Michael King and Elizabeth Hiry - Research Notes Henry King and Catherine Elizabeth King and Richard Parker Jonathan Parker and Ann Copeland Elijah Parker and Mary Harris Sally Parker and Richard Neely Mary Ann Neely and John C. Turman Elizabeth Caroline Turman and Mordecai S. Lawson James Martin Lawson and Lucy Jane Freeman Donald VanHoosier Lawson and Iva Melvina Freeman Stephen Martin Lawson
As with many early American families, especially those of the southern colonies, the publications concerning the King family are based on limited source material and recent research has revealed significant changes in the relationships that have been in print for many years. While this brief King family narrative is based on recent research in the following resources, it is incomplete and continuing research may require a change in some of the relationships included.
A King Genealogy: Some Descendants of Michael King of Nansemond County, Virginia, 1667 - 1987, by Henry Lee King (1988), together with subsequent research to 1997 shared on the web site of Tina Hall.
Research of Lou Pero, also on the web site of Tina Hall.
Research of Kimball G. Everingham, with a Register Report from Michael KING.
Note that due to county and colony boundary changes that places in Nansemond Co., VA may have subsequently been in Albemarle, Chowan and/or Bertie Co., NC.
CAUTION: While the following publications include a number of important references to and quotations from significant primary resources, the first publication includes many suppositions and conjectures concerning KING family relationships and the following two publications wrongly turn these tentative conclusions into factual statements. Genealogies of Virginia Families From the William and Mary College Quarterly, Genealogical Publishing Co. (reprint 1982), Vol. III, pp. 283-290 and 683; The Lees and Kings of Virginia and North Carolina 1636 - 1976, by Reba Shropshire Wilson and Betty Shropshire Glover, Wilson and Glover Publishing Co. (1975); KENNARD KING KNIGHT HARDIN GOODING Their Ancestors & Descendants, by Alta Kennard Patterson (1988).
Michael KING - d. 1700, probably in NC (will proved at Oct-Nov 1700 General Court in Albemarle Co., NC). Michael, reportedly from Norwich, Norfolk Co., England, probably sailed for America about 1650, being transported for service to John WRIGHT of Nansemond Co., VA. Michael received three land grants totaling 1800 acres in Nansemond Co. in 1667, 1671, and 1675. Purchases by Michael include a large copper still, and (in 1686) a plantation and slaves in Nansemond Co. On his plantation, located on Somerset Creek, he built the first brick house in the county. Michael does not appear on the rent rolls of 1704 of Nansemond Co., although his sons do. Note that the King family land in VA became part of NC with the 1728 boundary settlement between VA and NC. It appears that Michael married after his arrival in VA.
Elizabeth HIRY - Her surname source, the Bible record of great grandson Solomon, is very indistinct, and may be HAIRY, HARE, WARE, etc.
Henry KING - b. Nansemond Co., VA; d. about Mar. 1716, Salmon Creek, Chowan Precinct, Albemarle (now Bertie) Co., NC. Son of Michael KING and Elizabeth HIRY. Henry patented 302 acres on 7 Sep 1701 which adjoined that of John KING. His will (dated Feb. 25, 1714, and proved in Apr. 18, 1716) left land in Nansemond Co., VA to his children. Henry died between Oct. 2, 1715, when was given a power of attorney, and Apr. 4, 1716, when his widow was called the wife of Gerrard LYNCH and relict of Mr. Henry KING. All three of Henry's sons and four daughters are mentioned in his will.
Catherine - After the death of Henry, and by Apr. 1716, she married second Gerard LYNCH. Gerard and Catherine LYNCH sold 640 acres of her land on that date. Catherine is not Catherine CLARKE (d. by 1688), daughter of John and Mary (FALKE) CLARKE, in 1684, Isle of Wight Co., VA. Catherine CLARKE married about 1679 Henry KING (b. about 1658; d. after 1740, Brunswick Co., VA) as his first wife. Henry KING, Jr., son of Catherine (CLARKE) KING, was born about 1681, and had possession of, and sold land previously owned by his grandfather John CLARKE.