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Re: Coulter/Pryfogle/Shaffer/Cail
Posted by: Frances Cummings (ID *****3213) Date: February 24, 2004 at 04:32:39
In Reply to: Re: Coulter/Pryfogle/Shaffer/Cail by Kathy of 1623


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I have printed and copied our earlier messages and am mailing them to Pryfogle descendants for their info and response to you. I will add these to the pile.

I have just recently begun to dig into the King family. The only Quaker documentation I have is about my namesake, Frances Ann Johnson King. Her obituary card says she joined the New Westville, Preble Co. OH Friends Church when it was formed and had been a member for 16 years at her death at 89. So she joined late in life. The obit card also says she was born in Raleigh, NC Dec. 25,1822 and came to Indiana with her parents in 1833 (the year the stars fell). She married James King in 1840 in Centerville, Wayne, IN (county across state line from Preble). James was born in "East Tennessee" about 1814 and died in Preble County in 1883. They had, by my count from 1850 and 1860 census, ten children: Elizabeth, James, Mahala, John, William, Alexander, Alice (m. Alex Pryfogle), followed by Charles, Sherman, and Dora. Charles is my great-grandfather. From my research James was a farmer or day laborer, but since the area was primarily farmland, most were engaged in farming or allied occupations (cooper, blacksmith, etc.) I don't know if they owned any land. I have no idea who Frances' or James' parents are, tho' there is a family rumor that Frances was a half-sister to President Andrew Johnson, also b. Raleigh. Simple research has not uncovered any evidence; Andrew's father died young and he had only a brother. Could be a connection somewhere.

Since my hometown is Richmond, Wayne, IN, I hope to visit the Quaker archives at Earlham College where I may find a record of Frances Ann's membership in the Friends church and more clues about her background.

Interesting about the Coulters: are they connected to Coulters in Richmond? I went to school with some Coulter boys, and Catherine Coulter, spinster, taught biology for many years at Richmond High School.

Stay tuned!


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