A Dedication and Memorial Ceremony
in Remembrance of Elijah Killian

Erection of the Stone
St. Stephen's Lutheran Church Cemetery
12 September 2008

(L to R) Bill & Rose Polites from Missouri; Doris & Ray Pope from Conover, NC; Brenda and Lee Killian from
Denver, NC; Catherine and Wayne Milam from Southside, AL; Joe Killian of York Co., SC, and Dan Sipe from
York Co., SC, standing between Cheryl and Charles Killian of Ellenwood, GA.

St. Stephen's Lutheran Church Cemetery
Dedication: 14 September 2008, 4:00pm

Elijah Killian

KILLIAN, ELIJAH, Private - Resided in Catawba County and was by occupation a blacksmith prior to enlisting in Catawba County on August 13, 1861. Captured at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 1-4, 1863. Confined at Davids Island, New York Harbor. Paroled and transferred to City Point, Virginia, where he was received September 8, 1863, for exchange. Returned to duty on an unspecified date. Paroled at Lynchburg, Virginia, April 13, 1865.

Elijah KILLIAN (some sources give his name as Sidney Elijah Killian) was the son of Joseph KILLIAN (16 May 1800 - 28 Jun 1889) and Rachel Regina BOLICK (17 Jan 1805 - 25 Feb 1885)

He was born 13 Jul 1824 in Lincoln (now Catawba) County, North Carolina and was a gunsmith. He died 26 Jan 1908 (age 83) in Catawba County, North Carolina

He married Catherine Malinda [Bolch] BOLICK (daughter of Godfrey BOLICK Jr. and Sabina PROPST ) on 24 May 1845 (age 20) in Catawba County, NC, by Ephraim Yount, JP; witness: Henry Probst

His children were:
Rebecca Elvira KILLIAN (22 Sep 1845 - )
George Monroe KILLIAN (7 Mar 1847 - )
Pinckney Alexander KILLIAN (15 Aug 1849 - 14 Apr 1903)
Noah KILLIAN (18 Aug 1850 - 10 Oct 1878)
Sidney E. KILLIAN (1 Jun 1852 - 30 Jun 1928)
Sylvanus W. KILLIAN (11 Aug 1854 - 5 Jun 1903)
Gabriel Alexander KILLIAN (8 Mar 1858 - 4 Mar 1944)
Joseph Freeman KILLIAN (4 Aug 1860 - )

A Day of Preparation - Erecting the Stone - 12 Sept. 2008

Dan Sipe, Killian Association President, strikes the first blow amid inspectors.


Age takes its toll-Dan Sipe takes a break (Miller's Lutheran in background).


The stone arrives-the hole gets bigger.


Equal opportunity abounds-no volunteer will be refused service.


Squaring the stone-the work is nearly finished.


And we never thought geometry would ever help us!


A little concrete, a little dirt-all this represents proud dedication.


All squared up and tamped down. Ready for the ceremony on Sunday.




Derick S. Hartshorn - 2008
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