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KING Captain *William II

Male Abt 1544 - 1609

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  • Name  KING Captain *William II 
    Title  Captain 
    Born  Abt 1544  Chestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender  Male 
    _UID  6EF574AFDC72B246A4B5B0515247E68C3153 
    Died  1609  Shipwreck, off coast of England, Ship " DIAMOND" Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I1294  Ancestors of Catherine Yvonne King | The Ancestors of Catherine King from the Virginia King Family of Stafford and Louisa County, Virginia
    Last Modified  9 May 2004 

    Father  KING *William I 
    Mother  BEAUCHAMP Johanna (Johan),   d. 1583 
    Family ID  F437  Group Sheet

    Family  MAINWARING Blanche,   b. Abt 1548, Chestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. KING Ralph
     2. KING Thomas
    >3. KING *John,   b. Abt 1570, Chestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1669
    Family ID  F435  Group Sheet

  • Notes 

      The King Family, compiled by
      Dr. G.M.G. Stafford, Baton Rouge, Louisianna

      Page #2: Before proceeding further it would be well to here reiterate, for the sake of clarity and a better
      understanding, that the branch of the King family with which we will deal in this discussion appears very definitely to stem from Captain William King of the ship DIAMOND who visited the shores of Virginia just
      two years after the first settlement at Jamestown.

      The Ancestral Pilgrimage along Life's Pathway
      by Roy Stevenson King ( Manuscript ) Microfilmed by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the
      Genealogical Society of Utah, 1967.
      FHL US/CAN Film # 525277, Item #4

      The first Virginia ancestor of the Kings in America ( KYNGE )
      Our earliest ancestor to reach the shores of the New World was Captain William King, Commander of
      the Ship " DIAMOND", Vice Admiral of the ships sent to Jamestown in 1609 and who lost his life on his return voyage to England. The Kings, Mainwarings, Daniels, Scarboroughs, Chews, Burgesses, Mountjoys, Peytons, Astons, Stevensons, Dunlaps, Gays and others played a very important part in the settlement of Virginia and Kentucky.

      His seal bore the impress of the Springs of the Broom Plant- ( Planta Genista ), which was the emblem of the Plantagenets. In Volume # 16, page # 154, of Purch's Pilgrims, it says " In the next year ( 1592 ) Catayne King of Ratcliffe Road, with thirteen sayles before Havanna, wayting for purchase....."
      In Volume #19, page # 2, it says " From Woolich the 15th of May 1609, set sail to sea and put in at
      Falmouth, The Diamond, Vice Admiral wherein Captayne Ratcliffe (who was govenor of Virginia, 1607)
      and Captayne William King. " On June 8th,1609 seven ships sailed for Virginia. Among these were the
      Sea Adventurer as Admiral; the Diamond, Vice Admiral, and the Falcon, Rare ( sic ) Admiral. Upon St. James Day being about one hundred and fiftie leagues distant from the West Indies, in crossing the Gulf of Bahoma, there happended a most terrible and vehement storm, which was the taile of the West
      Indian Horacanor; this tempest seperated all our fleet one from the other. After our ships ( four ) had been in Virginia Harbour a few days, came in the Vice Admiral, having cut her main mast overboard, and many of her men very sick and weak. ( When the ships left London, the city was stricken with an
      epidemic of the Yellow Fever. Some of the men evidently came down with it on the way over)."

      The following extract is taken from a copy of a deciphered letter of Don Pedro de Zunign to the King of Spain, dated High Gate, November 23, 1609--" Late in November the remenant ( sic ) of Sir Thomas
      Gates, his fleet, returning from Virginia reached England. Two of the ships returning home parished upon the point of Ushant, in one of which ( The Diamond ) Capt. William King was Master, and one man alone was left to bring home news of their perishing. "

  • Sources 
    1. [S14] The Limbs and Branches of the Smith Family Tree, Terry D. & Cathleen Smith, (WorldConnect.Com ).