From the files of Stephen M. Lawson
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
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
- 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.
- 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>.
- 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).
- 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.
- Henry - b. Nansemond Co., VA; d. Apr.
16, 1716, Chowan Co., NC; will dated Feb. 24, 1714, and proved
in 1716, Chowan Co., NC.
- Elizabeth -
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
- 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
- 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.
- 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).
- Elizabeth - Married Richard PARKER.
- Catherine -
- Ann - Married William PARKER, believed to be son of Thomas PARKER, Jr. and Jean EARLY.
- Mary -