The Descendants of Johann Conrad Kilts Emigrant to America
Genealogy of the Kilts Family

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Table of Contents
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Abbreviations Used
Tips to keep in mind when you read this book
Other Genealogical Publications by Herman W. Witthoft, Sr.
Preface, How it all came about

Historical Background
Picture of Stonrapie, 1753 (Stone Arabia)
The Palatine Emigration of 1709-1719
Persecution of the Loyalists
Who Were The Loyalists?
A Possible Origin of The Name "Stone Arabia"
Germany Visit to Kilts Country, 1991

Germany Revisited, 1993
A Trip to The Mohawk Valley Kilts Lands

A Note On Lineage Societies

Patriarch of the Kilts Family in America
Chapters one and two, generations one and two (pg 1-3)
Chapter three, generation three (pg 4-5)
Chapter four, generation four (pg 6-15)
Chapter five, generation five (pg 16-60)
Chapter Six (Part ONE), generation six (pg 61-103)
Chapter Six (Part TWO), generation six
(pg 103-132)
Chapter Six (Part Three), generation six (pg 133-166)
Chapter Seven, (Part ONE), generation seven (pg. 167-201)
Chapter Seven, (Part TWO), generation seven (pg 210-232)
Chapter Seven, (Part THREE), generation seven (pg 232-263)
Chapter Seven, (Part FOUR), generation seven (pg 263-300)
Chapter Seven, (Part FIVE), generation seven (pg 300-324)
Chapter Seven, (Part SIX), generation seven (pg 324-350)

Index of Names, A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W-Z You can see if your family is included in the book, however, the last century will not be put on the internet.

Map of Iroquois Country 1776
Map of Mohawk Country, 1690-1790
Map of Major Settlements of the Later Palatine Arrivals
Map of Province of New York, 1779 (Use your BACK button to return to this page)
Map of Schoharie County in 1802
Map of Town of Sharon, 1866
Map of Sharon Hill, enlarged
Map of Henau, Germany

Map of Henau Germany, closeup


The Annual Kilts Family Reunion Picture of 2000 Reunion!
Kilts Family Association Beginnings

Kilts Family Reunion-1914
How We Got Our Kilts Volume

Stone Arabia Cemetery drawing from 1907, from Barbara Massey who received it from Ellen Broat Garlock (her grandmother). This is a graphic and loads slowly, be patient.


Willard Kilts' Diary Contains lots of names from the area and antique postcards too! This was transcribed by Nancy Cioch.

This is the story of the many descendants of Johann Conrad Kilts, Emigrant to America, who arrived in Colonial New York about 1743.

"Conrad Kilts acquired land at Stone Arabia in 23 September 1743 from Adam Walrath (Schedule of Titles of the Stone Arabia Patent). Conraeth was a witness to the division of lot #20 between the Lutheran and Reformed congregation in Stone Arabia 27 March 1744 (Vosburgh's Transcription of the Stone Arabia Chbk.) Conradt Kults was naturalized 24 November 1750 (Scott & Stryker-Rodda, p. 41. Conrad Kilts and wife Zuzanna Margaretha sponsored Johannes Kilts in 1754 (Trinity Lutheran Churchbook, Stone Arabia). Coenrat Kitts and Peter Kells were freeholders at Stonerabie in 1763 (Albany Co. Freeholder)." MORE PALATINE FAMILIES, Henry Z. Jones, Jr. Universal City, CA. 1991)

In 13 generations, Johann Conrad Kilts has 6,438 descendants enumerated in this book. If you count spouses, too, there are 9,825 descendants listed.

This book is about 1,400 pages in length, printed in 2 volumes and includes an index. There are personal notes on many entries, giving available data as birth, baptismal and marriage records, military history, personal anecdotes, obituraries, occupation, education and more.

This book has been researched and written by Herman W. Witthoft, Sr., with the assistance of his wife, Doris, his dauther, Melissa, and his sisters, Florence L. Hulsizer and Martha A. Kopra.

Copies of the book are available, $40.00 (USA), plus $5.00 shipping (USA), or plus $15.00 shipping (Canada) from: Herman W. Witthoft, Sr., 141 Hudson Ave., Chatham, NY 12037 USA. Telephone: (518) 392-4544. E-mail:

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