According to the book "Dear Descendants" by Columbia A "Lum" MANKIN at the Ava, Douglas Co MO library, there is a connection to the KING family with the Kelton name, along with surnames Keaton and Billingsly/Billingsley. Columbia King MANKIN was the grand-daughter of John C KING b ca 1818 in TN (according to census records) and died ca 1863 in Ava, Douglas Co MO. Columbia's father was Irvin KING b ca 1847.
Here is a quote from the book: "I don't know how many children my great-grandfather had, but I do know that many families who still live in Douglas County are descendants of the original old King family. The old families of Billingsleys, Ritters, Keatons, KELTONs, and many others are all related to my father's people."
Since it cannot be determined by either myself or my cousins who John C KING's parents were, or for that matter, all of his siblings, and the fact that the Douglas Co MO courthouse burned years ago, making records unobtainable, it would be much appreciated if anyone could supply any connection.
Probable relatives (siblings?) to John C KING are Susannah KING b 1809 SC, Martin KING b 1815 TN, Mary Ann KING b 1821 TN?. There are supposedly two other brothers, names unknown. The father of this family supposedly came from Ireland at the age of 14, according to the book, and the mother was of Welsh-Irish descent. Many if not all of these King families lived for a time in the Benton Co AR area before moving to Missouri.
This has been a HUGE brick wall for us!
[Unsure of the date of this book - will post later}