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KING John B

Male 1758 - 1842


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  • Name  KING John B 
    Born  12 Jan 1758  Louisa County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Military Service  Revolutionary War Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Life Guard for General George Washington
    DAR Patriot Index-Lineage Volume V 125, page #88 
    Age: 18 years old 
    Agency: Virginia Regiment 
    _UID  CC0CB57A91F1F34EB9E619DBF44B2ADDA3C0 
    Died  25 Mar 1842  Spartanburg, Spartanburg, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  Rich Hill ( White Stone) South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I801  Ancestors of Catherine Yvonne King | The Ancestors of Catherine King from the Virginia King Family of Stafford and Louisa County, Virginia
    Last Modified  9 Aug 2006 

    Father  KING *Thomas,   b. 20 Jul 1720, Louisa County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1798, Louisa County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  WHITE Tillah " Zillah " 
    Married  1761  Louisa County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F1200  Group Sheet

    Family  LEMASTER Sarah,   b. 17 Sep 1774, Amherst County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Oct 1849, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  2 Mar 1790  Spartanburg Co, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. KING Edmund,   b. 1 Dec 1790, Spartanburg, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. KING William, Sr,   b. 19 Mar 1792, Spartanburg, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. KING Mary,   b. 8 Mar 1794, Spartanburg, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. KING Ann,   b. 7 Nov 1796, Spartanburg, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. KING Lucy,   b. 15 Nov 1798, Spartanburg, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. KING Elizabeth,   b. 6 Sep 1800, Spartanburg, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. KING Martha,   b. 20 Oct 1801, Spartanburg, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. KING Philip W.,   b. 22 Oct 1803, Spartanburg, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. KING Sarah,   b. 22 Jan 1806, Spartanburg, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. KING Son,   b. 6 Dec 1808, Spartanburg, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     11. KING Margaret,   b. 2 Nov 1809, Spartanburg, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     12. KING John Madison,   b. 28 Mar 1812, Spartanburg, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     13. KING Minerva,   b. 25 May 1815, Spartanburg, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Feb 1817, Spartanburg, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F297  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • SOURCE NOTES: Military Service:
      Revolution War. Life Guard for General Washington

      These handwritten notes by Magdalena King were among the family archives of Claude B. King, her nephew. These notes were passed from Claude B. King to Donald L. King just prior to his death in 1962.
      " Sons of Thomas & Sarah King who were in the Revolution. Brothers of Benjamin King. May grandfather, Maggie:

      John King- born Louisa, 12 January 1758, enlised January 2,1777- 3rd Virginia Regiment- Discharged
      6 January 1780. Was a member of George Washington's Bodyguard. See the book- Commander -in -
      Chief Guard. Warrant ID # 0169.0 issued 10 March 1783. 100 acres

      Served VA- Life Guard for Colonel Washington- DAR Pat Index- Lineage V 125, page # 88 DAR
      Grand parent Papers ( LDS #887998 )
    • Obituary:
      From the " Greenville Mountaineer", April 8,1842

      Mr. John King departed this life on March 25,1842
      at his residence near Rich Hill in Spartanburg
      District, having lived 84 years. The subject of this notice was born in Louisa Co., Virginia, on January 12,1758. He entered the list of his country's defenders in his 18th year, and attached himself to the Virginia Regiment. His fidelity, his patriotic devotion, and inflexible courage procured his removal from the Virginia Regiment to the highly responsible and honorable station of Life Guard to the great George Washington, in which capacity he served his country amidst all the varied scenes of that eventful period. He was the first to hail the approach of the immortal Frederick Steuben to the tent of Washington, and under the instruction of that great friend to freedom, recieved much of that skill which gave to his leaders so much confidence in him. In the memorable battles fought at Brandywine, Germantown, and Monmouth, he shared largely in the perils to which to friends of the Republic were exposed. He was sent with Lafayette through Virginia, and though his person was the special object of pursuit by the British, one of whose officers was heard to say, " the boy should not escape him " , he nevertheless made good his escape, and the next intelligence the enemy had of John King, he was with Washington, dealing out destruction to the enemies of his country. He was often heard to regret that when Cornwallis delivered up his sword at Yorktown, he was prevented from participating in the joy of the occasion by severe illness which had well nigh cost him his life. Inasmuch as he had witnessed the reverses of his General, he always spoke of it as a great bereavement that he was prevented from witnessing his General's success at that moment.

      Mr. King emigrated from Virginia to Spartanburg District where he has enjoyed the peace and quiet of domestic life for the last half century. He married Sarah Lemaster of Spartanburg District who still lives to regret for a season the absence of him, with whom she has so long and so happily lived. He has left a large and very respectable family, all of whom sedulously imitate the virtues of their progenitor. Always unpretending in his disposition, Mr. King never asked for an office, but rather chose to gain his living as he had gained his liberties; by the sweat of his brow. Agriculture was his favorite
      pursuit, by which he earned a very comfortable competency. His whole life was characterized by an untiring fondness for perusing the Holy Scriptures, to which we can attribute his happy and peaceful departure from this world. Mr. King is perhaps the last one of the chosen band who shared so largely in the confidence of the great George Washington. A very large circle of friends attended the corpse of the venerable patriot to his final resting place.