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William A. King

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William A. King

 

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2nd Lieutenant

Company H, 23th Mississippi Infantry

 

Born May 18, 1836 in South Carolina

Died February 11, 1908 in Wolfe City, Texas

Buried at Oaklawn Cemetery in Wynnewood, Oklahoma with military marker in Lot 2, Block 156

William was the son of Julian A. King and Rebecca Cannon King.  In 1840 this family was living in Lowndes County, Mississippi, where William's father died in 1848.  After the death of Julian King, Rebecca moved her family to Tippah County, Mississippi.

In 1860 William and his first wife, Mary were living in Chickasaw County, MS, with their two daughters, Sarah Francis "Sally" and Parthema Aramitia "Mittie".  After the Civil War began in April of 1861, William enlisted in the Confederate Army on June 15, 1861 at Molino, Mississippi.  He was captured by the Union Army at the Battle of Fort Donelson on February 16, 1862.  He spent several months at Camp Douglas, a Union POW camp near Chicago, Illinois, where many Confederate Soldiers froze to death.    He was released in an exchange of prisoners at Vicksburg, Mississippi.

William then went back into the Confederate Army after his release.  During 1862 and 1863, his mother and his wife, Mary, died.   His brother, Daniel, was killed at the Battle of Gettysburg, in July of 1863.  

While on leave in March of 1864, William married Temperance Jane Reaves Corder, the widow of Eleazor Corder, a Confederate who died while a prisoner at Camp Douglas, Illinois. 

In June of 1864, William was wounded at New Hope Church, Georgia.  According to pension records, William remained in the Confederate Army until the close of the war in April of 1865.

After the war, William and Jane lived in Chickasaw County, Mississippi. They raised Jane's daughter, Virginia Elizabeth Corder, and their eight children, Henry Cannon King, James Anderson King, John Franklin King, William Edward King, Thomas Jefferson King, Lucia, and twins, Rosa Belle and George Washington King.

By 1880, the King family had moved to Caldwell County, Texas.  In 1890 they moved to Wynnewood, I.T.  They came with three other families, the Mitchells, Hoopers and Welches.   The Kings were farmers and worked with the Mitchells in the cotton gins around Wynnewood.

William's wife, Jane, died in Wynnewood in February of 1895.  He later married Lou Ellen Cox and was living in Wolfe City, Texas, when he died.  His body was brought back to Wynnewood by train.  Jane and two of their sons are buried in Oaklawn Cemetery with William.

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