I would like to enlist everybody's help, if I could. I apologize in advance for the length of this post, but I don't want to waste anyone's time, either, in responding to my request when it turns out to be irrelevant.
You would think, given my ggggrandfather's name, his origins would be obvious. They're not. Here's what I know about his life from the records I have found:
1788 - 1790
born in NC (Caswell or Rockingham Co. area)
married Tabitha Motley in Wake Co., NC
George King, bondsman)
appears in Caswell Co., NC Census
1824 - 1826
likely that son John is born in NC
appears in Washington Co., TN Census
daughter Mary Ann "Polly" is born in IN
appears in Monroe Co., IN Census
married Anna Burch in Greene Co., IN
appears in Greene Co., IN Census
appears in Greene Co., IN Census
appears in Greene Co., IN Census
I am unsure if Michael and Anna themselves emigrated to Missouri. If so, they are not included in any 1880 census (Michael would have been 90 years old!). However, two of their children did and appear in the 1880 Douglas County, Missouri Census. Other Kings who seem to be related to them are recorded on the 1880 Nodaway County, Missouri Census.
Michael King's Children. Census records reasonably support the conclusion that Michael King had at least six children, two by Tabitha Motley and four by Anna Burch.
Several children are listed on the 1830 and 1840 Censuses, but I feel comfortable naming only one son and have been able to verify positively only one daughter of Michael and Tabitha Motley King:
1. John King, born about 1824-1826 in North Carolina. A young John King and wife lived two households down from Michael King in the 1840 Monroe County, Indiana Census. His age falls into the same age category as the youngest male child in the 1830 Washington County, Tennessee Census. A John King about the same age as that John King (within the limits of the age categories on the 1830 and 1840 censuses) and wife Martha, born about 1836 in Kentucky, are listed in the 1860 Nodaway County, Missouri Census, along with four children. Then they disappear from the census records. In the 1870 Platte County, Missouri Census, a Wesley King (born about 1824 in North Carolina) is listed as having three children in his household who have the same names and are the same ages as John and Martha's three oldest children as shown on the 1860 Nodaway County Census (James King, born about 1853;
Rodah King, born about 1854; and John King, born about 1856). This Wesley King appears to be the son of Andrew King Jr. and his wife Mary. Andrew was born about 1810 in North Carolina (NC-KY-MO). I would like to know what relationship these Kings have to mine (if, of course, they do!).
2. Mary Ann "Polly," born 1832 in Indiana, married Elisha F. Burch in 1853. They divorced, because she re-appears in Michael and Anna's household in 1860 and 1870. Mary Ann and Elisha had one child, Rebecca, born 1855, who married a Switzer.
Michael and Anna Burch King's four children, all born in Greene County, Indiana, are:
3. Betsey King, born about 1842
4. Martha J. King, born about 1845 (appears in the 1880 Douglas County, MO Census living with a family named Elliott)
5. Charles Henry King, born 20 June 1847, died 23 November 1881 in Douglas Co., MO
6. George King, born about 1850
Charles Henry King is my gggrandfather. He married (1) possibly Verla Zoe Dreskell; and (2) in 1868 in Greene County, Indiana, Mary Robertson, who was born June 14, 1846 in North Carolina and died June 13, 1881 in Douglas County, Missouri.
Charles Henry King's Children. Charles Henry and Mary Robertson King had at least five children, who were orphaned, fostered out, and separated when both their parents died:
1. Sarah Jane King, born 06 Nov 1868, Greene Co., IN
2. John Henry King, born. 21 Jun 1871, Greene Co., IN, died 15 Dec 1932 in Douglas Co., MO
3. George Ira King, born 10 Jun 1874, Greene Co., IN
4. William Marion King, born 15 Jan. 1875, Douglas Co., MO, died 23 Nov 1975, Jonesboro, AR, married Annie Elizabeth Pratt, 24 Aug 1902, Lawrence Co., AR
5. James Albert King, born 20 Dec. 1879, Mountain Grove, Wright Co., MO, died 01 Apr 1973
John Henry King is my ggrandfather. Through the miracles of modern internet technology, I have connected with several "cousins," descendants of the scattered orphans, but none of us has been able to trace back to Michael King's parents.
Two further notes of interest. I have successfully traced families from the same general area (e.g., James Franklin King [m. Barzilla Gordon in 1819 in Stokes Co.] and his sister Martha King [m. James Stone in 1803 in Surry Co.]). Census records show that James and Barzilla Gordon King and their family emigrated with my Michael King and his family to Indiana and then to Nodaway County, Missouri. I have concluded that James and Martha are children of John Hobson King (m. Elizabeth Parker in 1787 in NC), a direct descendant of the Nansemond/Bertie County Michael Kings. Unfortunately, I have not yet found a connection between Caswell or Rockingham County and that line. However, the marriage/geographic connections between those families and my Michael King run very deep.
Also, other researchers have concluded that at least two lines of Kings lived in Washington County, Tennessee. Neither of them mentions my Michael King, the Nansemond/Bertie County Kings, or Caswell/Rockingham Counties. Those two lines apparently originated in Ireland and Pennsylvania, respectively. An 1880 Washington County Census record for a George G. King (b. about 1801) reports his parents were born in Pennsylvania. A George King listed on the 1830 Washington County Census (in the 20-30 age category) is probably this George G. King (he shows up consistently on the censuses from 1840 to 1880), not the George King associated with my Michael King as the bondsman on Michael and Tabitha Motley's 1818 Wake County, North Carolina marriage bond.
Eliminating other Kings from the 1830 Washington County, Tennessee Census I am satisfied are associated with the two lines unrelated to my Michael King leaves Elias King, one Thomas King (another Thomas King appears closely associated with one of the other unrelated lines) and possibly "Ker" James King. The Kings listed along with my Michael King in 1820 in Caswell County are William King, Jane King, Joseph King, and Daniel King. Michael King's family is probably here, but which one?
Does any of this information ring any bells that might lead to our Michael King's parents?
Thanks so much for your time and for any input others may have. I have lots of information on the peripheral families I mentioned above, which I gathered while trying to make that one connection that will break down the "brick wall." I am happy to share.
Ruth (King) Kollman
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