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Robert King (b. 02 Aug 1753, d. 29 Mar 1848)Robert King (son of Mr. King and "Widow" King) was born 02 Aug 1753 in Donegal, Ireland, and died 29 Mar 1848 in Piatt Township, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.He married Sussannah Pierson on Abt. 1784 in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.
Notes for Robert King:
The following is from "History of Lycoming County Pennsylvania", by John F. Meginness, 1892.
"Robert King was a native of Ireland, and one of five brothers, who immigrated to the United States.Two settled in Virginia, and three in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.Each of the latter took up 200 acres of land in what is now Piatt Township, upon which they located prior to the Revolutionary War.Robert was a soldier in the Revolution, and was driven away from Lycoming County by hostile Indians.He subsequently returned to his farm, where he died at the advanced age of ninety years.He married Susanna Pierson, and their children were as follows: Adam; Thomas; Benjamin; John; Robert; William; Margaret, who married Joseph Marshall; and Mary, who became the wife of John Yauger.All of the foregoing are dead except William, who resides with his son-in-law John F. Meginness, of Williamsport."
(In the above history, note that the historian John F. Meginness was the son-in-law of Mary King Yauger's brother William.This "History of Lycoming County Pennsylvania" is on-line.Robert King actually lived to the age of 94 years, 7 months, and 27 days.Meginness says that there were five King brothers who came to the United States.This is not in agreement with the document carried by Widow King, which states that there were three brothers and two sisters.)
LAST WILL & TESTAMENT OF ROBERT KING, SR.
In the name of God Amen.I, Robert King of Mifflin Township, Lycoming County, and state of Pennsylvania, Being weak in body, but of sound mind, memory, and understanding, and considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof, and being desirous to settle my worldly affairs, do therefore make and declare this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and making void all former wills heretofore made by me.
First, and principally, I commend my soul into the hands of my creator who gave it, and my body to be decently interred at the discretion of my executors herein after named, and as to such worldly estate where with it has pleased God to intrust me, I dispose of in the following manner, that is to say:
I give to my beloved wife Susannah during her natural life the house in which we now live, and the household furniture therein, and so much of the garden as she may think proper to occupy, and one cow and so much of the yearly proceeds of my real estate as will be necessary to furnish her with provision for herself and stock, together with clothing sufficient to render her declining life as comfortable as possible, and at her death the possession of the house and ground reserved for her use will be given to my son Robert King, and all the personal property that may be left of my estate after paying the expenses of my own and my beloved wife's funeral shall be the property of my son Robert.
My real estate I give and bequeath in the manner following here:
To my son John King - twenty and three fourths acres of land Beginning at a post the north west corner of the farm on which I now live, thence south sixty six degrees East one hundred and seventeen perches to a dogwood, thence south seventy nine degrees west fifty six perches to a white oak, thence west forty four perches to a dogwood, thence north seven degrees west sixty two perches to the place of beginning, containing the above, and likewise three acres of meadow land between the great road and Crownover's lane, to be taken from my other land by a parallel line with the division line between my son John's land and my own.
I give to my son Benjamin King the following described piece of land:
Beginning at a dogwood the south west corner of John King's part, thence east forty four perches to a white oak, thence north seventy nine degrees east fifth six perches to a dogwood, thence south sixty six degrees east one hundred and twenty eight perches to a white pine on the east side of Pine Run, thence south forty four degrees west fifth four perches to a white oak, thence north seventy seven degrees west sixty six perches to a post, thence south twenty two perches to a hickory, thence south seventy four and one half degrees west twenty perches to a white pine, thence north forty five degrees west thirty six perches to a hickory, thence south eighty five degrees west fifty nine perches to a post, thence north seven degrees west seventy two perches to the place of beginning, containing eighty five acres and forty nine perches.
I give and bequeath to my son Robert King the two following pieces of ground, to wit: that part of my farm on which I now live,
Beginning at a post corner between John Toner, John Hughs, and myself, thence south forty seven degrees west one hundred and nine perches and five tenths of a perch to a post, thence north seven degrees west two hundred and twenty one perches to a post, thence north eighty five degrees east fifty nine perches to a hickory, thence south forty five degrees east thirty six perches to a white pine, thence north seventy four and one half degrees east twenty perches to a hickory, thence south one hundred and thirty two perches to the place of beginning, containing one hundred and six acres meet measure from which the three acres heretofore given to John King is to be taken as heretofore described.I likewise give and bequeath to my son Robert King the following piece of land:
Beginning at a maple on the line of that part of my farm bequeathed to my son Benjamin King, thence north sixty degrees east fifty seven perches to a maple in McClarin's meadow, thence south twenty degrees east sixty two perches to a white pine, thence north sixty six degrees west seventy nine perches to the place of beginning, containing eleven acres and thirty two perches, meet measure, as a part consideration of the above bequest, my son Robert King is to convey by good and sufficient title all the land he received from the estate of his uncle Addam King deceased to my son William King which assignment shall be considered as William King's full share of my estate, likewise my two sons Benjamin and Robert King ___ in part consideration of the above bequest shall be jointly and individually bound to pay a debt of two hundred dollars due Thomas Updegraff of Williamsport from my son Thomas King, this sum of two hundred dollars when paid is to be considered as Thomas King's full share of my real and personal estate; to Addam King and Mary Youger and Margaret Marshall two dollars each as their full share of my estate.
And I nominate and appoint my two sons Benjamin and John King executors of this my last will and Testament.In witness whereof, I the said Robert King have hereunto set my hand and seal this 10th day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty eight.
(Robert King)X(his mark)
Signed, sealed, published, and declared by the above named Robert King as, and for, his last will and Testament in presence of us who at his request and in his presence have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto, witness our hands this tenth day of June A.D. one thousand eight hundred and thirty eight.
John A. Gamble, Lycoming County JP.
Lycoming County JP.This 10th day of April A.D. 1848 before me J. B. Torbett, Register for the probate Ct, in and for the said county, personally came Samuel Toner and John A. Gamble, the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing will, who being duly sworn according to law, did depose and say that they were present and saw and heard Robert King sign, seal, publish, pronounce, and declare the foregoing instrument of writing as, and for his last will & testament, and at the time of so doing he was of sound mind, memory, and understanding to the best of their knowledge, observation, and belief, and that the name "Robert King" was written by said John A. Gamble at the request of the said Testator.
J. B. Torbett, Register
Letter Testamentary issued to Benjamin King and John King, Executors named in the above will.Executors sworn & will Registered.
April 10, AD 1848
NOTES ON THE ABOVE WILL OF ROBERT KING:
The above will of Robert King was transcribed by Ralph Yauger from a copy of the recorded will as found in the Lycoming County, Pennsylvania Will Book B, page 55.
Robert King was born in Ireland in 1753.Came to the United States in 1773 with his mother "Widow" King, two brothers (Adam and John) and two sisters (Sarah and Marget).Robert King died March 29, 1848, age 94 years, 7 months, 27 days.He was buried in Old Sutton Graveyard, Williamsport, Pennsylvania.The exact grave is not known.All graves of the Old Sutton Graveyard were later removed to the Wildwood-Mound Cemetery.Burial records were not kept complete.Robert King's Revolutionary War Monument - "In Memory Of"- has been placed in the Wildwood-Mound Cemetery (Lot #SE/4 956), Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Robert King outlived his "beloved wife Susannah" by about six months.She died October 1, 1847, age 88 years.
Mary Yauger's name (Mary King Yauger, wife of John Yauger, our common ancestor) is incorrectly spelled "Youger" in her father Robert King's last Will and Testament above.This misspelling could have resulted from several sources:Robert King did not read and write, as is evidenced by his signature as a "Mark".The Will was actually put into writing by John A. Gamble from the dictation of Robert King, and Mr. Gamble would have spelled "Yauger" as he best understood, and with no help from Robert King (since he didn't read or write).Also, if Mr. Gamble did spell "Yauger" correctly, the misspelling in the document could have been made by the recorder who copied the original Will into the record book (and it is the copy in the record book that we have; not the original), either as the result of not adequately checking his work for errors, or not being able to correctly interpret the hand writing of Mr. Gamble.The misspelling of "Adam" as "Addam" was probably an error not noticed since it is correctly spelled elsewhere in the document.
Margaret Marshall (Margaret King Marshall) is Mary King Yauger's (only) sister.She became the wife of Joseph Marshall.
More About Robert King and Sussannah Pierson:
Marriage: Abt. 1784, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.
Children of Robert King and Sussannah Pierson are:
- +Mary Susanna King, b. 1786, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, d. Bet. 1870 - 1880, Westport, Sand Creek Township, Decatur County, Indiana.
- Adam King.
- Benjamin King.
- Thomas King.
- John King, b. 05 Jul 1794, d. 10 Oct 1887.
- Margaret King.
- Robert King, b. 1799, d. 01 Aug 1869.
- William King, b. 21 Mar 1802, d. 15 Apr 1892.