KILIAN, JOSEPH, who, together with his son, George D., is engaged in the manufacture of fine carriages and buggies, in Jacksonville, Morgan County, Ill., under the firm style of J. Kilian & Son, is a native of Germany, where he was born March 1, 1850. He is a son of Adam and Catherine (Gasner) Kilian, also of German nativity, being brought by his parents to the United States when he was seven months old. The family remained about ten months at Salem, N.J., removing thence to Jacksonville, where they have since resided. Adam Kilian, who was a stone-mason by trade, died in 1874, and his widow passed away in 1882.
After attending the public school of his neighborhood, Joseph Kilian learned the carriage maker's trade with the firm of Hellenthal & Richards. For a time he then conducted a restaurant, and carried on farming for four years. In 1903 he engaged in the manufacture of carriages and buggies, and is located at Nos. 229 and 231 East Morgan Street. The firm handles both factory and hand-made vehicles of various kinds, and does an annual local business amounting to nearly $9,000.
On September 4, 1876, Mr. Kilian was united in marriage with Bridget Redman, a daughter of Daniel and Ellen (Delaney) Redman, and their union resulted in nine children, as follows: George D., his father's business partner; Helen, (Mrs. William C. Thornbarrow), Rockford, Ill.; Grace, (Mrs. J. H. Mallen), Jacksonville, Ill.; May, who is a member of the family circle; Lillian; John; Edward and Leo, who are engaged in study, and Joseph Jr., who died at the age of three years. Mrs. Kilian died on April 6, 1903.
In politics, Mr. Kilian is a supporter of the Democratic party. Fraternally he is affiliated with the K.O.T.M. and the Knights of Illinois. Mr. Kilian is a man of energetic and persevering disposition, devotes himself diligently to his business, and is regarded as strictly upright in his dealings.