b. January 1832, d. 1908
- Father: Frederick Kilberer
- Johannes Kilberer was born in January 1832 in Württemberg.
- He married Anna Maria Schwarz.
- Johannes Kilberer arrived circa 1854, or possibly a few years later, according to the 1900 census.
- He was a sponsor at the baptism/christening of Johann Friedrich Kilberer on 4 August 1860 at Zion Lutheran Church in Niagara, Niagara Falls, New York.
- In service to the Grand Army of the Republic, Johannes Kilberer enrolled at age 29 on 4 September 1861 enlisted as a private in Company D, 14th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment. He reinlisted after his three-year term in the same company, with which he continued his service until the end of the war. On 11 September 1864, he was severely wounded in the left arm at Jonesboro, Clayton County, Georgia.
- He mustered out on 11 July 1865.
- He was a sponsor at the baptism/christening of Georg Ruopp on 8 July 1866 at Zion Lutheran Church in Niagara, Niagara County, New York.
- He married Ursula Boos, daughter of Peter Boos, on 28 September 1866 in Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York, at Zion Lutheran Church.
- Johannes Kilberer and Ursula Boos, appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1870 in Suspension Bridge, Niagara County, New York. Other members of the household included John Kilberer.
- He was a laborer, according to the 1870 census.
- The following appeared on 13 May 1875 in the Buffalo Courier & Republic: The Rochester Union of Tuesday says: "A gentleman from Niagara Falls furnishes us the particulars of the narrow escape of John Kilberer, a laborer employed at the Niagara Falls papaer mills, from going over the Falls yesterday. The dam had been filled with ice and the mill hands had succeeded in getting out a part of it, and had secured a current through a part of the dam, when it was discovered that large cakes of ice had gathered on the reef above, shutting off the water. John Kilberer and John Brannan were sent there with axes to cut it away. Kilberer was on a cake, cutting lustily, when suddenly an ice-gorge above him broke away, raising the water so suddenly as to knock him from his foothold, and away he went, down the rapids, sometimes with head above water, and then head under, and all hopes seemed to be lost, as he was fast floating toward the overflow from which nothing was ever known to return. About six rods from the point he sank, and everbody supposed he was gone! He floated in his way under water, at least two rods, then his hand appeared, then his head! All hands were on the alert with hooks and pikes, with the forlorn hope of hooking him as he passed over, when to their surprise, John caught the edge of the remaining ice and held till a bridge of boards was quickly made, when he was rescued by the willing hands of his companions and soon resuscitated. Mr. Pettibone, in his zeal to rescue John, went through the ice and nearer than he or his friends desired, to sharing in the peril through which the other passed. The affair caused great excitement for a time, particularly among those who were eye-witnesses of the thrilling scene."
- Johannes Kilberer and Ursula Boos appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1880 in Suspension Bridge, New York. Other members of the household included John Kilberer, Julianna Christina Kilberer, George Kilberer, Anna D. Kilberer and Maria Kilberer.
- He was a laborer, according to the 1880 census.
- The following appeared on circa 1891 in The Niagara Falls Gazette: Some time ago the law firm of Cromley & Lawrence took hold of a pension claim for John Kilberer. The claim had been pending a number of years and it seemed as if would never be reached or acted upon. Mr. Kilberer's attorneys hammered away at it, however, and on Monday last they received the gratifying announcement from Washington that the claim had been allowed. Mr. Kilberer is well rewarded for his patient waiting as he has been allowed the sum of $2,500 arrears of pension and $300 per year during the remainder of his life time. It comes in good time to Mr. Kilberer who is well advanced in years and almost totally incapacitated for work. Messrs. Cromley & Lawrence are to congratulated upon the successful and gratifying termination of the case.
- Johannes Kilberer and Ursula Boos appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1900 in Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York, at 726 Eighth Street. Other members of the household included Melchior Kilberer.
- Johannes Kilberer died in 1908.
- Last Edited: 14 Mar 2014