
John Killcrist, Paxton township;
Thomas Kilmichael, Susquehannah;

The Pennsylvania Gazette October 11, 1764
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Document 17 of 23 (1 hit)
Kent County. Representatives, John Vining, John Caton, Caesar Rodney, William Killen , John Barnes, Vincent Lockerman.
Sheriffs, Thomas Collins, James WElls.
Coroners, Matthew

Collection: The Pennsylvania Gazette
Publication: The Pennsylvania Gazette
Date: April 11, 1765
Title: TO be sold at public Vendue, at Dover, in Kent County, upon
TO be sold at public Vendue, at Dover, in Kent County, upon Delaware, on Wednesday the 15th of May next, the following Tracts of Land, lately belonging to James Gorrell, of said County, viz. One Tract of Land, containing about 90 Acres of Upland, and 41 Acres of March, being the Plantation the said Gorrell now lives on, upon JonesCreek, on which there is a good Dwelling house, four Rooms on a Floor, a Store house and Wharff, being a convenient Situation for a Store. One other Tract of Land, containing about 280 Acres, within Half a Mile of the above mentioned Plantation, about 100 Acres cleared, the rest Woodland, well timbered and watered. One other Tract of Land, containing about 125 Acres, situate in the Forrest of Murtherkill Hundred, in said Country, distant 9 Miles from Dover, on which there is Log house, about 10 Acres cleared and Half of said Land may be made good Meadow, being very rich Swamp. Also two Thirds of one other Tract of Land, near adjoining the last mentioned containing 103 Acres in the whole, on which there are two Log houses, about 40 Acres cleared, and some rich Swamp on it. Six Months Credit to be given the Purchasers, without Interest giving good Security, if required. The Titles to all the above Tract of Land are indisputable. Any Persons inclining to purchase before the Day of Sale, may be further informed, by applying to WILLIAM KILLEN , Esq; in Dover, or to SAMUEL PURVIANCE, JOHN SHEE, and JOHN WIKOFF, in Philadelphia, Assignees to said Gorrell.

The Pennsylvania Gazette May 25, 1769
To be SOLD, by public VENDUE, On the 15th day of June next,
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Document 3 of 23 (1 hit)
To be SOLD, by public VENDUE, On the 15th day of June next, at the house of Robert Wilds, at the Cross Roads, near Salisbury, FOUR valuable tracts of land, situate in Duck Creek Hundred, and county of Kent, upon Delaware, viz. One tract containing 100 acres, on PearmanBranch, and Gravelly Run, adjoining said Cross Roads, which may be laid out in convenient lots another tract containing 150 acres, adjoining lands of William Killen , Esq; another tract called Newberry, containing 400 acres; and one other tract, containing 209 acres, called Golden Grove. An indisputable title will be made. The sale to begin at 10 oon said day, when attendance will be given by DAVID FINNEY, and JOHN BELL.

The Pennsylvania Gazette October 12, 1769
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Document 21 of 23 (1 hit)
Kent County. Representatives, John Vining, Caesar Rodney, William Killen , John Clark, Thomas Collins, Caleb Luff.
Sheriffs, James Wells, John Cook.
Coroners, Jonathan Sipple, Nimrod Maxwell.

The Pennsylvania Gazette October 11, 1770
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Document 8 of 23 (1 hit)
Kent County.
Representatives, John Vining, Charles Ridgley, Caesar Rodney, Vincent Lockerman, William Killen , John Haslett.
Sheriffs, James Caldwell, Philip Barret.
Coroners, John Smithers, Jonathan Sipple.

The Pennsylvania Gazette October 10, 1771
(not the Full Article)
Document 18 of 23 (1 hit)
Kent County. Representatives, William Killen , Vincent Lockerman, John Banning, John Haslett, Charles Ridgely, Edward Fisher.
Sheriffs, James Caldwell, Philip Barret.
Coroners, John Smithers, Absalom Stradley.

The Pennsylvania Gazette October 7, 1772
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Document 22 of 23 (1 hit)
Kent County. Representatives, William Killen , Charles Ridgley, Caesar Rodney, Vincent Lockerman, John Haslet, John Banning.
Sheriffs, Philip Barrat, John Cook.
Coroners, Caleb Furby, Thomas Kirkley.
Sussex County. Representatives, Levin Crapper, Thomas Robinson, John Clowes, Benjamin Burton, David Hall, Stephen Townshend.
Sheriffs, Peter Robinson, Dorman Lofland.
Coroners, David Train, Thomas Carey, junior.

Collection: The Pennsylvania Gazette
Publication: The Pennsylvania Gazette
Date: October 6, 1773
Title: PHILADELPHIA, October 6.
PHILADELPHIA, October 6. JOHN PENN, Esquire, Governor and Commander in Chief of the Province of Pennsylvania, and Counties of New Castle, Kent and Sussex, on Delaware,


WHEREAS it appears, by sundry Affidavits, taken before one of the Judges of the Province of New Jersey, that JOSEPH RICHARDSON, late of the County of Philadelphia, and a certain SAMUEL FORD, stand charged with feloniously forging and counterfeiting the Bills of Credit of this Province, and passing the same, to the great Injury of His Majestyliege Subjects. AND WHEREAS the Endeavours hitherto used for apprehending them have been ineffectual, and it is highly expedient, for the Discouragement of such pernicious and atrocious Crimes, that the said Joseph Richardson, and Samuel Ford, should be brought to condign and exemplary Punishment; I HAVE therefore thought fit, with the Advice of the Council, to issue this my Proclamation, hereby promising and engaging, that the public Reward of THREE HUNDRED POUNDS, shall be paid to any Person or Persons, who shall apprehend the said Joseph Richardson, and safely deliver him to the Sheriff of the City and County of Philadelphia, in the Goal of the said County; and also, that the like Reward of THREE HUNDRED POUNDS, will be paid to any Person or Persons, who shall apprehend the said Samuel Ford, and deliver him to the said Sheriff, in the same Goal.
AND I DO hereby strictly charge, enjoin and require all Judges, Justices, Sheriffs, Constables, and all other His Majestyfaithful and liege Subjects within my Government, to make diligent Search and Enquiry after the said Joseph Richardson, and Samuel ford, and to use their utmost Endeavours to apprehend and secure them, so that they may be brought to Justice.

GIVEN under my Hand, and the Great Seal of the said Province of Pennsylvania, at Philadelphia, the Fourth Day of October, in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy three, and in the Thirteenth Year of His MajestyReign.


By His HonourCommand, JOSEPH SHIPPEN, jun. Secretary.


In ASSEMBLY, September 28, 1773.

Upon Motion,

THE Petitions of Matthew Clarkson, John Morris, James Trueman, Richard Mason, and Joshua Humphreys, were again read, and being severally put to the Vote, it was resolved, by a great Majority, that the said Joshua Humphreys be, and is hereby accordingly appointed the Officer, for putting into Execution the Act, intituled, An Act to prevent the Exportation of bad and unmerchantable Staves, Heading, Boards and Timber, &c.

Extract from the Journals, A True CopyCHARLES MOORE,

Clerk of Assembly.

During the last Session of GENERAL ASSEMBLY, the following Laws were passed, viz.

An ACT to prevent counterfeiting the Paper Money of other Colonies.

An ACT for the Relief of Samuel Sweet, a languishing Prisoner in the Goal of Philadelphia; and Thomas Bamford, a languishing Prisoner in the Goal of Lancaster County, with respect to the Imprisonment of their Persons.

An ACT for the Support of the Government of this Province, and Payment of the Public Debts. Friday last being the Anniversary Election throughout this Province for Representatives, Sheriffs, 7c. the following Gentlemen were chosen, viz.

Philadelphia County. Representatives, Henry Pawling, Michael Hillegas, Joseph Parker, Israel Jacobs, George Gray, Samuel Rhoads, Jonathan Roberts, Samuel Miles. Sheriffs, William Dewees, Joseph Stiles. Coroners, John Knight, Thomas Say. Commissioner, Edward Duffield. Assessors, John Knorr, Joseph Hillborn, Peter Dehaven, Jacob Umstead, Jacob Spencer, Ellis Lewis.

Philadelphia City. Burgesses, Thomas Mifflin, Benjamin Franklin. Wardens, William Pollard, John Morton. Street Commissioners, Owen Biddle, Joseph Allen. Assessors, William Calliday, Gunning Bedford, Daniel Dupuy, William Lowndes, Samuel Davis, Frederick Kuhl.

Bucks County. Representatives, Benjamin Chapman, Joseph Ellicott, John Foulke, John Brown, Henry Krewson, Peter Shepherd, Joseph Galloway, William Rodman.
Sheriffs, Samuel Biles, John Thornton, Coroners, George Fell, Joseph Harvey.
Commissioner, Paul Preston. Assessors, Gerardus Wynkoop, John Haney, Nathaniel Roberts, Thomas Wilson, Joseph Milner, Benjamin Hampton.

Chester County. Representatives, Charles Humphreys, Benjamin Bartholomew, Isaac Pearson,
John Jacobs, John Morton, John Minshall, James Gibbons, Joseph Pennock. Sheriffs,
Nathaniel Vernon, Henry Hayes. Coroners, John Bryan, William Kerlin. Commissioner, Thomas Lewis.
Assessors, John Crawford, William Montgomery, William Evans, Jacob Berry, Thomas Tucker, Caleb Davis.

Lancaster County. Representatives, Joseph Ferree, James Webb, George Rois, Matthias Slough.
Sheriffs, John Ferree, George Hoofnagle.
Coroners, Samuel Boys, Paul Zantsinger.
Commissioner, Alexander Martin, Assessors, Joseph Shearer, Valentine Brenisen, Michael Wither, Everard Michael, Thomas Clark, James Cunningham.

Berks County. Representatives, Edward Biddle, Henry Christ. Sheriffs, George Nagel, Henry Vanderslice.
Coroners, Peter Brecht, James Whitehead, junior. Commissioner, Samuel High.
Assessors, John Jones, Thomas Kurr, John Kerlin, Daniel High, John Heckert, John Spoon.

Northampton County. Representatives, William Edmunds. Sheriffs, Henry Fuller, Abraham Labar.
Coroners, Samuel Rea, Jonas Hartzell. Commissioner, Peter Burkhalter.
Assessors, Melchior Hay, Lawrence Hartman, Thomas Everitt, George Plank, William McNair,
John Greesamore.

New Castle County. Representatives, Thomas McKean, John Evans, John McKinly, James Latimer,
George Read, Alexander Porter.
Sheriffs, John Thompson, John Armstrong. Coroners, Robert Bail, Joseph Stidham.

Kent County. Representatives, Charles Ridgely, William Killen , Caesar Rodney, John Haslet,
John Clark, Thomas Collins.
Sheriffs, john Cook, Philip Barret. Coroners, Calib Furby, Joseph Prior.

(The Remainder of the Elections will be in our next.)

Yesterday, at a Meeting of the COMMON COUNCIL, WILLIAM FISHER, Esq was chosen Mayor
of this City for the ensuing Year.

Captain Richardson, arrived at New York from Chatham, on the 5th ult. in Lat. 40, Long. 27 : 41, spoke with Capt. Brown, from Virginia for Glasgow.

On Friday Morning departed this Life, after a tedious and lingering Illness, Mr. PETER STEWART, late of the Island of Jamaica, and on Sunday his Remains were decently interred in the Pine Street Meeting House Yard, where they were respectfully attended by a very great Number of the inhabitants of this City.

On Thursday, the 23d of September, departed this Life, at Dover, in Kent County, in the 37th Year of her Age, and after a painful Illness, Mrs. REBECCA KILLEN , the Wife of WILLIAM KILLEN , Esq; of that Town, to the irreparable Loss of a disconsolate husband, and a numerous, distressed Family: And on Saturday following her Remains were decently interred in the Presbyterian Burying ground there. Possessed of a mild and amiable Disposition, which was early cultivated by a virtuous Education, she appeared on the Stage of Life universally respected, as she has now retired from it equally lamented. – As a Wife, she excelled in all that is dutiful and affectionate; as a Parent, was tender and indulgent to an uncommon Degree; as a Mistress, governed by the Laws of Kindness and Humanity; and as a Neighbour, was courteous and obliging to all. Nor was she inattentive to the important Duties she owed to her God and Saviour; but manifested the Sense she had of Religion, by assiduous Endeavours to promote it in her Family, especially in the Minds of her rising offspring, who have Reason long to remember her affectionate Counsels, respecting their eternal Interest, as well as their discreet and virtuous Behaviour in the World. Deeply impressed with the Loss of so much Goodness, her Children rise up, and call her blessed; her Husband also, and he praiseth her.
[This is the end of a lengthy entry, dated October 6, 1773 – see above]

The Pennsylvania Gazette August 3, 1774
(not the Full Article)
Document 19 of 23 (1 hit)
Then William Killen and Richard Basset, Esquires, gave a summary view of natural and constitutional rights, entered into a discussion of the charter privileges of the colonies; and confirmed their doctrine by very satisfactory illustrations from some of the most approved civilians; from Magna Charta – the Bill of Rights, and other established authorities.

The Pennsylvania Gazette January 10, 1776
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Document 9 of 23 (1 hit)
On the 23d ult. a day remarkably cold and gloomy, Miss REBECCA KILLEN , the third daughter of WILLIAM KILLEN , Esq; of Dover, in the sixteenth year of her age, walked out, a little before noon, to a neighbouring house about a quarter of a mile distant from the town. The minute she entered the door, and approached to the fire, so extremely had the chilness of the air affected her, that she sunk down in a fainting posture. As soon as it was practicable, she was conveyed home; retaining yet some symptoms of life, which did not indeed entirely disappear for ten or eleven hours after. During all this time, every method and appliance was made use of that two very skillful physicians attending could devise – while hope and deep Anxiety stood looking on; – but all appliances and means proved ineffectual. – Endued with a temper meek and exceeding kind; possessing a share of prudence and discretion above her years; having a peculiar happy turn for retirement and sweet domestic usefulness; she delighted to fulfil the pious duties of a Daughter, and all the Sisterendearing offices. – Called off so early – so very unexpectedly, from this her tender department! now wonder, if the loss of such a one should be lamented. – But still, this consolation the dear departed Innocent hath left for her afflicted father, and the remaining children of the family – the memory of her blooming virtues.

The Pennsylvania Packet November 10, 1778
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Document 2 of 23 (3 hits)
THE subscribercharacter having been injured by several false and scandalous reports, propagated by interested and disaffected persons, touching some barley purchased by him in the Lower Counties, and particularly that he had been committed to prison by the Chief Justice of the State: he thinks it his duty to acquaint the public, that a full enquiry having been made into his conduct by the Chief Justice, William Killen , Esq; he was honourably discharged, and has obtained the following certificates.

THESE may certify all whom it may concern, That I William Killen , Chief Justice of the Delaware State, have this first day of November, Anno Domini 1778, heard and determined upon a matter of complaint against Colonel Francis Wade, for taking with force and arms, and strong hand, a large quantity of barley, the property of John Bell, Junior, of Kent County aforesaid, yeoman, found in a certain store house at Little Creek landing, in the said County, and having examined divers witnesses for and against the said Francis Wade, have adjudged, that no criminal prosecution can be maintained against him for taking the said barley, he claiming property in the same, and it being sufficiently proved before me, that he the said Francis Wade, had the sole, lawful and actual possession of the said store house, at the time of his causing the said barley to be removed from thence.


The Pennsylvania Gazette April 21, 1779
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Document 14 of 23 (1 hit)
At a Court of Oyer and Terminer, and General Goal Delivery, held at New Castle on the 10th instant, before the Hon. William Killen , David Finney and John Josser, Esquires, Justices of the Delaware State, Frederick Vert was indicted for High Treason, and acquitted Jacob Stroad was indicted for passing counterfeit Forty Dollar Bills, of the emission of April 11, 1778, knowing them to be such, and acquitted; and Joseph Judson was indicted and found guilty of High Treason, and sentenced agreeable to the Laws of England in cases of High Treason.

The Pennsylvania Gazette July 12, 1786
WILMINGTON (Delaware) June 28. The General Assembly of this
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Document 4 of 23 (1 hit)
The General Assembly of this state broke up on Saturday last. —
We understand that the question regarding the paper money was warmly agitated —
that it was proposed to issue 21,000 l. and upon calling the yeas and nays, there were twelve of the former in favour of the measure, and six of the later opposed to it —
So that it was carried by a majority of six to issue the above sum; but the bill was rejected by a considerable majority of the council.
The commissioners appointed to meet those from Pennsylvania and Maryland, for the purpose of settling the propriety of cutting a canal between the bays of Delaware and Chesapeake, are the honourable William Killen , Gunning Bedford, John Jones, Robert Armstrong, and Eleazer McComb, Esq;

Collection: Pennsylvania Newspaper Record
Date: October 11, 1867
Title: Marriage
Marriage On the 26th ult., by Rev. A.W. Sproull, at the Parsonage of the First Presbyterian Church, JOHN KILLEN , to EMMA LOUISA CONGLETON, both of this city.


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Many years ago, I was given a newspaper clipping about Captain Stone’s home. I have seen this home three times and been saddened each time to see how it has fallen from its once-loved state. The most recent time was a year ago this past spring. The house is almost completely surrounded by large trees so that it appears to be more of a dense grove than a building.

 I recently obtained permission from Chip Hutcheson, publisher of the Times Leader, current newspaper in Caldwell County, to use this clipping in my blog, since “articles that far back are not digitized.”

 I hope it provides some interesting information about Captain Stone that isn’t available elsewhere.

Caldwell County Times, Princeton, Kentucky – Thursday, March 22, 1979 (reprinted 13 March, 1980)

In the Neighborhood—

The Home of Capt. Stone

By Ann Kimmel

A little more than two miles out of Fredonia, in Lyon County, stands the long abandoned home of the one legged, politicking, neighboring confederate, the Honorable William J. Stone.

Standing tall against the horizon for more than one hundred years, the two story, red brick (the brick was fired at the Carr Pond in a field less than ½ mile away) house still stands stolidly against the spring rains. The porch has long since fallen into disuse. The doors now sway with the whims of the wind and the jagged windows now reflect a broken sky. Yet the cubicle at the end of the house still surveys the rich lush green of the Fredonia valley. The house itself still stands at attention, as though guarding the church and the cemetery down the lane.

  For in the New Bethel Church Cemetery lies the stone inscribed: William J. Stone; A Christian, a Soldier, A Statesman.

  It was here, on the homestead, that William Stone was born, on June 26, 1841. And here, he finally came to rest, in 1923. He was one of six children, born to Leasel Stone and Nancy Killen, of the valley. A short distance from the cemetery once stood the New Bethel School where young William Johnson Stone attended fourth grade in 1852. His early education was received in this neighborhood school and later he attended the Q. M. Tyler’s Collegiate Institute of Cadiz.

  At the beginning of the War Between the States, Stone enlisted under Captain Wilcox, First Kentucky Cavalry, and fought throughout the war for the Southern cause. Stone fought under General Forrest at the battle of Fort Donelson, was in the battle of Shiloh and the retreat to Corinth. He served for a while under Colonel Lyon with the 8th Kentucky Infantry and was with the celebrated John Morgan when he made his raid into Indiana and Ohio. On June 11, 1864, Stone was made a captain, by John Morgan, because of his proficiency in army tactics and valiant conduct in battle.

  In the battle of Cynthiana, Captain Stone was wounded in the leg and taken prisoner by the Federals. Always a Rebel, Stone attributes his recovery, after losing his leg, to the skills of the Confederate surgeon who was permitted to tend the wounded soldiers. The nurse who nursed him back to health was Cornelia Woodyard, of Cynthiana, who was later to become his wife. In 1865 Stone was paroled and returned home to make his home with his parents.

  In 1867 Captain Stone began his career in politics. He was elected to the State legislature hoping to actively reconcile the differences between the Federals and the Confederates. He served again in 1875, serving as speaker of the house. In 1883 he represented his district for the third time and was chosen chairman of the Committee on Penitentiaries. Along with General Lyon and Confederate General Simon Buckner, Stone used his influence to secure the location of the new state penitentiary for Eddyville. Always a Rebel, Stone wished to employ many of the southern sympathizers who were morally and financially ruined by the war. Many of the guards at the new penitentiary were Confederate veterans.

  Captain Stone was elected to the Forty-ninth congress of the United States in 1884. He defeated the Honorable Oscar Turner, who had served three terms. While serving in Congress, Stone “championed small farmers and businessmen. He felt that “the big bricks threatened the free enterprise of the country.” He was the first congressman to introduce legislature to control the trustism by making their organization illegal. Stone was also the first legislator to introduce legislation to elect senators by popular election.

  After retiring from the Capitol, Stone was appointed Kentucky Confederate Pension Commissioner. In 1915 he was elected Major General of the United Kentucky Confederate Veterans of the Kentucky Division.

  Until his death, at age 74, Captain Stone was active in business in Lyon County. He was associated with the Citizens Bank of Kuttawa with Ray Whitington (a miller) and Company, and served as president of the Lyon County Farmers Club. For years he farmed over 1,000 acres in the Fredonia valley.

  A Rebel to the very end, Stone was often seen stomping around western Kentucky in honor of the Confederate veterans. He was present in Princeton in 1912, along with other veterans, for the unveiling of the Confederate Veterans monument. And, he was seen politicking every year at the Jim Pierce Encampmennt picnic at Kuttawa Springs.

  The old homestead looms dark and silent now. Almost silent, except for the sound of someone stomping around in the library. Maybe, if the old house could speak, what stories we would hear of the one-legged, Rebel, Captain Stone.

 (copyright Ann Kimmel)

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How to Proceed

Once I had been bitten, I had to get to work.  I organized all of the information I had been given so that I could see what we knew (first step in genealogy research, even though I didn’t know that at the time).  Then I found someone who could get me started.

Basically, what she told me was the kind of records available, and which she would look in first, and which next.  My main research method (more…)

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