CHARLES R. KING, who has been prominently identified with the interests of Mt. Pleasant during almost his entire mature life, for the past eighteen years has been conducting a meat business here and is one of the town's substantial citizens. He was born not far distant from where he now resides, at Mt. Pleasant, O., April 27, 1858, and is a son of Robert and Martha (McGee) King.
Robert King was born at St. Clairsville, Belmont COunty, Ohio, and was a son of Charles and Hannah King, who moved from Maryland to Belmont COunty and from there to Mt. Pleasant, Jefferson County, where they died. RObert King learned the saddlery and harnessmaking trade after coming to Mt. Pleasant, about 1845, and later followed it at Hookstown, Beaver, Industry and East Liverpool, dying at the last named place, December 24, 1892, aged fifty-six years. He married Martha McGee, who was boen in Mt. Pleasant Township, this county, May 20, 1837, and is now a resident of East Liverpool. Her parents were Robert and Margaret (Chambers) McGee, of Irish extraction and early settlers in Mt. Pleasant Township. Six children were born to Robert and Margaret King, namely: Charles R.; Maggie, who married Jerome Smith, of Sheridan, Allegheny County, Pa.; Edward, a pilot on the Ohio River, who resides at Industry, Pa.; Elta, who is the wife of Joshua Pool, of East Liverpool; William, a kiln builder, who resides at East Liverpool and is connected with a pottery; and Emma, who resides with her mother at East Liverpool.
Charles R. King obtained his education in the schools of Mt. Pleasant and then learned the harnessmaking trade with his uncle, Charles R. King, and worked at it for seventeen years. He then entered into the butchering business and for eighteen years has been engaged in this occupation at Mt. Pleasant where he has done a large and satisfactory business. Nominally he is a Republican but in local matters gives support to the best qualified man, irrespective of party. He has served twice as township clerk, twice as treasurer and at present is a member of the town council.
In MArch, 1887, Mr. King was married to Miss Dora Milligan, a daughter of George and Mary Milligan, of Mt. Pleasant, and they have three daughters: Martha, who married Rolland Theaker, and has four children, Margaret, James, Helen and Martha Theaker; Alma, who married E. J. Mercer, of Mt. Pleasant, and has one son, Charles Alfred Mercer; and Elta, who married John B. Meek, of Mt. Pleasant and has three children, Dora, Winfield and Clara Meek. The family is one of musical talent, the daughters being very proficient. Mr. and Mrs. King are members of the Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church. He is identified with Smithfield Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 182, and Smithfield Chapter.