An American Family History

The Sullivan County King Family


Tennessee was admitted to the Union on June 1, 1796. It was initially part of North Carolina.

In 1782 Edward King (1720-1790) was issued a land grant of 640 acres near Piney Flats, Tennessee. It was Washington County, North Carolina then. 

Edward was a veteran of the Revolutionary War, King was listed on Captain van Braam’s Company in William Armstrong Crozier’s Virginia militia roll. He was awarded 100 acres for services at the Battle of the Meadows and Fort Necessity, Pennsylvania. 

Edward married Elizabeth Nichols (1728-1808).

William King (1752, married Elizabeth Sharp),
Thomas King (1754, married Susan Sharp),
John King (1758, married Mary McKinley and Sarah White),
Margaret King (1760),
Elizabeth King (1760, married Samuel Dinsmore),
Samuel King (1762, married Susan Torbutt),
David King (1765),
Isaac King (1768 , married Martha Crouch),
Sarah King (1771),
James King (1775, married Isabella Berry).

Washington County, Tennessee 1788/89 Deed of conveyance John Dyer to Isaac King, 90 3/4A, pbo John Allsion

Edward and Elizabeth were charter members of the New Bethel Presbyterian Church in Piney Flats.

Edward died in 1790 and was laid to rest in New Bethel Cemetery in Piney Flats, Tennessee.

Sullivan County is in far northeast corner of Tennessee between North Carolina and Virginia and was originally part of those states. It was formed in 1779 when it was divided from Washington County.

Learn more about Piney Flats.

Washington County, Tennessee,was established in 1777 as Washington County, North Carolina. From 1784 to 1788,it was part of the State of Franklin.

Thomas King was born March 17, 1754, in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He married Susan Ann Sharp. She was the daughter of John Sharp and Jane Hamilton. She was born March 22, 1756 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Their children included:
James Harvey King (1784, married Jane Gregg),
Julia Annis King (1786, maried John Gregg, Sr.),
William A. King (1787),
Elizabeth King (1788, married Edward Hunter),
Mary King (1790, married Alexander Dyer),
Ellener King Berry (1792 married Thomas Berry),
Llewallen King (1795, Susan Crouch, daughter of Jesse Crouch),
Lavinia King (1799).

Thomas entered the service in Paxton Township, Lancaster County, in August, 1776, and served under Captains James Cranch and James Morrow, and Colonel Thomas Morrow.

In 1777 moved his family to what later became Sullivan County, Tennessee, where he enlisted in August, 1778 and served in Captain John Duncan's North Carolina company.

Thomas King signed the 1777 petition of men living on the north Holston River complaining about the division of Fincastle County. They felt the line was not equitable and the court house was too far away.

In 1779 he served in Kentucky building a fort. In 1780 he served two months in Captain Andrew Cowan's company, Colonel Arthur Campbell's North Carolina regiment. He was in a skirmish with Cherokee and burned their towns. In 1781 he served two months as a substitute for William King in Captain Thomas Wallace's company, regiment of Colonel Isaac Shelby.

In 1784 and 1788 Thomas received warrants for land in Sullivan County, Tennessee. At that time it was in North Carolina.

In 1793, James was in James Gregg's Company of the Sullivan County Militia.

Susan King died on April 3, 1822.

Thomas King died on June 18, 1857. They were buried at New Bethel Cemetery in Piney Flats.

A militia is a military unit composed of citizens who are called up in time of need.

Fincastle County, Virginia was created in 1772 from Botetourt County and abolished in 1776. It was divided into Montgomery, Washington and Kentucky Counties.

East Tennessee is part of Appalachia. At the end of the French and Indian War, colonists began drifting into the area. In 1769, they first settled along the Watauga River. During the Revolution, the Overmountain Men defeated British loyalists at the Battle of Kings Mountain. The State of Franklin was formed in the 1780s, but never admitted to the Union.

William King was born August 1, 1752, in Chester County, Pennsylvania. He was the son of Edward King and Elizabeth Nichols.

He married Elizabeth Sharp.

Elizabeth and William's children included:

Elizabeth King McConnell (1775, married William McConnell),
Isaac Newton King (1777, married Sarah Jane Laughlin),
William King (1779 , married Sarah Garner),
Mary King Vance (1779, married John Vance),
Lavinia King Laughlin (1783, married Alexander Laughlin), and
Benjamin Harvey King (1784 - 1860, married Sarah Dinsmore).

In October, 1774, he moved from Lancaster County, to the western part of North Carolina (now Tennessee).

He entered the service on July 1, 1776, and served under Captain James Shelby and Colonel Christy in a North Carolina regiment. He was in a battle with the Cherokee. He was discharged November 1, 1776. In 1776 he enlisted as a spy under General Russell in pursuit of the Cherokees. October 10, 1780, he again enlisted in an expedition under Captain Andrew Cowan, and Colonel Taylor in a North Carolina regiment. He was discharged January, 1781.

He was mentioned in John Sevier's diary in 1802

Wed., Oct. 13: Went up to William King's in company with Mrs. Nancy Keewood and returned in evening.



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Carter County, Tennessee Deeds
13 Sept. 1796,
John Hale of Carter Co. sells to
Wm. King of Sullivan Co. TN
$100, in trust in behalf of Jonathan King a minor nephew.
Beg. on bank of Watauga River at Bogarts corner, etc.,
160 acres
... to hold Wm. King his heirs, assigns, adms. etc. on account for said Jonathan until he reaches age 21.

King, William
15 Sep 1797
800 acres
south side of North Fork of the Holston River
adj: Benjamin Alesworth , said Alesworth’s late survey, valley road, Scott, James Cauron, Berry Keywood, Job Crabtree, Edward McNew, Michael Halfacre’s survey,
crossing said Halfacres Mill Creek [now called Stonemill Creek], Bazel Talbert’s land bought of Halfacre, corner to said Talbert’s late survey, Neal McNeal’s survey, Rich Valley road, Daniel Ryly’s survey, on the south bank of the river

King, William
17 Nov 1797
326 acres
Chestnut Ridge and south branches North Fork of the Holston River
adj: James Young, Simeon Frost’s survey, McHenry’s old survey now in possession of Job Crabtree, a line of Crabtree’s new survey,

King, William
10 May 1798
100 acres waters of the North Fork of the Holston River
adj: white walnut by a road

King, Wm.
30 Jul 1798
760 acres
79. lying on waters of Spring Creek [a north branch of the SFHR] & on both sides of same in the Great Knobs including part of a coal-mine on Hunts creek
adj: Matthew Willoughby, Samuel Vance

King, William &
19 Aug 1798
2,600 acres

King, William
27 Nov 1798
200 acres Warrant No. 17873 dated 21 Jul 1783
lying on the dividing ridge between the waters of the North Fork of the Holston River & Ready [Reedy] Creek on Blockhouse Road adj: crossing said road twice

Petition of William King of Washington County, Virginia,
Asking the David Ross dam across Holston River be replaced by locks.

August 4, 1804, Wm. King, Sullivan Co. Tennessee
to John Lay of Carter Co.,
160 acres,
near Watauga River, at Bogarts corner.

July 21, 1809
Washington County, Virginia Deed Book 4:23
Neil McNeil sells to exrs. of Wm. King, dec., & "State" of VA,
land where he now lives,
adj. Michael Huffaker
1 ½ miles from Saltville in Rich Valley.


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John King, was born in 1758. 

He married Mary McKinley (1843).

John King, Jr. (1788),
Edward King (1789),
Elizabeth King (1795, married Adam White),
Jane King (1796),
William King (1798, married Sarah Hall), and
Priscilla King (1802, married Francis Hodge).

In 1782 and 1783, John received a warrants for land in Sullivan County, Tennessee. At that time it was in North Carolina.

He was appointed a lieutenant in the militia for Sullivan County in October, 1790. In 1793, he was in James Gregg's Company of the Sullivan County Militia.

John King (probably junion) was a sergeant in Captain William McLin’s Company during the War of 1812 from October 12, 1813 to February 8, 1814.

Mary died in 1816 and John married Sarah White.

Isaac M. King (1818, married Susan Sharp Dyer),
Ann M. King (1821, married Thomas Leander Dyer),
Pollie King (1823), and
Sarah King (1825).

In 1835, he appeared on the pension list in Sullivan County, Tennessee.

John died on September 18, 1837.



Isaac King was born on October 20, 1756 near Middleton, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. His parents were Edward King and Elizabeth Nicholls.

He married Martha Crouch.

Jonathan King (1794),
Sarah King (1796, married William Shelby),
Casander King (1798, married James Epperson),
John Wesley King (1800, married Rachel Rushen),
Matilda King (1802, married Goerge Hilton Walker),
Elizabeth King (1804, married John Hickman),
William Nelson King (1807, married Nancy R. Berry).

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Washington County, Tennessee Marriages

King, Walter married Sevier, Nancy on 19 Feb 1795
King, William F married Little, Ruth on 15-FEB-1812
King, Nancy married Douglas, Mathew on 29-MAY-1812
King, John married White, Sarah on 04-SEP-1817
King, William married Hale, Sarah on 04-FEB-1819
King, William married Crouch, Patsy on 02 August 1819
King, Lucinda married Egeman, William on 05 January 1820
King, Lewallen married Crouch, Susannah on 18-OCT-1820
King, Thomas married Rose, Elizabeth on 19-APR-1825
King, Jonas L married Barnes, Mary on 16-SEP-1826
King, Mariah married Embree, Elijah on 29 January 1828
King, Luisa married Earnest, Thomas on 09-APR-1833
King, Martha married Hider, Jonathan H on 25 August 1833
King, Elizabeth married Carr, Alfred on 03-MAR-1835
King, Henry married Young, Eliza on 22-SEP-1836


from The Book of Kings

Capt. William King, the first son of Col. James and Sarah Goodson King, was born November 4, 1785, likely in that part of Montgomery County, Virginia that finally became Floyd County. When a child he was brought to Sullivan County, Tennessee. Later the family lived at Strawberry Plains and Knoxville, Tennessee, but then returned to the Holly Bend plantation on Beaver Creek in Sullivan County, near what became Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia. He grew up to be a tall, lean and handsome young man. His education was more than substantial for that period having been received under the tutorship of Professor Cyrus Hempton, who long lived on the King plantation.

As with his brother, James, William was a rather precocous lad and was early entrusted with various important reponsibilities in the operation of his father's plantation and ironworks. In 1802, Col. James King bought property in what came to be known as old Kingsport (Christianville or Boat Yard), Tennessee, which was deeded to young William, who was then barely seventeen years old. Over the next several years this oldest King son bcame the owner of much valuable land in Sullivan and Carter (later Johnson) counties in East Tennessee. It appears that he also owned a plantation near Huntsville, Alabama. Before his youthful years were ended he had become a wealthy man.

William was commissioned as a captain in the Second Regiment, Volunteer Rifles Company, on January 8, 1811, and made a gallant officer in the Creek War. He commanded a company at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend, and it is said that his gun was the first over the breastworks the Indians had erected. That gun was kept and treasured by relatives....

After the war, Captain King returned to Sullivan County, Tennessee.

The Battle of Horseshoe Bend was on March 27, 1814 in what is now central Alabama. U..S forces under Andrew Jackson defeated the Creek Indian Red Sticks.


The Cherokeewere indigenous people who lived in the southern Appalachian mountains. European Americans called their towns in eastern Tennessee, the Overhill Towns. The towns included Chota, Tellico and Tanasi.

In 1776, the Cherokee planned to drive settlers out of the Washington District. The settlers were warned and stopped the first attack at Heaton's Station. The second attack was stopped at Fort Watauga. In response to these attacks, the militia burned Tuskegee and Citico.

In 1780, while the militia was away at the Battle of Kings Mountain, the Cherokee raided the setttlements. When the militia returned, Colonel John Sevier's men defeated the Cherokee at Boyd's Creek and destroyed most of the remaining towns.

from Mountain Memories by Gene Morrell

Thomas King (b. March 17, 1754; d. June 13, 1847) emigrated to this county in 1777 from Lancaster County, Pa. He was the son of Edward King and Elizabeth Nichols King.

In 1783, Thomas King married Susan Ann Sharp (b. March 22, 1756; d. April 3, 1822), the daughter of John Sharp Sr. (b. 1720 in Scotland) and Jane Hamilton Sharp. Thomas King was a member of the Presbyterian church, and he and his wife are buried in New Bethel Cemetery near Piney Flats.

He participated in the Revolutionary War and enlisted in August 1776 in Paxton Township, Lancaster, Pa.

He served in Pennsylvania under the command of Col. Thomas Morrow and in campaigns with Gen. George Washington’s forces in New York and New Jersey.

According to the King family history, on Dec. 25, 1776, King crossed the Delaware River with units of Washington’s army and helped defeat the Hessians in the Battle of Trenton, N.J.

In 1778, after relocating to Sullivan County, King served under Capt. John Duncan in the North Carolina Company. He also served several other short-term enlistments, including a two- month stint as a private in Capt. Thomas Wallace’s company in Col. Isaac Shelby’s regiment.

King also participated in the Battle of Cowpens near Spartanburg, S.C., in 1781 and also fought under the command of Gen. Francis Marion, the legendary “Swamp Fox.”

After the Revolutionary War, King again participated in military action. In 1786, he served under John Sevier in campaigns against the Cherokee and Creek Indians in Tennessee.

On Feb. 18, 1833, King was awarded a Revolutionary War pension of $50 per year.

Thomas King and Susan Ann King were the parents of eight children. James Harvey King, the eldest child (b. 1784; d. 1869), married Jane Gregg (b. 1792; d. 1861), and Julia Annis King (b. 1786; d. 1865) married John Gregg Sr. (b. 1785; d. 1848).

Elizabeth King (b. 1788) married Edward C. Hunter (b. 1782), and
Mary King (b. 1789; d. after 1883) married Alexander Dyer.
Ellener King (b. 1792; d. 1888) married Thomas Berry (b. 1793; d. 1856), and
Llewallen King (b. 1795; d. 1869) married Susan Crouch (b. 1800; d. 1884).

William I. King (b. Nov. 27, 1796; d.1868) married Martha Crouch (b. 1797; d. 1841), and Livinia King (b. 1799; d. 1852) was unmarried.

James Harvey King served in the War of 1812 under Gen. Coffee in campaigns in northern Alabama.

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William King
Date: 1832
Source: Will book No. 1, pg. 246
Legatees and Executors - Martha King, Thomas King, George G. King
Witnesses - Richard Carr, Alfred Carr, James M. Carr

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