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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 Anglicise 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 left in the Navigation Column. 
I also have details for other branches of my family tree too numerous to list. 

I have a large collection of Birth, Marriage, Death and Census Records for a selection of family members which I am willing to share with other family members.

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 TREE contains information dating from the present day back to 1832.

KILLEN / GRAY TREE
contains information dating from the present day back to the early 1800’s.

STEVENSON TREE
contains information dating from the present day back to 1790.

STRASSHEIM TREE
contains information dating from the present day back to 1680

WELSH TREE
contains information dating from the present day back to 1831.

McCALL TREE contains information dating from the present day back to 1822.

DUFFY TREE contains information dating from the present day back to 1820.

KILLEN / HUGHES TREE
contains information dating from the present day back to 1826.

Louis Killen / Louisa Jo Killen:

The most famous family member I know of to date. 

Louis Killen was born in Gateshead on 10th January 1934 and was the youngest of 4 boys to his parents, Francis and Margaret Killen (nee Nolan).
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.

Following the struggle with his gender over many, many years Louis fulfilled his lifelong ambition in 2007, 
after going through the necessary gender reassignment program, he went through a transgender operation to become a woman, Louisa Jo.
She was diagnosed with cancer several years before her death 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 3 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.