William A. King
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Submitted by Barbara Giddens bags@brightok.net
Kathy Tidwell ktidwell@bulldogs.org

William A. King , the son of Julian A. King and Rebecca Cannon King, was born May 18, 1836, in South Carolina. By 1840 the family was living in Lowndes County, MS, where William’s father died in 1848.  After the death of Julian King, Rebecca King moved her family to Tippah County, MS.  

In 1860 William A. King 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, MS..   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, IL.  He was released from Camp Douglas in an exchange of prisoners at Vicksburg, MS.   

He 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, IL.   In June of 1864, William was wounded at New Hope Church, GA.  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, MS.  William and Jane 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, TX.  In 1890 William King and all his children had moved to Wynnewood, I.T.  The King family came with three other families, the Mitchells, Hoopers, and Welches.  William King’s oldest daughter Sarah “Sally” had married J. W.W. Mitchell in MS before coming to I.T.   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.  William later married Lou Ellen Cox and was living in Wolfe City, TX, when he died on February 11, 1908.   His body was brought back to Wynnewood by train.  William, his wife Jane, and two of their sons are buried in Oak Lawn Cemetery. 

W.A. King of Wolf City,Tex., died at his residence there Tuesday and his remains were shipped to this city where
interment was made in the Oak Lawn cemetery at ten o'clock this morning, funeral services being conducted by Rev.
G.C. French. Mr. King was the father of Mrs. J.W.W. Mitchell of this city; he was seventy six years of age. We
sympathize with Mrs. Mitchell and family.

WOLF CITY NEWS, Wolf City,Texas
Feb. 14,1908
W.A. King, living two miles south of town, died Tuesday morning of heart trouble. He was about 72 years of age
was in apparently in good health up to a few minutes of his death. His remains were carried to Winnewood, OK. for
burial. The SUN extends sincere sympathy to the bereaved ones

He was married to Temperance Jane Reeves-Corder on March 15,1864 in Tippah county, MS.



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