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Michael King and Elizabeth Hiry

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Elizabeth King and Richard Parker

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Michael and Elizabeth (Hiry) King

Primary information sources: Genealogies of Virginia Families From the William and Mary College Quarterly, Genealogical Publishing Co. (reprint 1982), Vol. III, pp. 283-290 and 683; The Lees and Kings of Virginia and North Carolina 1636 - 1976, by Reba Shropshire Wilson and Betty Shropshire Glover, Wilson and Glover Publishing Co. (1975); KENNARD KING KNIGHT HARDIN GOODING Their Ancestors & Descendants, by Alta Kennard Patterson (1988).

Michael KING - b. England; d. perhaps by 1704, almost certainly by 1716, probably in Nansemond Co., VA. (Michael does not appear on the rent rolls of 1704 or Nansemond Co., although his five sons do.) Michael, reportedly from Norwich, Norfolk Co., England, sailed for America, being transported for service to John WRIGHT of Nansemond Co., VA. Michael received three land grants totaling 1800 acres in Nansemond Co. in 1667, 1671, and 1675. Purchases by Michael include a large copper still, and (in 1686) a plantation and slaves in Nansemond Co. On his plantation, located on Somerset Creek, he built the first brick house in the county. Michael married in VA.

Elizabeth HIRY - Her surname source, the Bible record of great grandson Solomon, is very indistinct, and may be HAIRY, HARE, WARE, etc.

Children of Michael and Elizabeth King

  1. Nathan - b. about 1674. Owned 700 acres in Nansemond Co., VA, according to rent rolls of 1704. He appears to have left the Nansemond Co. land about 1695 and settled at the mouth of the Roanoke River, where he had been living for 12 years in 1707.
  2. John - b. about 1675, Nansemond Co., VA; d. after Jan. 13, 1735, the date of his will written in Elizabeth City Co., VA. The estate settlement was entered Jul. 22, 1742. His estate papers contain a statement of a legacy left by "Mr. Michael King, of Nansemond" to John's sons Charles and Armistead. John was a physician, and several of his accounts are on file at the Court House at Edenton, NC. He was also sheriff and justice of peace (1721-1722), and Capt. of Militia (1724) in Elizabeth City Co., VA, and owned land in Elizabeth City Co. and Nansemond Co., VA, and in Chowan Co., and Gates Co., NC. John married first, in 1695 in Elizabeth City Co., Winifred CONNER. He married second, Jane, and third, about 1719, Rebecca MOSS (d. 1758), daughter of Edward MOSS (d. 1716) of York Co., and widow of Maj. William ARMISTEAD (d. 1715), by whom she had sons Edward and Robert, and daughters Judith and Mary. Note: There are conflicting reports of the order on John's first and second marriages. Children of John and Winifred: Elizabeth; Mary married Mr. CARY; Michael married Jane; William married; and John married first Anne. Children of John and Rebecca: Armistead married Mary; and Capt. Charles (d. 1761) married Elizabeth TABB, daughter of Thomas and Mary (ARMISTEAD) TABB of Elizabeth City Co. <Elizabeth's mother, Mary (ARMISTEAD) TABB WILLS ARMISTEAD, was daughter of Col. Anthony and Elizabeth (WESTWOOD) ARMISTEAD, granddaughter of Maj. Anthony ARMISTEAD, and great granddaughter of William ARMISTEAD>.
  3. William - d. about 1747; will proved May 1747, Nansemond Co., VA. In Apr. 1694, he became half owner of 840 acres of land in Nansemond Co., VA, with brother Michael. William received 520 acres of land in Chowan precinct, NC by 1728, his sons Henry and Charles moving to this land. William married twice, his second wife being Mary CURLE (d. 1778), daughter of Joshua (son of Pasco) and Rosea (or Sarah?) CURLE of Elizabeth City Co., VA. In her will dated Oct. 11, 1778, and proved Dec. 24, 1778, Mary mentions her children Mary, Rosea, and William, and grandson Thomas KING. Children of first marriage: Capt. Charles (d. 1762) married Mary; Henry (d. 1771); and Mary (d. 1774) married Mr. HARE. Children of William and Mary: Mary married Mr. HUDSON; Rosea married Mr. LATIMER; and William married Hannah CURLE (whose will was dated Mar. 22, 1796).
  4. Michael - d. by 1736; estate settled 1737. In Apr. 1694, he became half owner of 840 acres of land in Nansemond Co., VA, with brother William, for transporting seventeen persons to the colony. The land bordered that of brother Nathan. Son John obtained 443 acres of land in 1716 beginning at that of his "father, Michael King." Sons of Michael: John, Henry, and Charles.
  5. Henry - b. Nansemond Co., VA; d. Apr. 16, 1716, Chowan Co., NC; will dated Feb. 24, 1714, and proved in 1716, Chowan Co., NC.
  6. Elizabeth -

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Henry and Catherine King

Henry KING - b. Nansemond Co., VA; d. 1715-1716, Chowan Co., NC. Son of Michael KING and Elizabeth HIRY. His will (dated Feb. 25, 1714, and proved in Apr. 18, 1716, Chowan Co., NC) left land in Nansemond Co., VA to his children. Henry died between Oct. 2, 1715, when was given a power of attorney, and Apr. 4, 1716, when his widow was called the wife of Gerrard LYNCH and relict of Mr. Henry KING. All three of Henry's sons and four daughters are mentioned in his will. Henry obtained lands in Nansemond Co., VA and Chowan Co., NC, apparently moving to Chowan Co. in 1697, and to Gatesville, NC by 1711.

Catherine - After the death of Henry, and by Apr. 1716, she married second Gerrard LYNCH. Gerrard and Catherine LYNCH sold 640 acres of her land on that date. Catherine is not Catherine CLARKE (d. by 1688), daughter of John and Mary (FALKE) CLARKE, in 1684, Isle of Wight Co., VA. Catherine CLARKE married about 1679 Henry KING (b. about 1658; d. after 1740, Brunswick Co., VA) as his first wife. Henry KING, Jr., son of Catherine (CLARKE) KING, was born about 1681, who had possession of, and sold land previously owned by his grandfather John CLARKE.

Children of Henry and Catherine King

  1. Michael - b. about 1700, Chowan Co., NC; d. about 1741, Bertie Co., NC. Called a minor son of Henry in 1716, he was placed with his Uncle John KING, as guardian. Lived between Cashie River and Salmon Creek, Bertie Co., NC in 1719. Michael's name appears on many land transactions in Bertie Co. His will dated May 20, 1741, and proved in 1741 in Bertie Co., NC, names two horses, 16 slaves, wife Isabel, and children. Isabel married second Mr. DIALL. Children: Michael married Mary SNELL (grandparents of V.P. William Rufus KING); Henry married first Ann SNELL, and second Mary BOONE; John married Priscilla; Penelope married Jonathan DIXON; Catherine married Moses SMITH; Isabel; and Mary married Edward BYRD.
  2. Charles - b. about 1704, Chowan Co., NC. He resided in Chowan Co. and the Roquist Island area of Bertie Co., NC. Charles married Elizabeth VANN, probably daughter of William. Children: 'Roquist' Henry married; William married his cousin Elizabeth KING (daughter of Henry, granddaughter of Henry); and Charles married first Judah, and second Elizabeth GARDNER, daughter of Martin.
  3. Henry - b. about 1707, Chowan Co., NC; d. about 1750, NC. Purchased 100 acres of land at the mouth of the Cashie River, Bertie Co., NC on Mar. 25, 1725, and another 541 acres on Cypress Swamp May 28, 1728. Additional land transactions are found in Bertie Co., NC. Henry married Elizabeth PARKER of Bertie Co., NC. Children: Elizabeth married first her cousin William KING (son of Charles, grandson of Henry), and second Martin DWYER; Amelia married Joseph PARKER (d. 1798); and Ann married Joseph SPEIGHT (d. 1792).
  4. Elizabeth - Married Richard PARKER.
  5. Catherine -
  6. Ann - Married William PARKER, believed to be son of Thomas PARKER, Jr. and Jean EARLY.
  7. Mary -

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