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Bill King, Houston, TX
WKing13@houston.rr.com

>Will of JOHN KING, SR.
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>Recorded 7 July 1818 in Darlington District, SC
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>WILL OF JOHN KING, SR.
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>In the name of God Amen, I John King Senior of the State of South Carolina, 
Darlington District, planter, being of a sound and disposing mind and memory do
 make and publish this my last Will and Testament (revoking all former Wills &
 Testaments & Powers of Attorney by me made) in manner & form following.

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>First, I desire that my body be buried in a decent and Christian like manner
 at the discretion of my Ececutors to be hereafter mentioned.
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>Secondly, My Will and desire is that my Ececutors pay all my Just debts and
 funeral charges as speedily as possible.
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>Thirdly, My Will and desire is that all my estate both real & personal be kept
 together and that my negroes and stock be kept on my Plantation for the
 support of my wife Zilpha and such of our children as may reside with her
 until my youngest child shall arrive at the age of eighteen years old, at
 which time my desire is that all my estate (Except as herein after Excepted)
 both Real & personal be Equally and impartially divided in the following
 manner (to wit) I lend to my wif Zilpha King for and during her natural life,
 should she be living when my Child shall arrive at the age of Eighteen as
 above; two Negroes / to wit, Jack and Morning... and all the Rest & Residue of
 my estate except three smallbequests to my two daughters Sarah Williamson and
 Nancy Spivy and my son John, I wish Equally & Impartially divided among my
 Children herafter named; Viz: JAMES, HENRY, ABIGAIL, MARTHA, CULLEN, HANNAH,
 NOEL, share and share alike, also the Negroes loaned my wife, after her
 descease 
>I wish divided share and share alike among my last seven named Children, I
 also will and bequeath to my two daughters NANCY SPIVY and SARAH WILLIAMSON
 together with my son JOHN KING / twenty Shillings each /to be paid them by my
 Ececutors out of my estate, having before given them a competency, it is my
 desire that they only have / twenty Shillings each / as before specified and
 no more.
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>I do hereby appoint my wife Zilpha King Ececutrix, together with my two
 brothers GEORGE KING and JAMES KING Ececutors to this my last Will &
 Testament. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my
 Seal this Eighteenth day of January, One Thousand Eight Hundred and Thirteen
 in the thirty seventh year of the Independence of the United States of America.
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>Signed, Sealed, Published, Pronounced and Declared by the testator John King
 Senior to be his Last Will and Testament in the presence of us who have
 subscribed our names as witness, in the presence of the Testator.

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>JOHN KING SNR. (SEAL)
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>Wit.:  Moses Sanders, William Williams, George Bruce
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>Recorded in Will Book 5, Page 199
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>Recorded 7th day July 1818
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>George Bruce Ordy. D.D.
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>Apt. A Pkg. 464
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>Second Document:
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>The State of South Carolina, Darlington District
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>Personally appeared Moses Sanders one of the Subscribing witnesses to the within will, and made Oath that he was personally present and did see JOHN KING the within testator Sign and Acknowlege the within instrument of writing as said for the Last Will & Testament, and that the said testator was at the same time of sound & disposing mind memory and understanding as this deponent doth believe and that William Williams, Geo Bruce & this deponent witnessed the same in the presence of each other & of the testator. Sworn and Subscribed to this Seventh day of July 1818.
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>Geo. Bruce,      Ordinary DD                  Wit.: MOSES SANDERS (Signature)
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>Recorded 2 July 1818
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>John King dies. August 10, 1818 - Pro 464.
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>Appraisers: John Kirven, Starling Adams, James Dove.
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>Administrator: James & George King in will of 1813. James is administrator on Aug 10, 1818.
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>On Jan 26, 1820 - Alexander McDougold appointed administrator (husband of Martha King).
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>John King was referred to as "John Senior".
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>Dec 30, 1820 - paid Suncan Malloy for Cullen E. King's coffin.
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>Deed Book E, page 196 - Patience Speights, d/p Moses, was John King's 1st wife. Sarah, Nancy and John were the children by Patience. All others by Zilpha.
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>Note: A photocopy of the above handwritten Will of John King Sr. was obtained by BILL KING in February 1999 from the Darlington County Historical Society.
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>Notes for Patience Speight: From Frances Etheredge (email dated 1/31/2000): "I feel strongly that the Speight name is from Craven Co., NC as Richard Speight was an early governor and the capital was in New Bern which is in Craven CO."
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>Birth order of the three children born to John and Patience is not known.
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>Rev. E. Pugh's Diary indicates that he officiated at Jno King's wife funeral, date was 31 Jan 1787.  
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>Notes for Zilpha Stanley: From the Diary of Rev. E. Pugh of Darlington: Rev. Pugh married Jno King 1 Nov 1787 (no indication of wife's name given, but assumed to be Zilpha Stanley).
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>The order of the seven children of John and Zilpha as they appeared in the will of JOHN KING, SR.  was as follows: James, Henry, Abigail, Martha, Cullen, Hannah, Noel
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>Zilpha King was alive at the time of John King's will being drafted in January 1813 in Darlington, as she is mentioned in his will.
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>Children of John King and Patience Speight are:
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>2 i. John3 King, born January 21, 1782 in NC/SC? (Source: Belleville Cemetery (Conecuh CO, AL) Records.); died October 20, 1829 in Conecuh CO, AL (Source: Betty Grimmett Steel (Tulsa) Info 8-98.). He married Elizabeth 'Betsy' Coleman February 05, 1806 in Winston Salem, NC (Source: Talmage Hawthorne (EMail 7-19-99).); born September 12, 1783 in Probably SC (Source: Belleville Cemetery (Conecuh CO, AL) Records.); died November 24, 1844 in Conecuh CO, AL (Source: Belleville Cemetery (Conecuh CO, AL) Records.).
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>Notes for John King:  Copied from Ancestry.com (on line)
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>Conveyances of Slaves
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>The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Number 3, Summer, 1979, Vol VII
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>Darlington County Memorialized Records (Continued from Vol. 7, p.80)
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>SCMAR, Vol. VII, Summer 1979, No. 3, p.149
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>1st. Thomas Speight (of Burke County Georgia) to Nancy King, Sarah King & John King deed of Gift dated 25th March 1793 for one Negro Girl named Patt between 13 & 14 years od age with her future increase to be equally divided among them when the aforesaid John King shall come to years of maturity.
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>John King and Elizabeth Coleman married Feb. 5, 1806 at Winston Salem, N.C.>
>They settled in Conecuh Co., Alabama near Burnt Corn, likely in 1823 (see below).
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>John King and his wife Betsey and Catherine Coleman King, were dismissed from Mechanicsville Baptist Church in SC in 1823 to move to Alabama. <>
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>July 24, 1824 (per minutes of the Bellville Baptist Church as copied by Margaret Gaston):
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>"The church met agreeable to adjournment after Divine worship sat in conference. A door was opened for the admission of members. First, received REBECCA JACKSON by experience; Second, received by letter the following brethren and sisters, viz: JOHN ELLIS and CATHERINE ELLIS, his wife, SARAH FOUNTAIN, ELIZABETH S. FOUNTAIN, JAMES COLEMAN and CLARESSA (King) COLEMAN, his wife, CATHERINE KING, JOHN KING and ELIZABETH (Coleman) KING, his wife and SARAH C. KING, his daughter."
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>John King was serving as the Church Clerk at Belleville Baptist Church when he died in 1829, according to the Minutes of the Church (microfilm copy reviewed by Bill King in 1999).
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>John King Gravestone Inscription (Belleville Baptist Church Cemetery, Conecuh County, AL)
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>Age 48 Years.
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>"Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord."
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>1782-1829
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>Notes for Elizabeth 'Betsy' Coleman:
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>Elizabeth Coleman King & Catherine Coleman King both appear on 1840 Conecuh CO, AL census records.
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>1840 Conecuh CO census shows:
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>Elizabeth J. King Family
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>1 Female 50-60
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>1 Male 15-20
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>1 Female 15-20
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>The Elizabeth enumerated in Conecuh (above) could be either the widow of William King (who died in South Carolina) or the widow of John King (buried at Belleville Church Cemetery).
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>Both James King and William King died in SC and did not move to Alabama.
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>Catherine Coleman King, John King and his wife 'Betsy' were dismissed from Mechanicsville Baptist Church in 1823 to move to Alabama.  
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>Living nearby are several Coleman, Daniel & James Wortherington (sic), Chesley Crosby and the William R. King - Ursula Crosby King families.
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>Elizabeth 'Betsy' Coleman King is buried at Belleville Baptist Church Cemetery in Conecuh County, AL.
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>Gravestone Inscription: "61 Years", "As Jesus died and rose again Victorious from the dead, so shall thou Mother rise and __?__ with our triumphant Head." (not fully legible)
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>3 ii. Nancy King, born Bef. 1787; died Unknown. She married Jethro Spivy; born Unknown; died Unknown.
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>Notes for Nancy King: Nancy was born before 1787, death date of her mother, Patience Speights.
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>4 iii. Sarah King, born Bef. 1787; died Unknown. She married Abraham Williamson Unknown; born Abt. 1776 in South Carolina (Source: "Thomas Williamson Descendants", (1745-1804), Published 1949..); died Abt. 1830 (Source: "Thomas Williamson Descendants", (1745-1804), Published 1949..).
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>Notes for Sarah King: Sept 6, 1999 Message From Jim King: "Sarah King, dau of John King was the child of his first wife - Patience Speight as was Nancy and John King.  Abigail was the dau of Zilpha. Both Sarah and Abigail md Williamsons."
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>Notes for Abraham Williamson: Brother of Colonel Bright Williamson, (from 'Darlingtoniana').
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>The following from: Darlington, SC web page via 5/16/2000 email from  < KathrynGearhart@email.msn.com >
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>"Another Source Gives this lineage:  William Williamson d 10, 1767 Prince Fredericks Parish.  Heirs - Martha (Patti) Williamson m. Strickland, James Williamson*, Thomas Williamson m. Elizabeth Hinds, John Williamson, Rachel Williamson m Cook, William Williamson, Benjamin Williamson, St. David's Society, d. 9/1793, Mary Williamson.
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>James Williamson* d. Feb 4, 1796, executors Sarah Williamson, George Cannon, Abraham Williamson, Bright Williamson. Notation Mary widow Richard Malpas, wf of William Williamson.  (Mary Bright married Richard Malpas)
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>James Williamson* children were - Susannah Williamson d. 7/14, 1849 wife to George Cannon, Darlington, Dicy wife to Abraham Jones, d 1839 Alabama, Benjamin, James, Jason, Stephen, Needham, Henry Augustus.
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>Thomas Williamson b. Sep 18, 1748 d. Dec 16, 1804.
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>Elizabeth Williamson, wife of Thomas Williamson Sr. died intestate in 1820.
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>Administration Feb. 12, 1821 by Abraham and Thomas Williamson.
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>Administrators - Abraham Williamson, Thomas Williamson, William Williamson, Francis Hinds Feb 24, 1821.  Appraisers - James King, Patrick Burk and Thomas Chambliss Oct 12, 1821.
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>Noted in Petition of Thomas Williamson for the administration of Elizabeth Williamson's estate:  Her heirs were Wiley Williamson, Bright Williamson, Robert Williamson, Abraham Williamson, Margaret Bruce, Thomas Williamson Jr. February 12, 1821 Darlington.
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>Abraham Williamson noted in Petition of Thomas Williamson for administration of estate of Elizabeth Williamson that her heir, Abraham Williamson, died after Elizabeth, and his heirs were: Thomas Williamson, Rebecca Gee wife to Samuel Gee, Elizabeth Stinson, Margaret Garner wife to John Garner, Alfred Williamson, Abraham Williamson. Noted that Abraham Sr. died in Alabama... believe this was Lowndes County.
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>Children of John King and Zilpha Stanley are:
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>5 i. James3 King, born 1795 in "of Darlington, SC" (Source: James O King Information, June 1999.); died Unknown. He married Nancy Kilgore; born 1805 (Source: James O King Information, June 1999.); died Unknown.
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>Notes for James King: Below estate info of Jacob Kelly & Wm Kelly connects the families of James Kilgore (father of Nancy Kilgore) to William King family (brother of John King, the father of James King). Nancy Kilgore and James King later married.
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>January 3, 1808
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>Appraisers for the Estate of Jacob Kelly, Sr. Pro. 472, were: James Kilgore, Thomas Davis, Wm. King, Sr., John Gray
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>December 27, 1813; Appraisers for Estate of Wm. Kelly Pro. 463:  James Kilgore, Wm. King, Walter Wingate, Henry Hails, James Oates
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>Notes for Nancy Kilgore:  "The only thing I found mentioned about Nancy Kilgore is that she and her husband, James King, stayed in the county (Darlington). Her brother, James Kilgore Jr. acquired most of his father's land and went into the milling business by damning Spring Branch creating Kilgore's Pond which is today still a landmark. He went into business with Nathan Moore. If you find more, I would really like to know, I have nothing else on her.
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>Samuel born in 1787. His obituary said he was 70 when he died 24 Jan. 1857, in the home of his son, Mathew T.G. Kilgore.
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>Peter married Martha Kelley ca 1817.
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>John married #1 Ann Duke #2 Charlotte Bell DeLoach
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>James married Rebecca Bounds 27 Dec. 1827
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>On a map of the land in Hartsville.. looks like Hart and Kilgore were neighbors.
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>From: Dorothy Garrison (Apr 23, 2001) Email: 
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>Children of JAMES KILGORE and ELIZABETH MCDOUGAL (?) are:
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>2. i. SAMUEL3 KILGORE, b. 1785, Darlington, S.C.; d. January 24, 1857, Ellisville,Jones CO, MS
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>3. ii. PETER KILGORE, b. 1790, Darlington, S.C.; d. Aft. 1850, Yalobusha Co. Miss..
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>iii. NANCY KILGORE, m. JAMES KING.
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>iv. REBECCA KILGORE.
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>4. v. JOHN WILLIAM KILGORE, b. July 15, 1793, Darlington Co., SC; d. November 16, 1874, Lillian, Johnson Co., Texas.
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>5. vi. JAMES KILGORE, JR., b. October 19, 1805, Darlington, S.C.; d. March 12, 1863, Darlington, S.C..
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>vii. MARY KILGORE.
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>viii. FERSBY KILGORE.
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>6 ii. Henry King, born Unknown; died March 20, 1820 (Source: James O King Information, June 1999.).
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>7 iii. Abigail King, born October 31, 1796 in Darlington County, SC (Source: "Thomas Williamson Descendants", (1745-1804), Published 1949..); died April 27, 1877 in Crenshaw County, Alabama (Source: "Thomas Williamson Descendants", (1745-1804), Published 1949..). She married Robert Williamson December 04, 1811 in South Carolina; born Abt. 1790 in Darlington County, South Carolina; died May 02, 1847 in Pike County, Alabama (Source: "Thomas Williamson Descendants", (1745-1804), Published 1949..).
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>Notes for Abigail King: The 1850 Pike County, Alabama Census indicates that the family of Abigail (King) Williamson (then a widow) living at the original home place at the time, consisted of herself, her married son, George and wife, Margaret, infant daughter Victoria; her son William E., and her daughters Sarah and Susan. The sons and sons-in-law of Robert & Abigail were landowners and were farmers. Most, if not all, owned some number of slaves.  In Jan. 1861, the widow Abigail, sold land to her son George.
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>NOTE: Hoyle A. Simes of Dallas descends from the family of Abigail King and Robert Williamson. Abigail's older half-brother, John King, is the ancestor of Bill King of Houston. Hoyle and Bill were on the same college football officiating crew for a number of years in Dallas. Later, both Hoyle and Bill became NFL 'Play Clock' operators for many years; Bill for the Houston Oilers.... Hoyle for the Dallas Cowboys.
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>Notes for Robert Williamson:  Brother of Colonel Bright Williamson, (from Rudisill's 'Darlingtoniana'). Archives records in Washington, DC, show that on Sept. 23, 1814, Robert Williamson joined the South Carolina Militia commanded by Capt. J.K. McIvers. His period of service was for about four months. According to family tradition, Jno. T. Williamson, oldest son of Robert, later joined the US Army and participated in the Mexican War of 1845 (as told to H.H. Williamson by his grandfather, W.E. Williamson.).
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>WILLIAMSONS OF ALABAMA
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>Robert Williamson and his family established their new home in Alabama about 1826 (Pike County). At the time they settled in Alabama, white settlers were still having some trouble with Indians. All Indians of that area were re-located on reservations in the Oklahoma an Indian territories prior to 1850.
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>Beginning as early as the 1850's, several members of both the Abraham and Robert Williamson families began moving west to new locations. Some of the descendents of Abraham Williamson were early settlers in Arkansas and many are to be found now throughout the state.
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>According to family tradition and meager records, all adult members of the family and kin served in the Confederate Army during the War Between the States. Many of those living in Pike County, AL were members of Co. 'E', 56th Regiment, Alabama Cavalry. The Alabama Archives records show that W.E. Williamson and several of his in-laws joined when the company was organized, early in 1861, and were present at the time of the surrender of Joseph E. Johnson in 1865. Members of this company took part in the major engagementsin the western areas, including the Battles of Lookout Mountain and Vicksburg, as well as the siege of Atlanta near the close of the War.
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>According to family tradition, the original home place of Robert Williamson passed into the possession of William E., the youngest son. The deed record of this transfer has not been located. However, the records show that William E. Williamson and his wife sold land to W.P. Mount on May 16, 1861. It is believed that this was the original Robert Williamson homeplace.
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>WILLIAMSONS OF TEXAS
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>Immediately following the War Between the States, members of the Robert Williamson Branch of the family began moving to Texas. The first were the W.B. Stringer and John Stinson families. They first located at Jefferson, TX, later in Cass County (now Franklin County). Descendants of the Stringer and Stinson families are numerous and are to be found throughout Texas.
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>Others of the Alabama Williamsons moved to Texas in the period from 1870 to 1872. The John T. Williamson family and James (son of George) moved to Texas about 1870. William E. left Alabama in December 1871 and arrived in Texas in early January 1872. Within a few years after their arrival, all of the above were located in the Bedias area of northern Grimes County, where all of the children of John & William E. & James grew to maturity and married. Descendents of these families are now scattered throughout Texas and other states.
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>The sons of Jno. T. Williamson later moved to new locations within the state, Robert to Marlin, John Jr. to Coolidge and William (Bill) to Waco. James and the sons and daughters of William E. lived and died in the Bedias area.
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>In the 1890's, Daniel Shaw Jacksons and family (Mrs. Jackson was a daughter of Sarah Williamson Curtis) moved from Crenshaw County, AL to the Crystal City area of Southwestern Texas. Descendants of the Jackson families are to be found throughout Texas.
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>Archives records in Washington, DC, show that on September 23, 1814, Robert Williamson joined the South Carolina Militia commanded By Capt. J.K. McIvers. His period of service was for about four months. According to family tradition, Jno. T. Williamson, oldest son of Robert, joined the US Army and participated in the Mexican War of 1845 (as told to H.H. Williamson by his grandfather, W.E. Williamson).
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>NOTE: All family info found in the files of the children of Robert & Abigail King Williamson comes from the 1949 publication: "The Name & Family of Williamson and Descendants of Thomas Williamson (1745-1804) of South Carolina", by H. H. Williamson (Washington, DC & Bryan, TX) and W. N. Williamson (Lubbock, TX). Both of the authors were descendants of Robert & Abigail King Williamson. This book was reviewed and copies of pertinent data was made by Bill King while at Clayton Genealogical Library in Houston on May 17, 2000.
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>8 iv. Cullen E. King, born Unknown; died Bef. December 30, 1820 in Probably Darlington District, SC (Source: James O King Information, June 1999.).
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>Notes for Cullen E. King: Mention is made in the papers of Administration of the will of John King in Darlington that on Dec. 30, 1820, Suncan Malloy was paid for 'Cullen E. King's coffin'.
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>9 v. Hannah King, born Unknown; died Unknown.
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>10 vi. Martha King, born Unknown; died Unknown. She married Alexander McDougal Unknown; born Unknown; died Unknown.
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>Notes for Martha King: Named as a daughter in the will of John King, Sr., Recorded 7th day July 1818 in Will Book 5, Page 199.
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>Notes for Alexander McDougal: On Jan 26, 1820 - Alexander McDougold appointed administrator (husband of Martha King) of the Estate of John King, Sr., deceased.
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>John King Estate
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>I-344-45. Mortgage. Mar. 8, 1826. Alexander D. McDugald to Geo. Bruce, commissioner in equity, to secure a bond of $3933, conveys to him negro slaves Jack, man aged about 40; Dicey, girl about 17; Willis, a boy; Nelly, a girl; Jack Jr.; Ann, a girl; Siller, a girl; Mourning. These negroes formerly belonged to the estate of John King, deceased. Also, lands of the estate of John King to which McDugald might be entitled in right of his wife (Martha King, dau of John King). Conveyance is void if McDugald performs on the bond as intended.
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>Witness: James Dove, Caleb Coker, Jr. Ack. Aug. 7, 1826. Rec. Aug. 12, 1826.
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>11 vii. Noel King, born Abt. 1806 (Source: James O King Information, June 1999.); died January 25, 1854 (Source: James O King Information, June 1999.). He married Jane Weaver; born Abt. 1806 (Source: James O King Information, June 1999.).
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>From the files of:
William R. King,   Houston, TX
Researching:  KING, KOLB, COLEMAN and related families of Old Darlington
District, SC

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