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Welcome to the Killen Family Website

www.killenfamily.co.uk
 

by Peter Killen of Chirnside, Berwickshire, Scotland

(formerly from Gateshead and Cramlington, England).



This is the Crest for the Family name.
Legend has it that the original family name was KILLEEN but when Patrick & Winifred, who were both born in Ireland, settled down in Heworth, County Durham, England the local Catholic schoolmaster got them to Anglisice their name by dropping an "e" from the spelling to make the present name of Killen.

For further details of any branch please click on the relevant link above. I also have details for other branches of my family tree too numerous to list. Please feel free to contact me via my e mail webmaster@killenfamily.co.uk if you think you have a link or any data that can be added or amended. I would be pleased to share my information and grateful for any new data.

Killen / Hart Family Tree 
Contains information dating from the present day back to 1832.

Killen / Gray Family Tree. 
Contains information dating from the present day back to the early 1800’s.

Stevenson Family Tree
Contains information dating from the present day back to 1790.

Straussheim Family Tree 
Contains information dating from the present day back to 1680

Welsh Family Tree
Contains information dating from the present day back to 1831.

McCall Family Tree
 
Contains information dating from the present day back to 1822.

Duffy Family Tree
 
Contains information dating from the present day back to 1820.

Killen / Hughes Family Tree 
Contains information dating from the present day back to 1826.

Louis / Louisa Jo Killen

The most famous family member I know of to date. 

Louis was born in Gateshead on 10th January 1934 and was the youngest of 4 boys to his parents, Francis and Margaret.
He was 
one of the most widely influential musicians of the folk revival and a key voice of English traditional song. 
He was a hard-core, unadulterated folksinger whose passionate delivery was matched by a deep and wide-ranging knowledge of the songs and the working people who made them.
 
He used to turn up at family functions on numerous occasions (birthdays, weddings funerals etc.) and grace us with songs from his repertoire.

Louis fulfilled his lifelong ambition in 2007 and went through a transgender operation to become a woman, Louisa Jo, after going through the necessary gender reassignment program.
She was diagnosed with cancer many years ago and went through a number of operations and treatments but the cancer eventually took its toll.
She sadly passed away on Friday 9th August 2013 in her Gateshead home surrounded by a small group of close family members and her friend, Celeste, from America. 
Louisa Jo's funeral was held on at 10:30a.m. on Friday 16th August 2013 at Saltwell Crematorium, Gateshead and was attended by a great many of her friends and family.

She is sadly missed as a family member by all her family and by her many friends and colleagues.

A Memorial Concert was organised by the local Folk community and held in Gateshead on 18th January 2014 where a large number of musicians gathered to perform in Louisa Jo's memory. The evening was a great success and a fitting tribute to Louisa Jo.