MRS. ANN KING, widow of Davis T. King, is one of the excellent women of the town of Eaton. Davis T. King was born in Oneida County in 1820, and was a son of Thomas King, who came from New Hampshire, and was the son of a Revolutionary soldier. The King family were among the earliest settlers of the town of Sangerfield, Oneida in County; and that town Thomas King lived and died, his death occurring when he was seventy-nine years old. He was twice married, and reared six daughters and one son, four of whom are now living, namely: Esther, wife of J. W. Moore, residing in Detroit, Mich.; Cordelia, widow of J. V. R. Livermore, and residing in Madison County, New York; Catharine, wife of A. H. Barry, of Elgin, Ill.; and Adeline, wife of D. T. Camp, living in Oneida County, New York.
Davis T. King was educated in the town of Sangerfield, Oneida County, and was married in 1846 to Angenetta Leland, who was born in the town of Eaton, on the farm where she now lives, October 31, 1821. She is the daughter of Ezra and Anna (Griffin) Leland, the former of whom was born in Sherburne, Mass., January 29, 1789, and was the son of Joshua Leland, who was born in the same place in 1741, and died in 1810. The first of the Leland family of whom there is any record was Henry Leland, who was born in England in 1625, married Margaret Babcock, and came with her to America in 1652, settling in Massachusetts, and living there till their death. The motto on the Leland coat of arms was
Cui Debeo Fidus. Joshua Leland was the first white man who settled in the town of Eaton; and he was killed while hauling potash to Albany by falling, it is supposed, off his wagon, being run over and killed, June 22, 1810.
Ezra Leland and his wife, Anna Griffin, were the parents of seven children, namely Eliza A., who died when three years of age; Isaac, who was born in 1817, and died in 1849; Leonard, who was born in 1819, and died in 1884; Mrs. King, the subject of this sketch; Huldah M., who was born in 1825, and died in 1843; Osmer B., who was born in 1832, and died in 1865; and Oscar F., twin brother of Osmer B., who died in 1867. Mr. and Mrs. Leland were members of the Baptist church and good people, honest and upright in all their dealings with their fellow-men. Mr. Leland was a Republican in politics, and in every sense a true, reliable, self-made man.
Davis T. King disappeared about the time of the war, and it is supposed that he was killed. Mrs. King, after the first ten years of her married life, returned in 1856 to her native town, Eaton, to the old farm belonging to her father, and took care of her parents in their last days. She has continued to live on the old homestead ever since, and is the owner of a one-half interest, leasing it to a tenant. She was well educated in youth, attending the district school held in the schoolhouse which is still standing, just across the way from her present home. She also attended the schools in Morrisville, and spent one year at the Ladies' Seminary at Hamilton. Mrs. King has four children, namely: Anna L., born April 22, 1847, and now residing in New York City; Mary, born May 15, 1848, the wife of Charles M. Seymour, and residing in Morrisville; Cordelia M., born June 5,
1850, and residing at home with her mother; and Frank Leland, born April 1, 1854, and living in Johnstown, Fulton County, N.Y. Mrs. King is a consistent Christian, her membership being with the Baptist church.
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