I posted this message in the King forum yesterday and found this forum today.I hope a second post is acceptable.
I am searching for background information for two of my gg grandparents. I have family data for both individuals and their offspring, and there some formal documentation exists for them. Here is what I know:
Thomas Jefferson King: Born: 20 Aug 1824 in Georgia (per family records) Died: 17 Jan 1889 in Milton, Texas (per family records) Married: 19 Apr 1849 (Elizabeth Green Wilson) (per family records) Children: Henry Clay (AL), Peter Wilson (TN), Emma Staitry (MS), Sarah (MS), Roxana Adelaid (?), Thomas Jefferson (MS), Ulrich Zwingle (MS), Alada Josphus (TN), Nancy Virginia (TN)
1850 Census Southern District, Pickens, Alabama 1870 Census District 10 Henderson, Tennessee
Elizabeth Green Wilson: Born: 3 Jun 1832 in Tennessee (per family records, but one census says Alabama) Died: 17 Feb 1917in Milton, Texas (per family records) Married: 19 Apr 1849 (Thomas Jefferson King)
1850 Census Southern District, Pickens, Alabama 1870 Census District 10 Henderson, Tennessee 1910 Census Justice Precinct 1, Red River, Texas
From the 1850 Census: Family Number 728: Thomas J King (age 24), Elizabeth (18), Henry C (0) Family Number 725: Thomas P King (54), four children Family Number 726: Peter Wilson (45), Sarah (44), six other children
Since the second child of Thomas J and Elizabeth King was named Peter Wilson and the young couple lived next door to a Peter Wilson aged 45, I am going to assume that Peter and Sarah were the parents of Elizabeth. (If she had waited a year to marry, the census would have confirmed this!) The eventual relocation of Thomas J and Elizabeth to Texas along with several other children of Peter Wilson provides additional circumstantial evidence.
Initially, I assumed that Thomas P King was the father of Thomas J King, but further research introduced some doubt. Apparently, James Walker King, one of the sons of Thomas P(ayton) King and Sarah (Lancaster) Bailey documented their marriage and birth of their children as well as the children from Sarah’s first marriage to Enoch Bailey. They were married 26 Oct 1826 and Thomas J had been born two years earlier on 20 Aug 1824. Additionally, Thomas J was not listed as Sarah’s son by Enoch Bailey or Thomas P. Thus, it would appear that Sarah Lancaster Bailey was not Thomas J’s mother. My first inclination is to assume that Sarah was Thomas P’s second wife or Thomas J, but I suppose he could be his nephew, brother, or, heaven forbid, unrelated!
Additionally, the 1870 Census finds Thomas P living in Chickasaw Co, Mississippi with one of his known sons. The 1870 Census shows Thomas J living in Tennessee, but his six children born between 1852 and 1866 are shown to have been born in Mississippi. (The 1860 Mississippi state census shows a Thomas J King living in Pontotoc Co., but I cannot tell if this is “my” Thomas Jefferson King.)
The bottom line is that I have a great deal of circumstantial evidence, but no proof of the parents for either gg grandparent. I am hoping that are there are county records or a family Bible that will confirm Peter and Sarah Wilson as Elizabeth’s parents and clarify the relationship between Thomas P and Thomas Jefferson.
By the way, I arrived here via Thomas J King > Peter Wilson King > Walter Grant King > Mary King.
If any of the background information for Thomas Jefferson King and Elizabeth Green Wilson sounds familiar, I would appreciate hearing from you.