PAST AND PRESENT
OF
MENARD COUNTY, ILLINOIS - 1905

Chicago: The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company


Transcribed by: Steve Madosik III

Page 321

MARSHALL J. KING. For over half a century this gentleman was identified with the interests of Menard county and was accounted one of its valued citizens. He was born in Virginia, November 28, 1815, and was of Scotch, Irish, Dutch and English descent, his parents being Daniel and Lucy (Smith) King. In 1817, when only two years old, he was taken by them to Kentucky, the family home being established in the vicinity of Maysville. There he was reared upon a farm and became a teamster and also worked on the river to some extent. In 1842 he came to Illinois with his parents, who died in this state and were buried in Shipley graveyard, Menard county, the father passing away at a very advanced age.

Marshall J. King engaged in agricultural pursuits in this county. After residing for twenty years in Sandridge, he located near Oakford. He purchased, cleared and improved three different farms, all being covered with a dense growth of timber at the time they came into his possession. In 1862 he bought the old homestead, on which his son Frank A. now resides. He prospered in his farming operations and at the time of his death owned a valuable farm of two hundred acres a short distance south of the village of Oakford. His life was characterized by untiring energy and perseverance and his labors proved of value in reclaiming this part of the state for the purposes of civilization. In 1889 he relinquished the active duties of farm life and removed to Petersburg, purchasing a comfortable home on North First street, where his declining days were spent. On the 29th of December, 1836, Mr. King married Rachel Brown, who died a few years later, leaving one child, Mrs. Minerva E. Shipley, who died October 9, 1899. He was again married October 27, 1844, his second union being with Eliza E. Caldwell, who was a representative of a Pennsylvania Dutch family. Her father, Alexander Caldwell, came to Menard county, Illinois, and located near Concord church, where he and his wife made their home until death. Both were earnest and consistent members of the Methodist Episcopal church and he was a Democrat in politics. Their daughter Mrs. King died April 20, 1880, and was laid to rest in Oakford cemetery. She was the mother of ten children, of whom four are now living, namely: Henry D., of Meredosia, Morgan county, Illinois; Melissa, wife of J. D. Lounsberry, Taylor M. and Frank A., all three residents of Menard county. For his third wife Mr. King wedded Mary A. Bell, the marriage being celebrated December 6, 1883. She survives him. Mr. King died on the 18th of October, 1899, and his remains were interred in Oakford cemetery. He was a progressive and successful farmer and upright citizen, being held in high


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