Hello Craig, I've been trying to trace my fathers family for the past 12 years. My name is Regina Killebrew born in Biloxi, Miss. My Father was Joe Killebrew. There's some family squabble about what his actual name is since his mother listed his name on his birth certificate as Joseph B. Killebrew. Controversy surrounds the "B" as it is supposed to stand for Buckner. He has a half brother named James who still resides north of Jackson, MS.
My Fathers Mother was a Miller ... decended from the Cherry's and in some manner the Walls. Idon't really know a lot about her. She died before I was born and today there aren't enough relatives left that would remember her.
As far as Harmon Killebrew the Baseball player is concerned, he is my 2nd cousin. My Father's Father had two brothers. They migrated from Virginia into Kentucky and then down into the Mississippi Delta each taking up residence in one of the three states. Harmon is from the Kentucky brother.
Our clan has a family reunion every year on the July 4th weekend at Ross Barnett State Park out side of Jackson, Ms. and to my knowledge, Harmon Killebrew has only attended one of them held about 10 years ago. About 5,000 Killebrews came. Since then, you'd be lucky to see more than 200. He draws quite a crowd.
I'd have to ask the remaining family about that side of the Killebrew Clan. I'd have to think the probability of Harmon Clayton Killebrew being related to the baseball Harmon is high.
There is a Killebrew living in Chattanooga, Tenn on Lookout Mountian that is the Killebrew Family Historian. He has compiled an extensive history on the family and all branches of. I'll be talking to my Mother in the next day or so and will ask if she remembers his name and if she happens to know of any way to contact him.
I also know she has as much documentation as there is written on the Miller / Killebrew famly side at least up until about 20 years or so ago. I'll ask her to look through it and see if she can find any information on the Miller / Harpole / Culver Killebrew scenario.
I don't know if you've dug into the Killebrew origins in Ireland but I went to Cork in 1996, met a number of (Killebrew's) and had the honor of meeting the Head of the (Killebrew) Clan.... The MaGhilla as he's referred to. The name was bastardized when the first Killebrew's immigrated to the US from Ireland. Some intake idiot at Ellis Island cound't understand the accents and wrote the names phonetically. That happened to most family's who's ancestors immigrated from Europe.
In Ireland, the name is meaningful to the point that it relates to your trade in life. My first thought was, "Great, Im realted to a bunch of boozers!". They were grain growers ... grains for ale and some were also brewers of ale, however the originating name was McGillagrew.
I was toldthat the first McGillagrew to leave Ireland for the US was thought to be Mac Killebrew by the time he left Ellis Island. Other McGillegrew's that came though in later times came out of Ellis with names such as Killegrew, Kilbrew,Killabrew, Killagrew, Killengrew and the likes.
Sorry, I could write a book if I had the time and I really didn't intend to ramble but I haven't been able to do any real research in about 4 years and I was thrilled to see some potential in finding more when I saw your message.
If you think any of the information my Mom has would be of any value, drop me a note and I'll be glad to pass on what she has.