> >The following info was provided by Bryan Howerton, Gerdes Civil War >Researcher > >in e-mail message to Bill King dated 6-1-99: > >William C. Langford, who enlisted in Co. F, 19th (Dockery's) Arkansas >Infantry, at El Dorado, Arkansas, March 1, 1862, was elected captain on >March 1, 1862, and was relieved of duty and discharged on June 3, 1862, when >the company reorganized. He next enlisted in Co. F, 10th > >(Crawford's) Arkansas Cavalry, at El Dorado on October 6, 1863; shown as >present for duty on February 29, 1864; appointed regimental commissary >officer on September 1, 1864. He is listed in the Union County 1860 census, >with wife Martha L., born in Alabama, c1827, occupation listed as farmer. >Various land patents bearing his name are listed during the period >1849-1860. Cemetery records list him in Bethel Baptist Cemetery in Union >county, born September 3, 1826; died January 17, 1891. In the census, his >wife is listed as Martha L; however, in the pension index, his widow is >listed as Martha A. She filed Arkansas pension application #4840 from >Union county, approved August 15, 1907. > >~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ > >26 vi. Newton Stanley Witherington, born December 11, 1837 in Conecuh CO, AL >(Source: Blanche McCreary, Mobile, AL.); died October 18, 1883 in Johnson >Station Cem, Tarrant County, Texas (Source: Blanche McCreary, Mobile, AL.). >He married Rebecca Ann Smith February 06, 1862 in Jasper CO, TX (Source: >Jack & Kay Melear, Ft. Worth, TX.). > >Notes for Newton Stanley Witherington: N. L. (?) Witherington, Male-age 10, >born in AL, appears on 1850 Union CO, AR census with the John C. King >family, # 839-Franklin Township. This is thought to be Newton Stanley >Witherington. > >Newton Stanley Witherington is found listed as a Confederate Soldier from >Texas in research done by Virginia Witherington of Arkadelphia, AR. > > > >27 vii. Lucetta Calista Witherington, born February 28, 1840 in Conecuh CO, >Alabama (Source: Jean Witherington & 1850 Union CO-Franklin Twnsp, Arkansas >Census.); died November 23, 1889 in Buried Dallas CO, TX. She married James >E. Norwood November 28, 1859 in Texas. > >Notes for Lucetta Calista Witherington: Leusetta Witherington, age 11, born >in AL appears on the 1850 Union County Census living with Jno C. King Family >#839-Franklin Township. > >In a letter from Lela Fletcher Kidwell to her cousin Betty Grimmett Steel >dated Jan. 12, 1969, she states that "Aunt Lou Witherington Norwood" was >buried at Rehoboth Cemetery in Dallas County, TX. She also indicated that >James Norwood was killed when Grant shelled the hospital at Vicksburg. > >Notes for James E. Norwood: In Virginia Witherington's research: James >Norwood was a Confederate Soldier from Texas. Other records indicate that he >was killed while hospitalized in Vicksburg by Union Artillery shelling the >hospital. > >28 viii. Alvan Maranda Witherington, born May 02, 1843 in Conecuh County, >Alabama (Source: Jean Witherington & 1850 Union CO-Franklin Twnsp, Arkansas >Census.); died Unknown in Killed at Vicksburg during Civil War. > >Notes for Alvan Maranda Witherington: Alvan M. Witherington, age 8, born in >AL appears on 1850 Union CO, AR census with the Jno. C. King family, #839, >Franklin Township. > >Alvan Maranda Witherington is shown as a Confederate Soldier from Texas, and >is shown to have been killed at Vicksburg (info from the notes of Virginia >Witherington). Other records from the files of the Darlington Gen Society >(Lela Fletcher Kidwell) indicate that Alvan was in the Vicksburg Hospital >for measles, when Grant's Union artillery fired upon the hospital, killing >many, including Alvan Maranda Witherington and James Norwood > >29 ix. Henrietta King Witherington, born April 23, 1846 in Conecuh CO, AL >(Source: Blanche McCreary, Mobile, AL.); died December 13, 1903 in Buried >Maysville, Indian Territory, Oklahoma (Source: Blanche McCreary, Mobile, >AL.). She married William Henry Percy December 18, 1862 (Source: Blanche >McCreary, Mobile, AL.). > >8. Sarah Ann3 King (James2, Captain George1) was born August 03, 1812 in >Probably South Carolina (Source: Betty Grimmett Steel (Tulsa) Info 8-98.), >and died January 24, 1837 in Conecuh CO, AL (Source: Lela Fletcher Kidwell >Research - 1950 (Stillwater, OK).). She married James Grooms , Sr. Bef. 1837 >in Probably in Conecuh CO, AL (Source: 1850 Union CO-Franklin Twnsp, >Arkansas Census.). > >Notes for Sarah Ann King: Buried in Conecuh CO, AL. > >Child of Sarah King and James Grooms is: > >30 i. James4 Grooms , Jr., born January 1837 in Alabama (Source: 1860 Union >County AR Census & Ed Gerdes Civil War Pages.). > >Notes for James Grooms , Jr.: > >James Grooms (12), son of Sarah King and (?) Grooms, is found living with >the Jno. C. King Family in Union CO, Arkansas on 1850 Census record. >Following his mother's death in 1837 in Conecuh CO, AL, he moved to Union >CO, AR with the family of his uncle, John Coleman King, brother of his >mother, Sarah Ann King Grooms. Was known by family members as "Jimmy". > >The below info is taken from the Civil War Web Pages of Edward G. Gerdes: >(http://www.insolwwb.net/~egerdes/3rdcoe.html) > >Grooms, James S (could this be typo on middle initial?) > >Second Corporal, Enlisted in Co. E, 3rd Arkansas Infantry, at Champagnolle, >Arkansas, June 20, 1861; appointed second corporal, June 20, 1861; promoted >third sergeant, November 1862; wounded on Darbytown Road, Virginia, October >7, 1864; promoted first sergeant; paroled at Appomattox, Virginia, April 12, >1865; born in Alabama, c1837; listed in Union county 1860 census; occupation >farmer. > > > >9. John Coleman3 King (James2, Captain George1) was born October 11, 1815 in >South Carolina (Source: 1850 Union CO-Franklin Twnsp, Arkansas Census.), and >died April 09, 1891 in Union CO, AR (Wesley Chapel Cemetery). He married (1) >Mary Ann Green May 06, 1847 in Alabama (Source: Bible Records of Catherine >Coleman King/J.S. King Interview 3-19-1936.). He married (2) Bettie M. Davis >October 18, 1868 in Union CO, AR (Source: Union County Marriage Book, >Clayton Library.). > >Notes for John Coleman King: > >John C. King family, living in dwelling # 839 on 1850 Union CO-Franklin >Twnsp Census. Also living with the family was Catherine Coleman King >(71-SC), John's mother. Also living with the family was James L. Grooms >(12-Al) and 3 Witherington children - N.L. (10-Al), Leusetta (11-Al), & >Alvan (8-Al). 1850 Union CO census shows that 'Jno. C. King' was a farmer >and was born in SC about 1815-16. > >Notes: (1) James Grooms was the son of Sarah Ann King, sister of John >Coleman King. (2) The Witherington children were children of James >Witherington and Mary King, sister of John Coleman King. > >~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ > >Review of a Guardianship appointment of S.N. Stowe for C. Gracie King, minor >dau of John C. King (deceased), dated Jan. 1, 1891 mentions "160 Acres and >'Mansion House' located: NE1/4 Section 18, Township 18, Range 14, Union >County, AR." > >~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ > >Union County Marriage Records: 18 October 1868 - John C. King (53) Union CO >to Bettie M. Davis (25) Union CO. Married by William S. Lacy, Minister of >Presbyterian Church. Recorded 22 Oct. 1868, page C-073. > >~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ > >In unidentified written papers taken from the bible of Catherine Coleman >King comes the following information: "In the memorable year of 1849 when >thousands of sturdy men with high hopes fought their way either over desert >sands or ocean waves to the new found land of shining gold in far-away >California, John Coleman King with his young wife, Mary, and his infant >daughter, Sallie, bade farewell to her family in Conecuh County, AL, and >made a less ardous journey by steamboat to found their new home in Arkansas >where nearly three-quarters of a century later Old Mother Earth, after much >teasing, was to pour forth a thick black stream of liquid gold. He brought >with him his brave-hearted mother now past her three score years and ten and >tenderly he cared for her in his home until her death in her seventy-seventh >year." > >The writing continues: " As did many other pioneer settlers, John C. King >landed at Champagnolle, then an important village and United States Land >Office. His first home was near Wesley Chapel. There his mother Katherine >used to ride to church with her little grandaughter riding behind her with >some cookies in her reticule to apease the child's hunger during the long >sermon. This reticule made of striped brocaded silk was treasured by the >grandaughter for more than seventy years." > >Continuing, " John Coleman King was too old to serve as a soldier in the >Civil War and his boys were mere children. But he did his part. He sent his >two nephews, Jimmie Grooms and Julian Bailey, and contributed corn and >horses without pay. The war left him poor and lonely, his wife had died, his >slaves were freed, his cotton confiscated, a friend borrowed from him >several thousand dollars in gold and then took advantage of the 'Bankrupt >Law'. All was changed but the strong sweet spirit of the man and that >continuedto grow in patience and gentleness. After ther marriage of his >youngest son (James S.), he made his home with his oldest daughter (Sarah/ >'Sallie), who years before had given up her dreams of a college education >and kept house for him and cared for his motherless children until his >second marriage four years later. He died April 9, 1891, in his old home >where he was visiting his youngest son, and was laid to rest among his loved >ones in Wesley Chapel Churchyard." > >Son, James Sidney King, in the 1936 interview, told a story of his father >and Gus Witherington crossing the Mississippi River on rafts and riding >horseback when they came to Arkansas. They passed several plantations in the >rich Mississippi Valley where the owners house, known as the 'big house', >was set far back from the road and a big gate and a lawn were in front of >it. King and Witherington made their headquarters at Norris Springs and went >out each day with a spade looking for rich land, but decided to go to Texas >where Dallas now is. They later decided to come back to Union County where >the transportation on the Ouachita River was good and they could get their >cotton to market at New Orleans and where the land was rich." > > > >Notes for Mary Ann Green: Wesley Cemetery, Union County Listing: > >Mary M. King, Born 4/2/1831, Died 8/23/1864, Wife of John C. King > >Children of John King and Mary Green are: > >31 i. Sarah Eilizabeth4 King, born September 01, 1848 in Alabama (Source: >1850 Union CO-Franklin Twnsp, Arkansas Census.); died June 08, 1923 in El >Dorado, Union CO, AR (Source: Bible Records of Catherine Coleman King/J.S. >King Interview 3-19-1936.). She married Joel Henderson Lee 1877 in Union >County, AR (Source: Union County Marriage Records.). > >Notes for Sarah Eilizabeth King: From unidentified writings found in the >bible of Catherine Coleman King comes the following: > >"In September 1860, the baby who had been born in Alabama twelve years >before, entered Minden Female Academy at Minden, La. Treasured by the family >are the letters to the lonely little girl by her father and mother. One >letter describes the new home and the fine furniture and piano purchased for >her in New Orleans on her father's annual trip by steamboat to purchase >supplies. The square ebony piano, inlaid with mother of pearl was recently >purchased by Homer Bryant of El Dorado, who found its tone still sweet and >clear. > >Union County Marriage Index shows 1877 Marriage of Sarah E. King to J.H. >Lee, Book 'D', Page 319. > > > >32 ii. William Franklin King, born March 16, 1851 in Alabama (Source: Bible >Records of Catherine Coleman King/J.S. King Interview 3-19-1936.); died 1926 >in Oklahoma (Source: Bible Records of Catherine Coleman King/J.S. King >Interview 3-19-1936.). He married Sue Graves January 01, 1880 in Union CO, >AR (Source: Union County, AR Marriage Records, Vol. II.). > >Notes for William Franklin King: Union County Marriage Records: W.F. King, >28, El Dorado to Miss Sue Graves, 20, El Dorado. Married by J.M. Hart, MG, >on January 1, 1880. Recorded on page E-216. J.C. Wright signed as security. > >33 iii. John Frederick King, born June 04, 1853 in Arkansas (Source: Bible >Records of Catherine Coleman King/J.S. King Interview 3-19-1936.). He >married Minnie Harris. > >34 iv. Julia Ellen King, born August 11, 1856 in Union CO, AR (Source: Bible >Records of Catherine Coleman King/J.S. King Interview 3-19-1936.); died >December 1888. She married Hudson M. Martin 1874 in Union CO, AR (Source: >Union County Marriage Records.). > >Notes for Julia Ellen King: Union County Marriage Index, Book 'D', Page 47, >J.E. King to H.M. Martin, 1874. > >35 v. Green Halleck King, born April 23, 1858 in Arkansas (Source: Bible >Records of Catherine Coleman King/J.S. King Interview 3-19-1936.); died >April 30, 1858 in Union CO, AR (Wesley Chapel Cemetery) (Source: Wesley >Chapel Cemetery List, Union County, AR.). > >Notes for Green Halleck King: Wesley Cemetery Listing shows: G.H.K., one >date 4-30-1858. It appears that Green King died as an infant. > >36 vi. Annie Coleman King, born August 26, 1859 in Union CO, AR (Source: >Bible Records of Catherine Coleman King/J.S. King Interview 3-19-1936.); >died 1926 in Calion, Union CO, AR (Source: Bible Records of Catherine >Coleman King/J.S. King Interview 3-19-1936.). She married Samuel G. Russell >1880 in Union CO, AR (Source: Union County Marriage Records.). > >Notes for Annie Coleman King: Union County, AR Marriage Record Index: 'E' - >216 shows Annie King to S. G. Russell, 1880. > >37 vii. James Sidney King, born July 14, 1861 in Union CO, AR (Source: Bible >Records of Catherine Coleman King/J.S. King Interview 3-19-1936.); died >December 24, 1938 in Bethel Methodist Church Cemetery, El Dorado, AR >(Source: Union County Cemetery Listings.). He married Callie VanHook >February 10, 1889 in El Dorado, Union CO, AR (Source: Union County, AR >Marriage Records, Vol. II.). > >Notes for James Sidney King: Union County Marriage Record: J.S. King, 25, >El Dorado to Miss Callie VanHook, 24, El Dorado, Union County. Married by >J.H. Bradford, MG Methodist Church South, 10 Feb. 1889. Recorded 11 Feb. >1889, Page H-146. C.L. Lewis signed security bond. Family lived in El >Dorado, AR at 1936 interview with J. S. King. Buried at Bethel Methodist >Church north of Junction City. > > > >Children of John King and Bettie Davis are: > >38 i. Kate Scott4 King, born May 24, 1869 in Union CO, AR (Source: Bible >Records of Catherine Coleman King/J.S. King Interview 3-19-1936.); died >Unknown. She married Sid N. Stow 1889 in Union CO, AR (Source: Union County >Marriage Records.). > >Notes for Kate Scott King: Union County, AR Marriage Index, Book 'H', Page >146, 1889, Katie S. King to S.N. Stowe. > >39 ii. Walter Marks King, born May 24, 1875 in Union CO, AR (Source: Bible >Records of Catherine Coleman King/J.S. King Interview 3-19-1936.); died >October 29, 1879 in Union CO, AR (Source: Bible Records of Catherine Coleman >King/J.S. King Interview 3-19-1936.). > >40 iii. Charlotte Grace King, born August 22, 1881 in Union CO, AR (Source: >Bible Records of Catherine Coleman King/J.S. King Interview 3-19-1936.); >died Unknown. She married Thomas M. Overton. > >Notes for Charlotte Grace King: Charlotte Gracie King (Overton) lived in >Monroe, La. at the time of the 1936 interview with J.S. King. Petition for >Guardianship filed in Union County, AR on 1 Jan 1891 by John C. King, father >of C. Gracie King (only minor child of Bettie M. King, deceased). S.N. >Stowe was appointed guardian for Gracie King on 24 Nov, 1897 in Union >County, AR. Mentions 160 Acres and 'Mansion House' located: NE1/4 Section >18, Township 18, Range 14, Union County, AR. > >On 10 Jan. 1898, document found at Union County Courthouse referred to >Gracie King as "half-sister of J.S. King". This would have been James Sidney >King, son of John Coleman King and first wife, Mary Ann Green. > >10. William Augustus3 King (James2, Captain George1) was born March 01, 1818 >in South Carolina (Source: 1850 Union CO-Franklin Twnsp, Arkansas Census.), >and died June 28, 1858 in Union CO, AR (Wesley Chapel Cemetery) (Source: >UnionCounty Probate Book E- pages129 & 130 & Betty Grimmett Steel Info..). >He married Sarah E. Bef. 1843 in Probably Conecuh CO, Alabama (Source: Birth >of child, Jno. T. King in 1843..). > >Notes for William Augustus King: > >Wm. A. King living in dwelling #838, Franklin Township-Union CO 1850 Census. >He is thought to be related to the John T. King of our family line. >Following William's death in 1858- Probate Records of Union CO E-129/130 - >Sarah married K. D. (David) Stephens on 12 Jul 1860 in Union CO. > >~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ > >1850 Union County Slave Census Book by Desmond Walls Allen shows William A. >King living in Franklin Township, having 26 Slaves. > >The will of William A. King was recorded in Union County, AR. Appraisement >of the William A. King estate was done on March 28, 1859 following his death >in June 1858. Total Value of the estate was > >$20,465.98. It included 524.6 Acres of land @ $6 per Acre ($3147.60), 396.6 >Acres of Swamp Land @ $2.50 per Acre ($991.50), 21 head cattle @ $5 ($105), >55 Hogs @ $2.50 ($137.50), 1 sorrell mare @ $150, 1 mare mule @ $150, plus >other animals. Negro Slaves: Ben $750, Phillip $1600, Drew $1500, Lancaster >$300, Jo $200, woman/Rebecca & 3 children $2300, plus several others. <
info copied June 1999 by Bill & Lynn King on visit to Union County Court >House.>> > >Guardian's Bond in the amount of $40,000, dated 20 May 1863, named J.C. King >and R.W. Lovett as Guardians and T.F. Lovett & W.C. Lovett as Securities. >The bond named the minor children in the following order: John T., William, >Cornelia, Octavius, Fanny & Augustus >
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