Benjamin Wilburn Killian was my great-great grandfather.He was born, as you reported, abt 1816 in Burke Co., N.C. (1860 CENSUS), but his death year was, according to our family information, 1901; burial in a family plot in Cherokee Co., N.C., rather than 1942. I found him in Cherokee Co., N.C. census enumerations for 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880.I cannot locate Ben Killion or any of hishousehold in 1900 - quite a puzzle.
Martha Barnett was his first wife- they divorced May 1876 in Union Co., GA.
I have Martha Barnett's birth date/place as March 1826 Buncombe Co., NC (consistent with the information you shared)and her death date/place as June 30, 1900 in Cherokee Co., N.C., which I still need to verify.I'm also trying to identify her parents.
I have not been able to find anything after the 1860 census for their son, Daniel R. Killian.I wonder if he married then left the area...
If you run across any information that fills in the missing pieces, please keep me in mind.