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Meshack and Shaderach King
Posted by: Robert D. King (ID *****9910) Date: December 21, 2004 at 18:48:06
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The King Family was in America before the

United States existed. Our ancestors were in the

English Colony of Maryland when the

Revolutionary War was fought. With every war,

there is a baby boom right afterwards. The

Revolutionary War was no exception and the

King's war babies were two boys named Meshack

and Shadrach.

Meshack was born in 1780 and his brother

Shadrach was born in 1781. By the turn of the

century, they were both married and living in

Washington County, Pennsylvania. Meshack had

married a girl named Mary but they had not yet

had any children. Shadrach married Elizabeth

Wells, daughter of Richard Wells. They had a

baby boy by this time.

The only other King that was living in

Washington County at that time was a Thomas

King. All that we know about him is that he and

his wife are over 45 years old and they have

three children, all under the age of five. Could

this be the boys parents with children or

grandchildren living at home? After all, both

Meshack and Shadrach had sons named Thomas.

Only time and more research will tell.

The brothers then journeyed further West into

Ohio County, Virginia (now West Virginia). That

is where Meshack and Mary had their first son,

John in 1801. In 1802, they had their second son

and named him Meshack Jr. In 1803 they had

their first girl. But it was in 1804 that our

ancestor Thomas was born. Meshack and Mary

were blessed with five more children while they

lived in Virginia. There was David in 1806,

Rachel in 1808, Jacob in 1810, Nancy in 1812

and William in 1813.

Shadrach and Elizabeth had two girls and a boy

by the time of the 1810 census. There was one

other King living in that county at that time and

his name was Solomon. Could this be another

Biblical brother perhaps?

The brothers then moved even further West. It is

believed that they moved to Sarahville, Monroe

County in 1815. It is there that Meshack and

Mary's four youngest children were born. First

Elijah in 1815 and Silas in 1816. They had a baby

in 1820 but it died the next year. Then in 1822

their youngest child Elizabeth was born.

Meshack and Shadrach appear together in the

1820 Monroe County, Ohio census. Next door to

Shadrach is Richard Wells. I believe that Richard

is not only the father of Shadrach's wife

Elizabeth but also Meshack's wife Mary. I have

been told they were sisters but have found some

information that suggests the contrary. Meshack

is listed in the "History of Noble County, Ohio"

as being a land owner in 1833 but he does not

appear in the 1840 census so I believe that

Meshack died between 1833 & 1840. Shadrach

and his wife Elizabeth appear in the 1850 census

still living in Union Township, Monroe County,

Ohio. Meshack's widow Mary is on the same

page living with her daughter Elizabeth Needs

Meshacks sons John and Thomas appear with

him in the Monroe County tax record of 1826.

Any one have other info?

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