History of King Family

Who are they?

Who are they?

I have begun the process of piecing together our family history by talking to my father Willie Marshall (83 years young), my cousin Charles Woods, and working with my husband Millard Hampton to research records on Ancestory.com.  Thus far, we have been able to search our family roots back to 1880.  I found an 1880 Census record of my great-great-grandfather Lewis King.  Lewis King was 30 years old in 1880.  He was born a slave in Mississippi in 1850.  At the time of the 1880 census he was a free man who worked as a farmer and he was married to Hester King.  Great-great grandmother Hester was 27 years old at the time of the 1880 census.  She too was born a slave in Mississippi and worked with her husband on the farm.   Lewis and Hester lived in Precinct 4, in Lamar, Texas.  Notwithstanding the impact that slavery, reconstruction, Jim Crow law and the great migration had on the integrity of the African American family, Lewis and Hester, “a married couple” kept their family together.

The 1880 Census report reveals that Great-Great Grandfather Lewis and Great-Great Grandmother Hester had 6 children; Malinda King (9), Georg Ann King (7), Genl. Scott King (6), Emaline King (5), Mary M. King (2) and Matilda King (1 month).  I wonder why Great-Great Grandfather King named his son Genl. (General) Scott.  At the time of the Civil War, (1861) Great-Great Grandfather King was 11 years old.  By the time the war ended(1865) Great-Great Grandfather King was 15 years old.  Could it be that Great-Great Grandfather King served in the Civil War, or had relatives that served in the Civil War and that is why he named his son Genl. Scott?  We will continue our family history research to answer these and other questions about the King Family.

For those of you who are part of the California King Family, you are descendants of Georg Ann King.  Georg Ann was married to Sam Knox.   George Ann and Sam had 10 children: Lee Roy, Bercham, Earl Walker, Robert, Ralph, Lonnie, Oneater, Ruth, Catherine, and Ertiv B.  Ruth or “Meme” was my grandmother.  Meme had four children, Evelyn Motley (Marshall),  Marion Woods (Johnson), Willie Marshall and Eartha Shoals.   One of these individuals is either your parent, grandparent, great-grandparent, or great-great-grandparent.  Grandmother Meme was married to Robert L. Marshall.  Grandmother Meme who was born on January 6, 1911 passed away on September 28, 2007 in Fresno California.   I am the daughter of Willie Joe Marshall who is the last living child of Ruth and perhaps the oldest living relative of Great-Great Grandfather Lewis King.  Willie Joe is either your father, uncle, great-uncle or great-great uncle.  We have just begun our research of the King Family.  We hope that you will join us on November 28, 2015, at the California King Family Reunion as we attempt to fill in the blanks.  Where do you fit in on the Family Tree?