The King Family of Wilkes & Ashe Counties, NC, c1800, Part 3

With the Dr. David King story laid to rest, it was time to search for further documentation about the various King households found in the 1790, 1800 and 1810 censuses of Ashe and Wilkes Counties, North Carolina. Those results were summarized in Part 2 of this series.

Seeing how Edward King in Ashe County, North Carolina had 2 females between the ages of 10-15 and one female under 10 AND he was over 45 years old PLUS his enumeration on Page 1 was only one page away from the Sturgills on Page 2, a viable theory to pursue would be that Edward King and Feeley (Phebe) Lewis were the parents of the wife of William Sturgill, allegedly named Sophia King.

Remember, the genealogical standard of a reasonably exhaustive search is required. In this case, that is rather extensive, given that Ashe County was set off from Wilkes County in 1799 and Wilkes was formed 22 years earlier from Rowan County in 1777.

Rowan County was set off from Anson County in 1753, but no Kings were found in those early Anson county records.

Since Edward’s children mentioned in his Revolutionary War pension application that he and “Feeley” were married in Wilkes County in July 1767, checking out Rowan County is a must, too.

I’ve made a cursory attempt at the “low hanging fruit” and still needed to seriously delve into possibilities for original records to see what might be extant:

Tax lists
Land Deeds
Court minutes – nothing found and some years are missing
Military records, like militia lists
Church lists – nothing relevant found in the necessary time frame

What was found?

Probate records often yield a lot of information and are easy to search, so I began there.

In Wilkes County, North Carolina, Robert King left a 1799 will that only named wife Mary Ann, who was to be in charge of the estate. He is the man found in the DAR Patriot Index.

Land records later proved that Peggy King who married John Love in Wilkes County on 23 May 1789 was his daughter, as John Love sold Robert’s land.

No further evidence of other children of Robert and Mary Ann  has been uncovered, but that doesn’t eliminate the possibility either.

Edward King is almost as mysterious.

Edward received a land grant from the State of North Carolina in the summer of 1798, while he was a resident of Wilkes County. Remember, Ashe County was organized just one year later in November 1799.

There was also a James King who received a land grant in 1798. However, in July 1798, he immediately sold the land and does not appear in the 1800 census. Might he be another son of Edward King and, since there is no indication of probate proceedings for him, I have to wonder if the land grant was quick cash that he used to moved out of North Carolina?

James King is enumerated living next door to Edward King in 1790, with one male and two females at home. His neighbor on the other side was Frank (Francis) King with two males over 16, one under 16 and 3 females.

How these three men are related is uncertain at the moment.

James King is such a common name that I haven’t been able to track him elsewhere yet.

Recorded on exactly the same day in 1798 on the page before Edward’s grant is a grant to Robert King. His grant mentions that it borders the land of Edward King.

Now, Edward King sold 39 acres of land in Ashe County to Robert King in December 1800 (Ashe County Deed Book A:73). This Robert is clearly not the Robert who died in 1799 in Wilkes County.

I believe that this Robert King might well be a son of Edward King and one of his older children. More in a bit.

Further, Edward King was  living in February 1801, when he appeared in Ashe County Court to affirm the sale.

There is a deed from “Phebe King administrator” (of who it doesn’t say) selling 89 acres to Edward King on 3 August 1804 (Deed Book B:173).

I believe this is the same woman called Feelie King in Edward King’s children’s application for a Revolutionary War pension.

These two deeds of sale narrow Edward’s death date between February 1801 and 3 August 1804, when land was sold to son Edward King, Jr.

There is one more piece of land that needs to be mentioned here. Edward King’s Revolutionary War pension file included a document from the Secretary of State of North Carolina stating that he had received 640 acres of land for his war service.

Unfortunately, no trace of this piece of land has been found. It was common for soldiers to sell their warrants to others because the land was located in some far-off place (like Tennessee) and the soldier didn’t want to move there.

As for tax and militia records, an Edward King is on the 1759 tax list of Rowan County. An Edward King was also listed in Vannoy’s District list, Wilkes County, 1787.

At the moment, there is no proof that the 1759 Edward King is the same man as the 1787 man in Wilkes or the 1800 man in Ashe County, but given the scarcity of his name, it is certainly very possible.

Per the pension application Edward King married Feely (perhaps Phebe) Lewis in Wilkes (but at the time Rowan) County in 1767. No marriage record has been found for them, although records do exist for that era.

The pension file includes the information that Edward and Feelie were the parents of 10 children, of whom only two (John, aged 84) and Mary (aged 72) were living in 1851.

If Phebe King who sold land in 1804 to Edward King is really Feely King, then there are two more possible children’s names to add to this list – Edward and one of the witnesses, Turner King. John King was also a witness.

Possible Children:

  1. John, born c1768; died after 1851 when he deposed for the Revolutionary war pension. However, I find no John King matching his age, or anything like it, in Rockcastle County, Kentucky, where the application was made.)
  2. Child, born c1770
  3. Child, born c1772
  4. Turner, born c1774 (over 21 in 1804 when the only reference to this person is in the land deed recorded by Phebe, the administrator)
  5. Edward, born c1776; died before 1850 census; married Martha (Ashley?), probably Ashe County. She was born c1787; died after 1850 census. Edward was 60-69 in the 1840 census.
  6. Mary, born c1778; died after 1851; married Spencer Mullins, c1800.
  7. Child, born c1780
  8. Child, born c1782
  9. Daughter, born c1785 (at home in 1800)
  10. Sophia, born c1787; died between 1830-1840; married William Sturgill, c1806, probably Ashe County.

Although Edward’s pension file includes a note from the North Carolina Secretary of State that he received 640 acres of land for his war service in 1784, it doesn’t say where the land was located or what became of it.

Edward’s name is conspicuously absent from land records aside from the few mentions I’ve made, court minutes before 1800 (in Wilkes and Rowan Counties – Ashe County minutes don’t begin until 1806) and probate records.

There is another Edward King of Orange County, North Carolina, who died in 1807, but he was married to wife Sarah, so he is not my Edward.

In a nutshell, I found no other references to this Edward King in Ashe, Wilkes, Rowan or Anson Counties, North Carolina.

If you’ve found this project to be a bit disjointed, so have I, due to all the loose ends, of which only a few tie together and NOT to Edward King.

As I wrap up my meager findings in this series, I’d like to share the quirks and oddities of some of the miscellaneous King records I came across in my final post.



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