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PETER KING. The subject of the following brief history, who is successfully engaged in farming pursuits on section 2, Dry Grove Township, is principally occupied in the breeding of Norman and Clydesdale horses, of which he keeps in stock about twelve head, and exhibits some of the finest animals in this section.

His farm estate consists of 320 acres of choice land, with three good farm houses and all necessary barns and out-buildings. He has been a resident of the township since 1865, and has fully established himself in the confidence and respect of his neighbors.

Mr. King was born in Butler County, Ohio. Feb. 6, 1838, and is the son of Christian and Phoebe (Barnett) King, of German ancestry, and who were reared and married in the Fatherland and emigrated to America at an early day. They located in Butler County, Ohio, a short time, and then came to McLean County, Ill., where they spent their declining years and both are now buried.

Their eight children were Christian, John, Jacob, Daniel, Peter, Barbara, Samuel and Joseph. Peter King, at the age of five years, came with his parents overland to Illinois. They first located in Woodford County, whence, after three years, they removed to Dry Grove Township in McLean County, and located upon the farm of 160 acres which the father had purchased. Here our subject grew to manhood, engaged in farming pursuits.

Christian King religiously adhered to the Mennonite belief, and reared his children in the same religious faith. He lived to the age of seventy-eight years, and passed away leaving a record of an honest and worthy life.

Our subject was married on the 5th of February, 1860, to Miss Barbara Hodler, who was born in Ohio Feb. 8, 1838. She came with her parents to Illinois in 1854, and they located in Dale Township, this county, where they passed the remainder of their days, both being now deceased.

Ten of their children are now living, and the record is as follows: Imhoff was born in 1839; Mary, Dec. 13, 1840; Magdalena, Feb. 7, 1842; Annie, Dec. 13, 1843; Joseph, Oct. 9, 1845; Peter, Nov. 20, 1847; Elizabeth, March 29, 1850; John, Feb. 27, 1853, and is now deceased; Lydia, Aug. 31, 1854; Daniel, April 28, 1857.

Mr. and Mrs. King of this notice became the parents of eight children, as follows: Lucy A., born July 8, 1864, married Daniel King, and lives in White Oak Township; Emma N., born Sept. 10, 1866, married Daniel Augustine, of White Oak; Phoebe L. was born Feb. 7, 1869; Amelia M., July 16, 1871; Rosa E., Sept. 27, 1873; Lewis I., Jan. 30, 1876; Mary M., deceased, was born Jan. 8, 1861, and died Nov. 29, 1864; Christian, deceased, was born Aug. 9, 1862, and died Nov. 26, 1864.

Mr. King takes an active interest in all matters pertaining to the welfare of his township. He has served two terms as School Director, and in other ways has assisted to advance the cause of education and morality. He is a peaceable and law-abiding citizen, and held in great respect by his fellow-townsmen.

Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 357. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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