John Sidney Killen

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John Sidney Killen

Louisiana State Representative
for Claiborne Parish
In office
Preceded by C. B. Pratt

W. W. Bennett

Succeeded by Frederick North

Born February 5, 1826
Darlington County, South Carolina, USA
Died December 28, 1903 (aged 77)
Minden, Louisiana, USA
Resting place Minden Cemetery
Nationality American
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) Sarah Ann Monzingo Killen (married 1849-1903, his death)
Relations William G. Stewart (son-in-law)

Floyd D. Culbertson, Jr. (great-grandson)
E. L. Stewart (son-in-law's brother)

Children Four sons who died before the age of twelve

Four daughters:
Louisa Parrott Killen Culbertson
Martha Emma Killen Turner
Nora Killen Stewart
Laura Allie Killen Hodges

Occupation Farmer; Cattleman
Religion Southern Baptist

Military Service
Service/branch Confederate States of America Army

(Minden Rangers)
battles=American Civil War

John Sidney Killen (February 5, 1826 – December 28, 1903)[1] was a pioneer farmer and cattleman from Claiborne and Webster parishes in northwestern Louisiana, who served as a state representative for Claiborne Parish in 1871[2] during the term of the Reconstruction Governor Henry Clay Warmoth.

Biographical sketch

Killen was in office only for a year, when he was succeeded by Frederick North. By 1874, W. W. Carloss, who had fought in the Siege of Port Hudson in 1863, had become the representative for Webster Parish, and two men named "Morland" and "Price" were representing Claiborne Parish.[2]When Webster Parish was carved from Claiborne in 1871, Killen's farm fell within Webster Parish some ten miles to the north of the parish seat of Minden.

A native of Darlington County in northeastern South Carolina, Killen came to Louisiana in 1849. In his late thirties, he fought with the Minden Rangers in the American Civil War.[3] He and his wife, the former Sarah Ann Monzingo (1828-1913), a native of Houston County, Georgia,[4] had four sons, all of whom died before the age of twelve and most earlier and four daughters who lived into adulthood.[3] The oldest Killen daughter, Louisa Parrott Killen Culbertson (1850-1947), was the paternal grandmother of Floyd D. Culbertson, Jr., a lawyer in three states who from 1940 to 1942 was the mayor of Minden.[5] The third daughter, Nora Killen Stewart (1859-1922), was the wife of William G. Stewart,[6] a farmer, public official, and president of the Webster Parish School Board for whom the former William G. Stewart Elementary School in Minden was named.[7]

Killen, who was a Southern Baptist, is interred with other family members at the historic Minden Cemetery.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 John Sidney Killen. Retrieved on March 19, 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Membership of the Louisiana House of Representatives, 1812 - 2024: Webster and Claiborne parishes. Louisiana House of Representatives. Retrieved on March 11, 2015.
  3. 3.0 3.1 John Killen Home. Minden Memories. Retrieved on March 16, 2015; material no longer on-line.
  4. Sarah Ann Monzingo Killen (wife of John Sidney Killen). Retrieved on March 19, 2015.
  5. Louisa Parrott Killen Culbertson (1850-1947) (daughter of John Sidney Killen): Culbertson Funeral Services Monday. The Webster Review (February 4, 1947). Retrieved on March 18, 2015.
  6. Nora Killen Stewart. Retrieved on January 24, 2021.
  7. John Agan (former Webster Parish official historian). "Echoes of our Past: The Impact of the Minden Male Academy". The Minden Press-Herald in Minden Memories. Retrieved on March 14, 2015; no longer accessible one-line.