McLean County, Illinois
WILLIAM KING, deceased, was formerly one of the most successful farmers in Bloomington Township and ranked among its valued citizens. He owned a good farm of 500 acres on section 19, where his widow and youngest son are now living and operating a part of the homestead. Mr. King was born in Somerset County, Pa., Feb. 25, 1813, and was of pure German extraction. He was first married to Miss Amelia Colburn, who was also of Pennsylvania birth and German ancestry, and whose parents spent nearly their entire lives in Somerset County, Pa. After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. K. remained in Pennsylvania until about 1836, when they removed to Illinois and located upon what is now familiarly known as the old King homestead. Of their union there were born three children, all living and recorded as follows: Ellen became the wife of Joseph Nye, a farmer of McLean County; William married Miss Sarah Alexander, and is farming near Farmer City, Ill.; Amelia married Mr. John Debolt, and is residing on a farm with her husband in Martin Township, this county. Mrs. Amelia C. King departed this life at the home of her husband in Bloomington Township, Aug. 12, 1844, greatly mourned by her family and a large circle of friends and acquaintances.
The second wife of Mr. King was Miss Ann Van Nostin, to whom he was married in Bloomington Township on the 26th of February, 1845. This lady was born in Hamilton County, Ohio, Nov. 2, 1824, her parents being Abraham and Margaret (Cook) Van Nostin, natives of New Jersey, of New England parentage and German ancestry. They were married in Hamilton County, Ohio, whence they removed to Cincinnati, Ohio, and from there to McLean County, where the father died in Randolph Township in about 1840. The mother is still living, and makes her home with her grandson, Elias King, in Bloomington Township, having arrived at the advanced age of eighty-four years.
Mrs. King, by her marriage with our subject became the mother of six children, four now living, as follows: David married Miss Crystal Shermer, and is farming in Cheney's Grove Township; Alice became the wife of John Foster, who is farming near Shirley; Elias is engaged in farming pursuits in Bloomington Township; Zephaniah H. lives with his mother at the old homestead and is carrying on farming; he was married, Feb. 23, 1887, to Miss Anna Burning.
Mrs. King and her husband were among the early residents of McLean County and favorably known as being numbered with its most valued and worthy citizens. In politics Mr. King was a member of the old Whig party, and served as Justice of the Peace for a number of years. The sons are all Democrats. Mr. King died Oct. 28, 1854.
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), 286. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.
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