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The Kille/Kill family
So far as our research has shown the Kille family (also spelt Kill and Kiln) originate from Hampshire although there may be some earlier connection with Wiltshire.  There is reference to a Maud Kille during the reign of CharlesI in 1644 in Wiltshire (Abstracts of Inquisitiones Post Mortem Returned Into the Court of Chancery, 1327-1377).
As far as our branch of the family are concerned, we have a confirmed line to
Francis Kill born abt 1620. Francis baptised his children in both Farringdon and Newton Valence but his grandchildren were all baptised in Binstead near Alton and this is where he may have lived during his later years.
There are a few earlier Kills mentioned ie,
Robert Kill of Newton Valence who left a will in 1662.  This mentions a son Edward Kill (possibly Edward of Beaulie who married Jane Warn in 1678).  Another Edward Kill, of Beaulie left a will in 1671 which is unreadable.
Therefore, it is difficult to connect these early kills to our Francis.

Francis' grandson
Samuel (b 1687), son of Laurence was the first  in a long line of Kills to settle sown in East Meon, a little further south. Five generations of the family were born in East Meon, ending with George, who moved to London.

Francis Kill was born possibly as early as 1610 but we cannot be sure.  He married Elizabeth.  There is a Francis Kill who married Elizabeth Fawlkoner on 26th May, 1654 at Fletching.  If this is our Francis, then it is a little late for some of his children and could be a second marriage? However, we do know that all the children were 'of Francis and Elizabeth, his wife'. According to the parish records of both Newton Valence and Farringdon, these are the children born to Francis Kill:

Rose Kell bp 11.3.1637 Newton Valence ?
                   bur 21.6.1640 Farringdon
Elizabeth Kell bp 4.4.1641 Farringdon (not mentioned in will)
Mary Kill bp 7.5.1643 Farrington
                 m 22.10.1667 Newton Valence to
Thomas Turnville
John Kill bp 4.1644 Farrington
                  bur 15.3.1645 Farringdon
Clare kill  b abt 1647?
                  bp 19.6.1678 Newton Valence (
Clare was baptised the same day as her baby son, William Tilbury)
                  m abt 1677? to
William Tilbury
                  bur 13.12.1678 Newton Valence
Laurence Kill b 1657 ? Binstead
                       m 1681 Selbourne to
Joan Looe
                       bur 14.4.1708 Binstead
Abraham Kill bp 1652 Farringdon
                       m abt 1689 to
Elizabeth ?
                       bur 3.7.1695 Binstead
Samuel Kille/Kell b abt 1653
                                 m 15.2.1679 Newton Valence to
Joan Turner

Francis was a yeoman farmer and he left a will, dated 15th November, 1692, in which he left 10 shillings each to his daughter
Mary, son-in-law Thomas Turnville and grandson William Tilbury, 5 shillings each to Abraham and Laurence and the children of Mary.   He also left all his lands in Issington to his grand-daughter Elizabeth (daughter of Samuel).  Francis died in 1692; buried in Binstead on 23 December.  

Laurence Kill was born abt 1657 at Binstead, the son of Francis Kill and Elizabeth. He married Joan Looe in Selbourne in 1682 and they lived in Binstead, near Alton.  They had three children;

Elizabeth Kill bp 1.1.1682 Binsted
                          bur 11.8.1684 Binsted
Samuel Kill bp 2.10.1687 Binsted
                      m 1.10.1716 East Meon to
Elizabeth Adams (born 1696)
                      bur 3.4.1732 James East Meon
James Kill bp 12.1.1695 Binsted

Not alot is known about Laurence but he is mentioned in some deeds relating to a messuage late Yaldens and lands at Binsted. In 1695 this was described as a messuage in two messuages and two acres of land adjoining and a purrock of land on the west side of Searle Meade and two acres of land in Westfield near Stents Dell and one acre in Lipscombe Field. It was sold by
John Fox to Lawrence Kill in 1695, then mortgaged by Kill and passed into the Fisher family.
Laurence Kill was buried in Binsted on 14th April, 1708, and Joan died in 1716.

Samuel Kill, the second born child of Laurence Kill and Joan Looe, was baptised on 2nd October, 1687 at Binstead, near Alton, Hampshire.  He married Elizabeth Adams, daughter of Samuel Adams and Jane, on 1st October, 1716 at East Meon parish church.  Suameil and Elizabeth settled in East Meon and had five children:

Samuel Kill bp 15.9.1717 East Meon
                      bur 15.11.1717 East Meon
James Kill bp 30.11.1718 East Meon
Betty Kill bp 11.3.1722  East Meon
                  m 1748
Samuel Kiln/Kill  (labourer) bp 31.19.1724 East Meon
                                 m 5.10.1749 East Meon to
Mary Mills
                                 bur 6.2.1814 East Meon
Ann  Kiln  b 1729  East Meon
                   bp 14.2.1730

Samuel died in April 1732 and
Elizabeth remarried in 1733 to William Carter.

His son
Samuel Kiln born in 1724, married  Mary Mills on 5th October, 1749 at East Meon.
They had 16 children between 1750 and 1775 including a second William who was adopted from a relative:
Mary Kiln b 14.6.1750 East Meon
Elizabeth Kiln b 1750 East Meon?
Elizabeth Keil  b 25.8.1751  East Meon
Samuel Kiln b 29.4.1753 East Meon
                      m 26.1.1792 East Meon to
Olive Newland
                      d 31.12.1840 bur 5.1.1841 East Meon
Grace  Kiln b 25.11. 1764 East Meon
                       m 19.2.1781 Froxfield to
John Hall
John Kiln b 11.5.1757 East Meon
                    bur 22.3.1757 East Meon
James Kiln  b 3.1.1758 East Meon
Ann Kille b 13.4.1760  East Meon
                  d 30.4.1768,  bur 2.5.1768 East Meon
Sarah Kille b 19.2.1762 East Meon
                      d 4.5.1768,  bur 7.5.1768 East Meon
John  Kiln  b 5.6. 1763 East Meon
Thomas Kiln b 21.4.1765 East Meon
                         m 23.7.1789 East Meon to
Ann Oakshott
                         d 7.4.1790,  bur 10.4.1790 East Meon
Mary Kiln b 16.2.1766 East Meon
William  Kill  bp 8.2.1767 East Meon
                       d 28.3.1769,  bur 31.3.1769 East Meon
Joseph Kill b 7.11.1769 East Meon
                      d 27.2.1779, bur 1.3.1779  East Meon
Hannah Kill  b22.12.1771  East Meon
                        d 28.1.1779, bur 31.1.1779 East Meon
Henry Kill b 3.1.1774 East Meon
                    d 1796
William Kill  b 1769 East Meon (son of Samuel Kiln, labourer)?? [not sure about this]

Samuel was described in the East Meon parish records as both a labourer and a pauper.  His wife Mary was buried on 22nd January, 1806 and also described as a pauper.
Samuel died on 6th February,1814 at East Meon.

The next
Samuel Kiln, born 1753, was the eldest son of Samuel Kiln and Mary Mills.  He married Olive Newland, daughter of Richard and Olive Newland on  26th January 1792 at East Meon.  Between  1793 and 1814 they had twelve children.

Samuel Kill b 13.3 179, bp 31.3.1793 East Meon
                      m 13.4.1819 East Meon to
Sarah Eames
                      d 3.10.1856 East Meon
Jane Kiln bp 14.9.1794 East Meon
                  m 23.7.1819 Catherington to ?
Henry  Kill  bp 6.6.1796 East Meon
                      d 29.1.1817 East Meon
James Kill (Ag. labourer) bp 26.2.1798 East Meon
                                              m 24.5.1827 East Meon to
Ann Porter
                                              d 9.9.1884 Alvestoke
Joseph Kiln (Bricklayer) b 10.11.1799 East Meon
                                             m 31.7.1827 East Meon to
Sarah Marshall (b 1804 Petersfield)
                                             bur 11.7.1867 East Meon
Nicholas Kill (Agricultural labourer) bp 21.11.1801 East Meon
                                                                m 24.8.1822 Terwick to
Grace Lavender
                                                               bur 3.8.1859 East Meon
John Kiln b 6.11.1803 East Meon
George Kill (Grocer) bp 8.9.1805 East Meon
                                     m 12.5.1845 East Meon to
Lydia Warren
                                     bur 7.11.1882 East Meon
Stephen Kiln bp 22.11.1807 East Meon
                       m 25.4.1832 East Meon to
Harriot Newland
William Kill (Wheelwright - lived at Frogmore Mill) b 24.12.1809 East Meon
                                                                                        m 8.4.1835 Portsea to
Eleanor New
                                                                                        bur 7.7.1884 East Meon
Benjamin Kiln b 5.4.1812 East Meon
                           m 18.2.1833 to
Elizabeth Smith
                           bur 13.10.1876 East Meon
Daniel Kiln b 24.4.1814 Est Meon

Olive died in 1831 and Samuel was buried on 5th January, 1841 aged 87.

Joseph Kiln born in 1799 was a bricklayer.  He married Sarah Marshall and they had 11 children all in East Meon;

Jane Kill b 13.7.1828 East Meon
                 d 1844 East Meon
Mary Ann Kill b 16.5.1830 East Meon  
                          d 1890 Minehead
Emily Kill b 25.12.1831 East Meon
George Kille (Bricklayer) b 1834 East Meon
Jabez Kill b 1834 East Meon
Nun Kill b 1837 East Meon
                d 1921 East Meon
Caleb Kille (Painter/Glazer) b 1839 East Meon
                                              m 1862 Petersfield to
Hephizbah Strugnell
                                              d 1907 East Meon
Stephen Kill b 3.4.1840 East Meon
                        d 24.9.1840 East Meon
Eunice Kill b 1841 East Meon
Clement Kille (Teacher) b 1846 East Meon                                        

Nicholas Kill, born in 1801, was an agricultural labourer.  He married Grave Lavender (daughter of William and Ann Lavender of Rigate, Sussex) on 24 August 1822 at Terwick, Sussex.  They lived in Frogmore, a small hamlet just outside East Meon. They had ten children between 1822 and 1845;

Ann Kill b 29.12.1822 East Meon
Nicholas Kill (Thatcher) b 28.11.1824 East Meon
                                           m 6.9.1845 East Meon to
Jane Love
                                           m1895 Petersfield
Marion Reed
                                           d 1906 East Meon
Elizabeth Kill b 4.3.1827 East Meon
Ellen Kill b 13.9.1829 East Meon
Jane Maria Kill  b 22.1.1832 East Meon
William Kill (Labourer) bp 1.3.1835 East Meon
                                       m 1860 Portsea to ?
                                       m1873 Bromley to
Eliza Miller
                                       d 17.9.1903 Tottenham
John Kill (Labourer) b 2.7.1837 East Meon
                                  d 1910 Malden
Lewis Stephen Kill b 12.4.1840 East Meon
                                 d 8.12.1932 Frogmore
Walter Kille b 25.9.1842  East Meon
                      m 12.6.1870 East Meon to
Sarah Ann Deadman
                      d 1906 East Meon
George Kille b 31.3.1845 bp 11.5.1845 East Meon
                        m 18.8.1872 Camberwell to
Margaret McClaken (born 1848 Glenlivet)
                        m 13.4.1884 St. Jame's Church, Islington to
Annie Curry
                        d by 1901

Nicholas died in 1858 and Grace remarried John Smith in 1862.

George Kille was born on 31st March, 1845 in Oxenbourne, East Meon.  He married Margaret McCraken, daughter of Alexander McCraken, on 18 August, 1872 at Camberwell parish church.  At the time of their marriage, George lived in St George Street, Camberwell. He was a Dreyman with Whitbread Breweries. Margaret was a servant living at Peckahm Rye in Camberwell in the 1871 census.
They had one son:
George Nicholas Kille, born 27.11.1872 at 20 Acorn Street, Camberwell.
                                           m 1898 to
Alice Eleanor Shilton
                                           d 1941 Tottenham

There was no evidence of any other children.  By 1881, there was no sign of the family until I found
George Nicholas, aged 9 living with his uncle William Kill and his wife Eliza at 8 Nursery Street, Tottenham.  This made some sense, as my gran, Win, daughter of George Nicholas, was in possession of William's marriage certificate amognst other things. Due to this fact, it is assumed that George and Margaret had both died by this time, although no evidence had been found.
Then by chance
George appeared on the 1891 Census living at 87 Belgrave Road, Hammersmith (RG12/40/15/37). He was aged 46, a brewer's Drayman and had a new wife Annie, aged 33.
I found the marriage on 13th April, 1884 at St. Jame's Church, Islington.  His new wife was
Annie Curry, daughter of John Curry, bootmaker (deceased).  They had both been living at 109 Shepperton Road, Islington.
The 1891 census also revealed the following children:
Edward Kill born abt 1876 Islington
Alice Kill born abt 1879 Islington
Albert Edward Kill  born 1885 Islington
Charles E Kill born abt 1887 Islington
Harry Frederick Kill born 1889 Islington.  

It is not known at this time, exactly whose children Edward and Alice were.
Annie was widowed in 1901, living with sons Charles and Harry at
113 Shepherds Bush Rd, Hammersmith (RG13/48/150/6).                    
I must begin by thanking the two people most responsible for the progress of this Kille research; namely Bob Kille and Lorna English, who between them, have done most of the legwork. I first contacted Lorna back in 1980s when I first got the 'bug'. Since the early 1990s I have been able to contribute research into my own branch.  In 2001, Bob and Lorna submitted the Kille family History to the Society of Geneologists.
LINKS: Transcripts of East Meon, Farringdon and Newton Valence parish registers can be found
Hampshire Genealogical Society Webpage
BOOKS: A History of East Meon by F.G. Standfield available from Phillimore & Co Bookshop
George Nicholas Kille was born on 26th November, 1872 at 20 Acorn Street,
Camberwell. He was the only child of
George Kill and Margaret McCraken.  
He married
Alice Eleanor Shilton, daughter of George Shilton and Mary Jane Footner
in 1898 at Tottenham. At that time he lived at 80 Church Road, Tottenham. 
The photo opposite shows George Nicholas at the time of his marriage in 1898.
They had two children:

Grace Winifred Kille (known as Win - my nan) born 18.5.1899 Tottenham
                                     m 29.10.1930 Tottenham to
Alfred J. G Howard
                                     d 1975 Yeovil, Somerset
Doris Kathleen Kill b 1907 Tottenham
                                    m 1932 to
Alfred Tickner
                                    d 1949 Edgeware
They had a sweet shop at 86 Church Road, Tottenham.

   See opposite a surviving photo of George Kille's sweet shop
   at 86 Church Road. In the doorway is Alice Kille (nee
   Shilton) and her father George Shilton - taken somewhere
   around 1899.

In 1901, George, Alice and Win were living at 13 Northumberland
Grove, Tottenham, where George was at the time, working as a
paper Warehouseman. George's wife
Alice became wheelchair
bound after the birth of their second daughter, Doris in 1907 and
she died on 17th March, 1923 aged 49. George lived with his daughter,
Win, until his death in 1941.
Grace Winifred Kille (known as Win) was born on 18th May, 1899 at
162 Church Road, Tottenham. This had been the home of her mother Alice.  She spent much of her youth looking after her mother and younger sister, Doris.  After her mother died in 1924, she continued to live with her father George Nicholas and help in the sweat shop. Her first fiancee was killed in action in WW1.
She married
Alfred James George Howard, on 29th October, 1930.
They continued to live at 86 Church Road until 1939 when they moved to 80 St. Paul's Road, Tottenham.

The photo opposite is of Grace Winifred (Win)  c1915.
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