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    1. [KING] Virginia to Ohio and back again including link to Washington
    2. Janean Ray
    3. Since the KING list is active I thought I'd join in and add what little bit I have on the subject. I have TWO King families in my database actually. 1. William Alfred King b. 1685 Stafford Co. Va d. 21 Dec 1727 son of William King and Judith Peyton b. 1622 abt.. William Alfred King m. Sophia Elizabeth Burgess d/o John Burgess and Elizabeth Unk They had son William Valentine King b. 1711 Stafford Co, d. 1778 Halifax Co, m. 1737 Elizabeth Edwards They had son Phillip King b. 24 Sept 1738 m. 19 Aug 1766 Mary Kerney of Berkeley Co. WV and they had Jane (Wm Wilson) Caty, William, Margaret "Peggy" (Jacob Wilson) and Elizabeth. No further information on these children other than the two who married Wilson boys. 2. Judge Leicester King b. 1 May 1789 Connecticut d. 19 Sept 1856 Bloomfield, Ohio m. Julia Ann Huntington. They had son David Leicester King b. 1826 d. 28 Jan 1902 Akron, Ohio m. 1 May 1849 Bettie Steele of Charleston Wva. They had Ellen Lewis King, Bettie Steele King, Howell Steele King, Susan Huntington King, and Martha Perkins King. NOTES on Judge Leicester King: Judge Leicester King was a major landowner who had been friends with Akron founder Simon Perkins and was instrumental in bringing the Pennsylvania & Ohio Canal to Akron. Leicester King, was born in Suffield, Connecticut, May 1st, 1789, and died at the residence of his son-in-law, Charles Brown, at North Bloomfield, Ohio, September 19th, 1856. He was a son of David King, who was born April 16th, 1758, and died May 4th, 1832, and of Hannah (Holly) King, who was born June 4th, 1758, and died July 14th, 1831. Leicester King was married October 12th, 1814, to Julia Anne, daughter of Hon. Hezekiah and Susan (Kent) Huntington, who was born December l0th, 1790, and died at Warren, Trumbull County, 0h., January 24th, 1849. June l0th, 1852, he was married a second time to Marcia Calista, eldest daughter of Dr. E. Crosby, who still (1883) survives him. Mr. King commenced business as a merchant, in Westfield, Massachusetts. In 1817 he came West, for the purpose of settling himself in business in Ohio, and located at Warren, where he remained for about two years. He then, at the earnest solicitation of his brothers-in-law, who resided at Natchez, Mississippi, proceeded thither, intending to establish himself at that point. On arriving at his destination, with the brightest prospects of success, he could not reconcile himself to the thought of rearing his family under the degrading influences of slavery. For this reason he abandoned his scheme and promise of pecuniary reward, and took voyage to New York, narrowly escaping death from yellow fever while aboard the vessel. The same year he again came to Warren, Ohio, and entered upon a successful mercantile career, making Warren his home until 1854, when he took up his residence in Akron. In 1833 he became interested with General Simon Perkins and Dr. E. Crosby in the land upon which is located the city of Akron.& The land was surveyed and the city laid out by General Perkins, the management of the property finally devolving on Judge King, who handled it with great sagacity, and satisfaction to all. He served one term as Associate Judge; and as a Whig represented Trumbull County District in the State Senate for two terms-from 1835 to 1839-when his early impressions of slavery induced him at each session to introduce bills for the repeal of the black laws of Ohio. He was an ardent opponent of the institution of slavery, and afterward allied himself with the Liberty party, refusing the most flattering offers of advancement from the Whigs in obedience to his convictions upon the question of slavery. He was the nominee of the Liberty party for Governor, in 1842, and again in 1844, and of the same party for Vice-president, in 1848, though he subsequently declined, and gave his support to Martin Van Buren, the Free-soil candidate. In the cause of abolition he was a zealous and ardent worker. His speeches were spirited and to the point. Unintimidated by threats of mob violence, he persistently and powerfully protested against the encroachments of the "slave power;" making, after each nomination for Governor, a spirited canvass of the State, going in his own carriage into almost every township, and by his clear and earnest speeches convincing thousands of the enormity of the evils growing out of the system of slavery, and the fearful responsibility the national government was under for its continuance and extension. As a businessman his promptness, honesty, candor, and public spirit rendered him generally popular. He was a bright example of success in business, not only based upon, but growing out of, the "justice, mercy, and truth " of the law of God. To him more than all others, Akron is indebted for that canal, an enterprise which so materially aided the then growing village in developing her commercial interests. Of his family of eight children, the eldest, Hon. Henry W. King, was born in Westfield, Massachusetts, September 24th, 1815, and came with his parents to Warren in 1817. He was graduated at Washington (now Trinity) College, Hartford, Connecticut, August 4th, 1836; commenced the practice of law, at Akron, in 1839; and in 1850 was elected Secretary of State and Superintendent of Public Schools. He was actively interested in the Akron school laws, and while in health was identified with all the public enterprises for promoting the prosperity of Akron. October 20th, 1842, he was married to Mary, daughter of Dr. E. Crosby, of Akron. He died in Akron, November 20th, 1857, leaving his wife and two children-Henry C. King, who subsequently died at the hospital on Arlington Heights, while in service, August 11th, 1864, and Julia Huntington, who married H. D. Fisher, of Chicago. The names of the remaining seven children were; Julia A., who married Charles Brown, Esq., of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, February 14th, 1842-he was a merchant of that city, and died at Aiken, South Carolina, where he had gone for his health, October 3d, 1880-Mrs. Brown, who still survives him, is now (1883) a resident of Akron, Ohio; Susan H., who died June l7th, 1839; Leicester Jr., who is now (1883) in the auditor's office, Washington, D. C.; David L., whose sketch we give; Helen D., married May 1st, 1862, James Atkins, Esq., a lawyer, now of Savannah, Georgia; Hezekiah H., a resident of Savannah, Georgia; and Catherine H., who married, September 19th, 1855, W. K. Pendleton, D. D., president of Bethany College, Bethany, West Virginia. NOTES on David Leicester King: A Harvard graduate, David King became an attorney in Akron, Ohio. He had been one of the towns most eligible bachelors. After retiring from law, he served as secretary of the Akron Sewer Pipe Co.; president of the King Varnish Co. and executor of his father's real estate empire. He also built the Valley Railroad. Most importantly he lent money to B.F. Goodrich to bring his factory to Akron and provided another loan for F.A. and C.W. Seiberling to start Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. David and Bettie were known for their charitable work and were heavily involved with the Akron school system, public library and Glendale Cemetery. The Akron Beacon Journal once noted "no name will in the future be more honored or respected." The lived in a red brick mansion 175 E. Market St. at the northwest corner of East Market and Prospect St. In 1890's David's health began to suffer and his business ventures turned sour. He and Bettie moved around the corner to a home at 306 Park St. where he died Jan. 28 1902 at age 76. NOTES on Bettie Steele Bettie Washington Steele grandniece of our first president, George Washington. She arrived in Akron, Ohio in 1849 when the stagecoach pulled up at the Empire Hotel at Market and Main St. Everyone wanted to see the new bride of Akron attorney David Leicester King. Bettie was the first to step off the coach and the crowd murmured in approval. The 22 year old, soon to be known as "the most beautiful woman in Akron," bowed to the onlookers and carried a parasol. She had brown eyes, long black curls and a radiant smile. "What a beauty," the crowd whispered. "She looks just like George Washington." a spectator noted. After the death of her husband David, Bettie moved in with a daughter on Perkins Street. Two of the King children died young, but the three others found mates in three prominent Akron families. The Raymonds, the Yeagers and the Paiges. Their home was bought by Benjamin F. Harbaugh who turned it into a piano store that operated for more than 30 years. The building was torn down in the 1940's and served as an auto sales for 30 years. The site of the home is now Haven of Rest rescue mission that operates to this day. Bettie was buried next to her husband on a tree-lined hill at Glendale Cemetery. Her family's headstones surround her at Section 8 Lot 6. Bettie was the d/o Robert Steele and Ellen Lewis. SHE was the d/o Howell Lewis and Unk wife. Howell Lewis was the son of Fielding Lewis and Betty Washington (George's sister). Notes on HOWELL LEWIS: Howell Lewis <> was born in 1771 and died in 1822. He rented a farm in Frederick Co., VA. He acted as personal secretary to George Washington after his brother Robert. He later managed Mount Vernon. Howell moved to Kanawha Co., WV to property he inherited from George Washington. He was married one time to Ellen Hackley Pollard. They had 11 children. Another source: Fielding Lewis (1726-1781) married Elizabeth "Betty" Washington <>, the sister of the American President <> and Revolutionary War <> General George Washington <>, in 1746. Commissary General of Munitions during the Revolutionary War <>, he held the rank of brigadier general <>. They resided near Fredericksburg, Virginia <>, at their estate, later named Kenmore House. It is now open to the public for viewing. Fielding Lewis was the first Mayor of Fredericksburg. The Kenmore estate purchased the property said to be "George Washington's Boyhood Home", Ferry Farm <>, to keep it from being developed. Both Fielding and his wife Betty are commemorated with street names in the nearby Ferry Farm subdivision <> (Fielding Circle and Betty Lewis <> Drive). Notes on FIELDING LEWIS: KENMORE, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania Co. pg. 313-25. "The Mansions of Virginia 1706-1776 by Thomas Tileston Waterman 1965. Originally known as Millbrook, this house was erected by Fielding Lewis for his bride Betty Washington after he acquired the land in 1752. Lewis was a prominent mover in the Revolution, and at his own expense manufactured large quantities of arms and ammunition for the American army. His estate, impoverished by this expense, was sold, and the house changed hands many times before it was purchased by the Kenmore Association in 1928. It is now open as an exhibition house, and its rooms, famous for their fine decorative plasterword, are furnished with objects of the period. According to the will of Fielding Lewis, his eldest son John Lewis, after the death of his stepmother, was to come into possession "of all my lands in Spotsylvania County and in the town of Fredericksburg." Janean Ray

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