1st Mrs. John King


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1st Mrs. John King

  • Born: Virginia 1 2 3
  • Marriage: John KING
  • Died: 1819-1820, Barren County, Kentucky 4

bullet  Research Notes:

Although I have not seen it, Peggy Hill reports that the family Bible of Preston Leslie and Cattie Lee Sanderson Terry identifies the wife of John King's first five children as _____ Cox and notes they married in Virginia. Query whether Cattie Lee, who was a grandchild of John King and his wife Elizabeth Priest, would have known the name of John's previous wife. Still, her recollection deserves respect, at least as a lead. Thus far, however, no marriage record has been found to corroborate this family Bible.

Although I have given the name, "1st Mrs. John King," to the mother of John's first five children, she may have been the 2nd Mrs. John King. Note that the first known child was born about 1806, when John would have been about 31, suggesting he married about age 30. That seems rather old for that time, which suggests a possible earlier marriage by which there were no children. 5


1st married John KING. (John KING was born on 12 Feb 1777 in Virginia,6 died on 7 Jan 1842 in Barren County, Kentucky 6 and was buried in King Family Cemetery, Barren County, Kentucky 6.)



1 1880 Census, Vernon County, Missouri, Henry Twp, E.D. 210, Page 15, Family 130 at Lines 8-15 (Ancestry.com image 15 of 24).

2 1880 Census, Barren County, Kentucky, Roll T9_402, E. D. 10, Page 16 (Ancestry.com Image 16 of 46).

3 1880 Census, Andrew County, Missouri, Roll T9_671, E. D. 42, Page 11 (Ancestry.com Image 11 of 22).

4 1820 Census, Barren County, Kentucky, Roll M33_17, Page 18 (Ancestry.com Image 18 of 32).

5 Family Records of Margaret Lester Hill. Margaret "Peggy" Lester Hill is a great great granddaughter of John King and his second wife, Elizabeth Priest, through their daughter, Elizabeth Carrington King Sanderson. Her mother was born in Barren County, Kentucky, so she is not far removed from her Barren County roots. She is an exceptional researcher who has lovingly preserved the history of our King family. She and her mother registered the John King Cemetery with the South Central Kentucky Historical Society. Peggy's e-mail address is hillsqtr15@keyisp.net and her postal address is 489 Middle Gate, Irvington, VA 22480.

6 Family Records of Margaret Lester Hill, citing tombstone inscription.

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