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A Conflux of DNA.....KILLION, WILBURN, BALL, BARHAM, etc...

Updated October 19, 2004

Rayburn Allan Killion, Jr.

Santa Rosa, CA

Hey y'all, welcome to my little outline of the circumstances, coincidences and happy accidents that created the people that led to the bald bag of carbon and water that is yours truly. The info below is what I reasonably believe to be correct; corrections and additional information are more than welcome!
My paternal ancestors that I know of so far came to these shores early on. John MOORE came to America (probably from Essex, England) in 1635 at the age of 41 on the ship Susan and Ellen, settling in the town of Sudbury, Mass. He had first married a woman named Elizabeth Whale in England, it is likely that she had died before he made the journey. His second wife was Elizabeth RICE. This family stayed in the Sudbury/Lancaster/Sterling area for several generations (some moving on to places such as Maine and New Hampshire.) Some affilliated family names are HOUGHTON, WILDER, SAWYER, RICE and WHITE, among many others. John's ggggrandson, Rev. Thomas Moore, moved to the Redstone area of Western Pennsylvania and then on to Perry County, Ohio. He married Rachel POWER, daughter of Rev. James POWER and later married Eleanor HUGHES. Rev. Moore's son, Thomas Moore Jr., settled in White Co., Indiana where his granddaughter (and my gggrandmother) Aurilla Purilla MOORE, married Samuel BALL (son of Benjamin and Martha Ann, below).

Ggggrandpa BALL likely descended from William BALL who arrived from England in Virginia ca. 1679, settling in Middlesex County. Willaim's son, Edward, m. Keziah OSBORNE; this family stayed in Middlesex Co. as did their youngest son, Benjamin, who m. Anne OWEN. This couple had a son, also named Benjamin who m. Ann _________and moved to Fauquier Co., Kentucky. and had a son James, who m. Anna CLAYPOOLE and moved to Perry Co., Ohio. From here their son, Benjamin, moved to White Co., Indiana where he married Martha Ann KENTON, dau. of Simon KENTON, Jr. and Sarah DOWDEN who were among the very earliest settlers of White Co., and were followed by 5 of Simon Jr.'s siblings.

Simon Jr. was the son of Simon KENTON and Martha DOWDEN. Simon's parents, Mark KINTON and Mary MILLER, had emigrated from County Down, Ireland and settled in Virginia. As a youngster, Simon was always intrigued by stories of the frontier to the west. He left home in his teens and travelled to the Kentucky country where he became an intrepid explorer, woodsman and Indian fighter, and one of the most well known men on the frontier. His exploits are well chronicled in the book "The Frontiersmen" by Allan W. Eckert. Simon KENTON died in 1836 in Logan Co., Ohio.

Now, back to White Co., Indiana, where Curtis Samuel BALL (son of Samuel and Aurilla Purilla, above) and his wife, Goldie Amelia KELLOGG gave birth to my grandmother, Florence Lenore BALL in 1915. In 1934 she married Rayburn Edward KILLION. The first somewhat well documented KILLION in this line is Michael KILLION, who married Amelia SWAIM in 1806 in Stokes Co., North Carolina. Amelia SWAIM was descended from Thys BARENTSON of Leerdam, Holland, who was among the first to settle on Staten Island, New York, arriving there in 1682. Thys was the son of Barent SWAEM, of Leerdam, Holland. Michael and Amelia KILLION's son, William Swaim KILLION, m. Mary BLAKE of Kentucky and settled in Sato, Jackson Co., Illinois. Here, while digging on land he had purchased, William discovered a vein of coal that led to some prosperity for the town. His son, Lewis Allen KILLION, served in the Civil war in the 18th Illinois regiment, known as "Lawler's Lawless". Lewis m. Margaret Alice STEVENS, dau of Montgomery STEPHENS and Martha McCARTY, who had moved to Indiana from Kentucky. Lewis and Margaret had a son, John Edward KILLION who m. Lottie MIESKER. They were the parents of my grandfather, Rayburn Edward KILLION. When my father was about two years old Rayburn Edward left the family and ended up in Arizona where he is found in The 1948 Phoenix City Directory,

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