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Gloucester, Hampshire, Warwick, and espe-
cially Somerset and Wilts. Many of this name
came to America after 1634 whose records
show little to indicate a relationship between
them. After much research, however, several
lines have been connected with the English,
and indications are strong that kinship e.xists
betweeen the Kings of Hertfordshire, Kent
and Surrey. But the emigrant ancestor of
the following line in America is not yet clearly
placed in his English home. But wherever and
however ancient that may be, his family was
undoubtedly of high standing or he would not
have married into the family of a Massachu-
setts clergyman. There is strong evidence that
the descendants of Philip King, of Taunton,
IMassachusetts, have been distinguished for
their intellectuality, industry, patriotism, love
of order, etiforts to promote education and for
the advancement of all civil and religious in-
stitutions. Each generation has successively
laid broader foundations for their descend-

(I) Philip, the earliest ancestor, came from
England with his brother Cyrus and was set-
tled in Braintree. Massachusetts, prior to 1680.
At that date he went to Taunton, Massachu-
setts (the part now Raynham), where he pur-
chased land, the deed of which is on record at

Taunton. He built a home on this land soon
after his arrival and married "about 1680, Ju-
dith, daughter of John Whitman, of Milton,
Alassachusetts." He became a favorite with
the Indians and he and his family were never
molested by them. Captain Philip's funeral
was an impressive one, with military honors,
a large concourse following to his grave in
the cemetery at Neck of Land, Taunton. Chil-
dren : I. Mary, married John Leonard. 2.
Lydia, married Nathaniel Williams Jr., and
(second) John Macomber. 3. Judith, married
Ebenezer Williams, of Taunton, and (second)
Colonel Ebenezer Robinson. 4. Hannah, mar-
ried Jonathan Padelford, whose descendants
possess the walking staff Philip the emigrant
brought from England, bearing his full name.
5. Elizabeth, married John Hall. 6. Experi-
ence, married Nicholas White, of Taunton. 7.
John, married Alice Dean.

(II) John, only son of Philip, and Judith
(Whitman) King, was born in Taunton in
1681. He married, about 1700, Alice Dean,
of a prominent Taunton family. He died, ac-
cording to his gravestone inscription, in 1741,
"in his 60th year." His wife died in 1746.
They had thirteen children : Judith, Philip,
John, Hannah, Isaac. Abigail, Jonathan and
David (twins), Josiah, Ruth, Mercy, Ebenezer
and Benjamin. John King, hke his father,
was interested in the Indians, and educated
two — Campbell and Occeun — at his own ex-
pense, to become missionaries to their native

(III) Benjamin, youngest son of John and
Alice (Dean) King, was born in Taunton
(Raynham). He died 1803, aged eighty-five.
He married Abiah, daughter of Deacon Sam-
uel Leonard (and married twice after her
death — Deliverance Eddy and the Widow
Cobb). He was a worthy citizen, and pos-
sessed a large estate bordering on the river.
He was representative from Raynham to the
general court in 1774, and was a delegate to
the provincial congress. The children of Ben-
jamin and Abiah were: George, William, Asa,
Gains, Anna and Hazadiah.

(IV) George, eldest son of Benjamin and
Abiah (Leonard) King, was born in Rayn-
ham, November 27, 1744. He married Bet-
sey, daughter of Nathaniel and Elizabeth
(Hall) Shaw. He is described as "a power-
ful, athletic man, with a courageous and pa-
triotic spirit." He served in the revolutionary
war for a year or more, under General Wash-
ington at Roxbury and other places. He was
orderly sergeant and clerk of the Raynham
company. On the first call for soldiers he



rode through the town to the accompaniment
of fife and drum, rallying his townsmen to
drive out of the country the British who "were
killing Alassachusetts men." Children of
George and Betsey w'ho grew up: Samuel,
born May l8, 1771, married Sally Hall;
George, born August 9, 1779, married Polly
Hall. These two brothers were early settled
in Maine ; Betsey married Enoch Shaw.

(V) Samuel, eldest son of Sergeant George
and Betsey (Shaw) King, was born in Rayn-
ham. May 18, 1771. He was a carpenter and
builder, also a farmer, and moved to Paris,
Maine, with his uncle, Jairus Shaw. He mar-
ried Sally, daughter of Jonathan Hall, who
died December 9, 1862. Captain Samuel died
April 26, 1856. They had eleven children:
Samuel, born February 4, 1799, married Eliza
Shaw, of Portland; Alonzo, February 3, 1801,
married Miranda Prentiss; Sally Hall, Decem-
ber 26, 1802, married Charles Durcll, of Ox-
ford; Polly, February 20. 1803, married Ira
Brett, of Portland; Joseph Haven, March 17,
1807, married Charlotte Cushman, and (sec-
ond) Lucy R. Clifford; Betsey Shaw, August
7, 1809, died May 20, 1810; Horatio, June
21, 181 1 ; Maria M., September 27, 1813, mar-
ried Thomas H. Brown, M. D. ; Jairus Keith,
February 2, 1816, married S. Jane Shaw ; Cy-
rus S., September 2, 1818, married Dorcas K.
Perley, of Portland ; William Otis, August 6,
1820. married i\Iary Ann Clifford.

(VI) Horatio, fourth son of Captain Sam-
uel and Sally (Hall) King, was born in Paris,
Maine, June 21, 181 1. He supplemented his
common school education by extensive study
and voluminous reading, acquiring also a good
knowledge of the French language, which,
added to his unusual literary culture by prac-
tical training, proved of great value to him in
his subsequent career. In 1829 he entered the
office of The Jeffcrsonian, a Democratic paper
published in his native town. In about a year
he became one of the owners and six months
later the sole proprietor, employing the village
schoolteacher to assist him in his editorial
work. He continued to edit this paper until
1838, when he sold out and then terminated his
professional connection with the public press.
In the fall of that year he visited Washington.
D. C, to look for a newspaper opening, but
finding nothing to his mind he concluded to
accept a clerkship in the Post Office depart-
ment tendered him by Postmaster-General
Amos Kendall, thus "commencing at the foot
of the ladder that connection which proved
alike beneficial to the country and honorable
to himself and whence he climbed every step

marked by his ability and energy, to the chief
position." His was the unique distinction of
being the only person who ever started with
the lowest clerkshi]) and ended with the high-
est office in the department — that of post-
master-general. He filled successively the
offices of correspondence clerk for New Eng-
land ; superintendent of foreign mail service ;
assistant postmaster-general. 1854-61 ; acting
postmaster-general, being nominated February
12, 1861, by President Buchanan as post-
master-general, serving until the inauguration
of President Lincoln and the appointment of
his successor March 7, 1861. .A.ll these im-
portant and responsible places Islr. King
"filled with fidelity and distinguished ability."
He was loyal and patriotic, and though exempt
by age from military duty he furnished a repre-
sentative recruit who was mustered in and
served in the Union army. For this exhibition
of patriotism Mr. King received official ac-
knowledgment from the L'nited States govern-
ment. After retiring from the postoffice de-
partment he was appointed by President Lin-
coln one of the commissioners to carry out the
provisions of the Emancipation Proclamation
in the District of Columbia, a service which
continued nine months, when he became at-
torney for the executive departments and in-
ternational commissions until 1875. He then
retired from active business. .After a second
European tour, 1875-76, he published a book
entitled "Sketches of Travel, or Twelve Months
in Europe." He was a strong and ready
writer and contributed to newspapers and
magazines. He originated Saturday evening
literary entertainments at his private residence
in Washington, which became popular, and
contributed largely to the cle\-ation of the liter-
ary tone of the city. The one hundredth meet-
ing was held February 21, 1884, aitd at the
request of citizens, the proceedings were pub-
lished in a pamphlet of forty-eight pages. Mr.
King was a member for sixteen years (and
most of the time was secretary) of the Wash-
ington National Monument Society, and had
the great satisfaction of witnessing the com-
pletion and dedication of the beautiful obelisk.
In 1894 another book of Mr. King's most im-
portant writings was published, under the title :
"Turning on the Light," compiled with a
sketch of his life by his son, Horatio C. In
June, 1896, the degree of Doctor of Laws
was conferred upon him by Dickinson College.
In November of that year Mr. King had a
severe attack of the grip, from the effects of
which he did not entirely rally, and after sev-
eral months of increasing weakness he died



on J\Iay 19, 1897, a peaceful passing of a re-
markably active, useful and noble life. It
mav truthfully be said that "his career is one
of the most remarkable in the history of this
coimtry." Mr. King married, May 25, 1835,
Anne Collins, of Portland, Maine, and had
seven children, of whom but three survive :
Mrs. Annie A. Cole, of Washington. D. C. :
General Horatio C. King, of Brooklyn, New
York; and Henry F. King, of West Newton,
Massachusetts. His wife died September 22,
1869, and he married (second) February 8,
1875, Isabella G. Osborne, of Auburn, New-
York, who survives him.

(\TI) Horatio C, son of Horatio and Anne
(Collins) King, was born in Portland. }ilaine,
December 22. 1837. His parents soon re-
moved to Washington, D. C, where his early
education began. He became a studen: first
of Emory and Henry College, Virginia, and
then of Dickinson College, Carlisle. Pennsyl-
vania, from which institution he was grad-
uated 1858. He was popular at college and
indulged in the sports, though a ready scholar,
winning the esteem of his professors. Since
1896 he has been a trustee of the institution.
After leaving college he entered the law office
of Hon. Edwin M. Stanton (afterwards sec-
retary of war), where he remained for two
years ( 1859-1861 ) . He was pursuing his legal
studies in New York City preparatory to his
admission to the bar in May, 1861. At the
outbreak of the rebellion he was eager to join
the first troops responding to the call, but was
persuaded by his parents to continue in his
profession, which he did until July, 1862, when
he applied for a position in a light battery,
but all places having been assigned, he went
to Washington, and learning that General
Casey was in need of a quartermaster, he se-
cured through the Secretary of War, his friend
and instructor, this position, with the duties of
which he was unfamiliar. But after a few-
days leave of absence he reported for duty
and proved equal to all emergencies and re-
sponsibilities. Later he w-as assigned to the
department headquarters, and finally as chief
quartermaster of De Russy's division, which
included an extensive line of fortifications
south of the Potomac. Captain King's man-
agement of this department secured for him
the highest commendations of his superior
officers. But desiring to be assigned to more
active duty in the field, he applied in person to
Secretary Stanton and an order was soon
issued for him to report to General Philip
Sheridan, commanding the army of the Shen-
andoah. As soon as he could transfer to a

successor the immense property for which he
was responsible, he started for the Shenandoah
\'alley. Acconipanying the first escort to the
front, the day after his arrival he reported to
General Sheridan, and was assigned to the
staflf of General ]\Ierritt, the great cavalryman,
as chief quartermaster of the First Cavalry
Division of nine thousand cavaln.', with the
rank of major. He assumed the weighty cares
and so conducted the department a'; to win
special official mention from General Merritt.
In all the duties which iNTajor King was called
to discharge to the close of the war he did not
once fail to exhibit ability and distinguished
service. He participated in the final campaign
until the surrender of General Lee, and when
he returned with the command to Washington,
after the great review in which he took part,
his resignation was accepted and he returned
to civil life. Many testimonials appreciating
his distinguished service and his value as an
officer were received from the highest officers
of the armv. and the brevets of major, lieu-
tenant-colonel and colonel were conferred upon
Major King by the war department. He was
also awarded the Congressional Medal of
Honor for conspicuous gallantry outside the
line of duty at the battle of Five Forks. Vir-
ginia. After his return from the war, and re-
entering the law business, he became associate
editor of the Nevj York Star, and later pub-
lished the Christian Union, edited by Henry
Ward Beecher. Later he was also connected
with the Christian at Work. His poems, songs,
musical compositions and magazine articles
have been widely published. Colonel King is
secretary of the' Society of the Army of the
Potomac since 1879; charter member of the
New York Commandery of the Military Or-
der of the Loval Legion: and member of
the Grand Arm'y of the Republic; Phi Beta
Kappa Societv ; and is a jMason and member
of the Benevolent and Protective Order of
Elks. He was appointed by President Cleveland
to the position of judge advocate general, with
the rank and honor of a brigadier-general.
Allegheny College, Pennsylvania, conferred
upon him the degree of LL. D. He was a
member of the board of education in Brook-
lyn, New York, 1885-1894, when he resi.gned,
and in 1894 was appointed trustee of the New
York State Soldiers' and Sailors' Home. He
was also one of the State Commission on the
Law's Delavs. (General King's first wife was a
daughter of Russell Stebbins, Esq., who with
her infant child of three months died in 1864.
He niarried (second) in 1866, the only daugh-
ter of John T. Howard, and had a large fani-



ily. One son and two daughters died in in-
fancy, and in May, 1897. a lovely and uni-
versally loved daughter Ethel, aged nineteen,
died. The five surviving daughters are mar-
ried; namely: Emma (Mrs. Percy R. Gray) ;
Alice (Mrs. John Hanway) ; Susan (Mrs. S.
S. Norton) ; Clara (Airs. Cleveland Litch-
field), and Mabel (Mrs. George L. Brown).
There are (1908) sixteen grandchildren.

General King's publications include "Pro-
ceedings of the Society of the Army of the
Potomac" for thirty-one years, "Silver Wed-
ding at Plymouth Church," "The Great Con-
gregational Council of Plymouth Church,"
"King's Guide to Regimental Courts-Mar-
tial," "Sketch of Dickinson College," "Remin-
iscences of Brooklyn," "Sketch of the Army
of the Potomac," "Sacred Songs and Carols,"
"Twelve Songs," "Songs of Dickinson,"
"Songs of Phi Kappa Sigma," and "Souve-
nirs,'' besides several poems and numerous mu-
sical compositions in sheet music form.

It is impossible at the present time
KING to state how the first bearer of this
surname acquired it. He may have
taken it from his lofty bearing, or the place
he occupied in the mock ceremonies of the
thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, as, for in-
stance, Epiphany, when there was a great feast
and one of the company was elected king, the
rest being, according to the lots they drew,
either ministers or maids of honor; or he may
have been "King of Misrule," who initiated
and conducted the merry doings of Christmas-
tide; or the king who with his queen was en-
throned in each English village on May morn-

(I) Samuel King was born in Ireland dur-
ing the last quarter of the eighteenth century.
He and his young wife, Mary (Rodney)
King, being ambitious to better their condi-
tion, decided to hazard their fortune in the
new world, and they accordingly embarked
for America soon after their marriage. They
decided to settle in Maine, where Rlr. King
found employment in shipbuilding, then the
leading industry of the state. He worked on
vessels as a rigger, and was killed by an ac-
cident in Bangor while aloft on a mast. Chil-
dren : Eliza, Jane, Joseph, whose sketch fol-
lows, John and Charlotte.

(II) Joseph, the elder son of Samuel and
Mary (Rodney) King, was born at Orring-
ton, Maine, in 1808, died in 1895. He was
educated in the common schools, and at the
age of four was bound out to Squire Goodell,
one of the pioneers of that region, w-hose

original home was in New Hampshire. When
Joseph had reached his majority, he was given,
according to the custom of the time, a suit of
clothes and a pair of steers. He remained
with Squire Goodell one year after receiving
his freedom, which shows that the apprentice-
ship must have been satisfactory to both par-
ties. For the next two years he had charge
of the place of Captain Snow while the latter
was at sea. After his marriage Mr. King
settled in Herman, where he carried on farm-
ing, and also owned a sawmill and hauled
lumber to Bangor. After living there for ten
years, he moved to Orrington, his native town,
where he took up land, cleared it, and erected
new buildings. Mr. King lived in this home
till his death. He was a Whig in early life,
and later became a Republican. He w-as a
man of upright character and strong religious
feelings and was a life-long Methodist. In
1833 Joseph King married Susan Huntley, born
at Machias, Maine, 1812, died in 1891. Chil-
dren : Fred, Mary Elizabeth, Laura, Addie,
Melville and Gershom (twins), wdio died in
infancy, Susan Jeimie, Sophia, Arthur W., and
Josepli j\l.. whose sketch follows. Fred King
married Matilda Bearse, and has one son, Fred
Elmer. Arthur W. King lives on the old home
place ; married Dora Atwood, and they have
six daughters : Josephine, Addie. Helen,
Ethel, Olive and Hazel. Lizzie King mar-
ried .\. P. Smith, of Orrington. Jennie King
married A. B. Baker, of Orrington, and lives
in i\'ew Hartford, Maine; child, Georgia C.

(Ill) Dr. Joseph Melville, youngest child
of Joseph and Susan (Huntley) King, was
born at Orrington, Maine, September 19, 1853.
He was educated in the town schools and at
the East Maine Conference Seminary at
Bucksport, and was graduated from the School
of Medicine, Boston University, in 1880. The
same year he began the practice of medicine
at Damariscotta, Maine, and has remained
there ever since, and is now one of the oldest
and most widely known physicians in the re-
gion. Dr. King is a Republican in politics,
and a member of the Methodist church. His
professional duties keep him too busy to en-
gage in ofhceholding or other outside interests.
May 6, 1880, Dr. Joseph Melville King mar-
ried Alzea M., daughter of Holmes W. and
Lovica (Small) Ramsdell, of Harrington,
Maine. Mrs. King's grandparents came from
IMartha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. The Rams-
dell name is one of the oldest in the country,
and is numerous in that part of the coast,
where it has produced some distinguished sea
captains. In New Hampshire the family had




a worthy representative in George A. Rams-
dell, of Nashua, governor of the state from
1896 to 1898. Children of Dr. Joseph M. and
Alzea ]\I. (Ramsdell) King: i. Geneva E.,
born January 16, 1881, is a graduate of Lin-
coln Academy and a graduate nurse of the
Mary Hitchcock Hospital, Hanover, New
Hampshire. 2. Jessie R., November 12, 1883,
was graduated from Lincoln Academy ; mar-
ried Walter M. Boynton, a machinist and tool-
maker of Nobleboro; one child, Richard. 3.
Joseph Holmes, June 12, 1885, a graduate of
Lincoln Academy and of the New York School
of Journalism ; is now connected with the Hart-
ford Courant, of Hartford, Connecticut. 4.
Fred Melville, June 9, 189 1, is now a student
at Lincoln Academy.

This is a very old Ameri-
TWAMBLEY can family which has been

somewhat distinguished for
the longevity of its members and which has
taken an active part in the settlement and de-
velopment of southwest Maine. The name
seems to have had the form Twombly on its
arrival in this country and this spelling is still
used by many who bear it. The family was
long located in Dover and Somersworth, New

( I ) Ralph Twombly, immigrant, was a na-
tive of England and settled as early as 1656
in Dover, New Hampshire, where he was first
taxed in that year and had land laid out to
him on October 4 of the same year. The bap-
tismal name of his wife was Elizabeth, but
her family name is yet undiscovered. His
will was made February 28, 1685, and proved
October 7 of the following year, his son John
being made executor. There were five minor
children at the time of his death. In addition
to the eldest just mentioned, his children were :
Joseph, born 1661 ; Mary, married a Tibbetts ;
Ralph, who left sons Ralph and William ; Will-
iam, Sarah, Hope, Elizabeth and Esther.

(II) John, eldest son of Ralph and Eliza-
beth Twombly, was born about 1660 in Dover,
New Hampshire, where his life was passed.
He was married (first) April 18, 1687, to
Mary, second daughter of Thomas Canney, of
Dover, who survived but a few years. He
was married (second) October 3, 1693, to Ra-
chel Allen. He died soon after July 18, 1724,
when his will was made. ChiMren: John,
Joseph, Samuel, Benjamin, William, Sarah,
Mary, Rachel, Esther and Hannah. Most of
these lived in Somersworth, New Hampshire.

(III) Samuel, son of John Twombly, and
grandson of Ralph Twombly, was born in

Dover, New Hampshire, March 10, 1699, ^f"^
died there November, 1769. He married, No-
vember 26, 1723, Judith, daughter of Tobias
and Ann (Lord) Hanson. She was born
September 12, 1703, and died June 23, 1793.
Children, born at Dover: i. Ann, born Au-
gust 15, 1724, married James Nock (Knox).

2. Samuel, March 18, 1726, mentioned below.

3. Jonathan, October 21, 1727, married De-
borah Wentworth. Four other children, names
not known.

(IV) Samuel (2), son of Samuel (i),
Twombly, was born in Dover, March 18, 1726,
and died there March 12, 1794. He married
Sarah, born February 6, 1729, daughter of
Ebenezer and Sarah (Roberts) Wentworth,
granddaughter of Benjamin Wentworth, and
great-granddaughter of William Wentworth,
the immigrant. Children, born at Dover: i.
Samuel, February 22, 1750, married, Decem-
ber 22, 1777, Mary Barrows, born July 30,
1755; resided at Milton, New Hampshire. 2.
Sarah, died unmarried February 17, 1827. 3.
Daniel, mentioned below. 4. Tobias, born
May 30, 1757, married, September 20, 1801,
Lois Wentworth. 5. Lydia, married Benja-
min Hanson. 6. Joanna Ichabod Cousin, of
Rochester. 7. Stephen, mentioned elsewhere.

(\') Daniel, second son of Samuel (2) and
Sarah (Wentworth) Twombly, settled in Ber-
wick, ]\Iaine, where his descendants continued
to reside for many generations. He was mar-
ried November 6, 1784, to Mary, daughter of
Deacon Thomas and Mary (Goodwin) Hods-
don. She was baptized in 1765 and was the
mother of: Rufus K., Samuel, Mary J., Da-
vid and James.

(\T) Rufus K., eldest child of Daniel and
Mary (Hodsdon) Twambley, was born 1786
in Berwick, died June 19, 1829, in Shap-
leigh, Maine. He was a jeweler and watch-
maker by trade and kept a store at what was
called in his time South Berwick Landing.
Three of his sons learned his trade. He mar-
ried (first) Olive McSoo, who lived but a
short time, and he subsequently married her
sister Roxanna. There was one child by the
first wife, namely Olive. Children of second
wife were : Charles, Thomas, George, Alex-
ander, Mary, Ann, David, Rufus K., Roxanna
and Samuel G. The last named is still living,
in his eight} - first year, and still engaged in
the jewelry business in Biddeford, where he
has occupied the same store since 1862.

(VII) Rufus K. (2), sixth son of Rufus
K. (i) and Roxanna (McSoo) Twambley,
was born November 23, 1823, in Berwick,
where he died August 3, 1878. He was edu-



cated in the common schools, and learned the
jeweler's trade from his father and elder
brother. When about thirty years old he en-
gaged in business as a jeweler at Saco, Maine,
and conducted the same successfully to the
time of his death, which occurred in 1878. He
was a Republican in politics, but took little
active part in public affairs. He was married
November 15, 1846, to Ann Murphy, at Shap-
leigh. She was born March 24, 1824, and
survived him about seventeen , years, dying
January 6, 1905. Their children; were : Mary,

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