It was an era of expansion westward into unknown frontiers. Intrepid men brought their families to the outer reaches of the then known civilizations in America. From the safety of the east they carved out a life in a rugged and oftentimes brutal life. They faced starvation and attacks from native americans who resented the white man's encroachment into their ancestral homeland. The people who poured into this vast wilderness were born with an insatiable desire for a better life then they left behind. They would overcome any obsatcle in their path to acheive it. Eventually they pushed the native american tribes westward until at last they were all but gone. Today we can analyze the pioneer's motives and actions. Yet these men and women were the products of their time. The Belcher, King, Ramey, O'Dell, Chaney families along side other families moved into these vast areas of wilderness. History will remember very few of them, but by their courage and strenght, we are still living with what they dremed of and accomplished.
The King family is the focus of this article. This family like so many other hardy pioneers carved out a life in the wilderness now known as kentucky.
Often faced with threats from hostile native americans they remained. Even the War of 1812 did not deter them. The young King men eagerly fought against the British and their Indian allies.
David King...A sharpshooter in the War of 1812. He was given credit for killing the Shawnee Chief Tecumseh, by William Poe, q.v. There was a David King in Capt. James Davidson's Co, Colonel Richard M. Johnson's Command.
(See John King,below, also credited with slaying Tecumseh.
John King...He was also credited with killing Tecumseh. When Tecumseh's body was examined, he contained two rifle bullets of the same size, and matching the weight the gun used by Colonel William Whitley killed in the battle. It was said by survivors that John King picked up Whitley's rifle after the latter tumbled from his horse. King added a second charge, not knowing that the rifle was already loaded. This accounted for the two bullets in the dead chief's body. John King's statement was borne out by Col. James Davidson, q.v. John King was buried on the farm of Squire J.S. Murphy, three miles south of Frankfort.
John King...Served in 2nd Regiment , U. S. Dragoons, as a Private, in American revolution. Received $76.00 pension.
Phillip King...Bracken County. lst Lt. 17 U.S. Inf. His Pension Application rejected 19 Jan 1830, due to his good health. Phillip married Margaret Bracken 04 Dec 1841 in Bracken Co. Wife was still living Dover, Ky at age 65 in 1866. Phillip died 28 Jul 1862.
General John Edward King...Cumberland Co. Enlisted 13 August 1813; served as Brigadier General at the Battle of Thames. He died at Burkesville, Ky in June 1828. John King was born in Stafford County, Va on 21 Dec 1757. He was the son of William King and Elizabeth Edwards. William King was Clerk of the Court and Justice of Stafford County. At the ninth Presidential election, he was voted one of the electors for Kentucky. He voted for his relative James Monroe. At the age of nineteen John Edward King and his 4 brothers served in the Stafford Co. Militia, 3rd Virgimia regiment, during the American revolution. They were all discharged at 16 feb 1776 at the camp at Valley Forge, Pa. Sometime after 1790 John was living in Kentucky. John King married Mary Hampton. "He was a man of imposing presence and courtly manners, and exercised great influence in the area he lived."
John E. King, 100 acres. Big Renicks Crk, Cumberland Co, Ky. Book T, page 166. 13 Dec 1825.
The Kentucky Land Grants, Part I, Chapter VI, Kentucky land Warrants, 1816-1873, page 615.
William King...born about 1800 in Russell County, Virginia. William married Mary Hamilton in Kentucky. William brought his family from Pike county, Ky to Three Forks of Sandy in West Virginia. He settled at what is present day town of newton In Roane County. He was a brother to John King and a son of Samuel King. His wife Mary died about 1837. William died 22 April 1855 in Roane County. His daughter Nancy Jane cared for him until she married until about 1849 when she married James Keen. According to family tradition, Nancy Jane heard that she was not William and Mary's daughter,, but was all or part Cherokee Indian. When her youngest child was 4years old, it was said that Nancy rode horseback to Kentucky looking for realatives. She was able to locate an old indian aunt who supposedly told Nancy the history of her family. An older son of Nancy's also reportedly amde many trips to Kentucky and sought out cousins to verify the tradition. It was reported that a King youth had married the daughter of a Cherokee Indian Chief. THe indian girl bore a female child, inciting the indians to kill her husband. The baby's mother was said to have brought the child to the grandparents, William and Mary King and begged them to flee with the child. The Kings were said to have left the area for unknown parts. From the book "Roane County, West Virginia Family History 1989. Page 225."
John King...He was born 04 Jan 1797 in Washington Co., Pa. He lived at times in Russell Co., Va and in Pike County, Ky. He eventually migrated with his father Samuel and other brothers to what is now Roane Co., West Virginia. John King married Margaret Charles 13 Feb 1820 in Floyd Co., Ky. Margaret did not come to West Virginia with John for unkown reasons. In West Virginia John married Julia Ann Drake. Julia was born 01 April 1835 and died 26 May 1891. John King died in Roane County about 1884.
50 acres. Book V, page 430. 04 Feb 1828. Beavers Cr., Pike County, Ky.
50 acres. Book A-2, page 243. 11 April 1832. John's Crk., Pike Co., Ky. The Kentucky Land Grants, Part I, Chapter VI, Kentucky land Warrants, 1816-1873, page 615.
David Burley King... David was born June 1821 in Pike co., Ky. Son of the said John King (1797-1884) of Pike County and Roane County. He moved with his father to Roane County sometime after 1840. He married Delilah Clark 15 Jul 1841 in Pike Co., Ky. His second wife was Sudna West, 01 Jan 1859 in Roane Co, WV. Sudna was born about 1825 and died 24 Dec 1890 in Roane Co. She and david appered to have divorced several years before. David married his 3rd wife Elizabeth McKinney, 23 Sept 1881, Clay Co., WV. Elizabeth was born about 1848. David King enlisted 01 August 1863 in William King's Company A, 126 Regiment, Clay County Militia during the Civil War. Enlistment term was three years and he was mustered out in Roane County.
Edmund King...Enlisted 01 Sept 1812, in Captain William Walker's Company, 3rd Regiment, Kentucky Detached Militia. Listed as deserted .
Henry King... Enlisted 20 March 1813 until 28 Sept 1813. 2nd Sargeant, Captain Thomas Lewis Company of Infantry, Kentucky Militia Detached. Commanded by Lt. Col. Wm Dudley.
Henry King...Enlisted 15 Aug 1812 until 14 Oct 1812 as a Private. Captain Samuel L. Williams Company, Lewis' Regiment of Ky Volunteers.
Robert King...Incorporator and promoter of Gallatin-Ohio Steamboat Company. His wife Elizabeth was authorized to sue him at one point.
Abraham King, possibly a brother of Robert King, also organized Gallatin-Ohio Steamboat Company at his home in Gallatin County. Enlisted as a private on 08 Feb 1815 until 07 Mar 1815 in Captain William Caldwell's Company, Ky Militia. Received 50 Acres land, 13 May 1819. S. Bank Ohio River, Gallatin Co., KY. Book F. Pg 41.
Richard King...Enlisted as a private on 08 Feb 1815 until 07 Mar 1815 in Captain William Caldwell's Company, Ky Militia.
Aqullia King...Enlisted as a private 18 Sept 1812 until 30 Oct 1812 in Capt. Hugh Brown's Company. 1sr Regt Ky Mounted Militia.
Johnson King...Enlisted as a private 18 Sept 1812 until 30 Oct 1812 in Capt. Hugh Brown's Company. 1sr Regt Ky Mounted Militia.
Nicholas King...Enlisted as a private 18 Sept 1812 until 30 Oct 1812 in Capt. Hugh Brown's Company. 1sr Regt Ky Mounted Militia.
Armstead King...Enlisted as a private 29 Mar 1813 until 28 Sept 1813 in Capt. John D. Thomas' Company of Ky Militia. Commanded by Lt. Col. Wm E. Boswell. Taken prisoner 05 May 1813 and paroled 11 May 1813. Had a son Isaac King who married Amanda Siegester in Rush Co., Indiana.
William King...Enlisted as a private 29 Mar 1813 until 28 Sept 1813 in Capt. John D. Thomas' Company of Ky Militia. Commanded by Lt. Col. Wm E. Boswell.Taken prisoner 05 May 1813 and paroled 11 May 1813.
Conrad King...Listed as serving in War of 1812.
Elisha King...listed as a soldier in Revolutionary War.
James King...Ensign in War of 1812 in 5th Company, Scott's Regiment, Ky Militia.
James King...Sargeant, Enlisted 01 Mar 1814 until 31 Oct 1814. Capt. Martin L. Hawkins' Company. Commanded by Col. John Miller
Jacob King...Enlisted as a Private 01 July 1814 until 31 Dec 1814. Capt. George Stockton's Company, U.S. Infantry.
Jeremiah King...Jessamine County, KY...Age 75...Served as Corporal in Maryland Line, doing American Revolution. Annual allowance of $96.00, with total sum of $981.15. Placed on Pension roll 13 Dec 1824, and commenced receivng pension on 13 Dec 1823?
Joel King...2nd Sargeant, Enlisted 11 Mar 1813 until 11 Sept 1813. Capt. Dudley Farris' Company of Infantry. Ky Militia Detached. Commanded by Lt. Col. Wm. Dudley.
Nelson king...Private, Enlisted 11 Mar 1813 until 11 Sept 1813. Capt. Dudley Farris' Company of Infantry. Ky Militia Detached. Commanded by Lt. Col. Wm. Dudley.
John B. King...Private, Enlisted 01 Sept 1812 until 23 Dec 1812. Capt. Phillip Latham's Company, 6th Regiment of Ky Militia.
Valentine King...Commonwealth of Virginia. 22 Feb 1790. 13 April 1790. Sister Elizabeth Owens. bro. John Edward King, Elizabeth Crisps dau of Nancy Brashear. Mentions mother and bros William and Withers King. Ex" George and Cuthbert Harrison.
Samuel King...Private, Enlisted 01 Mar 1818 until 01 Sep 1818. Captain Manson Seaman's Company of Infantry, Ky Militia Detached. Commanded by Lt. Col. William E. Boswell. Possibly father of John and William King who moved to Roane County, WV. Born about 1769.
John King...Private, Enlisted 01 Mar 1818 until 01 Sep 1818. Captain Manson Seaman's Company of Infantry, Ky Militia Detached. Commanded by Lt. Col. William E. Boswell.
Thomas King...Private, Enlisted 01 Mar 1818 until 01 Sep 1818. Captain Manson Seaman's Company of Infantry, Ky Militia Detached. Commanded by Lt. Col. William E. Boswell.
Daniel King...Corporal, Enlisted 01 Sept 1812 until 01 Nov 1812. Reduced to rank 01 Nov 1812, and reenlisted until 29 Dec 1812. Frederick W.S. Grayson's Company, 3rd Regt. Ky Militia Detached. Commanded by Lt. Col. Nicholas Miller.
James King...Qt. Master, 15 Aug 1812 until 14 Oct 1812. Field and Staff, Scott's Regt. Ky Militia.
Thomas H. King...He married Armine Catherine Young. He was born 07 Jan 1831 and died 15 Jan 1899. They were married 15 Oct 1860 and had four children: Asa, Mary, Ella, and George
Archibald King...Doctor....He married Martha T. Trabue 1822. They ahd three daughters: Mary Ann, Eliza Jane, and Susan M.
Sources: Early Kentucky Settlers: 1700s-1800s. Kentucky family histories: 1700s-1800s. Kentucky Land Records: 1774-1924. Genealogy.com. Roane County, WV Family History 1989. Page 223. Samuel King Family sketch(April 18, 1974.)WV archives and History, Charleston, WV. Author unknown.
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